The Royal Mounted Police in the Arctic
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 26 Jan 1928, p. 11-29
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The Royal Mounted Police in the Arctic


A brief historical review of the Mounted Police (formerly The Royal North-West Mounted Police) in the Arctic or sub-Arctic since 1894 when the first detachment was sent to the Yukon just before the great gold rush. The speaker relates the story of why the Mounted Police were sent there, and why they are there now, such story bound up with the story of exploration in the search for the North-West Passage. Details of the detachments dotted over the area as far north as Bache Peninsula where they occupy the most northerly habitation on earth. Duties of a detachment. Success achieved by the Force in the Arctic, with example. Hardships and difficulties. The interest of the work, with examples. A detailed description of getting to the more northerly detachments. Anecdotes of courts assembled. A detailed description of the North-West Passage, with many anecdotes of the journey, and a relating of historical events attached to several locations along the way, including a murder mystery.