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1914/195 Rex vs. Lem How – 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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see him come down.

66 Q. And you as a matter of fact cannot swear that you saw the accused there at all? A. No.

7 Q What did you, Mr. Harrison, say you saw some Chinaman with an axe in his hand? A. Yes.

8 Q. Who was in the act of using it? A. No the blow had been struck when I got the axe.

9 Q. The man had been struck? A. Yes the man had been struck when I got the axe.

70 Q When you took the axe from him?

MR. RUSSELL: No when he took the axe from that man.

COURT: Could you recognize the Chinaman that you got the axe from? A. I know the Chinaman who helped me take the axe.

1 Q. You don’t know the Chinaman that you took it from? A. No.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 193 File 1914/195 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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