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“City Items,” Montreal Daily Witness, July 12, 1871. Page 03.

Mary Ann Sullivan, a girl of only 10 years of age, who recently escaped from the Reformatory, was arrested yesterday by Constables Armor and Martel, and to-day was sent back to the Reformatory.

Escaped. – Yesterday a boy named Louis Vian, aged 15 years, was arrested by the detectives on suspicion of being concerned in the Gault outrage. The circumstantial evidence against him was very strong, and a handkerchief which belonged to Mr. Gault was also found in his possession. After his arrest, he was put in the cell along with other prisoners to await examination at the Police Court to-day. During the night, however, Master Louis Vian managed to effect his escape by, it is believed, crawling through the ventilator in the cell door. The aperture in question is less than nine inches square, and Vian must have been very dexterous in getting through and afterwards clearing off from the building without being noticed. Three or four persons previously arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the Gault outrage, were to-day shown to Mr. Gault, but the latter failed to recognize any of them, and they were sent to jail as vagrants.

Attempted Imposition By A Carter. – Until cabmen are peremptorily and severly dealt with, their daily tricks and impositions on the public will never be put down. Charles Lapointe, 21, carter, who resides in Craig street, was charged at the Recorder’s Coourt to-day with refusing hire. It appears that on Tuesday morning Mr. Treasurer Black came off the Quebec boat and prisoner was one of several cabmen who solicited hire. Mr. Black hired Lapointe, who on second thoughts wanted to know where he was going, and if to a fire, and finally, with an oath, refused to drive him. Chief Penton gave Lapointe anything but a good character, and His Honor said that this system of carters bullying people and levying black mail must be stopped; and every case proven would be severely punished. Lapointe was fined $8 or one month in jail.

Loafing Vagrants. – At present there seems to be an unusually large number of loafing vagrants about the city. Louis Deschamp, 35, alias Leon Richer, laborer, from St. Urbain street; Michel Dubois, 34, laborer, St. Dominique steet; Xavier Beauvais, 27, carter, carter, Papineau Road, and a disreputable woman named Adeline Lefebvre, 29, were arrested at 5 o’clock this morning by sub-Constables McCormicck and Depatie, who had watched the gang for some two hours previous, when they were in a field off Sherbrooke street. At the Recorder’s Court to-day, it was stated that the prisoners are strongly suspected of being concerned in some recent robberies, and His Honor committed them each for two months; also Joseph Dupont, 20, vagrant, from Campeau street, against whom the detectives are working up a case of burglary.

Sarah Alcock, 44, an old vagrant, Mary Ann Lanigan, 29, and Elizabeth Dunn, 29, both found loitering on Champs de Mars, were each committed for a month; also Mary Ann McDonnell, 45, and Ann Meaney, 23, who were found in a drunken disgraceful state on Logan’s Farm. His Honor said that a law would soon be in force, by which vagrants for second offence may be committed for two years.

Alphonese Labreque, 24, laborer, and who, the police stated, was the ‘fancy man’ of the keeper of a brothel, was arrested along with Joseph St. Jean, 27, stone-cutter, loitering with a prostitute, and they were each fined $2.50 or 15 days in jail.

POLICE COURT – WEDNESDAY. – A woman who was arrested on a charge of breaking a pane of glass in the door of E. Costello, was discharged for lack of evidence.

Edmund Fegan 62, a vagrant from Common street, was arrested for stealing coal on the wharf and was committed as a vagrant for two months,

Eliza O’Brien, wife of James Mourney, of Colborne Avenue, was charged with using insulting language to Catherine Mullins, wife of James Mourney, Jr., and was fined $10.75, including costs, or fifteen days in all.

Damase Piebe, shoemaker for assaulting Augustin Guibord, was fine $7 including costs or 15 days.

George Clarke, Fil, alias Williamson, alias Henderson, charged with stealing four billiard balls belonging to Mr. Chadwick, St. James street, was remanded for examination. The balls were found in his possession, but Clarke says he brought them with him from the United States early in June last.

RECORDER’S COURT – Wednesday – This morning the sheet contained fifty cases, and nearly one-third of those were persons arrested in connection with a house of ill-fame in St. Elizabeth street, where the police made a raid last night. With such a programme before the Court it was no wonder that the place was thronged by those peculiar and miscellaneous personages, the largest proportion of whom are of a vicious character, who watch the rise and fall of the criminal barometer with an interest that is whetted and increasing in proportion as the details are disgusting.

Frederic Lafontaine, 32, agent, or manager of the Toronto House and Edward Rheaume, 24, shoemaker, who got quarrelling and attempted to fight at the door of the above tavern, were each fined $2.50 or 15 days in jail.

