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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For examining the ground [?] I could not find any tracks nearer than about [?] feet from where the deceased was lying. The following day [?] and myself went down to Ah Chow's ranch to make a further examination. We found 5 hoes and two shovels standing about twenty feet from where the deceased was lying. there were no marks of any blood on the tracks we saw. We examined the cabin and found a small flask containing [?] liquor. We both noticed that there was some [?] in the stove all ready for a fire but they had not been lighted and [?] was not any appearance that anything had been cooked. I have known the deceased for the past two months. He was in the habit of drinking and usually carried a small flask of spirits with him. I have seen him drink out of the flask when he was employed digging potatoes for [Mr James?]. I have seen him a little intoxicated. I have heard several [Chinese?] say teh deceased was very [?]. Ah [?] was the only [chinese?] who showed any signs of fear and he was very