1882/25 Regina vs. “King” – selling liquor without a licence
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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Theodore A. Murray being duly sworn deposed
I am informant in this case. I came to Yale on the 6th of last June. I have been working on the Railway during that time. I was at the Big Tunnel on the 28th February last, I saw the Defendant King on that day, I bought some whiskey of him. bottle produced I recognize that bottle of liquor, it is spirituous liquor. I paid the Defendant $1.45 for it. I had no trouble in getting it. Fairfax was with me when I bought, paid for and obtained the bottle. I brought the bottle placed it in Mr. [?] hands Government Agent, Yale. I drew the cork and tasted the whiskey. I packed this bottle produced with me to Bartlets
Sgd. E. Pearson I.P. Sgd. Theo. A. Murray
BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL.
Box 24 File 1882/25 Attorney General documents.