This tidbit from The Victoria Colonist of 1924

"Some things never change" edition!


Do You Remember – Way back when a noted character by the name of John Butts was town crier in Victoria? At the different corners he would ring his bell and announce that Jim Macrae or some other auctioneer would hold a sale that morning on Wharf St, often winding up with a little Chinook and ‘the goose hangs high.’ He would frequently be before the magistrate for some small offence. On one occasion he asked the judge to let him off, saying that if discharged he would leave the country. ‘Where will you go, John?’ asked His Honor. ‘I’ll go to ‘Squimalt, sir!’ replied Butts; and ever thereafter anyone declaring his intention to leave the country was always asked if Esquimalt was his destination. (1860s)



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