* And so the case ends, so far as the papers are concerned. But Rev. John Pringle still stands to liis guns, and as late as February, 1908, I find a letter from him published in the Toronto 1 News ' and dated Dawson, January 28. In this letter he says :
Ha,s the law been enforced in the Yukon? Has it been enforced in precisely the same way as the law in every other part of Canada has been enforced? Let us see.
1. There is, or it is generally believed that there is, a law forbidimg the immigration into Canada of prostitutes and criminals.
Has this law been enforced?
We have a customs house at Summit, and a strong police force at WMteho-rsa-the door to the Yukon. Wihat has been done to throw back the steady stream of prostitutes with the collateral stream of male undesirables which have poured into this territory for years ? Absolutely nothing.
The police who are always ready to do their duty have mot been instructed or permitted to prevent this shameful immigration.
It is sufficient for my pur-pose to quote the words of the assistant commissioner of police, spoken in the Yukon Council, last August, during the debate on dance halls: ' If the dance halls are closed hundreds of these women will not flock to the city, as they have been doing, for the past two years.' If there is any sudh law or -regulation governing immigration and its enforcement elsewhere, has been on Yukon lines, it i-s a dead letter, dead as a coffin nail.
2. There is a federal Sunday law, passed after sore -travail. I shall not argue whether it is good -o-r had, broad or narrow. It is a law for the enforcement of which in the unorganized districts and territories the Minister of Justice is responsible.
H-a-s this law been enforced in the Yukon?
Last April the assistant commissioner of police was advised that the law was in force, and instructed to report to the Minister of Justice infractions of the law. He dad so. Was the law enforced?
Was there any pretense made of enforcing it?
Absolutely none. The assistant commissioner was told that the police would do their duty if they attended to complaints made by private citizens, and the constables on duty on the streets of Dawson and on the creeks, saw the law broken-book stores, cigar stores, general stores, teams, wood-sawing machines going on S-unday as on other days-and under order, did nothing to enforce -the law. The Department of Justice had forbidden action, and had thrust the onus and the odium of prosecution on the private citizens.
3. The Criminal Code forbids the business of prostitution. Has. this law been enforced as in any other part of Canada.
He goes on to give very explicit reasons to show that this law is a dead letter. He says that it is impossible to convict. The Minister of Justice, he says, instructed the
authorities iu a particular case which'was reported to him to take no action. He goes on to speak of gambling :
4. The Criminal Code forbids gambling. Has ifche law been enforced precisely in the same way as in any other part of Canada ?
To say, here, that it has, is to raise an incredulous laugh. I have seen in the police court, right under the eyes of the police magistrate, all the furniture of the common gambling houses raided by the police, money taken from the faro tables, cards and chips from the poker tables, the best men in the police court swore to the facts. The case was dismissed. How do police magistrates in the east calculate the preponderance of evidence? By counting the witnesses solely or by considering their character and weighing themr testimony also? . . . Have the laws for the
protection of life and property been enforced?
I believe they have, thanks to the police, unthwarted and unhindered in .this sphere of their duties, and also to the impossibility of escape except north or south by the river into the arms of the police, and east or west into an untrodden and unhospibable wilderness.
Has the liquor ordinance