1882/17 Ah Ton, assault, on CPR railroad construction crew
As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here.
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Indictable Offences. T 1 See s. 56. Warrant of Commitment. CANADA, Province of British Columbia. District of Yale To all or any of the Constables, or other Peace Officers, in the District of Yale, New Westminster, and to the Keeper of the Common Gaol of at New Westminster in the said Province
WHEREAS Ab. Low was this day charged before Mr. Oni of Her Majesty's Justice of the Peace in and for the said District of Yale Carroll, on the oath of Augustus, and others, for that. Ab Low "a Chinaman" at eight mile hill. Canadian Pacific Railway. <Wants me> the District aforesaid did unlawfully assault the Plaintiff "Augustus Carroll" with a long handle shovel. Thereby breaking his left arm.
These are therefore to command you the said Constables of Peace Officers, or any of you, to take the said Ab Low and him safely convey to the common Gaol at New Westminster aforesaid, and there to deliver him to the Keeper thereof, together with this Precept; and I do hereby command you, the said Keeper of the said Common Gaol, to receive the said Ab Low into your custody in the said Common Goal, and there safely to keep him until he shall be thence delivered by due course of law.
GIVEN under my Hand and Seal, this fourth day of November, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and eighty two, at Yale, in the District aforesaid.