Posts Tagged ‘the vagrant as criminal’

“Youths Given Hard Labor,” The Globe and Mail. October 27, 1938. Page 03.

Barrie, Oct. 26 (Special). – Magistrate Compton Jeffs today sentenced three youthful burglars who entered Reeves jewelry store here at an early hour on October 14, stealing more than $2,000 worth of watches, rings and cigaret holders. The loot was recovered two days later in a house at 26 Beatty Avenue, Toronto, through the efforts of Toronto police detectives and local police.

His Worship meted out terms of twelves months definite plus twelve indeterminate, at hard labor, in the Ontario reformatory, to each of the three youths.

Mike Kornick, aged 18, no address, and Alex. Young, aged 18, no address, pleaded guilty a week ago to breaking and entering. Walter Andrews, aged 22, residing on Beatty Avenue, Toronto, where the loot was recovered by Toronto detectives, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods.

Magistrate Jeffs treated each alike in passing sentence. Charges of receiving had been withdrawn against two others.

‘I am influenced to this extent,’ he said. ‘When you consider the deliberate and extensive looting, my first idea was that it was a case for Portsmouth Penitentiary, but in view of what has been said as to your youth, and in hope that leniency may have some influence on you, I have decided that your sentence will be served in Ontario reformatory.’

Crown Attorney F. A. Hammond, K.C. pointed out that Young had a record dating back to 1935, and that both he and Kornick had used aliases

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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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“Police Get Six More of American Gun Mob,” Toronto World. November 27, 1908. Page 01.

Authorities Think They Have Bunch of Dangerous Men.

Six more men, believed to be members of an American ‘gun-mob,’ as bad as any that has visited this city in some time, were bagged in a Jarvis-street house yesterday. They are held as vags [vagrants].

Detectives Wallace, Mackie, Lipton, Archibald and Armstrong made the roundup.

Those got were: James Lee, Ottawa: George McDonald, W. Scott, James Higgins, Charles Corley and James Cook.

Three others were got earlier in the week.

One of the men taken yesterday wore a handsome gold-filled watch. It is openfaced. The case number is 7,441,000. The number of the works is 13,287,559. Detective Wallace says he would like to find the real owner.

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“Allege Allan Is Pickpocket,” Hamilton Spectator. July 18, 1919. Page 15.

“Valley Town Man Prefers Charge Against Him

Prisoner Jumped His Bail Here Before

And Court Decided to Take No Further Chances

David Allan, charged with theft of $450, was committed for trial by Magistrate Jelfs in the police court this morning.  A second charge, that of carrying a loaded revolver, was adjourned to enable the magistrate to communicate with the department of justice.  The revolver was found in Allan’s valise, P.C. Buckett stated, and Geo. S. Kerr, who appeared in Allan’s behalf, declared that this was not breaking the law.

Solomon P. Brown, of Dundas, was the complainant against Allan.  Mr. Brown stated that on May 16, when he was buying a ticket for Toronto, he noticed a man whom he thought to be Allan, accompanied by two other men, also getting tickets.  As Mr. Brown was boarding the train, Allan preceded him, he declared, and blocked the entrance.  Brown was jostled from behind and his raincoat pulled aside.  Allan put his arm around Brown, as though to help him, but the complainant felt a tug on his left side pocket, where he kept his money.  He broke away from the men and felt in his pocket and found what he thought to be his money.  An hour later Mr. Brown investigated the contents of his pocket and discovered that only a few loose bills remained and that the bulk of his money was gone.  Several days later, when Allan was arrested, Brown identified Allan as the man who had jostled him.

Mr. Kerr made application for $500 bail, on which Allan had been allowed out of jail several weeks ago, but the court refused to grant it.”

A portion of the Hamilton Police Court reporting for July 18, 1919.

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“David Allan Is In Toils Again,” Hamilton Spectator. July 12, 1919. Page 10.

“Arrested On Vagrancy Charge, Jumped Bail

‘Cop’ Saw His Head in Train Window

Police Claim Prisoner Was Carrying Revolver

Headed for Toronto via the C.P.R., David Allan, who jumped his vagrancy several weeks ago, was recaptured by P.C. Buckett yesterday.

Constable Buckett was on duty at the T.H. and B. station yesterday afternoon, and as, the Buffalo-Toronto express pulled up beside the platform, he saw Allan sitting with his head out the window.  The constable lost no time in boarding the train and placed Allan under arrest, but not, without a sharp struggle.  Two military policemen, who were on the platform, aided in the capture and the handcuffs were snapped on.  A revolver was found in the prisoner’s hip pocket, P.C. Buckett said.

In police court this morning a remand of one week was asked and granted. Charges of vagrancy and carrying a loaded revolver were laid against Allan.”

A portion of the Hamilton police court reporting.

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