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1892/116 Regina vs. Ah Maw – murder, Cassiar

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he could account for the blood being there but he would not give me any answers. In searching the burnt house I found Ah Hing's big gun that Ah Maw stated that Ah Hing had carried down to the lower bar with the stock burnt off and also the remains of a shotgun.

After I took the remains of Ah Hing out of the ashes, I called Ah Maw and showed it to him. I said there Ah Maw is Ah HIng when he made a grin and an idiotic laugh. I did arrest Ah Maw at the time but notified Robert Wilson Esq. who was residing at Dease Creek and asked him what I should do in the matter. He answered that he was sick and could not come down but to let him be at large and keep an eye on him and not let run away. On the 24th May Mr. Parks his partner in the Discovery Company came up to me and said that the chinaman had gone crazy and had come to work with a pistol in one hand and a knife in the other. I told Mr Parks he had better let him go if he did not do any harm. About two hours after Mr. Parks left, Ah Maw came up to me with a dirt knife in one hand and a pocket knife in the other, and small Demijohn hanging on his little finger demanding a quart of vinegar. I told him I would not give him anymore vinegar for him to waste as he had got a quart on the the previous Sunday. He then said I had got to give

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 46 File 1892/116 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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