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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FRASER AGENCY Indian Office, New Westminster, B.C., 6 July 1895 Yale. James, Esq. Indian Chief Dear Sir, Yours of 26th [Just?] to hand enclosing Tax receipt which I herewith return. All you have to do is to take the receipt to Mr. Dodd Government Agent at Yale and he will return you $3.00 It was a mistake to have collected the money from you in the first place.
Referring to Ned Stout's mining claim fronting on the Indian Reserve a short distance east of Yale. I have made inquiry and find that he can mine between high and low-water mark, and that nothing can be done to prevent him. So that there is nothing else to be done only let him go ahead. At any rate I don't think it will do the Reserve any threat, and it may do good by getting plenty of water on the Reserve so that anything good will. besides some of your people might get work helping to build flume and also to mine when the work commences. All things considered it will do you more good than harm. Hoping you are quite well I remain,
Yours very truly, Frank DelRue, Indian Agent
BC Archives GR-0419
Box75 1898/14 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.