Smugglers of the West: Tales of Contraband and Criminals

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Heritage House Publishing Co, Dec 15, 2011 - True Crime - 144 pages
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Do you think the smuggling of drugs and people is a new phenomenon in Canada’s west? Think again! Between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries, many daring smugglers carried contraband goods and people into western Canada across the US–Canada border or into BC from Asia. Smugglers of the West tells the dramatic tales of the bold criminals who smuggled Chinese immigrants, opium, liquor and a host of commodities ranging from wool to live animals to tobacco. Among them are Boss Harris, the shadowy kingpin whose opium-smuggling empire stretched from Victoria across North America, and King of the Smugglers Larry Kelly, who reputedly tied illegal Chinese immigrants to pig iron so they could be tossed overboard if American patrollers got too close. Rosemary Neering takes readers into a shadowy world where no item was too small and no risk too large for the men and women who carried goods and people clandestinely across the border.

 

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Contents

prologue
5
introduction
7
In the Beginning
10
Fuelling the Heavenly Habit
18
Winning Some Battles Losing the War
31
A Convoluted Conspiracy
43
The Evil Persists
51
People over the Border
60
From Japan to Canada
86
Smuggling Lite
93
Not a Drop Shall Pass Their Lips But It Did
104
Liquor by Land
116
Two Kings a HiJack and Working Rum Row
124
bibliography
138
index
140
acknowledgements
142

Cowboys Liars and Lawmen
72

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About the author (2011)

Rosemary Neering is a Victoria-based writer, editor and photographer. She has published numerous articles in noted periodicals such as British Columbia Magazine, Canada's History Magazine, and Western Living. Rosemary also has over 40 book-length publications to her name, including A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia and Down the Road. Her most recent publications include The Pig War , Smugglers of the West and British Columbia Bizarre. When Rosemary isn't travelling throughout BC looking for new stories, she enjoys time at home with her partner, Joe, and her cat.

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