The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 25, 1959 · 19
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The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 19

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Wednesday, November 25, 1959
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MONTREAL, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1959 SUN RISES AT 7.05 A.M.; SUN SETS 4.16 P.M. E.S.T. tC (f3UHCttC I SECOND SECTION P.? 19 to 38 Speedy Sentence Rejected A 40-year-old thief apparcad Quite disappointed yesterday when a criminal court judge refused his request for immediate imposition of sentence. Paul Emile Gagnc was arrest ed with two other men after they had broken into a restaurant at 648 Wellington St. on Sunday The trio led by Gagne readily pleaded guilty to breaking and entering chaiges before Judge T. A. Fontaine. The judge decided to postpone sentence until Dec. 3 and Gagnr spoke up. "It would please me your honor if sentence was imposed immediately," the prisoner told the court. After glancing at Gagne's record which showed four previous convictions including two year terms in 1955 and 1957 Judge Fontaine observed: "I don't see the reason why you're in such a big hurry. I can assure you that a week's delay in jail pending sentence isn't going to make much difference in your case . . ," The judge turned down the request stating he would give the case further study. 'Package Deal7 For Thieves Out-Judge Anyone who ?oes out and com mits a series of crimes, gets caught and then hopes to get a "package deal" is sadly mistaken. Judge T. A. Fontaine said in Arraignment Court yesterday. The judge made his remarks to Bernard Brassard, a 34-year-old fraud specialist and thief. The court observed that Brassard had committed a series of crimes earlier this year and had finally been halted by police. "In July you were given sentences totalling four years and some of them were concurrent," he said. "Now you have pleaded guilty to another charge before me and you probably expect a auspended sentence." "That's not going to be the ease because I believe that each case should be punished separ ately. So I sentence you to one year but this sentence is to be consecutive to the others." A Unique Graveside Ceremony U.S. Civil War Recalled Here The historical role of Canada, and particularly of Montreal, in the American Civil War struggle came to light again yesterday In a unique graveside ceremony on the slopes of Mount Royal. A simple tombstone was placed on the grave of Mrs. Margaret Louisa Howell, mother-in-law of Jefferson Davis, who took refuge in Montreal with the Oavis children while the conflict was being v aged in the United States almost a century ago. Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederate States at the time of the Civil War and was himself forced to flee the coun try. He too found himself refugee in Montreal. Mrs. Howell died in Montreal on Nov. 24, 1867 and was buried on the slopes of Mount Royal tnree days later. Until yesterday her grave was almost unmarked B. N. Holtham, QC. of Sher brooke. Que., took a lively in terest in the family history and was responsible for contacting a grandson of Jefferson Davis, Mr Jefferson Hayes-Davis of Colo rado Springs. The latter co-ope rated in erecting the monument. Family Taken To Safety One of the people that took in the Davis family when they fled to Montreal was John Lovell who had a house at the corner of Union Ave. and St. Catherine St., where Morgan's department store now stands. Mrs. Howell spent sometime with the Lovell s as did her daughter and son-in-law, Jefferson Davis. The Davis family also spent some 11 months in Lennoxville. Que. 'a few miles from Sher- brooke) and they occupied a house on the hill that is still standing. Mr. Holtham relates that Mrs. Howell was travelling to the United States in the fall of 1887 when she took sick. Her daughter went down to bring her back to Lennoxville. Apparently, they got as far as Montreal where Mrs. Howell died in the Lovell house. The funeral service was held from Christ Church Cathedral. Yesterday, Rev. J. G. Firth of Christ Church Cathedral presided at a graveside ceremony and blessed the new monument, with about 10 people present. The inscription on the stone read: "Howell, Margaret Louisa Kempe, widow of Lt. William Burr Howell, USMC, and mother of Vanna Davis, the wife of Jefferson Davis president of the Southern Confederacy. Born Jan 6, 1806; died Nov. 24, 1867." A great-grandaughter of Jeffer By JIM FERRABEE son Davis, Mrs. W Stewart of Santa Barbara, Calif., was on her way to Montreal to be present at the ceremony Unfortunately, illness delayed her in Vermont and she was unable to get to Montreal in time for the event. Draped over the tombstonei was a specially-made Confeder ate flag Mr. Holtham, being un able to purchase one. made the 13-star. blue and red flag him self. A touch of history was re created The part a neutral country played in what has been called the bloodiest war of the 19th century. Druggist Presents Salk Puzzler Suspect Sold Serum Before Theft Bar beau Wins Annual Prize In Literature Victor Barbeau, one of French Canada s leading literary fig ures, has been awarded the Saint Jean Baptiste Society's Duvernay prize, it was an nounced yesterday. In announcing the award, the society said it wished to mark the high quality of Mr. Bar- beau's work as a whole as well as "his exceptional merit as one of the top animators of con temporary French-Canadian lit erature." The literary prize has been presented for the past 16 years. Mr. Barbeau will receive his award at a testimonial dinner at the Queen's Hotel on Dec. 6. Mr. Barbeau