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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Harry King, fireman. Sworn:- By Mr. Harry Potts:- Were you fireman at No. 6 mine on the day of the explosion, July 15th? A: Yes. Q: What time did you go on? A: Five o'clock in the morning. Q: What time did you come off? A: About 3.30. Q: You made those first two reports entered there in the report book? A: Yes. Q: How long have you been engaged as fireman? A: About 18 months. Q: Got a certificate? A: Yes. Q: How many shifts were working on July 15th? A: Two. Q: In these two reports of yours, no time is given. When would the first report be made? A: About seven o'clock in the morning, before seven. Q: And the last? A: About half past 3. Q: That was when you came A: Yes. Q: Did you take the air pressure that day? A: Yes, I took the barometer. Q: Would that be any indication of the air pressure? A: Yes. Q: What was the barometer? A: 29. 80. Q: What does that indicate as regards air pressure? A: It indicates pretty good pressure. Q: In each of these reports, Mr. King, you stated that you found gas in Second South level? A: Yes. Q: Did you state any quantity? A: A very small quantity. A matter of a few inches. Q: Why wouldn't you put a very small quantity of gas was found? A: Well, you would have considerable trouble in measuring gas, and then you might make a mistake in the exact dimensions. Q: Would the air pressure keep the same all day? A: Yes, I think so. Q: Would the fact of there being gas have any effect on the barometer? A: No, I don't think so. Q: Were you acting as shot lighter as well? A: Yes. Q: When was the last shot fired in your shift? A: About one o'clock; it might have been a little sooner; may be a little later. Q: Did you test for gas? A: Yes. Q: What did you do? A: I tried it with my lamp, raised my lamp up to it and found it was so small a quantity that in fact I hesitated about putting it in the report at all. Q: On the first examination? A: On every examination, four times. Q: Then the gas was not increasing in density? A: No, it was less than it had been the day before. Q: At what height did you hold the lamp? A: I suppose about seven feet. Q: What is the height of the mine there where you were testing in the 2nd. south level? A: Something over six feet. Q: The height of the roof? A: The roof where it is not broken. Q: How could you hold the lamp up seven feet? A: Because there was a cave there. Q: I am talking of before the explosion? A: Before the explosion
BC Archives GR-0431 Box 6 File 3
BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.