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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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A. This is a new contract.

Q. 543 Was the other one similar to this? Have you got the other one?

A. It was similar to that, except the commission. The other written by the season and this by the month.

Mr. Leighton. This is another contract made between the Howard Point Timber Company and King Faun. (Text read)

Coroner. I thought the Sergeant had a different contract. Is that the one you had Sergeant Markland.

A. This one is supposed to have come into effect on the 11th Jany

Q.544 The West Shore Lumber Company has been incorporated into a limited company, hasn't it?

A. It must have been incorporated.

Q.545 It is known as the Howard Point Timber Company now?

A. Just the same people.

Juryman. Q.546 He is quite sure he got no money out of that contract at all?

A. Just the expenses.

Q. 547 How much?

A. Just when I go to places. He give me some expenses. If we go out, what is fit for the occasion.

Q.548 Does he work for anybody else? Does he supply labour for anybody else?

A. Yes.

Q.549 He is a regular labour supply agent?

A. Yes.

Q.550 Both white and Chinese?

A. Just Chinese labour.

Q.551 Making any money out of your contracts?

A. I haven't received any money yet.

Q.552 How long have you been working without any money?

A. By the previous arrangement for shingle bolts I get money.

Q.553 Have there been any shingle bolts sold yet off that Canoe Pass limit?

A. Since last year, December, they have been talking about taking out the shingle bolts, but haven't taken out any yet.

Q.554 How many scows have they taken out since July last?


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