Statement of Claims of the British Subjects Interested in Opium: Surrendered to Captain Elliot at Canton for the Public Service (Classic Reprint)
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Publisher: Forgotten Books (19 Oct. 2016)
By: Roundell Palmer Selborne (Author)
Of his memorial, while the ordinary dealers in Opium continued liable to transportation only, tl'. Ose who prepared it for use were by law directed to be strangled a distinction in favour of the former class of offenders which is not unworthy of notice. The words of Leangchang Keu may be transcribed with advantage. I have humbly examined, he says, the laws on the crime of dealing in opium, and the punishment is banishment as a slave to the military at a near frontier: those who clandestinely Open Opium smoking shops are to be strangled after the term of their imprisonment is expired: for the crime of those who Open their shops and seduce the good, as compared with that of the sellers, is still more detestable, therefore the crime is punished by the heavier punishment of strangulation: and the cause why the opium smokers cannot be entirely cut ofi', does not rest with the Opium shops, but it really rests with the Opium brokers of Canton, and for these the laws have no for giveness. I have heard that the foreigners do not carry on their trade in the inner waters, but through the Opium brokers.
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