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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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Mr. Cowan; - Well, I will tell the witness it is two hundred and nine yards, - a hundred and eighty four on the bridge and twenty nine in the swing.

Q; - So that when you saw the car, that particular automobile crossing that bridge, I suppose you shouted out?

A; - Yes; called out loud.

Q; - And the car was approaching the draw as you had it opened? A; - Yes.

Q; - Has this frequent experience of yours enabled you, given you any special skill to judge the speed of the car?

A; - Well -

Q; - You see these cars come so often? A; - Yes. I think I can judge quite twenty-five miles an hour.

Q; You have occasion before to judge the speed of the car on that bridge?

A; - Well, yes. When I have seen people coming over too fast I have taken particular notice of them; that way I can judge the speed of the car that night, I put it about twenty-five miles an hour.

Q; - You make a distinction between these jitneys and private automobiles? A; - Yes, sir.

Q; - What is that distinction exactly?

A; - Well, I notice the jitneys always seem in a hurry.

Q; - Was it the last trip this jitney had to make that day?

A; - Well, I suppose it would be.

Q; - You say they appear to be in a hurry; how do the jitneys that cross that bridge compare with a private automobile?

A; - Quite a lot all the time sir.

Q; - Did you have, have you had occasion to correct private automobile owners as frequently as jitney owners?

A; - No.

Q; - Supposing that light had become extinguished you would have noticed it at all events?

A; - Certainly; I always watch my lights.

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

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