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

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he sleeps in the house. I asked him why he did not put out the fire. He made no reply. John Reece told me to go and look at the blood. I then went down and look at the place where it was beaten down hard and kicked up the snow and found blood four inches deep. Then I came to Ah Maw's house and asked him were all that blood came from. He said he did not know. I then went up town with Mr Metcalf.

On the 15th May I came up to the store to get some things. I saw Ah Maw at the store. He told me that he killed Ah Hing and wanted me to call a meeting of all the chinamen to see how much money he should send to the chinaman's mother so that the chinamen should not have put in gaol. I talked to every one of the chinamen.

About two weeks ago he sent for me to see him in gaol. I went to the gaol and saw him and asked him what he wanted. He told me to see all the chinamen and take him out of gaol. I told him I could not do it I would wait till the judge come down. He told me he had plenty of money to send to Ah Hing's mother.

Signed Yip Sin

J.L. Crimp S.M.

The prisoner being asked if he wished to put any questions to the witness declined.

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

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