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1893/26 Regina vs. Ghee Gow, Lee Quong, and Wong Ping – burglary and entering, River’s Inlet

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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came out amongst the Chinamen as they were coming out. which no doubt got carried out by having got entangled with some of the rushing crowd. The Chinamen hallowing and running in all directions. During the time the latter part of the crowd were passing out a rifle appeared in my view in the hands of a Chinaman in an open window of the home end of the same house in the second story. This window being directly over the door where the crowd were passing out the gun was put forth in and [?] out after I first saw it. I saw the man who held the gun work a lever to clear out an empty shell and place a loaded one in the gun . He then fired two shots in quick succession firing seemingly without aim And as one shot was fired I saw a Chinaman fall to the ground and scramble. The diseased partly came to his feet staggering and passed out of my view. Johny Bealy says his evidence is identical with Louise's Louie. About 5 o'clock Sunday evening July 24th 1892. I was standing on the Net Racks of the River's Inlet cannery in the act of hauling my net into my boat 6 o"clock I heard three gun shots in quick succession they sounded as if in or at the back of a building ( a confined sound). I didn't pay much attention to them at the first moment . But in a few moments my attention was drawn by a terrible [?] noise. Looking around and being in direct line with the China Cook house door I observed Chinamen coming out the door in great confusion and excitement. Some with rice bowls in their hands and tumbling one over another. Also saw a bench

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