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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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men, did you notice anything particularly wrong with them? Did they complain of any pain, ache or feeling weak?

A. Only thing, pains in foot; couldn't walk right.

Q. 185 How far back? When did they tell you about that first?

A. He got sick about two weeks before that.

KING FAUN CALLED & SWORN:

Q. 186 What is your name?

A. King Faun.

Q. 187 What is your job down there?

A. He just gets shingle bolts out; foreman in No. 1 Camp

Q. 188 He is not in the camp where these men died?

A. He belongs to the other camp.

Q. 189 Had you plenty of food in your camp, Camp No. 1?

A. Yes.

Q. 190 How did you get your food there?

A. He writes out to Hop Sang for it.

Q. 191 Sent his own orders?

A. Yes.

Q. 192 How does he pay for it?

A. The Company pays the Hop Sang Company; then they send to the men. They haven't been working No. 1 camp very long.

Q. 193 Do they know how they stand with Calquohn as regards money matters?

A. He don't know.

Q. 194 Have you ever had any trouble at any time with this Company?

A. No. He said they hadn't been working very long. They still owe some money on their board bill yet.

Q. 195 When you are owing money for food like that, did they tell you you cannot have any more or did they send your order back?

A. Yes, they sent it in.

Q. 196 Ask him what the Company pay for a cord?

A. He says he has a contract with Colquohn for $2.50 a cord, within five hundred feet of the shoot

Foreman. Q. 197 How is it he has got food and the other camp hasn't?

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

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