230 PUBLIC PAPERS OF GOVERNOR ROOSEVELT
February 21, 1899. Henry L. Montague. Sentenced January 20,
1893; county, Jefferson; crime, forgery, second degree; term, twelve
years; prison, Auburn.
Commuted to six years and one month, actual time.
Montague was convicted of forging his employer's name to a note
for $50. This having been his second offense, the severe sentence of
imprisonment for twelve years was imposed. Justice does not seem to
require that he Should serve the full term. The amount of the note was
not large and most of the money obtained upon it was returned. The
judge who sentenced him writes that if Montague would let drink
alone he would have no trouble. The commutation is granted on
condition that hereafter he abstain from the use of intoxicating liquor.
February 23, 1899. John Bowes. Sentenced March 29, 1894;
county, Ulster; crime, burglary, second degree; term, seven years and
seven months; prison, Clinton.
Commuted to four years and eleven months, actual time.
It was claimed on the trial that Bowes was insane, but that defense
did not prevail. He was, however, very soon after his conviction
transferred as insane from the prison to the Matteawan Asylum, and
has been kept there ever since. His friends, who have caused suitable
provision to be made for his future care and custody, ask very
earnestly for his release, and as there seems to be some doubt as to his
responsibility for his conduct when he committed the act charged
against him, it has been deemed just to grant their petition.
March 1, 1899. Antonio Minisci. Sentenced January 29, 1887;
county, Monroe; crime, murder, second degree; term, life; prison,
Commuted to twenty years, subject to legal deduction for good