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John Marshall et al

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; - Do you know what position they were in?

A; - They were flexed.

Q; - Were the hands gripped?

A; - No; they were about half closed.

Q; - When you said the heart was enlarged, or slightly enlarged that is a condition quite common among men?

A; - Yes.

Q; - Very few men have a normal sized heart?

A; - Yes.

Q; - It was not actually a factor in his death?

A;- Yes in no case.

Q;- Were they any indications medically pointing to show how the deceased come by the superfluous water?

A; - No.

Q; - When the car went down, supposing the deceased was at the driving wheel in the car, the deceased could have his lungs full of air?

A; - A great many authorities claim that.

Mr Jackson; - Would the evidence of one of the passengers who was a witness of the accident inside the car as to the man's emotions just before going into the water affect him after death?

A; - No.

Perhaps it would be better to have the evidence of this man who sat right behind the driver how it affected his death.

Mr Ladner; - I am instructed by my client Mrs Smith that her husband never drunk or smoked, I understand you found no evidence of that?

A; - no.

No 2 Thomas Dodson, South Vancouver, P.O. bridge tender, being duly sworn, saith:

On Saturday night about perhaps twenty minutes past six I just had my supper, was sitting next the fire when I heard the whistle for the bridge, we went out. I went. I said, "I will throw open the bridge; there is a boat." My daughter said, "I will go with you. Its a fine night." I hear her away up the river. I saw her coming round the turn. I got the bridge three parts of the way open. I noticed this automobile coming on Lulu Island.

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

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