the BC Historical Federation Award for Historical Writing (MAY
hundred years after the fascinating events that shook Canada’s
westernmost province took place, the real story can finally be
told. Peter Grauer has taken a snapshot in time, rich in
detail and largely based on restricted and private
sources never before seen or published - just four years in
the first decade of the twentieth century. The tragic
facts of the guilt and innocence of two men, one a tubercular
Canadian school teacher and the other a reclusive American on
the run from unknown events across the border, are revealed in
this book. The wealth of detail presented by the author
will enable the reader to render judgment on whether that
Kamloops jury and the manipulated public opinion of 100 years
ago were right or wrong. After years of painstaking
research, the story of how the mysterious Third Man was
identified and how retribution finally caught up to him is
told in stark detail.
This story ranges
from the Valleys of the Similkameen, the Nicola and the South
Thompson, from Lac la Hache in the Cariboo to long-dead Phoenix in
the Boundary, and into the cities of Mission, Chilliwack and New
Westminster in the Fraser Valley.
It tells the story of Constable
William Fernie and his four First Nations trackers; Alex
Ignace, Eli La Roux, Michel Le Camp and Philip Toma. Together
they tracked the fleeing train robbers for five days, and
ensured that the Royal North West Mounted Police were able to
successfully capture the bandits near Douglas Lake.
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