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Mah Ling

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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My name is George K? MacNaughton I am a duly qualified medical practitioner in and for the Province of B.C. I reside at Cumberland. About 11.15 last night, Jany 27th,I attended the deceased ?. Mah Lou at the Cumberland General Hospital. The injured man was lying on a stretcher in the dressing room, in his mining clothes. His feet and hands were icy cold and the pulse at the wrist could not be felt. He was conscious and complained of pain in his back. Examinations showed the following injuries: 1. Fracture of the 6th 7th 8th and 9th dorsal vertebrae, with depressed fracture of the corresponding ribs on the right side 2.Superficial ? cuts on the side of back as if scraped by a rough material. 3.Large ? swelling in the loin and right side of abdomen-apparently the result of internal bruising and hemorrhage. I had the patient put to bed where ?? stimulants and hot water bottles were applied. His condition however failed to show any real improvement and he died about 1.45. Death was due to shock and internal hemorrhage as a result of above named injuries July 28th 1919. G.K MacNaughton MD

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