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“Convict Says Police Deliberately Shot His Pal; Jury Unconvinced,” The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1938. Page 04.

Admits He Escaped Jail, but Declares He Will Tell Truth; Accidental Death Is Verdict

Blind River, Oct. 7 (Special.) – An escaped convict, who admitted he had ‘lost count’ of the number of times he had been in prison, failed to convince a Coroner’s jury here today that Provincial Constable John Brown deliberately fired at and killed Harold Olsen, one of the trio that held up and robbed a Sudbury taxi driver. The jury brought in a verdict that Olsen’s death was an accident, and that the bullet fired by the officer was deflected.

The evidence of C. Fissette, who is alleged to have taken part in the holdup, along with Olsen and a third man, was the feature of the inquest. He admitted escaping from Amos when taken there from the St. Jean de Paul Penitentiary [sic], where he was serving a ten-year term for a hold-up. Subsequent to this, he said, he was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering, and of escaping from prison at Portage la Prairie.

‘Will Tell Truth’
‘I may be an escaped convict, but I will tell the truth,’ he declared, reiterating that the police officer had deliberately fired at Olsen. He admitted taking the car, but said it was not a ‘stickup.’

‘This is not the first shooting affray with the police that you have got into?’ asked J. L. O’Flynn, counsel for Constable Brown. ‘What are those marks on your body?’

‘Those are the marks of the paddles used on me in the penitentiary,’ replied Fissette.

‘But those other marks,’ persisted counsel.

‘I don’t have to tell you about that,’ retorted Fissette.

Thomas Campbell, Sudbury taxi-driver, told of having his money and his car taken from him by Fissette and his companions and of being threatened with death if he failed to do what his passengers told him.

Constable Testifies.
Provincial Constable Brown stated that with Gordon McGregor he went to arrest Fissette and his companions following the report of the holdup. He told of warning McGregor not to shoot at any one unless he was shot at first and then only to stop the car. He stated he expected the men to be armed when he started out. On seeing the men approaching, near 10 o’clock at night, he ordered them to halt. Fissette halted but the other men ran. He fired two shots into the ground from his revolver, while McGregor fired one from the rifle into the ground. Later he fired a single shot into the bush from the rifle and three shots to call other policemen to his aid. Some time later Olsen called from the darkness that he had been shot and was found shot through the right shoulder. The officer produced a section of railway tie to show that one of the bullets fired had gone through it when he shot into the ground: McGregor corroborated the officer in every detail.

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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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“Prisoner Said To Be Quebec Jail-Breaker,” The Globe and Mail. October 5, 1938. Page 02.

Identified by Fingerprints; Companion, Wounded by Police Bullets, Dies

Blind River, Oct. 4 – (CP) – Captured Sunday night when police bullets mortally wounded a companion after the theft of a taxi at Sudbury, eighty miles away, a prisoner in the small jail here was identified today as Morris Fiset alias Gravelle who slugged a guard and escaped from Jail at Amos, Que., July 24.

Fiset, identified by fingerprints had refused constantly since his capture to disclose his identity. He said it was up to police to find out.

Fiset was arrested after Tommy Campbell, Sudbury cab-driver, told police at Spanish, half way between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, three men who hired him to drive them to Whitefish stole his car.

A man who said his was name was Harold Olsen, an escaped convict from Washington D.c., died today in hospital from a bullet wound suffered in a chase after the men deserted the taxi in a ditch near Serpent River bridge. A third man escaped and police are scouring the district for him.

Object of Wide Search.
Fiset was the object of a wide police search since his escape from Amos jail, where had he had been transferred, police said, from St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary, near Montreal. He had been taken to Amos to stand trial.

Police claim also he was wanted in Manitoba.

Tommy Campbell, the cab driver, told police the men hired him Sunday afternoon at Sudbury. When they reached Whitefish, he said, he felt a gun in his back and he was commanded tersely to ‘move over, we are taking your car.’ Campbell said the men warned him to be careful because ‘we are escaped convicts from the United States.’

