1914-215 Rex vs. Gin Yuen alias John Young – procuring, 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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3. MR GRANT: I am going to tender this for what it is worth anyway. MR READ: It does not prove that the girl is a certain age. 24 Q Do you remember what month your daughter was born in, Jick Gom.?
A The twenty third year of the Emperor Bon Suey, that is the Chinese record, and about the twelfth day of the eleventh month.
QUESTIONS BY MR. READ:
5 Q Have you ever wanted her to marry anybody in the past eighteen months.? A I instructed her mother to ask her whether she would like to marry or not and she said no she will like to marry at the age of twenty. 6 Q Is that all that has ever been said to the girl about being married.? A No, that is all. 7 Q How long is it since you tried to get the accused to lend you five hundred dollars.? A I never tried to borrow any money from him, but he stole over a hundred dollars from me. 8 Q Did Jim Young refuse to lend you five hundred dollars.? A No, he has not got a penny, he has not got any money. 9 Q Who hasn’t.? A The accused. He still owes me over a hundred dollar sfor four or five months, rent and board.
30 Q How old is your other daughter.?
A I have got her birth certificate, about fifteen. 1 Q Can Annie write her name? A No, they cannot write because they have not been well educated. They only attended school about three or four months. 2 Q Did you ever offer to sell your daughter for five hundred dollars.? A No.
BC Archives GR-0419 Box 194 File 1914/211 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.