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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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groceries. I am talking about the Chinese tonight. In August we shipped $252.66; September $78.08; October & November $333.21; December $203.30; January $236.25.

Juryman. Q.562 Where did they come from?

A. Hop Sang Company (Read further list of groceries) $1071.77 All on the Hop Sang Company on those dates. When this beri beri came in, I knew that when we had trouble with Corporal Dunbar we were watching things closely. This trouble we see in the paper and we get everything we can (Then goes on to read lists of accounts which have been gone over before from October 31st on.) The company stands the loss shopped from the Camp; We do stand the loss of the shingle bolts. Arriving at the Camp Decr. 2nd... Rice etc., etc.

Coroner Q.563 What date is that one?

A. Novr. 28th Invoice $63.00 arriving Decr. 2nd

Q.546 I have only $12.50

A. There is another for $50.50

Q.565 These two together on the 25th and the 28th?

A. 25th - $50.50 and the 28th - $12.50. I didn't know they were divided until this inquiry started. I didn't know they were segregating this stuff. We didn't know there was two separate units. On Novr. 28th arriving Decr. 2nd. Decr. 9th shipment arrived by Maquinna by John in a little boat on Decr. 15th. That is $60.95. There is more - cash sale $64.83

Juryman. Q.566 Where is the invoice for that?

A. I have it right here. That is paid. Mr. Leeson must have paid That was while I was at Camp. It is paid anyway.

Q.567 There is no record of the $64.85 in our list. We were given $19.84 and $41.11, which came to $60.00

A. There is no record of $64.85; one is a cash sale when I was at the camp.

Q.568 You have been getting cash since December? No answer.

Q.569 Give details of that?


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