1914-215 Rex vs. Gin Yuen alias John Young – procuring, Vancouver
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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86 Q How old are you?
Mr Read: She doesn't know how old she is.
Court: She only knows what age she is told. Here is the certificate giving her age.
Question by Mr. Read: ( Not through interpreter)
7 Q can you write English? A I write.
8 Q You can write English? A Yes
1 Q You speak English good? A No,I no speak .
90 Q You write letter? A Yes,I write.
1 Q You speak English good? A No.
2 Did you write letter? A Yes.
3 Q Did your father threaten to make you marry a man? A No.
4 Q Did you ever want the accused to take you away from the house,from your father? A No.
5 Q You never wanted him to, you understand me Annie? A No. (through interpreter)
6 Q Did you ever ask the accused to take you away from your father's house? A No, I didn't.
7 Q Did you get your sister to write to the accused and ask him? A No.
8 Q Did you ever write and tell the accused that your father was trying to sell you for five hundred dollars? A The accused brought in a paper, he told me to keep it, I don't know exactly what it was.
BC Archives GR-0419 Box 194 File 1914/211 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.