Union is accomplished! On y parle Chinook!

“Chinook spoken here,” that is.

No Chinuk Wawa here, but I’ve got to share this one-of-a-kind advertising use of the language in British Columbia’s frontier period, just after the colonies of BC & Vancouver Island were united.

Looks like a big dose of political opinions mixed in with a commercial appeal…

union is accomplished

Union is accomplished and Producers Protected.

The country only can be saved by Patronizing


No. 18 Fort street, opposite Mrs. Heal’s Boarding-house.

SINCE WE ARE TO HAVE A TARIFF, Island Produce will be in demand and to supply the increase of orders it has been necessary to make arrangements with several more hunters and fishermen; also Producers will always be able to find a market for their vegetables and other produce at reasonable rates; whilst consumers can have their demands shipped free of duty. The market will henceforth be supplied with the finest Venison, Fish and Game of every description.

Clams and Oysters from the newly discovered beds at Chemainus.

Since preparing the above we learn that a special Telegram has arrived from the Home Government stating that Chinamen pedlars are to be taxed $30 per head, per month, and knowing it to be a fatal shock to them, the “Original” will go in mourning for the space of one month, in respect to their memory.


— from the Victoria (BC) Evening Telegraph of October 7, 1866, page 2, column 2

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