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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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That is how it has been from the beginning.

Q. 593 Juryman. Did any of the workmen put in any money?

A. Some of them did. They were supposed to take one unemployed to work with them, but that complicated things worse than ever

Q. 594 There is one thing outstanding all the way through. No matter who worked or who didn't work not one of them said they received money; all stated no money. Wheadon said he got no money, so how could he be overdrawn if he didn't get any money?

A. We found out Wheadon had $86.99 in cash. I didn't expect this white man trouble tonight or I would have brought my other stuff.

Q. 595 Did you pay any of these accounts by cheque?

A. I have got, at least Mr. Leeson has, all the cheques in Vancouver I could get them. I will be glad to send them right over. I go to Stewart. He say 'How many more white men you put to work?" As long as I put white men to work they put the money in; We had to buy an option on so much timber up here; had to buy a freighter; help the loggers out that much.

Mr.L. Q. 596 If you Company was so prosperous why should you get in touch with white men who lent you sums from $250 to $400 on a contract for work?

A. They were to get so much a cord. take on one unemployed; those people are all taken care of by Adamson.

Q. 597 As a matter of fact, is he taking proceedings?

A. No, John is at Ottawa. He is Receiver of this money, on the contracts.

Q. 598 The other people are not getting it

A. They have to go back to work. No, they don't have to go back to work, but they can. They are getting paid so much a cord.

Q. 599 Why did you have to get money out of men in that if your Company was so prosperous?

A. I am not saying we were.

Q. 600 Why did you borrow $250.00 from Harold Pyke, $300.00 from Lowe, $250.00 from Holm (?) $300.00 from Rollinson

A. No $250.

Q. 601 And $200 from Brahm?

A. That money is all in the Company under the agreement.

Q. 602 The new company?


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

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