The Law and the Lawless

Frontier Justice on the Canadian Prairies, 1873-1895

Edited by: Art Downs
ISBN 9781927527863
Softcover | Publication Date: April 21, 2014
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
144 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

When members of the fledgling North West Mounted Police first travelled west in 1874, they found a vast and rugged land ruled by whiskey traders, outlaws, and proud First Nations. From remote barracks in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, they quickly rose to the job of settling disputes and meting out frontier justice. They put their lives on the line and sometimes paid the ultimate price for it, as revealed in the story of Manitoba’s beloved first police chief, Richard Power, who drowned while pursuing the fugitive Mike Carroll. In other stories, the frontier town of Calgary is the site of the first hanging of a white man in western Canada, while further east, a quick-witted Métis from St. Boniface earns the title of Manitoba’s first Indigenous outlaw. These are amazing stories indeed of a formative time in Canada’s history and the diverse people who played a role in bringing justice to the western plains.

About the Author(s)

Art Downs(1924–1996) was a writer, editor, historian, and pioneer of BC book and magazine publishing. Born in England, he moved to Saskatchewan as a young child and later settled in Quesnel, BC. He became owner of the Cariboo Digest, which evolved into BC Outdoors, a successful magazine about BC history, wildlife, and conservation. In 1979, Art and his wife, Doris, established Heritage House Publishing.