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

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a further search. About daylight the next morning a number of chinamen came up to my place. I Henry Brown Thomas Buckley and Thomas Park to go down to look for Ah Hing. We went down and made a search in the burnt house and found the remains of Ah Hing burned the body was all burned excepting one leg that was saved by the dirt falling from the roof and covering that part. The remainder of the body was burnt to a crisp there was a few ribs visible the head was entirely burned. We then made a search around Ah Maw's cabin where we found spots of blood on Ah Maw's door and also on a slipper under Ah Maw's bed. We also found traces of blood from Ah Hing's door along the trail for about fifty or sixty feet to a place where the trail made a turn. We found tracks for about 15 feet on the new snow off the trail where we found a place about four feet in diameter beat down very hard and a quantity of blood on the snow and on the bushes. I then examined Ah Maw's, person and found a bad cut across his left hand. He stated that he received the cut by cutting fish. I then asked him how the blood came on the door and on the slipper. He said it came from his hand. I then took him and showed him the blood along the trail down to the place where the quantity of blood was and asked him how

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

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