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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 5

34

Q; - What about the possibility of the car lights shining hitting the gates, overhead or passing though?

A; - There might be.

Mr Cowan; - Would Smith have sufficient light to have seen it had the gates been closed?

A; - Possibly.

Q; - The color it is?

A; - The color is or, or any other color.

Mr Beck - Had there been a light on the gate it would have been better protection?

A; - Yes; I should say the gate protection was sufficient from the purpose.

Q; - How could it protect that gate?

A; - If the man saw it.

Q; - Walking? A; - Or riding, that something was in front of him for to stop.

Q; - That there was probably an obstruction in front, or in the vicinity of it?

A; - Yes.

Q; - If it had been wide open it would have been just as good a protection?

A; - Yes.

Mr Cowan; - Excepting that if the gate is showing alight it calls his attention to an obstruction?

A; - Yes, I should think so.

Coroner; - What do you say about a man riding in an automobile, say a man standing observing it, which do you think is the better judge of the speed of the auto?

A; - I should say the man riding in the automobile is thoroughly familiar as is the man who doesn't ride very much might be mistaken, as having nothing to gauge the force they go.

Q; -

A; - It is my first year with a machine and I go out a good deal. I take my family out and my wife and I take my friends out, and I can't see any good in a machine that

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

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