Saturday, 30 January 2016

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman Walk into a Police Station

The start of a bad joke?

The latest post from The Kitchissippi Museum,What Ottawans were being arrested for in 1911 includes a tabulation of The Nativity of Prisoners Arrested During the Year 1911 (in Ottawa). There's a comment that there was a blitz on Chinese persons (arrested) in May and October. That's as many for the year as a whole as the Irish.

1911 was a census year and statistics on nativity of the population of Ottawa overall were compiled, found at in page 372.


Arrest/Pop is arrests per 10,000 population. Overall arrests of those of British origin are at a rate only a quarter that for the population as a whole. The Scots have the highest among the British and the Irish least. So much for stereotypes!

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