The story centers on opium traffic. However, if one presumes that this action takes place early in West's and Gordon's careers as agents, it was probably before there were any legal restrictions at all on opium sale or use. In 1875 (probably after this story occurred), San Francisco passed an ordinance making opium parlors illegal but did not otherwise restrict its sale or use (and was motivated more by anti-Chinese than anti-drug sentiments). In 1897, the state of California passed a law requiring warning labels on narcotics and that purchases be registered. In 1907, opium was further restricted to prescription sales and was finally outlawed altogether (along with opium pipes) in 1909. See more »
Irving J Moore directs this episode which features a plot that twists more than some episodes of this series. This one is a much more mature plot than some episodes as it involves China, a Princess, and an opium smuggling ring.
It gets off to a rousing start when Arte is posing as a Chinese trying to infiltrate into one of the organizations. West is watching and when the gang exposes a Gatling gun to kill Arte & all the legitimate ones in the group, he saves Arte from a painful death.
There are several traps set in this episode. At different points both Arte & Jim are shot by Chinese blowguns. The princess turns out to be more interested in West than in being a Princess. It turns out the evil guy is a British Military guy named Smyth.
After West finally takes care of Smyth there is a little humor about Chinese food thrown in at the end. Over all this one is more mature than some episodes. Guest cast while not famous folks are good including one guy who tries to be Wests shadow after West saves his life. No one can keep up with Honorable West.
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