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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employed on the ranch. There were only two chinamen employed on my ranch last Saturday they were the deceased Ah Soy and Ah Seong - The deceased came to work for me last Thursday and worked half a day and continued in my employ until he died.
I agreed to pay the deceased one dollar a day he was to pay for his own board - I pay Ah Seong fifteen dollars a month and board him - Ah Soy did not come to Town for his dinner but used to cook my potatoes and eat at the ranch - On Friday last my woman told me that Ah Soy was cooking my potatoes - On Saturday morning last I told the deceased not to eat the potatoes but to purchase some bread he got a loaf of bread on credit and I gave him a little sugar
The deceased owed me about thirteen dollars - If he did not owe me money I would not give him four bits a day as he was very lazy.
Witnessed by Frederick Hussey (Ah - his Chow) mark
Taken upon oath and acknowledged this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four before me
James Wardle Deputy Coroner Ah Chow