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John Marshall 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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Q; - The light you carried on the bridge with you?

Juror; - Was it moonlight at that time? A; - A very clear night.

Q; - You could see that swing by the other end on that bridge?

A; - I could see far over the bridge.

Q; - Mr Dodson, how far are those gates from the ends of the bridge?

A; - The south gates are twenty feet six inches, twenty feet six inches from the draw.

Q; - Do you that Mr Smith was in the habit of driving over the bridge at the same rate?

A; - I have warned Mr Smith.

Q; - How fast to you think he was driving over that bridge?

A; - I think he was coming over the level bridge about twenty five miles an hour.

Q; - Are there any notices posted on the bridge?

A; - There's a notice at this end of the bridge and at the other end.

Q; - A notice asking you to go slow? A; - Yes.

Q; - State any speed? A; - I think it does.

Mr Jackson; - How many lights on the gate placed in position? A; - Well, the light I swung is right in its center, center of the swing.

Q; - And that would be the center of the roadway? A; - Yes.

Q; - Over the center of the roadway is hung this red light, is it? A; - Yes, sir.

Q; - And the green shows when the swing is closed? A; - Yes.

Q; - And when the swing is open the red light shows? Do you say you had lit the red and the green light that night?

A; - Yes.

Q; - About what time? A; - About five oclock.

Q; - When did you put it out? A; - The next morning.

Q; - Lights at the other places Mr Dodson when did you light them? A; - Next morning.

Q; - Explain the position of the other lights, the other six?

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 10 File 4 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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