Lee Gee and Young Gow
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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Harry Ethebert Mounce Locomotive Engineer being sworn saith
I started work at 7 P.M. on 24 July 1919. I had a conductor brakeman Samuel Mellar. Our first work was to [turn?] out No. 4 to bring in coal to No. 6
We backed down the [sereo?] track taking out a car as
we were short of cars. There were three cars there
already. This was about 8.15 P.M. After switching the
west end we came back along the main line pulling
the loaded cars up the screen track. We then came
back down on to the lump coal track and pulled 6 cars
to the [No. 6?] yard. There was still one car left on
the lump coal track under the shoot. From there we
went down to the M and 12 empty coal cars and on
that freight car with pikes and took those to No. 4 putting part
on the coal track and the others on the screen track
The west end. There were two of us doing this.
This is not my regular work. I am in the round house.
From this [engineal?] night
but this pulling the mens
cars to and from the [ ? ] but this work I was
doing this night was a special occasion but
I do not as a rule [seartch? scratch?] the coal cars. After we
had switched the empty cars we reversed to
Cumberland, and coupled on to the [ ? ] coaches
island there until 10 30. We started them to No 4
[ ? ] with the two workmens coaches pushing
the coaches ahead of the engine in car next to
the engine. I judge there were about 15 men in the
car ahead. I did not see anyone in I did not
walk all the way through the head car. I then
went as far as Ohara town stopping there taking on
more workmen. From there as far as [ ? ] Japtown
taking on more workmen. From there we cond. to
No. 4 [ ? ], when I came to the east end switch loading to the
coal track I stopped suddenly. Something
a head of me stopp'd my train. I was not working
steam on my engine at the time the train was dr[?]ing
As soon as I got the [shock?] I immediately refersed the engine