"Bill Miner, born Bill MacDonald, was well-educated, schooled in courtly manners, a good musician, liked children and animals, very fond of women, a good dancer. He had one fatal flaw, he liked to rob trains. We know him as the "Hands Up Gentleman" Bill Miner, the most notorious train robber in B.C. history!" - Bill Barlee in "Gold Trails and Ghost Towns"
In B.C.'s first train holdup, near Mission in 1904, he stole $7,000. For two years, unsuspected, he lived quietly near Princeton, well liked by all. In 1906 he stopped the wrong CPR train near Kamloops and found only $15. After a 50 mile horse chase he was caught and sent to the B.C. penitentiary for life but escaped to the U.S. in 1907. Bill Miner, the last of the famous western bandits born 1843, died in a state prison at Milledgeville, Georgia on September 2, 1914.