Campbell escaped from the car at Spanish and the men continued but the car piled into a ditch a few miles away and they fled on foot. Police, however, already were on their trail and they were sighted near the Serpent River Bridge. Four shots were fired by police and one of the bullets struck Olsen.

Guard Slugged.
Amos, Que., Oct. 4 (CP). – Maurice Fisette, believed to be held by police at Blind River, Ont., after a companion had been killed by police bullets, has been a fugitive from Quebec officers since he strong-armed his way out of jail here July 24.

Serving a 10-year term in St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary for holdup, he had been brought here from the Montreal prison for trial on theft charges. Convicted, he was sentenced to three years, to run concurrently with his previous term.

While awaiting in the town jail for his return to Montreal, Fisette broke out of his cell and scaled the prison wall to freedom. On the way out, he overpowered a guard who tried to stop him.

Some weeks later, he was taken at Portage La Prairie, Man. But just as a pair of provincial detectives were setting out from here to bring him back, word came from the West that he had broken jail again.

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“PRIME DE $210,000 OFFERTE: PARIS: CHASSE AUX FRÈRES ABDALLAH,” Le Soleil. September 17, 1986. A1 & A2.

♦ PARIS (AFP, AP) • Les autorités françaises ont offert hier une recompense, sans precedent, d’un million de francs ($210,000) pour tout renseigne­ment permettant d’arrêter les auteurs d’une sérié de recents at­ tentats a la bombe à Paris.

De plus, le gouvernement fran­çais a annonce des mesures ex­ceptionnelles dans le but de met­tre la main au collet de deux ressortissants libanais soupçonnes d’être impliques dans ces actions terroristes.

A compter d’aujourd’hui, des milliers de photos des freres Ro­bert Ibrahim Abdallah et Maurice Ibrahim Abdallah seront affichees partout a travers la France. Ce sont les freres de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, chef presume de l’orga­nisation terroriste FAJU. (Fraction années révolutionnaires liba­naises), qui purge actuellement une peine de prison et dont la li­beration a ete exigée par les groupes qui ont revendique les recents attentats.

L’un de ces groupes, le CSPPA (Comité de solidarité avec les pri­sonniers politiques arabes et du Proche-Orient), a menace hier de s’attaquer au palais présidentiel. Dans un communique manuscrit en arabe parvenu au bureau d’une
agence de presse occidentale a Reyrouth, le CSPPA affirme que “notre bras est très long" et “nous le prouverons très bientôt une nouvelle fois en détruisant le mur d’enceinte du palais du roi Mitterrand ”

Le CSPPA, selon la police fran­çaise, est tenu pour l’auteur de 14 attentats commis a Paris depuis décembre 1955 et qu’ont fait cinq morts et plus ce 200 blessés. Les policiers français ont fait savoir qu’ils prenaient au serieux la menace du CSFPA a l’endroit de l’Elysée. Le general Jacques Hemson, responsable militaire au palais prési­dentiel, a indique hier des mesures de sécurité encore plus strictesivaient ete prises

De son cote, une autre organisation terroriste, les “Partisans du droit et la liberté (PDI.) a annonce hier qu elle voulait "donner une derniere chance au gouvernement francais” avant de reprendre ses actions.

Dans un cominunique daclylo-’.raphie en arabe, egalement parve­nu a une agence de presse a Bey­routh, le PDI, réaffirmé être responsable de tous les attentats entrance “depuis celui des Galeries Lafayette (7 décembre 1985) jusqu’à celui de lundi a la prefecture de po­lice de Paris.”

Les Abdallah
Les autorités françaises n’ont voulu fournir aucun detail pour ex­pliquer pourquoi la police avait été lancée aux trousses des freres Abdallah. Les deux seraient toujours en France. Le troisième frere, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, est mieux connu. Un Libanais chrétien, il se présenté comme un défenseurde la cause palestinienne. En juillet, il a été condamne a quatre ans de prison pour possession illegales d’armes et d aulres offenses. Toute­ fois, il doit subir un autre procès pour complicité dans les assassi­nats d’un attache militaire americain et d’un diplomate israélien.

