A hundred years ago January 7, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (Jan. 7, 1919): Opium Smuggling in China.

The ‘Times’ [of London] learns from Shanghai that Indian opium to the value of 16,000 dollars has been seized on board the Chinese customs revenue cruiser, on which Sir Francis Aglen, Inspector-General of Maritime Customs, was returning to Shanghai from a visit of inspection to Southern ports. The Chinese crew clearly imagined that any ship in which the Inspector-General was travelling would be safe from troublesome investigation. The value of the opium indicates that the crew were merely agents of a bigger organisation. Indeed the extent to to which opium smuggling is now practised is scandalous. In nearly every ship from South China and Vladivostock some opium is found, occasionally running to enormous figures. Opium is extensively cultivated in Korea while recently established factories in Formosa are doing big business in exporting morphia to China, principally through the Japanese Post Office which the Customs are unable to touch.

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