Penal Prosecutions in the City of Montreal for the Year 1877

Penal Prosecutions in the City of Montreal for the Year 1877

Offences Against Statutes:

Aggravated assault  –  76

Assaulting constables in the lawful performance of their duty  – 54

Hindering constables in the lawful performance of their duty – 22

Obstructing constables in the lawful performance of their duty  –   6

Assaulting a female  –  8

Assaulting a male child under the age of 14  – 1

Common assault and battery  –  787

Aiding and counselling the commission of an assault  –  2

Disturbing an assemblage of persons met for religious worship  –  9

Disturbing an assemblage of persons met for social purposes  –  9

Persons using threatening language  – 1

Carrying offensive weapons  –  7

Carrying a pistol upon his person without a reasonable cause  –  11

Carrying a pistol upon his person with the intent to do injury  –  4

Pointing a pistol at another without lawful excuse  –  7

Having a pistol upon his person when arrested for an offence  –  1

Selling liquor without license  –  12

Persons holding shop licenses selling liquor in a less quantity than three half pints – 12

Selling intoxicating liquor during prohibited hours   –  9

Keeping taverns open after hours  –  17

Tavernkeepers neglecting to keep their bar-rooms closed on Sunday –  24

Tavernkeepers refusing to admit constables  –  6

Persons licensed to sell liquor delivering same to a minor under 14  – 1

Tavernkeepers not keeping a peaceable, decent and orderly house  –  1

Tavernkeepers allowing gambling in their taverns  –  2

Keeping liquor for the purpose of selling the same by retail without a license  –  12

Keeping houses of ill-fame  –  40

Inmates of the same  –  52

Habitual frequenters of the same  –  9

Keeping disorderly houses  –  7

Inmates of the same  –  14

Habitual frequenters of the same  –  9

Cruelty to animals  –  48

Encouraging cock-fighting  –  1

Committing damage to real or personal property  –  111

Destroying a plant growing in a garden  –  2

Barking a tree  –  2

Persons driving faster than a moderate trot  –  70

Contempt of Court  –  2

Refusing to be sworn before committee of enquiry appointed by Council  – 1

Refusing to reply to a question put by an assessor  – 1

Illegally practicing medicine  –  2

Persons charged with drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and vagrancy  –  2499

Offences Against By-laws:

Carters, traders, and others, driving vehicles without numbers or licenses  – 201

Carters absenting from their vehicles  – 32

Carters driving with false numbers  –  46

Carters loitering off the stands unemployed  –  139

Carters refusing employment  –  1

Carters taking an additional place on stand to the number allotted  –  1

Driving faster than a walk in turning corners of streets  –  3

Careless driving  –  2

Reckless driving  –  2

Persons driving vehicles on sidewalk  –  2

Carters demanding more than their tariff  –  2

Persons refusing to pay carters’ fare  –  40

Drivers not wearing numbers of vehicles  –  7

Drivers driving public licensed vehicles without personal license  –  12

Carters defacing their numbers  –  1

Hackney carriages not provided with lighted lanterns at night  –  6

Hackney carriages not provided with a number painted on both sides  –  1

Carters guilty of being drunk while in charge of their vehicles   –  8

Carting coal contrary to By-Law  – 6

Disorderly conduct on public markets  – 18

Refusing to obey orders of clerks of markets – 2

Refusing to pay market dues  – 1

Obstructing the passage in markets  –  1

Suspending meat in a butcher’s stall so as to obstruct passage  –  1

Practicing fraud in the weight of hay on markets  –  2

Selling damaged hay as merchantable  –  2

Butchers exposing for sale meat in private stalls without license  –  42

Butchers selling bruised meat in a private butcher’s stall  –  4

Preventing the seizure of meat by meat inspector  –  2

Selling vegetables off markets without license  –  14

Selling fresh provisions off public markets  –  7

Selling milk without license  –  45

Peddling without license  –  3

Encumbering streets  –  15

Encumbering sidewalks  – 25

Encumbering the crossings in streets  –  1

Sliding on streets  –  15

Skating on streets  –  2

Using wheel carriages in winter  –  6

Driving sleighs without bells  –  2

Dragging a wheelbarrow on sidewalk  – 1

Neglecting to cut down snow and ice on sidewalks  –  24

Removing snow from roofs of houses during prohibited hours  –  1

Committing nuisances or permitting such  –  6

Placing hay uncovered in a yard  –  1

Drawing the contents of a privy into a hole made to receive them  –  1

Acting as scavenger without license  –  4

Neglecting to clean dirty premises  –  16

Neglecting to clean or empty offensive privies  –  13

Neglecting to construct privies to houses  –  1

Neglecting to construct drains to premises  –  2

Neglecting to cleanse private drains  –  1

Keeping slaughter houses in an unclean state  – 1

Depositing ordure on streets or lots  –  15

Carrying on the business of junk dealer without license  –  8

Selling firewood deficient in measure  –  1

Delivering more than 500 pounds of coal without weighing same on a public scale  –  1

Selling firewood in quantity less than 2 cords without cording the same  –  1

Erecting buildings without giving notice to Health Department   –  1

Digging a drain without authority  –  1

Digging earth in public square without permission of City Surveyor  –  1

Keeping pigs within the city limits  –  12

Keeping unlicensed dogs  –  202

Allowing animals to go at large  –  12

Committing nuisances on the ground of the Montreal Reservoir  –  4

Wasting Water of the Montreal Water Works  –  73

Interfering with the water pipes of Montreal Water Works  –  2

Using water of Montreal Water Works for hand hose for watering without permission – 33

Driving vehicles in Mount Royal Park so as to alarm passengers  –  1

Bathing opposite the city limits  –  5

Firing crackers  –  15

Discharging fire arms within the city limits  –  2

Carrying a candle in a stable  –  1

Suffering a person to carry a candle in a stable  –  1

Throwing snow balls in streets  –  1

Playing lacrosse in streets  –  3

Catching insectivorous birds  –  1

Traders keeping their places of business open on Sunday  –  40

Keeping a musical saloon ( cafe chantant )  –  1

Playing at cards with betting  –  9

Suspending signs contrary to By – Law  –  1

Suspending a flag contrary to By – Law  – 1

Suspending goods to walls contrary to By – Law  –  4

Using a lot for the storage and sale of goods without permission  –  1

Apprentices, journeymen, and servants deserting, absenting, etc.  –  4

Bringing a person suffering from smallpox into the City without permission of the Health Department  –  3

TOTAL NUMBER OF OFFENCES AGAINST BY – LAWS        1255

extracted from  “The Report of Penal & Civil Prosecutions & Complaints Disposed of Before the Recorder’s Court of the City of Montreal During the Year 1877”

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