Wednesday, 27 February 2008


At Slumach's trial on 14/15 November 1890 one of the witnesses for the defence is a man called "Moody." Generally it is thought that this witness was George Moody, the son of a Native woman and Sewell Prescott Moody, the lumber exporter of Moodyville, now North Vancouver.

The Daily Columbian of 14 November 1890 refers to this witness as "Moody, an Indian." Was this witness George Moody or was it someone else.

Going through the 1889 Police Court reports I came a few times across an Indian called Moody, a repeat offender hanging around in New Westminster for most of 1889. The following clipping, the last in 1889 showing his name, mentions that he is from the reserve in Harrison. That would link him to Seymour (who was the only witness to the murder of Louis Bee). Was this perhaps the Moody mentioned in the court records as a witness for the defence? And if he was not George Moody, who is this man?

Police Court (before T.C. Atkinson, P.M. and P. McTiernan, J.P.)
Moody, the chief of all vagabond Indians, graced the dock again this morning with his ugly countenance on charge of being drunk. Last July Moody was ordered by the court to return to his rancherie [reserve] on the Harrison River, there to remain three months in quiet seclusion as a sort of penance for his all round wickedness. As was expected, Moody failed to keep his promise, and although he got drunk repeatedly in a quiet sort of way, it was not till yesterday that the police caught him napping. When asked if he was guilty of the charge, Moody seemed grieved that the court should put such a useless question and replied “Of course I was drunk.” Fined $5.00.

Unfortunately I have to go back and find the exact date.

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