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1892/116 Regina vs. Ah Maw – murder, Cassiar

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Regina vs Ah Maw

Murder of Ah Hing

Statement of Edward Metcalf Constable. Being duly sworn saith: I am Constable of McDavies and Cassiar. On the 31th day of January 1857 Ah Maw came up to Centreville about half past eleven in the night in a very excited state and said Ah Hing had come home from from the lower bar very crazy and that he had gone back to the lower bar with his big gun and shoot some son of a bitch Chinaman and that Ah Hing had set fire to his Ah Hing's cabin and that he wanted a Constable to go down and look after Ah Hing. I went down immediately and found Ah Hing's cabin entirely burnt down. I asked Ah Maw where Ah Hing was. He said he did not know he think he go down to China lower bar. I immediately started down to the lower bar but after going about half a mile I met Foo Loon and Lee Loon two chinamen. They told me that Ah Hing was not at the lower bar. I immediately returned with the two chinamen to the fire at Ah Hing's house. We made a search around the house and woods to see if we could find any trace of him. It being extremely cold at the time I told the two chinamen we had better go home and for them to come up to my place on the following morning and would then go down and make

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 46 File 1892/116 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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