Par ailleurs, les Français et les touristes ont eu hier a apprendre a vivre avec les mesures prises après les récents attentats. Dans les deux principaux aéroports de Paris, les arrivants ont dû faire la queue, cer­tains devant même attendre près d’une heure, avant d’obtenir le nou­veau visa exige pour avoir accès au territoire français. Dans la capitale, la presence des forces de I’ordre s’est faite encore plus visible, no­tamment dans tous les bâtiments publics (gares, métro, grands maga­sins et bureaux gouvernementaux).

Les arrestations et detentions de plusieurs ressortissants venant du Moyen-Orient ont ete dénoncées par des organisations humanitaires et religieuses qui ont mis les autorités en garde contre toute repression raciste.

Hier, le gouvernement a annonce l’expulsion d’un etudiant libanais de 22 ans, arrête a Paris le 11 sep­tembre et precise que 11 autres res­sortissants du Moyen-Orient, en majorité des Libanais, restaient en detention administrative" tandis que 15 autres demeuraient en “gar­de a vue.”

Finalement, le president de l’Assemblee parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe, M. Louis Jung, a fait savoir que la France ratifiera pro­chainement la convention euro­péenne sur la repression du terro­risme. Seules la France, l’Irlande, la
Grrece et Malte, parmi les 21 Elats membres du Conseil de l’Furope, n’ont pas encore ratifie cette convention qui a pour but de per­mettre l’extradition d’auteurs d’actes d’une particulière gravite (détournement d’avions, enleve­ment, prise d’otages, utilisation de bombes, etc.) M, Jung a fait cette annonce apres un bref entretien, hier, avec le premier ministre fran­çais Jacques Chirac.

Photo caption: La guerre aux terroristes declenchee par le gouvernement français se traduit par diverses mesures, dont la fouille ici, avenue des Champs Elysees. de deux passants par des membres de l’escouade anti-émeute. Un policier fouille un passant pendant que son collègue vérifié les cartes d’identité de l’autre.

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‘Conscience Bothered Him,” Toronto Globe. September 7, 1916. Page 05.

Escaped Prisoner Returned to Canada – Conduct Will Determine Term.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Guelph, Sept. 6 – John McDonald and Timothy Ryan, escaped prisoners from the Reformatory here, appeared before Magistrate Watt this morning to answer the charge of jail breaking. Each pleaded guilty, and agreed to be tried summarily by the Magistrate. Each got a determinate sentence of three months and an indeterminate sentence of two years less one day. The time they will serve now depends on their behavior and the Parole Board. Ryan escaped from the Farm here on June 18th and made his way to the United States. He says his conscience bothered him and he decided to return to Canada, and was captured at Welland on August 26th, shortly after he returned to this country. He was doing a year for theft at the time of his escape. McDonald escaped on December 15, 1915, and was not recaptured until the 16th of August, 1916. He had been doing six months for vagrancy, being sent from Kingston.

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“Parry Sound Jailbreakers Rounded Up,” Sudbury Star. August 10, 1918. Page 01 & 05.

Series of Robberies in District Cleared Up by Arrests

Following sensational robberies at Coniston, Warren, and St. Charles during the past week, the provincial police Thursday afternoon rounded up three young men on the west arm of Lake Nipissing. Two other young men, part of a gang of five who broke jail in Parry Sound last week, eluded the officers and are still at large. There were discomforting reports that the Warren and St. Charles robberies were committed by defaulters and deserters under the Military Service Act, for the purpose of securing supplies of clothing, food, arms, and ammunition, but the police say there is no connection in the affair.

Breaking jail in Parry Sound last week, the five young men beat their way up the Canadian Northern to Conistion junction. During last Thursday the Harris Abattoir’s store at Coniston was robbed of a considerable quantity of bacon. The band set out and walked to Warren where they arrived on Saturday afternoon. Some quantity of the stolen bacon was traded to settlers en route for other food. During Saturday night Roys’ hardware store at Warren was robbed of several rifles and some ammunition. It was a hurry-up job.

