1929 : SMUGGLING CONTINUES

SMUGGLING CONTINUES

The report of the attorney-general said that liquor smuggling from the high seas and across the Canadian border continued during the past year and that the ocean smugglers had discarded the use of large boats for speedier motor boats. It asserted that St. Pierre-Miquelon, French possession, in the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, had been the chief base for the illegal liquor supply of those engaged in -smuggling into the United States.
Almost every phase of the prohibition enforcement work increased during 1928. Criminal prohibition prosecutions instituted during the year totaled 56,786, the number of cases terminated …

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1934 : Sam Bronfman and Allan Bronfman sought by RCMP

Two Montrealers, Sam Bronfman and his brother Allan, sought by Royal Canadian Mounted Police as alleged members of a huge $5,000,000 Canadian liquor smuggling ring, announced last night from Ottawa that they were prepared to return to Montreal and surrender.

– Gazette, Thursday, Dec. 13, 1934

Return they did, together with their two other brothers, Harry and Abraham. And so began what Bronfman family chronicler Peter C. Newman calls  »the legal battle of their lives. »

The charges were fallout from Prohibition in the United States, the  »noble experiment » that had ended the year before as something of an …

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1903 – The Second St Pierre

MCGRATH P. T. (Sir), 1903, The second St. Pierre. In New England Magazine May vol. 28 new series (3) pp. 285-298 illus..

The Second St. Pierre
By P. McGrath

THE destruction by earthquake in May, 1902, of St. Pierre, Martinique, suddenly reminded the world of the existence of that unfortunate city, but there happily has been little to call its attention to a second French colonial town, that of St. Pierre, Miquelon. Yet this latter should be a place of no small interest to us, because it serves as a sort of halfway house for the New England fishing fleet …

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