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Vancouver Coal Company

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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BC Archives GR-0431

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7/ work about half a day having been sent up about 6 P.M. I had come in at 2 P.M. and would have gone up at 10 P.M. I had gone home. The gas was not in my stall but in the stall below me. I know what "blowing out" shots are like and have encountered them. At times when a "blowing out" is fired a great deal of coal dust is made to rise. I have seen a blowing out shot sometimes extend in flame about ten feet from the face. I have seen it extend some distance but the distance of the flames would depend upon the amount of powder and the character of the shot. I use [?] of any kind well wetted as tamping. I sometimes have taken it out of the bottoms of the boxes. It is sometimes not in the bottom of the boxes. It is never used dry, it would not work if dry, no miner would use it dry. I don't think that tamping with clay is done in this mine. I have been down near the face of the new slope. The height of the roof in the new slope varied all the way from six feet to twenty feet. I have sometimes [?][?] gas in there workings but have never [?] in the early part of April (which I have mentioned before) been compelled to give up work. The

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