Sunday night the store of Joseph Desgrossliers at St. Charles was systematically robbed, the whole gang leisurely helped themselves to complete new outfits of clothing all around and large quantities of food. From St. Charles the gang was traced to the Dalton homestead east of St. Charles where a considerable quantity of the booty stolen at St. Charles was recovered.

Good work was done by provincial constable Fred Lefebvre and town constable Sequin of Warren in running down the gang. They received valuable assistance from several French-Canadian settlers, who actively participated in the capture. The gang was tracked down to the west arm of Lake Nipissing, and when the officers were cruising the shores in search of their camp they came across three of the gang out in a canoe fishing. There was a dash for shore, in which a number of shots were exchanged, but the officers intercepted their landing. Two of the gang offered no further resistance, but the third made matters very menacing for a while. The remaining two members of the gang on the mainland withdrew to the bush, while the third member of the gang in the canoe was finally wrested of his weapon. The three taken into custody were a young fellow by the name of Dalton, aged 28, whose home is in that section, Joe Fahant, an American citizen, and Ovila Martin, a French-Canadian. Of the two who escaped one of them is another Dalton. The two brothers are the alleged ringleader of the gang, and it was young Dalton in the canoe who have the officers a real argument. All three young men are now in Sudbury jail. In this morning’s police court they were remanded until Tuesday.

The episode set the whole countryside astir in the Warren and St. Charles section. What with rumors of lawlessness on the part of alleged deserters and defaulters the district had a bad attack of nerves. Officers found it very diffuclt to secure conveyances to go into the district. Both at St. Charles and at Warren the three desperadoes and the officers were the centre of attraction of the entire population.

The three men taken into custody take their position lightly. The Dalton boy was especially braggard. The escape from Parry Sound jail may be explained by the recovery from the Dalton boy of the keys of Parry Sound jail.

It was suspected that the gang may have been responsible for the sensational hold-up on the Canadian Northern on Wednesday afternoon. There is no connection in the two affairs.

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“Police Are Jokes For Escaped Men,” Toronto Star. August 5, 1910. Page 03.

The Two Who Got Away From London Jail Play High Jinks in Ingersoll.


Even Shake Hands With Them, But Still Elude the County Constables.

Special to The Star
Ingersoll, Aug. 5. – Jack Roberts and his chum, Steadman, who made a daring escape from the London jail Thursday afternoon last, are still at large and undoubtedly in this town and community, baffling the best efforts of the local police force, assisted by High Constable Hughes, of Middlesex, and Deputy Sheriff Watterworth, of London.

Roberts, from his knowledge of the town and community, acquired in his early boyhood days, is engineering the chase with all the skill of an experienced checker player. He has a thorough knowledge of the layout of the ground on which he is playing the game, and he cleverly checkmates every move of his pursuers. His friends in Ingersoll, who are undoubtedly assisting him in foiling the efforts of the police. Not only has he shaken hands with a number of citizens of this town, not only has openly appeared on the main streets, but he has been within a stones throw of the officers in pursuit of him, and yet he eludes them of every turn.

Stole Jar of Fruit.
Yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock Roberts entered a house in the southeast portion of the town and stole a jar of fruit. Chief Chilton was notified, and with Deputy Sheriff Watterworth, Constables Hughes and Cook, started after him. Roberts must have known of their movements, as he evaded them and hid in the Baptist church sheds, and remarked to a citizen as the officers passed by: ‘There go the four guys looking for me.’

At 7 p.m. he was seen near the C.P.R. station, and at 9 o’clock he was seen on the north side of the town, talking to a citizen. Nothing more has been heard or seen of Roberts and his chum, so far as the police are informed, though they are constantly on the lookout for any sign of the fleeing prisoners. It is stated both men are armed and will offer resistance if cornered.

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“Police Pick Up Two Lads; Notify Industrial School,” Toronto Globe. July 12, 1933. Page 02.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Welland, July 11. – Welland police today were in communication with the authorities of the Mimico Industrial School relative to two lads picked up here late Monday. Rushing to Cook’s Mills after receiving a call from Mrs. Hall at that place. Police Chief Davies and Sergeant Anderson of the Welland force picked up William JOnes, aged 17, who hails from Thorold, and William McClelland, 17, Peterboro’.

