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The Black Candle (Inglés)

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"When coming from under the influence of marijuana, the victims present the most horrible condition imaginable. They are dispossessed of their natural and normal willpower, and their mentality is that of idiots. If this drug is indulged to any great extent, it ends in the untimely death of its addict.”

Published in 1922, Murphy's amazingly heartfelt, inaccurate and racially tinged pronouncement about drug addiction will puzzle and amuse even today's most ardent prohibitionists through its overblown rhetoric, biased sources and totally unqualified claims. In fact, the book reads almost like a satire of a modern-day anti-drug tract ala “Reefer Madness.”. Murphy's opus could be considered highly entertaining reading, except for the fact that The Black Candle was taken deadly seriously in its day and led directly to criminalization of marijuana in Canada in the 1920’s. A classic in anti drug propaganda depicting an alarming picture of the effects of opium, cocaine, as well as a “new menace,” marijuana.



I. Pipe Dreams

II. The Traffic

III. The New Buccaneers

IV. Opium

V. Snowbirds and Owls

VI. Heroin Slavery

VII. Passing on the Habit

VIII. Doctors and Magistrates

IX. Soldiers and Drug Addiction

X. The Cure


I. The Black Candle

II. The Traffic in the United States

III. Young Addicts

IV. The Drug Traffic in Canada

V. Ways of the Traffickers

VI. Trappers All

VII. War on the Drug Ring

VIII. International Rings

IX. Prisoner at the Bar

X. A Comparison and a Question

XI. Black Smoke

XII. Cocaine

XIII. Girls as Pedlars

XIV. The Hypodermic Needle

XV. Prescriptions

XVI. The Immediate Withdrawal Cure

XVII. Opened Shutters

XVIII. Prohibition and Drug Intoxication

XIX. Opium

XX. Crime and Narcotics

XXI. Drug Bondage

XXII. The Living Death

XXIII. Marahuana--A New Menace

XXIV. Orders for Search

XXV. The Spotter and Stooler

XXVI. Drugs Generally

XXVII. Salvage

XXVIII. Healing

XXIX. Forecast of Victory

XXX. The Contest

XXXI. To Addicts--Apologia

"The drug ring looks with covetous eyes upon the wealth of society and instead of stealing a lady's diamonds has only to invite her to a 'snow party,' give her a few sniffs of cocaine, and before a great while the ring has her jewels in its coffers. The same process is applied to suit "the prospect" with both sexes and in all classes."

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Emily Ferguson Murphy (also wrote as: Janey Canuck) (1868-1933) was a Canadian womens rights activist. In 1916, she became the first woman magistrate in Canada, and in the British Empire. She is best known for her contributions to Canadian feminism, specifically to the question of whether women were persons under Canadian law. Murphy was also a journalist and author. Her experience in the courts led her to inveigh against drugs, in particular opium and marijuana. As Janey Canuck, Murphy wrote a number of articles about drugs and attendant social problems. These were published in The Black Candle (1922) under her pen name. Her other works include: The Impressions of Janey Canuck Abroad (1902), Janey Canuck in the West (1910), Open Trails (1912), Seeds of Pine (1914) and Our Little Canadian Cousin of the Great Northwest (1923).

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