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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Timothy Sullivan being duly sworn deposed
I came to Yale 2 years ago next June. I worked for Harper & Co.. I worked for the the Railway Co. since 17th last October. I know the Defendant King. On or about the 28th February last I bought of King at his house a bottle of whiskey for which I paid him $1.45. I have bought spirituous liquor from King and paid him some five or six times. he sold it to me without hesitation. The Defendant is a waiter at Onderdonks boarding house I generally received the liquor from King outside the dining room
I did not see Murray or Fairfax buying liquor at King's. I never informed of the Chinaman. Sgnd Timothy Sullivan Sgnd E. Pearson IP
BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL.
Box 24 File 1882/25 Attorney General documents.