Posts Tagged ‘returned soldiers’

“Wounded Soldier Sentenced to Jail,” Toronto Globe. September 1, 1916. Page 08.

Attorney-General Authorizes His Liberation That He May Attend Reception.

The ‘boys’ in a western Ontario city were apparently exceedingly good to a war-scarred returned soldier, with the result that the latter, as the result of his imbibing too freely, landed himself in court and was sentenced to thirty days in jail. Last night a reception was held in the city in honor of returned soldiers, and before the ceremony thoughts fastened on the unfortunate victim doing ‘time’ while the band was playing outside. Accordingly, an effort was set on foot to have the prisoner, who had valorously served his country, released, and the Attorney-General, who was communicated with yesterday afternoon, without any hesitation took the human view and authorized the soldier’s liberation. 

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“Copper Cliff Police Court,” Sudbury Star. August 3, 1918. Page 04.

For driving his auto without front lights Negosanti Wario, an Italian, was fined $1 and costs in Wednesday’s police court.

Geo. Lark, of Sudbury, paid $1 and costs for driving his car without a front marker.

Henry Renni, Finlander, also failed to burn two front lights, and paid $1 and costs. The law now is that both lights, not one as formerly, must be burning after dusk.

Richard Death, Sr., charged with having neither front or rear lights, produced a witness, in addition to himself to counteract the evidence of the policeman, and was given the benefit of the doubt by Magistrate Stoddart.

In Friday’s police court, Leone Satore, Italian, drunk in Copper Cliff on July 19th, paid $20 and costs. An analysis of the liquor which proved his undoing, showed it to be 19.87 per pecent. proof spirits, and Crema Mario, the owner, paid $200 and costs for a breach of the O.T.A. in having liquor in other than a private place.

Henry Rintamski, a returned soldier, neglected to burn a rear light on his motor cycle, and was let down with payment of court costs.

P. J. Grenon didn’t have either rear or side lights on his side-car motor cycle. $1 and costs.

Liugi Palma, Italian, parted with $1 and costs for failing to burn front lights.

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“Ex-Soldier Sent Down: Passed Forged Checks.” Toronto Globe, April 4, 1917. Page 05.

Victimized Bereaved Women – Had Served Several Prison Terms 

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Barrie, April 3. – Seven years in Kingston Penitentiary was the sentence imposed by Judge Vance this morning upon Francis James McKay, aged 35 years, a New Zealander and ex-member of Canada’s military force, who pleaded guilty to four charges of uttering two forged cheques of $30 and passing them on Geo. Green and the Bank of Toronto at Bradford last October.

His criminal record is heavy, dating back to 1904. In Edinburgh, London and Glasgow, he served seven terms for a total imprisonment of six years on charges of fraud and theft. Coming to Canada in 1914 he enlisted at London with the Mechanical Transport as Francis Knowles, but a ninety-day imprisonment for passing a fraudulent cheque prevented him from going overseas. A few months later he signed up with the Canadian Engineers, and when at Rockcliffe passed a bad cheque.

Surely an Undesirable
Going overseas he made a bad record and was sent back last September as an undesirable, being given his discharge at Quebec. In Toronto, stealing a returned soldier’s uniform, he passed himself off as a wounded veteran, and watching the obituary notices in the Toronto papers, visited some bereaved homes and palmed himself off as a friend of the deceased solider from overseas, and borrowed, or attempted to borrow, money from widows. Between times he went back to his old cheque game, and as a result was sent to the Guelph Farm in January for victimizing Mrs. Lee, 5 Howland avenue, Toronto, with a $40 cheque.

In a letter to one Toronto lady he asked her to get him the names of people living at about a dozen numbers on King street west, Toronto. The lady’s reply was found in McKay’s papers by Dominion Immigration Inspector Reynolds, who had been working on the McKay case for several months. His inquiries disclosed the manner in which McKay had been imposing on some of the soldier’s widows.

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“New Superintendent For Limb Factory,” Toronto Star. January 31, 1919. Page 04.

Department Makes Effort to End Dispute by Appointing Returned Officer.

In an attempt to end the strike conditions at the artificial limb factory at Davisville and on Spadina avenue, the Department of Soldiers’ Civil Re-establishment, which recently dispensed with the services of Superintendent J. E. Burns, which brought about a strike of the 220 men employed in the factory, has appointed Major R. W. Coulthard to the position.

Major Coulthard is an officer of the C.E.F., who went overseas with the Second Canadian Tunnelling company in 1915 from Western Canada, and his appointment, according to Colonel G. F. Morrison, assistant director of the department, satisfies the first demand of the employees that a returned soldier get the position.

On Strike Since Jan. 24.
The strike at the limb factory has been on since January 24, and followed the dismissal of Mr. Burns. The appointment as a temporary measure of E. M. Martin as superintendent was not agreeable to the men and they decline to return to work, and to-day, the appointment of Major Coulthard is announced.

