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1905/9 Rex vs. Soon Ching – keeping a gaming house (Vancouver)

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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only seen him in the rooms. I made several visits to the place and I seen them playing black-jack and stud-poker and he always_took a prominent part as manager and he asked us if we would have a drink or a cigar. 189 Q. He acted as secretary--he did the honors? A. He did, and he has control as far as I could see. 199.Q. (Farris) Did you ever know of this game being played the way my learned friend has been suggested? A I have always known it to be played for game (gain?) and not for sport. BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL Box106 File 1905/9 Attorney General documents. J

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