MOIR, George T.
Title: Sinners and Saints : A True Story of Early Days in the Farthest West, by anOld Timer, written and told by himself. First Edition
Publisher:  Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Victoria, B.C., 1947, 1947
Seller ID: 102501
MOIR, George T. Sinners and Saints : A True Story of Early Days in the Farthest West, by an Old Timer, written and told by himself. Victoria, B.C. : The Author. . First Printing. "This book was Mimeographed and Offset Printed by G.L. Wooding, 937 Johnson Street, Victoria, B.C. " Pp. (8),1-165,(3) + pages of photos. 8vo, yellow cardcovers, lettering in black, blank spine.
Cover subtitle: A true story of the early days in the farthest West, and the building of the Crows Nest Pass Railway. Being the dramatic story ofthe rivalry of the Canadian Pacifric and the Great Northern Railways
. Preface (dated June 3rd, 1947.
Hale and Barman British Columbia Local Histories: A Bibliography 608; Tourville, Alaska: A Bibliography 3152.
1. Personal history. Early days railroading in the 80's & 90's before the transcontinental was built in Canada.
2. The Pullman Car strike and World's Fair in Chicago. Moodys Meetings. Offered good position in Stratford Ont. if I would stay on the Grand Trunk Railway.
3. "Westward 'Ho". Stirring days in the West at Rossland and Slocan and Boundary. In the spring of '97 the Dominion Government granted a charter to the Canadian Pacific Ry. to build the Crows Nest Ry., from Lethbridge to Nelson. Employed by J. J. Hill, G. N. Ry. as Agent, serious illness tested my faith.
4. Historical scenes witnessed at Seattle & Snohomish when first news and miners arrived from Klondike. Col. S. B. Steele N, W. M. P.; Wm. Ogilvie. D.L.S.; Bob Henderson; George Carmack & two Indians.
5. The Klondike excitement. Keen competition bycoast cities for outfitting trade. Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma an d San Francisco. Routes Skagway, Dyea, Telegraph Creek, Teslin all clamouring for business.
6. Skegway Hell. Terrible snow slide at Sheep Camp disaster on the Trail of '98. Soapy Smith and U.S. Marines. Unable to secure mail.Unauthorized graft at Skagway and on the Traii until Summit of White Pass. Dead Horse Gulch. Ladies of Golden North erected monument in memory. Soapy puts one over the N.W.M.P. at Tagish.
7. Building Scow Bennett. Running Miles Canyon and White Horse rapids. Prospecting enroute Dawson. Wrangling en route, separation. Administration challenged by Press at Dawson.
8. More Klondike troubles. Narrow escape from drowning. Stampede to Dominion to restake. Good news, all miners pleased Wm. Ogilvie coming back again. Secured an interview with him on arrival.
9. The churches battle, Rev's. James Turner, R.E. Hetherington, Dr. Grant. Dickey and John Pringle. Salvation Army. Anglicens and Roman Catholics. Hospitals.
10. Hardships of the Swan Family from California. Romance of importance.
11. Walking out at 70" below zero, hardships encountered. Pulling our own sleds, sleeping outside, nearly freezing to death on the trail. Cutting wood at Road Houses, twice our lives endangered, once by hcld-up man. Encouraging words by man who trained Fitzlmmons. Treated fine by Road House owners except at White Horse.
12. Rough voyage incident might have terminated in Lynn Canal. Some rowdy characters in 3rd. class made interesting time at our first meal, again the Good Lord delivered me, victory was His. Victoria and Vancouver, met many friends, some very kind to me, financially broke but asked no favors. Secured work immediately with P. Ry. employee as clerk, left same night for Nelson, served invarious positions. Promoted position Agent at Slocan City, married in Nels on October 11.
13. Few facts about Canada's railways. J. J. Hill. G.N Ry. all out to disrupt extention of Crows Nest through Southern British Columbia. Comparison table of various branches and building of C.P.R. & G.N.R. Hectic struggle for supremacy in East & West Kootenay & Boundary, & Similkameen. Granby & Trail Smelters. Slocan's incorporation and election results, some, of its characters, John Houston & Col. Lowery, 'wild and woolly.'
14. Days in Nakusp & Sandon, intense mining in latter camp. Big dividend payer toSpokane promoters. Saloon men waited on me in '07 when company urged rne t o take Phoenix, to stay there. Whereas same element in Slocan urged the company to remove me. G.N. Ry. came from Bonners Ferry, Boats to Kaslo, Narrowgauge to Sandon H Coly. 15. Granby Smelter, some of its difficulties. Eholt one of the trouble spots. Granby, appealed directly to Sir William Whyte to clean up the vices at that point. Mr. D. C. Coleman was placed at Neison, Superintendent, who in turn brougnt J. M., Cameron to Grand Forks as Trainmaster - to make clean-up which was done in '97 & '98 of the 'boomer element.' Strong feeling of rivalry existed between Trail & Granby Co. Banquet to Mr. Hodges before he left for South America.
16. Coming of the Doukhobors. J.J. Hill's boldest attempt to make entry into Vancouver from New Westminster across the C.P.R. tracks at Sapperton, serious trouble averted, injunction placed but not sustained, simiar trouble threatened at Grand Forks to get Republic ore to Granby Smelter. K. V. lines to completed to Odulum 1913.
17. Rossland's 'Hey-day, famous in early '90s. Known as wide-open town, winter carnival, hockey & curling. Church Union effected in '17 also Prohibition vote. Miners Union refused to support Red element at Trail to strike during the war, but came out in '18. Leader Goodwin hid in wilds of Vancouver Island, was shot.
18. Cranbrook, railway terminal, completion. Crows NestPass in '99, Labour in politics, election Hon. J. H. King. Celebrated laying of steel May 24 '98. 24 acres land given bv C. A. A. A. free to city. Moir Park.
19. The dirty '30*s, erection of new United Church. Effort of local labour union man to forestall the general strike railway men in '33. The Sullivan mine Kimberley, concentrator Chapman Camp, honoring the names of S.G. Blaylock & Jorne M. Campbell, Trail.
Tear and hole in margin of 8 pages (not affecting text), covers worn and browned, surface tears and pen marks , else good. 50.00