By Edward Butts
They have been between Canada's such a lot determined criminals, but their names were all yet forgotten within the annals of historical past - earlier! of their day those lawless males made headline information. writer Ed Butts has rescued their tales from dusty newspaper pages and polished them up for latest readers during this attention-grabbing quantity. The Markham Gang brought Canada West to equipped crime lengthy earlier than an individual had heard of the Mafia. Lew Bevis took quite often Halifax Police division in a blazing gun conflict. The wild Macdonald cousins went to Michigan, the place they ended their violent careers as sufferers of a savage lynching. Reid and Davis, the infamous Border Bandits of the Roaring Twenties, have been the nightmare of each banker from Manitoba to the country of Washington. This rogues' gallery of killers, robbers, and males of poser stunned the kingdom, challenged the forces of legislation and order, and occasionally even received away with it.
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There was still a big reward on the head of William Townsend. The trial of the accused killer of John Nelles began late in September 1857 and lasted three days. It attracted considerable attention because Townsend's notoriety had grown since he had last been seen merrily riding a train out of Woodstock. It was rumoured that before the Nelles murder the Townsend Gang had been at work in places as far apart as London and Markham, and that it had the blood of more than two men on its hands. 39 v-//^ eJJesberate (Jnes The Crown brought forth witness after witness who identified the prisoner in the box as William Townsend, burglar, highwayman, and murderer.
These ballads, some folklorists believe, inspired Canadian-born journalist James H. MacGillivray to write the first Paul Bunyan stories. Fournier was renowned for his ferocity in barroom donnybrooks. These were no-holds-barred free-for-alls that included eyegouging, head-butting, nose-biting, and stomping with hobnailed boots. ") Fournier could kick high enough to plant the marks of his boots in a saloon ceiling. " Once Fournier's fame as a fighter was established few men were willing to take him on.
When Dain kept coming, Meeker fired twice, missing both times. Meeker started running again, but Dain tackled him and the two men grappled. Then Meeker fired again, putting a bullet into Dain's stomach. Meeker limped off into the night as Joseph Dain crumpled to the ground. When Major John Dain came across him moments later, Joseph cried, "Maj! Maj! I am shot! " As John picked up his brother to carry him back to the house, a young man ran up and asked what all the excitement and shooting was about.