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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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Q; - What distance were you able to see, how far from the head light?

Q; - Measured the distance, 226 feet.

Q; - That's were you saw it first?

A; - Yes, more especially I would like to add that a man accustomed to railroad work or trackwork would look at everything like that.

Q; - You are confident these lights were burning? A; - Yes.

Q; - You noticed that green light? A; - Yes.

Q; - Two hundred and twenty-six feet? A; - Two hundred and twenty six yards.

Q; - Do you drive an automobile yourself? A; - Yes.

Q; - Then in what distance can you stop an automobile in case you were going at the rate of eight miles an hour?

A; - Stop in two lengths of herself, thirty or forty feet; depends of your brakes a great deal and how your brakes are acting.

Q; - Of course you can stop a car far quicker if you stop in the reverse? Am I correct if I tell you you can stop in six feet?

A; - Approximately you can; in some cars, if the brakes are adjusted you see.

Q; - Had you any difficulty in seeing that light?

A; - No.

Q; - At twenty minutes past six? A; - Yes.

Q; - The evening of the accident? A; - Yes.

Q; - What there any fog or mist to obscure the lights at all?

A; - No; none whatever, not even on our windshield there's no fog.

Q; - You were down this evening and the weather was practically the same temperature Saturday evening as this? A; - Yes.

A; - A Little less fog? A; - Yes, bright moonlight night.

Mr Ladner; - Mr Fowler, did you see the green, red light that night? A; - No, the green light was showing.

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

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