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From the Central Series
- Sidney Lennox
- Mr. and Mrs. Zahn
- Peter Zahn
- Flora Pemberton
- Mr. Pemberton
- Mr. and Mrs. Skelley
- Mr. and Mrs. Aabink
Chapter By Chapter Summary
Chapter One: Trouble on the Road
Chapter Two: Smugglers!
Chapter Three: An Argument
Chapter Four: Searching for Clues
Chapter Five: A Terrible Loss
Chapter Six: An Unexpected Discovery
Chapter Seven: Suspicions
Chapter Eight: The Deputies
Chapter Nine: Fire!
Chapter Ten: Under Arrest
Chapter Eleven: Likely Suspects
Chapter Twelve: The Quilting Bee
Chapter Thirteen: Searching for Evidence
Chapter Fourteen: Answers--and More Questions
Chapter Fifteen: Back to Pemberton Cove
Chapter Sixteen: A New Suspect
Chapter Seventeen: Home Again
Discusses smuggling during the War of 1812. Topics covered:
- Relations between the United States and Upper Canada prior to the war's beginning, with trading regulations changing as tension increased between the two countries.
- Americans being forced to only buy American-made products and to only sell their goods within the United States, due to a law passed in 1807.
- The new trading laws being passed to prove the United States was strong and independent, and to create hardships for British colonists.
- Hardships Americans faced because of the new trading laws, especially for farmers and shopkeepers along the border who found it easier and cheaper to trade with buyers in Upper Canada.
- The increase in payment through smuggling once the war began, with the British willing to pay high prices for food to feed their troops.
- Smuggling earning more income through the selling of potash, and the use of potash to make cloth and gunpowder in English factories.
- The attempts to stop smuggling being difficult due to displeasure over the new trading laws, and the sympathy felt towards struggling farmers and the smugglers.
- Jacob Jennings Brown, a businessman so well known for smuggling that he acquired the nickname "Potash Brown".