1900/40 Regina vs. Tom Lung - assault
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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James Richardson, 19 Hastings street, Vancouver,;-I remember the morning of the 8th instant; I dropped into the Avenue hotel that morning about a quarter to nine on my way to the stable; the accused and the bar tender, Alex. Holland were the only people in the bar; no one else came in while I was there; I was standing in front of the bar, and the Chinaman came in at the end of the bar with a tray with empty glasses on; the bar tender asked him where was the money for the drink he had delivered; he answered that they did not pay him; the bar tender said that was all right; the accused gave another order for drinks, and the accused got saucy after the order was filled; Holland turned to me and said I don't know what has got into the Chinaman this morning. He said to the Chinaman: You keep out of the bar and I will pay you your money when I get through with this order; at the same time he turned to me and asked me to deliver the order to room 4; I took the tray and took it to room 4; when I started out the bar tender had turned around facing the cash register; the accused was at the end of the bar, outside of the bar; he had been pushed out from inside the bar a couple of times by the bar tender; the accused had tried to get in behind the bar a couple of times; he appeared to be in an awful rage; the bartender had not used any unnecessary force in putting him from behind the bar; he just said; you keep from behind the bar till I will pay you; I had Just got up one flight of stairs and delivered the order; when I was delivering it I heard the Chinaman scream; I did not understand what he BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 83 File 1900/40 Attorney General documents.