The lads had called at Mrs. Hall’s home on Douglas Street asking for food, and thinking one of them might be the missing boys, immediately informed Welland police. On questioning the lads, police learned that McClelland had escaped from Mimico Industrial School on Saturday, and that Jones, who was formerly at Mimico, had made a getaway from his place of parole.

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“Burglarized Fruit Store,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 11, 1912. Page 01.

Two Youths Caught in Royal Fruit Store.

One Boy, Aged 14, Was Arrested – The Elder Boy Escaped – Had Beans, Fruit and Cigarettes.

The operations of two youthful burglars in the Royal Ice Cream Parlor were interrupted about 5 o’clock this morning by the proprietor, Michael Pappas. One of the young thieves, aged 14, was captured and appeared before the magistrate in juvenile court this morning. He was remanded until Friday morning.

That the young boys had every detail well planned is evidenced by the fact that they left bicycles in an alley near by. Granting entrance to the back of the shop by the shop leading off Montreal street, the young lads forced this back door and had just taken possession of a can of beans, a tin of fruit and some cigarettes when they were disturbed by the proprietor. A quantity of ice cream had been consumed and destroyed, as well as a number of dishes.

The elder boy escaped but the police will probably arrest him this afternoon.

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“The bank robbery at Rainy River was committed in the Province of Ontario. The administrators of the law should be ready to take great pains and go to any expense in proving to the desperadoes that this is not a good Province for depredators of their class.”

– from the Toronto Globe, July 6, 1909. Page 04.

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“Hunting Bandits Near Rainy River,” Toronto Globe. July 5, 1909. Page 01.

Country is Rough and Pursuers May Lose Themselves.


Three Men Suspected of Ducks Train Robbery.

Seen Walking the Tracks Near Calgary – Hunt Continued All Day Without Success – Mounted Police Also Looking for Walvitch, Wife-murderer.
(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Rainy River, July 4. – The hunt for the bandits who robbed the Bank of Nova Scotia branch here was vigorously prosecuted all day yesterday in a rough and dangerous country north of here, where the robbers are believed to have their camp, and where the difficulty of following them is so great that few can appreciate it who have not traversed the wilds. The trail of the bandits was lost in the muskegs on Friday night, and although Indian trackers have been secured, they have not been very successful in securing further traces. However, bloodhounds have been telegraphed for, and will be placed on the trail as soon as possible. Several expert detectives have also arrived to direct the pursuit. The international boundary and railways are being closely guarded. The Galician with whom the bandits made their headquarters while in town is being closely watched also, as some of the authorities are not satisfied that he does not know more than they do about these erstwhile guests. To-day he reported to the police that his house had been burglarized last night and a quantity of provisions stolen, and gave it as his belief that the bandits had done it to provide themselves with food, but the police are inclined to regard this as a fake and an attempt to thrown them off the pursuit of the men to the north.

Danger of Losing Way.
The robbers are thought to have planned carefully, and to have a camp somewhere secluded in the woods, where they may remain in hiding for a considerable period. If they did not know the country well escape in the woods would be impossible, as none may venture in there in safety without guides. This is a danger which constantly faces the men who are in pursuit, but the big lumber companies are giving all the aid they can, and sending bushmen to aid the searchers.

Three Arrests Made.
Three arrests were made last night in connection with the robbery of the Bank of Nova Scotia. They are all foreigners, and while they may not actually be the bandits, they are suspected of knowing considerable about the matter. One of them is the Galician with whom the bandits boarded, and two occupants of the house.

Another Daring Robbery
Recently a daring gang has been making its headquarters here, and another cool robbery was pulled off last evening, right in the business hours, when the millinery store of Miss Brown was entered and fifty dollars taken. Miss Brown rooms over her store, and some one telephoned that she was wanted on the branch phone up there. She ran up from the store to answer the phone, and the thief cooly walked in and tapped the till for all the cash. She was absent only a minute, and had been called by a confederate of the burglar.

