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1912/24 Rex vs. Ah Tom – keeping a disorderly house

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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BC Archives G-0419

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RALPH MACDONALD, sworn saith :-

I was with the Chief and the Sergeant on the night of the 8th February. I went into 262 Main Street and saw Ah Tom, lying on a bunk there smoking opium. There was also a white man there lying asleep. The Chief took possession of various articles, produced, and the white man taken into custody.

CROSS-EXAMINED BY THE CHIEF:

Q Were there any other besides Ah Tom there. A There was a white man lying there asleep.

Committed for trial at the next Court of Competent Jurisdiction Taken before me this 18th day of February A. D. 1912.

(Sgd) J. T. Robinson, J. P.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 155 File 1912/24 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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