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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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Dr. Morgan. Q.404 About the 20th or 22nd of December the food was ordered and did not reach Canoe Pass until about the 17th of the next month, January. How is that?

Mr. L. A. I don't know unless we can get from the O. P. R. some record of this.

Mr. Leighton. Q. 405 Do you know, from previous experience, about how long it would take to get a shipment from your warehouse to King Faun's Camp?

A. I have no idea.

Dr. Morgan Q.406 If you got an order about the 20th or 22nd December why didn't that good get to Canoe Pass?

A. Mr. Leighton. It evidently was shipped on the same day. This clears the witness. Here's a receipt dated December 20th, corresponding to the invoices. I don't know how these quantities would figure out for this number of men.

Mr. Leighton. Q. 407 How did you ship during October?

A. We did not ship during October, because the lumber Company took their own supplies to the Camp.

Q. 406 Oh, they took their stuff with them. How did you ship from Vancouver to Port Alberni?

A. Sometimes they sent their goods through to Alberni by stage.

Q. 409 Was stuff sometimes shipped around from Vancouver by now?

A. King Faun told me Lumber Company had own ship and he took the goods down himself.

No further questions.


Q. 410 Will you just explain to the jury again, as you have before, the arrangement in these two camps; how many men in each during the month of December, first half to January, to the time this happened?

A. There were nine in No. 2 Camp and five in No. 1 camp.

Q. 411 Who were the five in No. 1 Camp?

A. King Faun and four others. None of the boys that were down here.

Q. 412 Where they Chinese or white?

A. King Faun and four chinese.

Q. 413 Where did you live?


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