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Letter from Price Waterhouse & Co., to Mrs. L. Sauro, December 14, 1940
Letter from Price Waterhouse & Co., to Mrs. L. Sauro, December 14, 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
Price Waterhouse & Co. was an agent employed by the Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP), a branch of the Canadian government that oversaw the administration of assets belonging to internees and other enemy aliens.
Internees were allowed to write three letters and four postcards per month. The maximum length for letters was twenty-four lines and eight lines for postcards. Exceptions were made for those who ran businesses and had to respond to letters from CEP. All camp letters were read by a censor. Contents deemed inappropriate were blacked out with ink. The same applied to incoming mail. Camp letters that were written in Italian were first translated into English before being read by a censor.
It's unclear why this letter was not sent through to Libero Sauro and instead sent to the CEP agent, Price Waterhouse & Co. Although it does pertain to the affairs of the Order Sons of Italy, the organization itself was not among those banned by the Canadian government, although many of its leaders were interned.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
December 14, 1940
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [printed on paper] PRICE, WATERHOUSE & CO. / ROYAL BANK BUILDING / TORONTO [typed] December 14 1940. / Mrs. L. Sauro, / 104 Millwood Road, / Toronto, Ontario. / Dear Madam: / LIBERO SAURO / We enclose [sic] letter addressed to your husband which was / diverted to us by the postal censors. This letter evidently refers / to matters connected with the Sons of Italy and we should be obliged / if you would forward it to the proper officials of that society. / Yours very truly, [signature in ink] Price, Waterhouse + Co. [typed] Inspectors for the / Custodian of Enemy Property. / Enc. – Letter
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