Posts tagged with: crime

A line must be drawn

Commissioners street as promenade – The Montreal Gazette Oct. 9, 1880

No doubt the electric light has made the line of wharves nearly as attractive a promenade by night as it always is by day, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Two ladies (?) were observed by the Water Police, at 12 o’clock last night, wandering slowly along Commissioners street, and when questioned as to their business abroad so late one of them became abusive. They were both provided with lodgings in the cells.


Police chief springs into action

An arrest by the chief – The Montreal Daily Post Sep. 14, 1886

Yesterday afternoon the Chief of Police* was passing along Mignonne street, when he was accosted by a man named Therrien, who pointed to three men walking hurriedly along the opposite side of the street, and said they had just waylaid a man and stolen his watch. The chief gave chase and succeeded in arresting one of them, George Gauthier, aged 19, residing on Visitation Street. Mr. Paradis afterwards met Constable Lessard and informed him of the affair, and the officer subsequently arrested George Massie, aged 21, residing on Beaudry street. The watch was found in Gauthier’s possession. The prisoners appeared before the police magistrate this morning and pleaded not guilty. As there is no claimant for the watch the prisoners will be arraigned on a charge of vagrancy tomorrow morning.


Ed’s note: Chief of Police from 1879-1888 was Hercule Paradis. Photo courtesy of the McCord Museum – who have a great photo archive available online.


Monkey days of summer

A decidedly dull day – The Montreal Gazette Aug. 14, 1891

There is a decided flatness about business in Court house circles as well as on the markets. The only case of any interest in the Police court yesterday was that of Isidore Gauthier. The crime of which he stood charged was stealing a monkey from a dime museum on St Lawrence street and selling it to a rival concern. Durocher was remanded until to-day. Some time ago he was arrested for stealing from his employers, but they refused to prosecuted.


Church silenced after organ theft

A church organ stolen – The Montreal Daily Witness Aug. 12, 1880

“Stealing the teeth from a man’s head” has been heard of, but the theft of an organ from a church was imagined to be impossible. Not so, however, for a circular signed by the Rev. T. N. Fyles, rector of Christ Church, Sweetsburgh, P. Q, and Messrs. G. F. Shufelt and George Cotton, church wardens, contains the announcement that last week a cabinet organ had been stolen from the church, and offers a reward of $50 for such information as will lead to the conviction of the thieves and the recovery of the instrument.