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“Convict’s Thrilling Escape: Leaps From Fast Train,” Toronto Globe. November 25, 1918. Page 08.

Man With Bad Record in Toronto Fools County Constable and Flees Near Shannonville – Recaptured at Napanee

John Gowans, who was on his way to Kingston penitentiary, where he was to commence a second five-year sentence for housebreaking, escaped from the custody of County Constable Frank Brown near Shannonville on Saturday morning. Gowans made his escape by obtaining permission to go to a lavatory, and then by leaping from the window of the train after he had slammed the door upon Constable Brown.

Gowans was the housebreaker who entered the house of the widow of the late Dr. Fenton, and assaulted her when she endeavored to hold him until the arrival of police. He was later arrested, and only recently completed his sentence. Judge Winchester on Wednesday sentenced Gowans to five years’ imprisonment upon convictions registered against him for housebreaking in Parkdale.

The convict was recaptured at Napanee on Saturday just before midnight.

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“Escaped from Burwash; Sent To Kingston,” Ottawa Standard. October 8, 1918.

Two Young Men Start Early on Downward Career.

Sentences of two years in Kingston penitentiary were meted out to two young men, Joseph Claro and Norman G. Williams, who pleaded guilty in Tuesday’s police court to escaping from Burwash Industrial Farm. The two seemed thoroughly repentant for their action, but the court thought that their chances for parole would be better at Kingston than at the institution they had just left.

Young in Crime
Norman Williams is but 20 years of age. He was sentenced at Toronto to serve a term for the theft of an automobile. On the 24th of September he escaped from custody and when caught was taken back with just a warning. On October 4th, he escaped again in company of Joseph Claro, alias Joseph Cleroux. This man has a bad record, with a previous term at the penitentiary, time in local jails and a reform school, and a lengthy sentence at Burwash ahead before his elopment. He and Williams escaped from the Industrial Farm, made their way along the rail line, evading the guards searching for them, and absconding with a motor car in Copper Cliff….
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….consecutively with the sentences they were serving.

‘Notwithstanding your youthfulness you are dangerous characters to be at large, and if I send you to Kingston Penitentiary I think they will be able to help you there,’ Magistrate Askwith declared.

Their recapture Tuesday afternoon was effected by Inspector Joliet and his squad after an exciting chase through New Edinburgh. Shots were fired by the detectives.

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“Comes to the Pen,” Kingston Daily Standard. October 5, 1912. Page 03.

Troubles of a Man Who Stole to Pay Wedding.

Windsor, Ont., Oct. 5. – A month ago Charles H. Doss, aged 22, of Leamington, stole $80 from his former employer, in order to marry Miss Grace Dodge, of Leamington. The wedding took place and the young couple went to Detroit, to live. A week after the ceremony Doss was arrested for theft, brought back to Windsor and committed for trial.

Yesterday he was arraigned before Mr. Justice Britton at the Sandwich assizes, found guilty and sentenced to two years in Portsmouth.

Doss was without counsel. His bride, who is but 19 years old, was not in court, and her parents say she will have nothing more to do with him after his release.
“Bad Prisoner Arrives.” Kingston Daily Standard. October 5, 1912. Page 03.
Dr. Webster, Sheriff of the County of Halton, and A. W. Gallop, arrived in the city last night with John Laird, who will spend two years and one day in the penitentiary for house-breaking. The prisoner, a young man 20 years of age has a bad record and has served several terms in jail and six in Central Prison. He was kept in the police station over night and taken to the penitentiary this morning.

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“Joy Riders Sentenced,” Toronto Globe. September 5, 1918. Page 07.

Stiff sentences were meted out in the Police Court yesterday morning to two young men who went for a joy ride in an automobile they found conveniently on the street. Joseph Murphy, who had a previous record, was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary, while Ernest Young was sent to the Ontario Reformatory for one year.

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“Escapes From Jail Narrowly Averted,” Sudbury Star. August 14, 1918. Page 08.

