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1913/130 Rex vs. Ing Soo – attempted murder

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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BC Archives G-0419

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CANADA Province of British Columbia County of Kootenay


Ing Soo stands charged before the undersigned two of His Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid this 16th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve for that the said Ing Soo on March 14th at Fort Steele in the County of Kootenay did attempt to commit murder by shooting at Harry Spencer in the town of Fort Steele.

Usual warning is here read to the accused who states :-

“He had nothing to say.”

(Sgd) Ing Soo

TAKEN before us at Fort Steele the day and year first above mentioned.

(Sgd) Arthur B. Fenwick, J.P.

(Sgd) R. T. Galbraith, J. P.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 175 File 1913/130 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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