Chinese Filthy: 0050.0456

            At Kamloops the other day a Chinaman committed suicide under extraordinary circumstances.  He had been complaining for some weeks, but his friends paid no attention to his case.  One morning last week he was found dead in a water barrel, head downwards, having committed suicide.  At the inquest it transpired that the man had fever of a very pronounced type, and that for several days previous to the suicide he had been moving about in the Chinese quarters, and that his laundry had turned out some work.  It was fortunate that the body was found as soon as it was or his fellow countrymen would probably have hushed up the whole thing, and the water in the barrel would have been used to soak someone’s family washing and spread contagion.  The case shows the necessity there exists for careful supervision over Chinese quarters.  These people are naturally uncleanly in their habits.  Their presence is a danger to a community.  Since the Chinese have left their old quarters at the west end of Nelson the scene to be experienced there is such as to suggest that the former denizens of old Chinatown must have been impervious to disease.  There appears to have been no drainage, while nearly all houses seem to have had a cesspit or receptacle for refuse under the flooring.  Now that the Chinamen of Nelson are in new quarters, too much caution cannot be exercised by the sanitary authorities to prevent a relapse to old conditions.

0050.0456: Chinese Filthy

Chinaman commits suicide head downwards in a water barrel.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  November 7, 1900
Pages:  5
Publisher:  The Nelson Economist
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)

Keywords:

chinaman laundry suicide

Subjects:

Social arrow Racism arrow Chinesearrow
Cities arrow Kamloopsarrow
Cities arrow Nelson arrow Development arrow Chinatownarrow

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