An attempted escape by at least three prisoners from Sudbury jail was narrowly averted Sunday, when gaoler O’Neill, suspecting that something was wrong, shifted the inmates around and conducted an investigation. It was found taht three inmates had succeeded in sawing the bars of their cells, which had been carefully set back in position ready to lift out as soon as the opportune moment present itself for a get-away. The three prisoners implicated are Fred Whissel being held for the murder of Dominion Constable McLeod at Espanola, while resisting arrest under the Military Service Act, Lorne Beck, awaiting removal to Kingston Penitentiary as an incorrigble, having escaped twice from Burwash Industrial Farm, and Jos. Dalton, admitted only last Thursday afternoon, one of the trio rounded up by the Provincial Police near St. Charles and one of the five who escaped during the past month from Parry Sound gaol.

It was the feigned coughing of Dalton at every appearance of gaoler O’Neill during Sunday afternoon that aroused the official’s suspicions. This was afterwards learned to be the signal to the other prisoners to cease sawing the bars of their cells. Sunday evening the inmates in the north corridor were transferred to the south corridor and vice versa, and an inspection of the south side corridor located a small hack saw blade hidden in the door jam of one of the cells. The saw blade was brought into the jail by Whissel it is said at the time was committed, having been concealed in the lapel of his mackinaw coat.

That all three men are of the desperate type may be assumed from their admissions on Monday morning that even after they had been foiled in their attempted ecape by being transferred to new cells Sunday evening, the three had conspired to make a break for liberty by a concentrated attack on the turnkey when they were admitted to the corridor Monday morning, and were to use the loose bars from their previous cells as their weapons, secure the keys, and clear out.

The keys of the Parry Sound gaol were found on young Dalton on his arrest last Thursday, he with four others having made a clean get-away from the district jail to the south in a similar manner to that attempted here Sunday.                                 

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“Five Years In Pen,” Kingston Daily Standard. August 6, 1912. Page 08.

Lemuel Scriver, sentenced at Picton for five years for theft, was brought to Portsmouth Penitentiary Monday afternoon. He was brought down on the noon train.

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“Diversified Record Of A Young Criminal,” Toronto Globe. August 2, 1917. Page 12.

Sentenced to Four Years For Forgery – Also Charged With Bigamy.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, Aug. 1. – Four years on each of four charges of forgery was the sentence given William John Leseur, alias John Dalton, alias John Langton, alias James John Bailey, by Police Magistrate Creasor, this morning, while he was also sent up for trial on the charge of bigamy. The sentences run concurrently. Lesseur was born near Peterboro, and as John Dalton served a sentence in Kingston Penitentiary. On his release he was married at the rectory of the Church of the Sacred Heart at Peterboro’ in May, 1914. In 1915 he and his wife came to Sullivan township, and he was employed as farm help under the name of John Langton, and his wife as housekeeper for a farmer named Treiford. The second day after his engagement he disappeared, taking with him one of his employer’s horses. He was traced, and on his arrest was being taken to Walkerton for trial when he crawled through the lavatory window and jumped while the train was going at a high speed. He was again apprehended, and on his arrest was sent to the Ontario Reformatory for a year. He escaped when he had served ten months and was lost sight of until eight weeks ago, when he came to Owen Sound and secured employment in  a local factory. He was around town for some few weeks, making himself quite popular and finally eloped with a young woman beloging to a reputable family. They went through the form of marriage at Meaford, and had reached London in an attempt to get over the border in the United States. His arrest followed the receipt of a letter from the young woman to a relative here. In the meantime it was found that he had passed cheques on four local firms, to which he had forged signatures, and charges were laid for this as well as for jumping his board bill. It was then that the police began looking up his career, and during a remand for sentence on the forgery charges, to which he pleaded guilty, the evidence consisting of a copy of the original marriage register at Peterboro’ was secured, and Leseur now faces the other charges in a higher court.

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