is a professor in the Faculty of Commerce, Uni versity of Montreal. ' V THE LUXURY OF CAMEL-HAIR For the fortunate few who can afford the very best, luxury needf no justification and a superb camel-hair overcoat is surely the next best thing to going south for the winter months. Try one on at Simpson's and you'll see what, we mean. Choose from blue, grey or natural in rSfUai or et-in styles. Ready-toWear in Sizes 37 to it Short, Regular and T all Fittings $176 s Second Floor, Dept 711 977 St Catherine St. W. (Gazette Photo Service) HISTORICAL GRAVE: B. N. Holtham, QC, stands beside the tombstone on the grave of Mrs. Margaret Louisa Howell, mother-in-law of Jefferson Davis, president of the Southern Confederacy during the American Civil War. Mrs. Howell died in Montreal where she had taken refuge with the Davis children in 1867. The grave was unmarked until yesterday. A confederate flag lies on the ground beside the gravesite. A Pont Viau druggist testified yesterday in Enquete Court that Salk vaccine theft suspect Jean Paul Robinson sold him 299 vials of the scarce anti-polio serum a few hours after the Laval des Rapides laboratory looting last August 31. Judge John O'Meara ruled after a three-hour hearing in the case that Crown Prosecutor Jacques Coderre had laid sufficient evi dence before the court to justify sending the 33-year-old South Shore man on his way to trial on three charges connected with the theft of 6.801 "shota". But in his cros-examination of prosecution witnesses, Claude Danis for the defence introduced some puzzling factors. The druggist, for example, told the judge he had made purchases of the vaccine from Robinson during several weeks preceding the theft. And the professor in charge of the looted laboratory said he delivered 250 of the 10 cc. vials to a man who was "possi bly" the accused and who signed a receipt as "Paul Robinson" on Aug. 19. Accused Rented Apartment There was no doubt left by witnesses, however, that it was the accused alone who rented the jSt. Hubert St. apartment where all but 183 of the shots" were found four days after the crime. The janitor at 5252 St. Hubert St. testified Robinson rented the two-and-a-half room apartment less than 20 hours after the theft Two senior workers in the Laval des Rapides laboratories of the University of Montreal Institute of Microbiology also identified Robinson as the man who was shown through the premises for about an hour a few days before the theft there. They said the accused repre sented himself as a medical stu dent wso was particularly inter ested in immunization serum be cause of his employment in ; health unit in Montreal Smith. Robinson's actual occupation was not disclosed by the evidence, but on the police record he declared he was a "marine engineer." Arpolis Beland, 54, the diminutive but voluble nightwatchman of the laboratory buildings, who was closed up behind a grilled area leading to the monkey cages while the robbery was in progress, could not identify Robinson as one of the three men who carried out the $17,000 worth of precious Vaccine. He said their faces were covered with nylon stockings. One tried to rip up a laboratory gown for the purpose when he told them 'you'll only find string here." Finally they hit upon the idea of closing him up behind the grilled door leading to the cages. They demanded the keys to his car which he used to make his MM) By Leon Levinson PECK'S Sherbrooke Eost of Guy STORE HOURS: 9.30 a.m. To 6 p.m. Fridays Till 9 p.m. FOR YOUR HEALTH'S SAKE Investigate Our Line Of cm- PORTABLE HUMIDIFIERS POTTERY TABLE MODEL Evaporates approximately water into the air per day. 4 gallons of Pottery reservoir available in a soft shade of Green or Blue. Diameter of reservoir is 16", overall height 9". $99.50 SHERWOOD TABLE MODEL Evaporates approximately 4 gallons of water into the air per day. Reservoir and dome of heavy gage copper finished in Sherwood Green Diameter of reservoir is 16", overall height 9". $124.50 BRONZE TABLE MODEL Evaporates approximately 6 gallons of water into the air per day. 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'I asked them what they wanted and assured them there was no money in the place," he added. 'They aid 'don't worry, we know why we're here, and now show us where the monkey department is'." When he brought them to the monkey cages, they asked him for some rope to tie him up. They rounds and which was parked outside the laboratory. Two hours later, after they had fled in his car (recovered at the end of the day) he managed to shake loose the catch of the grilled door and phoned police to report the theft. Dr. Lionel Forte, assistant director of the Institute, identified the cartons of vaccine found in the apartment rented by Robinson on St. Hubert St. as bearing the numbers and markings of the stolen shipment received in August from the University of Toronto Connaught Medical Research Laboratories. He testified that the vials were I invoiced at "approximately" $2.50 each and were sold to government agencies for $5. At the time of the theft which came during the greatest period of scarcity as the epidem-I ic reached its peak his instruc-j lions were to release vials only on specific orders from the Pro vincial Health Department. ' On Aug. 19, he declared, under cross-examination by Mr. Danis, he received a telephone call from a department otticial instructing him to deliver 250 "shots" to a "Mr. Robinson." The quantity was picked up the same day. He showed the court the receipt signed "Paul Robinson" but could not be sure it was the accused to whom he made the delivery. "Possibly it was he," he said. 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