1898/14 re Chinese miners on Fraser River – encroaching on an Indian reserve
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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to pay the County the sum of Five on or before the Fourteenth then next, and also to pay to the said and I also thereby adjudged that if the said several sums were not paid on or before the Fourteenth day of then next, the said [?] should be imprisoned in the common gaol of the County of Westminster at Yale, in the said County of Westminster, (and there kept at hard labour) for the term of , unless the said several sums (and the costs and charges of conveying the said Chee Foce to the said common gaol were sooner paid; and whereas the time in and by the said order appointed for the payment of the said several sums of money has elapsed, but the said Chee Foce paid the same, or any part thereof, but therein has made default: There are, therefore, to command you, the said Peace Officers, or any of you, to take the said Chee Foce and him safely to convey to the said common gaol at Yale, aforesaid and there to deliver him to the Keeper thereof, together with this Precept: And I do hereby command you, said Keeper of the said common gaol, to receive the said, Chee Foce into your custody in the said common gaol, there to imprison him (and keep him at hard labour) for the term of Twenty days, unless the said several sums (and the costs and charges of conveying him to the said common gaol, amounting to the further sum of --------), are sooner paid unto you the said Keeper; and for your so doing, this shall be your sufficient Warrant.
Given under my hand and seal, this Seventeenth day of
March, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight, at [?]