As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths. They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.
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William [yales?] of the town of hope in the said district of Yale having sworn faith as follows - On Saturday the twentieth [?] I was in the Hudson Bay company's store where i am employed. I should say about hour or half past one O' clock. The Chinaman Ah Chow came in to the store there were some Indians in the store trading. I should judge Ah Chow stopped in the store about ten minutes. he then told me that there was a chinaman dead down [?] his potato ranch and that he would like me to come down and see him as [ Mr ?] was not at home. Myself, Ah Chow and two other chinamen went down to the ranch and examined the ranch and saw the deceased lying there dead, there was a scar above the right eye. There was a large quantity of blood on the head of the deceased and on threground. close by I felt the body of the deceased and found it a little warm. Myself and the chinese present examined the ground to see what damage the cows had done and found no tracks of cattle near the body. Ah Chow and Ah Seong informed me that they thought the cows had killed the deceased and that to my reason