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Ah Soy

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths.   They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.

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BC Archives GR-0431

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when requested by Mr. Wardle and others to assist in placing the body in a coffin makes me suspicious of him. There were two other Chinese present at the above mentioned time but they assisted willingly and without showing any signs of fear or reluctance. My theory of the affair is that the two Chinese had a quarrel at noon or when Ah Leong returned to the work (I think at noon) about his eating the potatoes or about the cattle breaking into the field and that the accused Ah Leong struck the deceased with whatever weapon he had in his hand (probably an axe or garden hoe) and then reported the matter at Hope. I have made a thorough search for the weapon but have not been able to find it. I will go down to the ranch this afternoon and make another search before I return to Lytton.

I have the honour to be Very obediently yours Frederick Hussey Govt. Agent

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 3 File 7 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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