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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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because it was a cash payment? A. We deposited it in our books to Omar and King Faun. Q.585 About this contract? A. Yes, that is all we know about it. Q.586 And the rest you are depending on this little bit of paper? Who made these out for you? A. Omar gave me them when he heard about these deaths. He got me all these. Q.587 Omar wrote these out on some of Hop Sang's paper? A. He brought up the typewritten ones paid by cheque. I don't know. Mr. Lesson handles all the payment. I know nothing about it. Q.588 You got these from Omar? A. I got them from Mr. Lesson's desk. These I got from Omar. Q.589 That is the same shipping bill? A. Yes. EXHIBIT NO. 8. Q.590 The Chinaman standing by the door claims in his evidence they ordered stuff to be delivered before Christmas. According to the evidence tonight King Faun get his shipment ordered at the same time.A. Well, why the big hitch and why the other fellow didn't get his too, that is on my mind too? Q.591 Did it all come to the King Faun Camp? A. Records in Vancouver show it would be delivered to the main camp; then out of the blue comes this, and this reputation we have with Corporal Dunbar; somebody holding back, that is all. I don't know who did it. All I can say is we were satisfied that food was going to camp. Omar is not a commission man, he is a sub-contractor, and Omar may say he has no money, but I have known him for five or six years and he has always had money; he will probably be pretty hard-boiled after this. He is the man who is good for this to Hop Sang. Q.592 He is a sub-contractor for the labour at the Camp? No commission or anything? A. He just pays men so much and he just makes what money he can. 56.

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

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