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Wong Kong Ying et al

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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shortage of food, because the men connected with this Company should have money to finance it alright.

Q. 67 Did you go out with Colquohn when he was in about the 14th of November?

A. No.

Q. 68 Was he in again since that date?

A. In before Christmas.

Q. 69 Did you go out with him there?

A. Yes.

Q. 70 Did you know anything about the food situation when he went out?

A. We had a hard time getting out. It would be about the 20th or 22nd when we left. I gave a fellow money to go over to Sechart to get the Chinese foodstuffs for Christmas. I understand these didn't come up

Q. 71 I take it being your own job........

A. The only thing I am interested in is getting the stuff overfrom Sechart and getting the bolts in the water.

Q. 72 Who sends in the returns to the Company of the earnings of these boys?

A. They do themselves. They keep track of their own. The only place as a record of what they get paid for is the Government scale.

Q. 73 What happens if one hundred cords of shingle bolts sometimes go wrong, when there is a shortage? Who goes short on that?

A. I cannot tell you. There is an argument of right now.

Q. 74 You still leave us at sea on that. We will see what these Chinese boys, what these earnings would have been for the month of September?

A. There is no way of figuring that out. Stuff is cut in the bush; they get paid for the stuff when it gets in the water; it is up to Calhoun to get transportation to where he had been selling; lost a lot down there. Whether he will pay I cannot say. The way it looks right now, it looks as if we shall lose.

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