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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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me to send down Shingle Bolts. He came from Vancouver. He told me to tell the boss. He told me to shoot down all the shingle bolts

Q. 123 How much a cord was the boss paying you?

A. Before he told me 75¢ per cord; after he pay me up to one dollar; everybody satisfied to send down shingle bolts.

Q. 124 What about grub?

A. The grub? Just kept buying from Vancouver. Colquohn told me our wages pay to store; Hop Sang Company in Pender Street East.

Q. 125 How was he going to know how much to pay you? You say he arranged for Hop Sang Company send you groceries then he pay the rest to Hop Sang and they send you?

A. Yes.

Q. 126 Hop Sang ever pay you rest of money?

A. No.

Q. 127 How was Mr. Colquohn to know how much to pay you?

A. The scale of the shingle bolts.

Q. 128 The food was coming from Hop Sang?

A. Yes.

Q. 129 How much food Hop Sang send?

A. He send what I order.

Q. 130 You have got nine boys?

A. Yes.

Q. 131 You order the food?

A. Sometimes I write list. I asked what you want; write list; go to Hop Sang.

Q. 132 You always got what you ordered?

A. Last time he didn't send what I order. In October I send in a list; he send nothing came. I wrote Hop Sang - 'If you don't send grub maybe everybody get hungry, maybe to death'. Hop Sang tell me no one pay him for three months. That time I order two hundred pounds of pork, ten pounds beef, twenty pounds bacon. He was sending only ten pounds pork for me; twenty pounds of bacon he didn't send; no ten pounds of beef; order 20¢ rice; only send me ten cent.

BC Archives GR-0431/Box 13 File 6/BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL./Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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