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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 4

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Coroner; - Was Mr Weir driving the car? A; - Yes.

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

A; - Yes.

Q; - It is not uncommon, color blindness? A; - No.

Q; - As a railway man when absolute safety is concerned would you place reliance on a coloured light as a protection to the public?

A; - Yes, I do.

Q; - Can you suggest a safety?

A; - Oil Lamps have given good service on the Great Northern, and the C.P.R. and on any road I have been one, and about the only lamps that have been never known to fail I do say.

Q; - How about the coal oil? A; - All right.

Q; - How about the red shining over the green, is that any improvement?

A; - It would do no harm.

Q; - Still you think in color blindness relying on a colored light it would be ample protection?

A; - A man who is color blind should not be running a car. There should be an examination. The C.P.R. would not take on any person who is, nor any other road.

Q; - You consider that sufficient protection to that bridge?

A; - Yes.

Q; - in reference to trainmen? A; - Yes.

Q; - Do you know what the highball is?

A; - Yes.

Q; - Did you see the witness Dodson describe the way he used the lantern?

A; - Yes.

Q; - Was that the highball sign?

A; - Yes.

Q; - Would that highball sign signify "all right, all clear"?

A; - Yes.

Juror: - Did you have any side curtains?

A; - No.

Q; - How many in the car?

A; - Us.

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

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