Title: Rex vs. James Howard Foster


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Title: Rex vs. James Howard Foster


Title Proper F0 GR0419 BOX 577 FILE 069
Date(s) 1948
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Transcript of preliminary hearing of Rex vs. James Howard Foster, charged with intent to defraud Zenji Utsunomiyo. Foster had borrowed money from Utsunomiyo to open a bakery in Smithers, then left town, eventually ending up in Vancouver. Included in the evidence in a letter from Foster where he says, “after we became partners you remember I thought you were Chinese, only to find out later that you were Japanese restricted in that territory up there. By you remaining as a secret partner has made things difficult.”
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Title: Rex vs. James Howard Foster
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