(to close an unlicenced liquor outlet)
from the Sessional Papers of the British Columbia Government, 1889
extracted by Hugh Armstrong
To the Honourable the Speaker and Honourable Members of the Legislative
Assembly of the Province of British Columbia:
We, the undersigned voters and residents of Lillooet and vicinity, humbly
represent to your Honourable House:
That in the Town of Lillooet, a Chinaman, Ah Foo by name, sells spirituous
liquors by retail and by bottle, much to the detriment of the health and morality
of the youthful residents, who dare not apply at the hotels for liquors on account
of their juvenility, and we can assure you that we have often seen children of nine
years of age coining out of this house bottle in hand.
We further wish to state that said house is without the slightest accommodation,
being a darkened room without ventilation.
Also, we desire to impress upon you the fact that there are four licensed
houses in Lillooet besides the Chinaman's, being very sufficient for the size of the
We earnestly hope that your Honourable House will take such steps as will put
a stop to this great nuisance.
We would particularly request our two representatives to use their best
endeavours to assist us in the matter.
And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.
Lillooet, Jan. 25th, 1889.
A.B. Ferguson H.J. Keary J .R. Williams James Dickey
R.G. Gordon P. H. Ward A. F. Stewart M. Young
John Miller John Marshall W. G. Duguid R.W. Houston
W. J. Cusack Hugh AleGregor J.P. Lyman Paelo Santini
E. S. Peters G. R. Tinker W. C. Riley Richard Terry
D. Hurley Wm. Cumming James Dickins G. M. Stump