The Ducks Train Robbery.
Calgary, Alta., July 4. – Early yesterday morning Indians on the reserve at Morley discovered three man walking along the tracks towards the city, whose actions aroused suspicions, as they fled to cover on the approach of anyone. The police here were furnished with a description of them, as one of them tailed closely with Lafferty, the man who was arrested a few days ago at Laggan, on suspicion, of being one the bandits who held up the C.P.R. express at Ducks, but who was released. The officials thought they might have an important clue to the whereabouts of the gang. Squads of police were sent out in all directions to scour the country, and the man-hunt continued all day without success.

Looking for Walvitch.
The Mounted Police also had to prosecute a search for Anton Walvitch, a Bohemian homesteader, who shot his wife near Stetier a few days ago, and who so far has eluded arrest. He is thought to be in this immediate vicinity, and every avenue of escape is being closely watched. Walvitch is well armed and is a desperate man, consequently the police are expecting trouble when they came to close quarters with the criminal. The crime for which he is wanted is believed to have been committed while he was crazed with drink.

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“Bank Robbery At Rainy River,” Toronto Globe. July 3, 1909. Page 01.

Ten Thousand Dollars Stolen From Bank of Nova Scotia.

Held Up The Manager.

Three Armed Men Cover Him With Revolvers.

Safe Was Open and They Had No Difficulty – Pursuit Rapidly Organized and Robbers Followed to the Woods – Accountant Field Accidentally Shot.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Rainy River, July 2. – One of the most daring robberies since the time of Jesse James was pulled off today in this quiet little burgh, when three heavily armed desperadoes entered the branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia, shortly before 11 a.m., and secured between nine and ten thousand dollars in cash. They chose the time well for easy access to the money, as the safes were open at that hour, the manager was alone, and business was proceeding quietly. The bandits entered the office of the manager and covered him with revolvers. While he was thus held helplessly, they speedily gathered up all the cash available and hastily made their escape into the woods north of the town limits. The streets were full of people at the time, but none became aware of the daring robbery which had been pulled off until the alarm was given by the manager of the pillaged bank. The bandits by that time had a short start, and they dashed away into the woods.

Pursuit Organized.
As speedily as possible every available man was armed and sent in pursuit. The river front was closely patrolled to prevent the bandits from escaping back into Minnesota, from which they no doubt came, as the revolvers with which they were armed were stolen from Weeks’ Hardware Company in Spooner, last Wednesday night. The…. ]ing the woods, but pursuit…. difficult, owing to the nature of the country, which is heavily timbered and broken by innumerable streams and lakes. The bandits must either effect their escape over the river or make their way across the wild and rugged country to the C.P.R. The pursuers have an excellent description of them, and their escape should be difficult. They purchased the cartridges at the Rat Portage Lumber Company’s stores this morning, and their appearance was closely noted at the time, which supplemented the description Manager Temple was able to give. Many people also saw them running away from the bank.

Accountant Field Wounded.
While the arming of the pursuers was hurriedly in progress, a regrettable accident occurred, as a rifle was discharged, the bullet hitting Mr. Field, accountant of the bank, in the leg, inflicting a painful wound. The robbers no doubt had their plans well laid before they attempted such a daring hold-up.

The bandits were evidently experienced men, and all the circumstances were in their favor. The bank is located in temporary premises, and the only means of locking the money up was in the safe outside the grille. When Manager Templeton was alone in the bank, this morning, a stranger entered and presented a check to be cashed. There was nothing about him to arous suspiccion, and when the manager raised his head from examining the check he was looking down the barrel of a revolver. He was ordered to throw up his hands, and at this point two confederates of the bandit entered and went behind the wicket. One of them placed a revolver against Mr. Templeton’s neck and the other cash box containing about $10,000 in currency, and disappeared through the door, followed by his pals. The spokesman of the party had a strong foreign accent, and ordered Templeton not to rouse an alarm, or he would ‘keel’ him.

After escaping into the woods they separated, two taking the box and the third running in a different direction, evidently for a rendezvous. It was impossible to communicate with Beaudette, or other points around the town, as the bandits had taken the precaution to cut the wires.

