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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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No 3


The little girl showed evidence of a bad blow across the face and forehead, and I thought that possibly might be the cause of her death, and while I was working with her one of the men informed me that she had been floating and that the larger girl was found hanging on to her and I though it probable a blow on the head had killed her and the amount of air in the lungs kept her floating and that is why she kept afloat.

Q; - Did you have any conversation with the man?

A; - I asked him how he was. He said he was doing pretty well. I made a closer examination of him. About the very first question I asked him he shut up like a clam and I concluded he did didn't want to.

Q; - What seemed to be his condition?

A; - He didn't seem to be suffering from shock at all. he did not want to talk, in my opinion.

No 4 William Charles Fowler, 1884 Fifth Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C. contractor and builder, being duly sworn, saith; -

Last Saturday evening we were coming over the bridge. I should say the hour was about 6.20, close to 6.20 as near as I can get at it. Coming to the bridge we were coming where Mr Weir had not be accustomed. I told him "Better be careful for the draw is ahead." I saw the lights on the side of the bridge. That's all I know about it.

Coroner; - What kind of a conveyance was it?

A; - That we were in?

Q; - Yes. An auto; five passenger; the bridge was closed all right and the light was burning.

Mr Cowan; - Have you had railway experience?

A; - Fifteen years.

Q; - As what? A; - Fifteen years as trainman.

Q; - Accustomed to observing lights? A; - Yes.

Q; - And on this occasion you saw the green light did you?

A; - Yes.

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

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