Title: When Rum Was King : The Story of the Prohibition Era in New Brunswick. Paperback, signed.
Publisher:  Goose Lane, Fredericton, 1984, ISBN:0864920466
Seller ID: 114223
GRANT, B.J. When Rum Was King. [Cover adds : The Story of the Prohibition Era in New Brunswick]. (Fredericton) : Goose Lane, (1984). First Printing.Pp(2),iii,(3),3-244,(6). 8vo, printed orange card covers, white spine, black lettering to front cover and spine. "Its geography was ideal and the rum l ords made New Brunswick the smugglers' capital of North America. When the liquor tankers known as Rum Row disappeared, big-timers ran into Shediac, Buctouche, and Bay Chaleur more liquor than in all other provinces combined -- and almost as much ran out again to quench a thirsty America. One body ofoutmoded Federal law controlled the making, teh carrying, and the sale of liquor in Canada; and here, as elsewhere, another body of useless law triedto control its use. On Ottawa's side were Customs Officers, awkwardly mana ged and sometimes corrupt, while in Fredericton was a corps of Liquor Inspectors so incompetent that law-breakers laughed. And soon the Provincial Police force collapsed in disrepute. When the booze-laden cars roared through the night, there was almost nothing to stop them. The world seemed to pausefor great alliances to once again take to the battlefield. The young drank bath-tub gin and danced to jazz. The old tut-tutted and wondered, 'What's it all coming to?' Preachers declaimed against the evils of drink as society ignored the wrtechedness which encouraged it. Crime flourished and Prohibition gang-wars became public entertainment. In New Brunswick men who neverdrank now made the stuff, hauled it, sold it, and set before their familie s a decent meal. As one poor fisherman put it: 'This sure beats haulin' sardines...' 'When Rum Was King' chronicles this period in all its richness --the characterse, the intrigue, the political pay-offs. This was a time whe n the Premier of New Brunswick was part-owner of a run-running ship and a United Church minister became boss of the province's liquor stores. Here forthe first time are listed the places and events which made the Prohibition era one of the most colourful, and the most unsavoury, in New Brunswick's entire history. And here, too, are listed the names of officers and men in the mighty army of King Rum." - from rear. Light shelfwear, else very good.Signed and inscribed by Grant on the first page. 25.00