Said to be Russians
The bandits had been boarding in town for a week, completing their arrangements carefully, and the Galician with whom they roomed has stated they are all Russians.

Constable Simpson followed the trail four miles north of the town into the Bad Lands, where pursuit was impossible owning to the muskegs. There are no dogs to trace them and pick up the lost trails, but every avenue of escape leading to the boundary has been closely guarded, and is being patrolled by whites and Indians. The bank has already offered five thousand dollars’ reward for the bandits. They speak English, Russian, and German, and are all men around thirty years of age.

Winnipeg, July 2. – (Special.) – The police here have been notified and will co-operate with the Ontario forces in the effort to land the desperadoes.

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“Burwash Fugitive Is Found Drowned,” Toronto Star. July 2, 1948. Page 01.

Special to The Star
Sudbury, July 2 – The body of WIlson Brock, 35, who escaped from Burwash prison farm June 19, was recovered from Long Lake at Bayswater, 16 miles southeast of Burwash, today, provincial police announced. The body was recovered by Provincial Constable Ralph Edwards.

A companion, whom police identified as George Waynott of Hamilton, who escaped at the same time as Brock, is still missing. Brock was sentenced at Hamilton in October, 1947, to 18 months, for breach of parole.

Provincial police expressed the theory Brock drowned while trying to swim a river on his way from the reformatory.

‘We believe the river, which runs rapidly and is often turbulent may have been too much for him. His body undoubtedly was carried down into Long Lake by the current,’ a police official said.

The body bore no clear cut marks that would indicate foul play, he said. ‘It appeared as if the body had been in the water for some time,’ he said.

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“Wild Chase Catches 3 Mimico Fugitives,” Toronto Telegram. June 30, 1934. Page 01 & 2.

Two Men Still at Large Suspected of Burglary And Hold-up at Elmira

Trail of Depredations Marks Flight of Prisoners – Guns Wielded at Filling Station

With three of the five in custody, provincial and county police of all Western Ontario are combining in the man hunt for the remaining fugitives from Mimico Reformatory, with the search now centred around Upper Wellington and Bruce Counties.

The five escaped from the Ontario Brick and Tile Plant late yesterday afternoon by a unique ruse. It is believed that four of them hid in a dump cart, under a load of tin cans, light refuse and other rubbish while the fifth prisoner drove the dump cart safely past the picket lines and out of the reformatory grounds. When safely away from the plant they abandoned the cart, stole a car in Islington and drove west.

Depredations of the five young gangsters since their escape are said to include one armed hold-up, one burglary, at least three car thefts and an attempt to wreck a police car.

The chase has led from Islington to Guelph then Galt, where one was caught, back on the road to Guelph, two more of the fugitives being caught on foot midway between the two cities, and through Kitchener to Elmira and Alma, where the two remaining at liberty were last seen heading toward Drayton.

Caught in the police net are: Lawrence Burns, 21, of Windsor, Bill Tracy an Bill Taras. Still at large are Frank Gedura, 27, and Alfred Ertle, aged 28.

The two men still at large are believe by police to be the pair who committed a burglary and an armed hold-up in the Elmira district early this morning, getting cash, gasoline, a revolver, cigarettes and chocolate bars.

Mr. and Mrs. John Meyers, operators of a service station three miles above Elmira, were wakened by two men at 3.10 this morning, asked for gasoline, and were then held up by the pair, both of whom had revolvers. The proprietor was forced to fill the bandit car with seven gallons of gasoline by one of the men, while the other snipped the telephone wires, stole $6 in cash and filled his pockets with candy and cigarettes.

‘Don’t you call anyone, or we’ll come back and get you,’ the bandits told the couple as they disappeared northward toward Drayton in their stolen car, which, a police check showed, displayed different license markers from those stolen with the car.

Before the hold-up near Alma, the hatchery owned by Albert Seiling, in Elmira, had been broken into, via a rear window, and $7 stolen after the men smashed into a desk. A revolver and some other small articles were also taken.

