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James Burton et al

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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[circled] 2 15 After being jacked the dynamite is shipped to the magazine. The white man Burton had had experience with powder here but I do not know anything about him [unclear] to his coming here. He had change of the weighing and was foreman of the room.

I do not know what caused the explosion. I know the usual precautions are taken. The men must not carry matches and must wear shoes with wood or brass nails.

The company has shoes here made specially for powder factories and men must wear these shoes before being allowed to work.

The precautions here are about the same as in other powder factories I have worked at.

At this stage of the [unclear] a specimen shoes, as wood at the works, was produced.

Continuing, witness said brass would not cause function.

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