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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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different men in Vancouver. They said alright, we will take over the whole, sell the bolts, try and run the camp so the contractors carry out their work. So we incorporated; divided up the stock. This is after we got rid of the white men and started with these Chinese. We made a contract, already had a contract, with King Faun & Company. There is a contract with King Faun where he is to cut bolts and that we will pay for them. There is another onw the same in regard to another claim. We are not responsible for their wages or anything, and to date there has been one small scow; the Elspeth; received $39.00 and paid the money to Adam Johnson; went to Compensation Board. Paid the contractors over $500.00 in cash, got the statement here, besides a good many hundreds for tools. Can show you all these papers. We have never refused to pay Hop Sang as far as I know. Mr. Leeson is the Secretary, but that is all I know. It is quite evident that Hop Sang knows the money is all right because of this shipment that went out. Rice, chickens, ham, bacon, dry fish, salt fish etc., etc., etc., This shipment went out the other day. The Maquinna at the end of January.

Coroner. The end of January. We are not interested in that.

Mr. Colquhoun. My business it is to see that the camp contractors carry out contracts.

Q.558 At the beginning of January, you incorporated a new Company, did you not?

A. The Howard Point Timber Company. Turned over all the assets and liabilities of the West Shore Lumber Company. In this new Company we have Mr. Stewart.

Q.559 And he put money in it?

A. Yes, all well-known men in Company.

Q.560 Have you been sued for money?

A. Not for accounts.

Q.561 For wages?

A. Wages have been adjusted. Everyone that I know of. In outstanding claims, I don't know that. We don't owe more then three or four; not more then half a dozen people we owe; if there is, I don't know it. This gives you a list of


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