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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; - Now between where this bridge part raises, as you come along, did you see any red lights?

A; - No; only the B.C. Electric lights.

Q; - And you could not tell whether they were up on the bridge or away off?

A; - Well, yes, I could tell.

Q; - The ordinary man? A; - No.

Q; - Did you observe the signs of the lights on Fraser Avenue running up the hill?

A; - Yes.

Q; - I counted them and there 13 lights you can see there now auppose you can tell whether -

A; -

Q; -

A; - Not to me, it would not.

Q; - But to any ordinary man's observation?

A; - Perhaps so.

Coroner; - You don't know what it would appear to him you?

A; - No.

Mr Ladner; - As an extraordinary man you would not be able to tell how far that was from you?

A; - I should say a hundred and fifty yards.

Mr Jackson; - Mr Fowler, is what short time, distance can you with a car going at fifteen miles an hour come to a stop?

A; - Fifteen miles an hour, I should say twenty feet, twenty five feet?

Q; - Car going fifteen miles an hour stop in two lengths of a car?

A; - Some stop in a shorter distance, depends on the traction.

Q; - Now did Mr Weir call you attention to the lights or you call his attention to the lights?

A; - In coming on the road I told him to look out for the draw there.

Mr Beck; - You are a trainman with sixteen years experience?

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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