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RETURN Under sub-section (2) of section 10 of the "Public Inquiries Act. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1903

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 3 Ed. 7       Re Administration of Liquor Licence Act, Fort Steele J 27
Licence District.
Under sub-section (2) of section IO of the "Public Inquiries Act."
Provincial Secretary's Office,
2nd April, 1903.
Provincial Secretary.
Nelson, B. C, 6th August, 1902.
To the Honourable Sir Henri Gustave Joly de Lotbiniere, K.C.M.G.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it Please Your Honour :
I have the honour, in pursuance of the Commission dated the 8th day of April, 1902,
appointing me to inquire into the administration of the " Liquor Licence Act, 1900," in the
Fort Steele Licence District in East Kootenay, to report as follows :—
Due notice of the dates of the sittings of the Commission was given in the " British
Columbia Gazette," the Nelson " Daily News," the Moyie " Leader," the Cranbrook "Herald,"
the Marysville " Tribune," the Fort Steele "Prospector," and the Fernie " Free Press."
Mr. Lestock R. Forbes, now Chief Constable of South-East Kootenay District, was
appointed secretary, and Mr. Ralph Bradford, of Nelson, stenographer, of the Commission.
The Commission was opened at Moyie on Monday, 26th May, 1902, and subsequently
sittings were held at Elko on 28th May, at Fernie on 29th May, at Cranbrook on 31st May,
at Marysville on 2nd June, at Kimberley on 4th June, at Cranbrook again on 5th June and at
Fernie again on 6th June.
The Government was not represented by counsel, but Mr. George Thompson, barrister, of
Cranbrook, appeared in behalf of certain licensees.
A large amount of evidence was adduced with respect to Mr. Harvey, a barrister of Fort
Steele, supporting applications before the Licence Commissioners, and I beg to submit such
evidence herewith.
It was stated by Mr. McMillan, of Marysville, and admitted, that he paid Commissioner
Grace the sum of $50 to secure his assistance in obtaining a hotel licence for him (McMillan).
This is the only instance, according to the evidence, of any such payment having been
made to a Commissioner, and in no part of the inquiry was any reflection cast upon the official
actions of Commissioner Stork or Commissioner Clarke.
It appears to have been the custom of Mr. Barnes, the Chief Licence Inspector, to refer
applicants to lawyers, and in most instances to Mr. Harvey. Mr. Barnes accounts for this by
saying that he had not the necessary time to devote to filling out the required forms, and
further, that he did not consider that he was required to assume the responsibility of preparing
these forms correctly.
While I consider that Mr. Barnes' methods of carrying out the duties of his office were
careless, the evidence does not sufficiently impress me with the opinion that his actions were
In coming to this conclusion, I am giving Mr. Barnes the benefit of a doubt where statements made are contradicted by him, and are not supported by evidence other than that of the
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        Wm. H. Bullock-Webster,
victoria, b. c.
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, I.S.O., V.D., Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.


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