1898/14 re Chinese miners on Fraser River – encroaching on an Indian reserve
As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here.
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KAMLOOPS, March 9. 1898
William Dodd, esq
Mining Records Yale Dear Sir I received today a communication from the Mounties of Mines, enclosing a letter from A M McNeill asst Secretary of the Indian Dept. stating a certain Bac belonging to the Indian Reservation had been leased by the B.C, Government to a chinaman; and wishing to Know on what grounds it had been disposed of, The Minister of Mines is desirous of being made acquainted with all the <a href="/mediawiki/index.php?title=%3Fcashinlow&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="?cashinlow (page does not exist)">?cashinlow</a>, which you will please forward me for transmission to him. In my letter I mentioned it was described as being adjoining the Indian Reservation at Spassggwood and sons who estimated outside of the enclosure surrounding the Indian property and therefore capable of being dealt with under Section 112 of the Glover <a href="/mediawiki/index.php?title=Illegible&action=edit&redlink=1" class="new" title="Illegible (page does not exist)">illegible</a> Act on vacant ground Your obdt servant G-C Tunshill gold commr