Montreal Gazette, 9 September 1879, page 3
An Alleged Burglar cleverly tracked
It will be remembered that on the 6th of March last a burglary was committed on the premises of Messrs Leggat & Hamilton, St Joseph Street, when the safe was blown open, the contents rifled and 600 yards of silk valued at $650 stolen, together with some other goods of more or less value. The detectives at the time were unable to obtain any clue as to the perpetrators of the robbery, since then the Moss conspiracy affaire came up in the courts, when two men named Charles Williams and Thomas Power, implicated in the affair, were arrested. In consequence of the irregular and doubtful testimony of a witness, one Salter, since committed for perjury, the prisoners were discharged from custody. High Constable Bissonnette having reason to suspect Williams and Power, shadowed the former to his boarding house on St Constant street, kept by one Dame Collett. The officer, on calling at the house the next day, and on making enquiries, found that she had received Williams about 10 yards of coloured silk, together with other goods of the same material, in payment of board. Acting on this clue, Mr Bissonnette visited Messrs Leggat & Hamilton’s establishment and obtained the services of one of the clerks, who on inspecting the goods positively affirmed that they were part of the stolen property. A man named William Doherty, who had been arrested on suspicion of complicity in the robbery, when examined before the Police Magistrate, was discharged, as no direct testimony was adduced, but the prisoner Williams, in face of the facts stated before, was yesterday fully convicted for trial at the next sitting of the Court of Queen’s Bench. It might be stated in this connection that both the prisoner Williams and Doherty were apprehended some three weeks ago by the Government police on suspicion of picking pockets on the steamer Trois Rivieres. They were then examined, but as no evidence was adduced they were discharged. The High Constable is deserving of much commendation for the able manner in which he worked up the case.