Sir James Lougheed, Minister of the Department of Soldiers’ Civil Reestablishment, issues the following statement on the situation:

“On the recommendations made by those competent to give an opinion on the subject, we brought about changes that were necessary in the interest of the department, the men employed in the factory, and those ex-members of the forces who required artificial limbs and appliances. Some of the employees seemingly do not see eye to eye with the department in the changes that have been made. It is quite manifest that the Government must exercise its own judgement as to how an enterprise of this kind must be operated.

Highest Efficiency Wanted.
‘Regretable as it is that we have not at the moment the co-operation of the men who have thus ceased work, yet it is our duty to place this work upon the most efficient basis possible. We have appointed in charge, Mr. R. W. Coulthard, who has been overseas for a long period. During his experience as an engineer he has had charge of large enterprises requiring such ability as to qualify him for the position.’

Mr. G. E. Beaton, of the Strike Committee, interviewed by The Star this morning, explained that nothing definite can be announced from the men’s side of the question until the appointment of Major Coulthard has been considered at a meeting of the striking employees, which will be held forthwith.

Referring to Sir James Lougheed’s announcement that the department cannot be dictated to in matters of general policy, Mr. Beaton said: ‘We thrashed that out last night, and it was understood that there would have to be some modifications on the demands of the men.’

‘We are pleased to hear that a returned soldier has been appointed, and hold to that demand still,’ he said. ‘That would be quite satisfactory to us if Mr. Burns were retained to tutor the new superintendent in the way we have been working. Possibly some compromise will be reached along these lines,’ he concluded.

As Major Coulthard’s appointment has not been notified yet to the Strike Committee by the department, it is not likely that any official notice of it will be taken until such time as it is announced. Immediately following that, however, a meeting of all the employees will be held, and the future policy of the men decided on.

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“A Year Term Given ‘Joining’ Chinaman,” Toronto Star. December 12, 1918. Page 02.
Sent to Prison for Belonging to an Illegal Society in Toronto.

Gets Four Months.
For attempting to steal the motor car of Dr. J. W. Burnham, Chas. Preet, a seventeen-year-old goes to the Jail Farm for four months. Magistrate Denison remarked in imposing the term that the Board of Control had written to the Police Commissioners inferring that the prevalent epidemic of ‘joyriditis’ was due to some extent to the lenient sentences given. Mr. Robinette asked the court to permit the boy, who is his mother’s support, to go to work. This was refused.

Subtracted Three.
Three bags of coal formed the bag made from the Conger Coal Company’s load he drove by Gordon Alexander. For the three he subtracted the court sent him to jail for 10 days. Alexander congratulated himself that he didn’t bag the whole load.

Case Dismissed.
The magistrate made short shrift of the forgery charge against Fred Dolson, agent of the Toronto Public School Board, he dismissed it. The charge alleged that Mr. Dolson had forged the name of Peter Tomzat on a document which switched the said Peter’s assessment from that of a Separate school supporter to that of a Public school supporter. Peter himself laid the charge.

‘Let Mr. Tomzat sign his name,’ said Mr. Corley. Mr. Tomzat signed. The magistrate surveyed both signatures. ‘I’m quite satisfied he wrote them both,’ he concluded.

‘Despicable,’ Court Called It.
For stealing from his comrades at the Red Triangle Club Pte. Homer gets a 9-month term. Magistrate Denison branded the act as both ‘comtemptible’ and ‘despicable.’ Returned soldier employes of the Red Triangle said that a number of thefts had been reported by the men. They had detected Johnson by placing a marked $2 bill in the pocket of the man sleeping next to him. Johnson, the evidence showed, had attempted to purchase cigarets with the same bill early the next morning.

Chinese Are Convicted.
Found guilty of continuing to be members of a society which the order-in-Council of September 28 declared illegal, three officials of the Chinese National Society, Ho Hen, Ho Non Ling, and Chu Wai Ping, were committed to jail for one year by Magistrate Kingsford. The committal was based on evidence reported two days ago.

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“Christmas Spirit Subject To Abuse, Police Maintain; Two Canvassers Charged with Collecting Funds By Fraud; Roseale Toured,” The Toronto Globe. December 8, 1934. Page 04.

“The Christmas spirit blooming in the hearts of Toronto citizens has already begun to be put to its annual abuse, the police said last night in announcing the arrest of two canvassers on charges of fraud.

The accused – Charles Sherlock and Malcom Dobson of St. Nicholas Street – are alleged to have collected donations of about $214 dollars from business firms and residents of Rosedale, by representing themselves as returned soldiers.  Their ‘yarn,’ the police said, was to announce that they were seeking money with which returned soldiers could buy calendars and Christmas wreaths to be peddled as a means of buying holiday cheer for their families.”

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