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

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Regina vs Ah Maw

Murder of Ah Hing

Thomas Parks duly sworn upon oath says that: My name is Thomas Parks I am a free miner of McDavis Creek. I remember the night of 31st January last about 11 o'clock P.M. Ah Maw came up to my house at Centreville McDavis Creek in a very excited state and told me that Ah Hing was crazy and burnt his house. The next day in the morning I went with Mr. Metcalf to Ah Hing's house. The house was entirely burnt down with the exception of a few side logs. We searched the burnt house and found the remains of the body of Ah Hing burnt to a cinder with the exception of a leg which was saved from being burnt by the falling of dirt on it from the roof. The remains of the body was lying between the stove and the wall where Ah Hing usually kept his firewood. We then searched Ah Maw's house saw spots of blood on the door and one large spot of blood on a gumboot under the bed.

We then went out and traced the blood from Ah Hing's door down the trail for about 50 or 60 feet where the trail made a turn. Then about 12 or 14 feet from the trail we found a small space beaten down hard covered with blood I dug up the snow a few inches and found blood saturated

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

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