Clément Goyette

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Clément Goyette - YERDICT MURDER AGAINST GOYETTE Slayer of tie...
YERDICT MURDER AGAINST GOYETTE Slayer of tie Colligans Declared jjuilty by the Jury. 10 BE HANGED APKH 28. An Appeal to Be Made for Commutation of the Sentence to life Imprisonment. i,1Drignal,''Ont., March 23 (Special). At the assizes 'here this afternoon Clement Goyette was found guilty of murdering Daniel Colllgan, of Alfred ' township, on January 24th, and was sentenced to be hanged on April 28th. Mr, Edmund Proulx, who conducted the defence, expressed his intention of appealing to the Minister of Justice for a commutation of the sentence to life imprisonment, the ground of auch appeal to be Goyette's mental condition. The Jury was unanimous In its 'verdict and reached it after only twenty minutes' deliberation. Goyette, who Is an undersized degenerate, broke down and wept when sentence wu3 passed. He had to be assisted to his cell. The court room was crowded, and as the verdict of guilty was anticipated, there was no demonstration. The addresses of Judge Teetsel and the opposing counsel were confined solely to the . legal aspect of the case. Mr. irroulx, for the defence, pleaded , for life imprisonment, citing aa precedents the - fahortis and other cases. He maintained that the evidence proved that there was insanity in the Goyette family and that the accused had undermined his already feeble reason by strong drink. On the other hand, Mr. Gordon Henderson, of Ottawa, Crown prosecutor, maintained that there was ample evidence to prove that Goyette was fully aware of what he was doing when he murdered the Colligans, father and son, and attacked the mother. Judge Teetsel, If anything, leaned to this view, speaking generally of the fairness of Canadian Justice. His Lordship compared , It with the justice of some countries,' where lynch law prevails and law and order are not held as high aa in Canada. The trial which lasted two days excited the greatest interest and the court room was crowded at the different sessions. It was brought out in evidence that Goytte, who liad been hired by the Colligans but two weeks previous, led in prayer In the morning and In hymn singing in the afternoon of the day of the niurd-er, killing the father and son and wounding the mother, but an hour afterwards. Anjered at a slight reprimand he seized a broad axe and brained both father and son in the stable. Evidence was given today by several of Goyette's former fellow workmen to show that he was of a weak mind. He was subject to fits, drank heavily, and frequently threatened suicide. His wife, Mrs, Mary Goyette, of St. Elizabeth street, Montreal, swore today that she had- to leave him on account of his dissolute habits. Evidence was also submitted to slhow that he had uerved in St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary, where, however, he was rated as a good conduct prisoner. Expert evidence on his mental condition was given by Dr. Clarke, of the Kingston Asylum, and Dr. Beemer, of the Mimico Asylum, Toronto, both of wham agreed that Goyette showed no signs of insanity when iwber. Aa he was found guilty on the chaTga of murdering Colllgan sr..ythft indictments for murdering Colllgan Jr. and wounding Mrs. Colllgan, were dropped. Goyette accepted hanging from the start as inevitable, but a strong effort will be made to have turn placed in an asylum. M0TOEALERS HONORED. Delegates to Associated Chambers of Commerce Dined by Sir Alfred Jones, (Canadian Associated Press.) London, March 23. Sir Alfred Jones yesterday entertained at luncheon at the Palatine Club, Llverpool, Messrs, G. E. Drummond, H. A. Hodgson and Aid. H. B. Ames, of Montreal, who are the representatives of the Montreal Board of Trade to the meeting of the Associated Chambers of Commerce Congress, filr Alfred, in proposing the toast of the Canadian visitors, said the people in this country were very much indebted to Canadians for the hearty and hospitable reception accorded representatives of the British Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the Congress at Montreal. There was at the present time a great desire on the part of the people of Great Britain, also by the people of the Dominion for closer relationship. Sir Alfred thought this desire would be best promoted toy means of reciprocal commercial arrangements. Mr, Drummond, responding, ridiculed the suggestion that Canadians were anxious for annexation to the United gtates. He pointed out that the strong desire of the present generation was to remain British. As to the fiscal question, he hoped it would be kapt clear of party politics, and that some satisfactory solution would be found which would be conducive to the best Interests of the colonies and the Mother Country. They in Canada had no selfish object in view. It was absolutely necessary that they should have their diversified employment If they were going to maintain the Dominion in the position it ought to occupy as the outpost of the British Umpire. Mr. Drummond hoped that the commission would get to work on the subject of the fiscal question with a view to a satisfactory solution. Mr. Hodgson said Canada had shown a willingness to do a share in the bringing about of closer relationships with the Mother Country by giving a preference and raising the tariff on the Americans. Regarding the 6t. Lawrence navigation, Mr. Hodgson said they had Invited the underwriters of England to come out to see for them-telves what had been done to make the river perfectly safe for navigation night and day. Aid. Ames said Sir Alfred Jones had said he hoped Canada would buy the goods England had got, but Aid. Ames said they in England had got to do more than sell Canadians goods they wanted, and which they desired to use. Americans and, Germans were on the epot ready to make any outlandish thing the people would buy, and were taking trade from Great Britain. OBITUARY. Late William Orr, The funeral takes place tomorrow afternoon of Mr. William Orr, of Covey Hill, where he had for many years been postmaster. In, January Mi Orr, who was 73 years of age, had his leg broken by a kick from a horse, and this was followed by an attack of pneumonia, from which he was too weak to rally. Death ensued yesterday morning, Mr. Orr, who was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, had lived in Canada for sixty-five years, and in December last he celebrated his golden wedding. He served in the Canadian militia, flrnt in the Havelock Rifle Company, and later In the 61st Regiment (Hem-mlngford Rangers) and was granted the Fenian Raid medal for service in

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  1. The Gazette,
  2. 24 Mar 1904, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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