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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. I don't think Mr. Simpson would do that. I have known Simpson for quire a while. (Mr. Simpson interrupts) I think it was the Chinese foreman mentioned the fact. I did not know the Chinaman was sick until the next morning after he died.

Juryman. Q.577 There is the evidence from Hop Sang; said he never had one cent for some time; how is it he didn't get paid? A. In the contract, they are to be paid when the stuff was sold and delivered and Hop Sang has been as disappointed as we have to get boats to come out and take the stuff out. The boat we did get, took the stuff and lost it. He knows that he will get the money; he will get his money as soon as these boats are shipping; they are going out on our own boat and will keep going out; won't take many shipments to satisfy people. We have paid out in cash on these contracts over $500.00, besides almost a good deal more than that for tools, You see this note. That is what I get on every shipment to check up and see that the men are being supplied. Coroner. Q.578 Have you got any receipts of payment to these men at all to show? A. You mean what? Q.579 Receipts for wages? A. The Chinamen there; they have had $502.50 (Reads list) Q.580 That is not receipted. A. It is signed 'J. Omar' Q.581 Anybody could do that. That isn't good enough for me. On Decr 9th you claim in addition to the two invoices making a total of $60.95 you may you had another shipment paid for in cash of $64.85. A. Yes, $64.85 Right from his own books. Q.582 You got these from Hop Sang, when? A. Since this trouble started. Q.583 According to the list that you read from Hop Sang we have two records $19.84 and $41.11, totaling $60.95. We have no record whatever of December 9th. $64.85 Mer Leighton. I can recall Hop Sang to clear that up. Mr. L. Q.584 Are you saying that the payment could no be shown

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

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