One capture was made at Galt, after police had chased the fugitives at 75 miles per hour across the city until they wrecked the car on Joseph Street, narrowly escaping with their lives in snapping off a telegraph pole.

The two men caught outside Galt were on foot, travelling along the C.P.R. tracks southwest of the city, when seen and apprehended by  a party of Galt, Guelph County and Provincial police. They gave their names as Bill Tracy and Bill Terrance.

From the story of the flight as told to Galt police by Lawrence Burns, 21, of Windsor, the first recaptured, all the party of five stayed together on foot until they sole a car at Islington. They traveled to Guelph, where they abandoned the Islington car in favor of a roadster.

The Guelph car was reported stolen at 11.55pm and Galt police were on the look-out. Sergt. Frank Cronin and P.C. Joe Byrne sighted the fugitives going past Galt and chased them into the city. Both fugitive and police cars traversed the city at a 75-mile per hour pace until the roadster slewed over the curb, smashed a pole and was wrecked in a vacant lot. The police caught Burns, but the other four men got away over the coal pile in Sutton’s coal yard nearby.

The smash in Galt was caused when the fugitives tried to swing their stolen auto in the side of the police car as the police pulled alongside, the driver of the police car avoiding the smash and letting the stolen car leap the curb when its driver was unable to stop.

Two of the four who fled from the wrecked car stole another auto, belonging to Oliver Chudney, of Hespeler, and made their further escape in it.

The escape from the reformatory was spectacular in its simplicity.

Lawrence Burns, a trusty, acted as driver of the wagon. Hailing from Windsor, Burns was serving a sentence of three months definite and six months indefinite and was due to come before the parole board in July. Alfred Ertell, of Brantford, William Taras, of Thoroldd, Frank Gedurza, of Windsor, and William Tracey, of Peterboro, were stated to have ridden out of the grounds with him.

Provincial police, aided by local police, scoured the roads, highways and immediate countryside as the escape was discovered at the usual check-up at the close of the day. Despite a wide search no trace of the men was found. They were attired in the regulation reformatory clothes of blue overalls and shirts.

Authorities at the institution believe that the escape followed a pre-arranged plan occuring shiortly before five o’clock. The dump is located about a half mile from the reformatory and it is usual for trusties to drive the garage wagon to the dump and return without a guard accompanying them.

‘It was all done very smoothly,’ declared Superintendent J. R. Elliott.

‘It was Burns’ last load of the day, and he was driving the team. He just drove through the picket lines as usual towards the dump with the other men under the garbage and when they were out of sight they abandoned the wagon and were seen running across a field.’

The wagon was found abandoned near the dump with every indication that the men had scrambled out from underneath the garbage hurriedly. The fugitives range in age from 19 to 26 years.

Ertell had a sentence of 40 months standing against him due to an escape from Burwash. He is 26 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 143 pounds in weight and has reddish hair and brown eyes.

Three others, Caras, Gedurza, and Tracey had previously escaped from the brickyard and were serving various sentences. It is believed the men would try to head for the border and police along the route have been notified to keep a close watch for the fugitives.

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“Eight Years’ Sentence Meted Out to N. Ryan,” Toronto Globe. June 16, 1915. Page 05.

Fellow Burglar, J. W. Turner, Gets Two Years – Miss O’Donahue One Year.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, June 16. – Norman Ryan was sentenced to eight years in Kingston Penitentiary by Police Magistrate A. D. Creasor this morning on two charges of burglary. Ryan’s partner in crime, John William Turner, was given two years in Kingston. Miss Kate O’Donahue, arrested for receiving stolen goods, was sentenced to one year in the Mercer Reformatory.

Ryan was given the heaviest sentence because the evidence given showed that he had been the leader of the gang. Turner got an easy sentence partly bceause County Crown Attorney Dyre had received many letters from Toronto people giving him a good character, several of those writing stating that they would give him employment if he returned to the city.

Ryan and Turner were taken to Toronto this afternoon in charge of P. C. Carson. They are alleged to be the men who held up employees and robbed the offices in several Toronto institutions recently.

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