Fabien Beaudouin, 22, carter, drunk in Notre Dame street; Daniel Murphy, 40, agent from Quebec, drunk in St. Paul street; François Ganthier, 48, blacksmith, drunk in Panet street; Michael MccGeary, 36, laborer, drunk, in Commissioner street; J. Bte. Deslauriers, 52, laborer, drunk in St Paul street; J. Bte. Braurmter, 58, laborer, drunk in Perthius street; Jos. Power, 19, laborer, drunk in Manufacturer street, and Daniel Gibson, 34, a respectably dressed man, drunk in Cahboulez Square Fire Station, also a woman, were each fined in small sums for being drunk; while Richard McDonnell, 27, baker, drunk in the city cars, was fine $2 or 15 days.

George McNeil, 32, shoemaker, and George McNulty, 55, laborer, both drunk in Lacroi street, and insulting people, were each fined $2.50 or 15 days.

Joseph Howie, 26, shoemaker, was fined $5 or 30 days, for loitering in Campean street with a prostitute, named Adeline Lefebvre, 39, who was committed for a month.

Thomas Cleary, 29, mechanic, residing in Dorchester street, got drunk last night, and was smashing the furniture and threatened to throw his wife out of the window. As the wife failed to appear, Cleary was let off with a fine of $2.50 or 15 days in jail.

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“Prisoners Losing Personal Effects,” Montreal Gazette. June 9, 1933. Page 04.

Racket of Rooming House Owners or Fellow Boarders Brings Complaint


French and Catholic Federation Joins Hands With Activities of Prisoners’ Aid Association

Losses running to thousands of dollars annually in the effects of men and women who go to prison and who in that unhappy plight are the victims of rooming house proprietors who confiscate or deny responsibility for their property formed the subject of attention yesterday at the monthly board meeting of the Prisoner’s Aid Association of Montreal, held at the offices, 1502 St. Catherine street west. It appeared from statements made by J. A. Edmison, honorary counsel, also by clergy who visit the jail and the office staff of the association, that men who are arrested find themselves unable to look after their belongings and that, even if they are acquitted and released, very often their find their personal effects gone or held for back rent.

It was left to the counsel and the officers to work out some solution to the problem, the secretary suggesting that an adequate court welfare staff would be of great help.

Slightly improved conditions as regards employment were reflected in the report of the executive secretary, though whether this was merely seasonal or of a more permanent character could not be determined yet. But the very fact of procuring jobs had led to heavier demands from men for clothes so that they could present a respectable appearance and also for temporary aid before obtaining first pay. Figures for the month of May were rather lower, as is expected at this time of year. Orders for meals and beds were 494 and 117 respectively; cash aid, men $32, family and women, $34, and unemployment relief (women), $55. Active social work entailed handling of 16 parole applications, 10 family cases, 20 investigations and inquiries, 18 placement and disposal problems, eight legal aid and court investigations; three deportation and immigration cases. Clothing had been supplied in several instances, also some railway orders. Spiritual and social help had been given by the clergy who visit the jail for Saturday afternoon services. Report of the caseworker and secretary of the women’s jail visitation committee. Mrs. Birchonough, showed many activities and useful ministrations in that direction.

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“Parents Weep As Sons Sentenced,” Montreal Star. January 19, 1937. Page 03.

Young Men Admit Robbing Stores and Are Sent To Penitentiary

While their parents huddled weeping in the courtroom, two youths, 18 and 19 years of age, were each sentenced to penitentiary terms totaling 15 years, by Judge Tetreau in the arraignment court today. The prisoners were Rolland Gascon, 18, 5147 Clark street, and Lucien Trembley, 19, 4560 Berri street, both with previous records, who police claim headed a gang which committed burglaries on a wholesale scale in the north end of the city.

Both had pleaded guilty to five charges involving burglaries, automobile thefts and receiving stolen goods when arraigned last week. They were sentenced to serve three years for each offence – the terms to run concurrently. Four other youths who admitted being members of ‘the gang’ will be sentenced by Judge Tetreau tomorrow.

Stores Robbed
The thefts committed were all in stores in the north-east section on Rachel street, Marie Anne street, and Villeneuve street east. Sergeant Detectives Dell-’Aniello and Longpre rounded up the other prisoners after Gascon had fallen into the hands of police while driving a stolen car on January 10.

Before passing sentence Judge Tetreau expressed sympathy for the parents of the youths who, he said, were good respectable people, now suffering from circumstances which had apparently been beyond their control. ‘Gascon, especially, had every opportunity and has only himself to blame for the position in which he now finds himself,’ he said.

The Judge then drew attention to the fact that neither of the prisoners were first offenders, nor had they only committed one theft. ‘They banded together to go in for burglaries on a wholesale scale and now are called to pay the consequences. Heavy penalties are the only means of ending the epidemic of burglaries which are now occurring in the city,’ Judge Tetreau declared.

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