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1904-10 Rex vs. Wong On and Wong Gow – murder (at the Chinese theatre)

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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Police Court,

Victoria, B. C., 12th Feb'y/04 (2:10 P.M.)

PURSUANT to adjournment the court met at 2:10 P.M., all parties being present as before.

Court: Has the forms of oath been prepared?

Mr. Powell: Yes, we have at all events succeeded In getting a comprehensive oath.

Court: I think it would be as well to have that oath interpreted.

David Lee: having been duly called was sworn as Interpreter.

David Lee: (Reading Oath) The maker of this Holy - or the King's Oath - Then there is space here for the witness to sign of course. In Re Wong On and Wong Cow, both charged with the murder of Man Quann. I, (witness) if I false swear against Wong On or Wong Cow both Heaven above punish me, Thunder and lightning destroy me, may I die in the street, my descendants never shall be prosperous. May I die like the chicken. If I tell the truth and the whole truth Heaven above bless me and my descendants and myself be prosperous, and to the eyes of above dated in the reign of the Emperor - the 12th year, 12th month the day the maker of the witness to sign

Court: It is not the form that was settled on in the Court at Westminster, but the question is as

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 100 File 1904/10 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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