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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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To Mr. Ebert

Sammuel Hague Miner Nanaimo being duly [smores with?] - I [been a] was in the employ of the employ of the Vancouver Coal Company. I was walking on the diagonal slope on the morning shift on the day of the explosion. I was working five or six yards from the face. William Griffith was working with me. I have seen gas there sometimes but have never been compelled to quit work there on account of it. The height of the face was about twelve feet - and the height did not [carry] much all the way down the slope - Except at the top he [?] down all the way down from [?] is thirteen feet. We mined straight down from number three [load?] - The air and ventilation at the face were very good - We had way little gas down there. I came up at two o'clock in the afternoon - There was dust at the face but it was damp - up the slope it was very dry - There is five yards from the face it was [dry?] and it got drier the more you went from the face. I was of new shift we rained away dust. The quarter part of the way down we were knee deep in the water. On May third we were here working in a cross cut - he had driven it about five yards. It was dry there but I never saw any dust [here] after a shift. I have had "[unknown?]" [unknown] but I never saw any dust [was?] from there. I never been [unknown] dust in the stalls - The witnesses who have given evidence worked in stalls - but I worked in the face of the slope. There was no work in third of May lack of gas was did I have of any [unknown] of gas on that day - The ventilation was good on that day. I had no [upset?] of gas from the [furnace?] in that day - I have not the slightest idea of the cause of the explosion.

To Mr Young We [lit?] the gas several times at the face; if the [shots?] lighting [ferders?]. I have not seen many gas for [?] in the way of the slope.

The the Crown The [?] was about three feet high - The height of the face of the slope is twelve feet. The height of the face was never

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