Posts tagged with: police

House of ill repute on St. Elizabeth

A den of infamy – The Montreal Gazette Dec. 3, 1878

At 128 St. Elizabeth street, near the corner of St. Catherine, is located a small stone house, kept by a woman named Harriet Daniels, and according to the reports of the neighbors and the police, it bears a very unenviable reputation. Midnight brawls and robberies are the general characteristics of the den. Some steps should be taken to close the place up. This woman appeared in the Police Court yesterday morning, to lay a charge against a young man named Belisle for robbery, while the latter says that the woman herself is the guilty party. The case will be sifted shortly.


Fake it until you make it out of custody

Escaped from Beauport Asylum – The Montreal Herald Nov. 24, 1863

A man named Joseph Gautier who was sent to Beauport as insane a few months ago, escaped from that institution and came to Montreal on the 8th of October. He was sent to Beauport, when about to be prosecuted for obtaining goods by false pretenses, having manifested such signs of insanity as warranted his removal to that institution. Not relishing treatment for insanity he left surreptitiously. Information of the fact was sent to Montreal and Detective Goallier was detailed to hunt him up and found him working steadily and apparently quite rational. On being brought before the authorities, his insanity feigned or otherwise, again appeared. It is thought that he is shamming. He will, however, be sent to Beauport.


Over zealous police officer draws complaint

“He squeezed her too tight” – The Montreal Daily Post Oct. 27, 1888

On Thursday a woman who sells on the Bonsecours market came to Sub Chief Naegele to complain of the way she had been treated by a policeman. It appears that the lady was overcome by her exertions when at work and fainted. A sturdy guardian of the peace saw the recumbent form, and, grasping the situation and the woman at the same time, picked the market woman up, and so nervous was he that he pressed her to him to support her rather more forcibly then he at the time realized. In fact he squeezed so hard that she vomited all her breakfast up. Hence the complaint, “he squeezed her too tight.” Sub Chief Naegele appeased the wrath of the lady by explaining that if the policeman had erred he had, like the famous Midshipman Easy, done so all through zeal. The complainant then departed, saying that the next time she faints she hopes that she will be left along to come round.


Ed’s note: Mr. Midshipman Easy is an 1836 novel about a young man who joins the British Royal navy during the Napoleonic wars. Here is the relevant quote about “zeal”: “All zeal, Mr Easy. Zeal will break out in this way; but we should do nothing in the service without it. Recollect that I hope and trust one day to see you also a zealous officer."

The morality meter

Could see nothing wrong – The Montreal Gazette Oct. 21, 1891

Yesterday noon some persons called on the Chief of Police Hughes and loudly protested against Lilly Clay’s variety show, which this week holds the boards at the Lyceum Opera house. The Chief, accompanied by Sub-Chief Kehoe, attended the matinee, and on his return to headquarters said: “I can see nothing out of the way there. I certainly remarked to the management that, perhaps, in two cases, a little more clothing might not be out of order; but, taking the show as a whole, I consider there nothing that can be said against its morality.”

Ed’s note: George A. Hughes was chief of the Montreal police from 1888 to 1900.


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.