Crippen, Layton W. (1872-1916)

Layton W. Crippen was a journalist who filed a widely-read report on the exclusion of South Asian immigrants from Canada in 1908. He was born in England and  moved to New York as an adult where he joined the Tribune. After three years he became New York correspondent to the Times of London. Later he left New York to become the Times correspondent in the West making his headquarters in San Francisco. In 1908, he accompanied Lord Northcliffe, proprietor of the Times, on a tour of Canada and the United States. While on this tour he wrote a long story from Vancouver reporting on the arrival of SS Monteagle with 183 South Asians on board and the handling of these passengers. This was the Canadian government’s first major application of the continuous journey rule against immigrants from India, and he happened to be on the spot to report the scene. He began his article by saying that he was writing “in a condition of extreme indignation” and went on to ask what the legacy would be for future generations in B.C. “and for the British Empire and the World.” After this tour Crippen returned to England to join the staff of the Times and Daily Mail. He eventually returned to New York and the New York Times.

Sources: L.W. Crippen to the Times of London, 30 March 1908; Obituary, New York Times, February, 1916.