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1903/18 Rex vs. D.L. Ray and Wing Wo – murder (Trail)

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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A. No, I didn't know as it does. You may have dozens of convulsions and not have — Q (Interrupting) They would leave no trace of them ? A No violence in any way. Q You might bite the tongue in convulsion. A Possibly, yes. Q Now, in performing this autopsy, you say the thyroid was pushed upwards and outwards ? A. Yes; that's one thing I might not have made clear in the report-it's a very good point-upwards and out\wards, as you say. Q. How long had that fracture taken place before death ? A. Well it had taken place long enough to produce ecchyiaosus. There was blood around it. Q In other words it was broken before circulation had ceased, you can't tell how long ? A. No; It would'nt be just for me to be too definite on that. Q . That's all, Doctor. Re-direct examination by Mr Devitt. Q. You are retained by fee, by the City of Trail, as Medical Health officer ? A. Yes. Q It was not your duty to visit him until instructed by the Board of health ? A No. Q Were there any discolorations, Doctor ? A. Yes. Q External, I mean ? A. -No. i. There was no discoloration ? A. I saw no discoloration—on the skin you mean ? Q Yes. Q Now there's another thing/ In about the trychea— EC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 95 File 1903/18 Attorney General documents.

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