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Some of the rioters, when they could not stop a Chinese, would shoot him dead on the spot, and then search and rob him. While they knew that the white men entertained ill feelings toward them, the Chinese did not take precautions to guard against this sudden outbreak, inasmuch as at no time in the past had there been any quarrel or fighting between the races.
Some were standing, or sitting, or lying hid on the grass, or stooping down on the low grounds. Hereinabove we have made a brief recital of the facts of this riot, and pray your honor will take them into your kind consideration.
Some of the rioters would let a Chinese go after depriving him of all his gold and silver, while another Chinese would be beaten with the butt ends of the weapons before being let go. They answered that if the companies would not increase our wages we should all strike, then the companies would be obliged to increase our wages.
By this time most of the Chinese have abandoned the desire of resuming their mining work, but inasmuch as the riot has left them each with only the one or two torn articles of clothing they have on their persons, and as they have not a single cent in their pockets, it is a difficult matter for them to make any change in their location.
On the second day of Septemberin Coal Pit No. That place being quite a distance from Rock Springs, very few Chinese were there. Some would-overtake a Chinese, throw him down and search and rob him before they would let him go. We never thought that the subjects of a nation entitled by treaty to the rights and privileges of the most favored nation could, in a country so highly civilized like this, so unexpectedly suffer the cruelty and wrong of being unjustly put to death, or of being wounded and left without the means of cure, or being abandoned to poverty, hunger, and cold, and without the means to betake themselves elsewhere.
It was a sad and painful sight to see the son crying for the father, the brother for the brother, the uncle for the nephew, Rock Springs skinned aa woman w hips friend for friend. The skin and bone of the right leg below the knee were injured. Most of the Chinese, acting upon this view of the matter, did not gather up their money or clothing, and when the mob fired at them they fled precipitately.
This loss of property was therefore larger than it would be later in the month. Fortunately, United States troops had been ordered to come and protect them, and quiet was restored. What they did leave at home was either plundered or burned. The dead body of Leo Kow Boot was found between mines No. The neck was shot through crosswise by a bullet, cutting the windpipe in two.
When they arrived there they saw only a burnt tract of ground to mark the sites of their former habitations. Fortunately, the company promised to lend them clothing and provisions, and a of wagons to sleep in. Soon after, the mob on the hill behind Coal Pit No. The Chinese now, to save their lives, fled in confusion in every direction, some going up the hill behind Coal Pit No. The mob were now coming in the three directions, namely, the east and west sides of the town and from the wagon road.
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The left jawbone was broken, evidently by a bullet. Document: We, the undered, have been in Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, for periods ranging from one to fifteen years, for the purpose of working on the railro and in the coal mines.
The said Huang Sih Chuen submitted the following report: I examined the dead bodies of the following Chinese laborers killed at Rock Springs: 1. The money that the Chinese lost was that which in their hurry they were unable to take with them, and consequently were obliged to leave in their houses, or that which was taken from their persons. The white foreman of the coal pit, hearing of the disturbance, ordered all to stop work for the time being.
At that time the Chinese began to realize that the mob were bent on killing. I also ascertained that the deceased was twenty-four years old. Several times we had been approached by the white men and requested to them in asking the companies for an increase in the wages of all, both Chinese and white men. Some would not beat a Chinese, but rob him of whatever he had and let him go, yelling to him to go quickly.
Digital History. Some of the rioters would not fire their weapons, but would only use the butt ends to beat the Chinese with. The Chinese present reasoned with them in a few words, but were attacked with murderous weapons, and three of their wounded. Among them the two women heretofore mentioned, and who killed some Chinese, were specially recognized by many Chinese. Most of the Chinese living in Rock Springs worked during the daytime in the different coal mines, and consequently did not hear of the fight at Coal Pit No. As yet the mob had not come to attack the Chinese; a great of the latter were returning to work without any apprehension of danger.
The Chinese, though greatly alarmed, did not yet begin to flee.
To this we dissented, wherefore we excited their animosity against us. On the ninth of September the United States government instructed the troops to escort the Chinese back to Rock Springs. Some of the bodies were not found until they were dug out of the ruins of the buildings. Whenever the mob met a Chinese they stopped him and, pointing a weapon at him, asked him if he had any revolver, and then approaching him they searched his person, robbing him of his watch or any gold or silver that he might have about him, before letting him go.
Although protected by government troops, their sleep is disturbed by frightful dreams, and they cannot obtain peaceful rest.
Some had been burned beyond recognition. But to their disappointment, all the houses were burned to ashes, and there was then no place of shelter for them; they were obliged to run blindly from hill to hill. On the evening of September l,the bell of the building in which said organization meets rang for a meeting. This was done about a little past P. Some of them went along the foot of the hill where Coal Pit No. Some of them ran up to the hill of Coal Pit No. A few of them fled to the foot of the hill where Coal Pit No.
The Chinese who were the first to flee mostly dispersed themselves at the back hills, on the opposite bank of the creek, and among the opposite hills. As we did not think that the trouble would extend to Rock Springs, we did not warn each other to prepare for flight. Some of the rioters who killed the Chinese and who set fire to the homes could be identified by the Chinese, and some not.
Between P. Several of the camp houses near Coal pit No. All the Chinese houses burned ed seventy-nine. None of the Chinese had firearms or any defensive weapons, nor was there any place that afforded an opportunity for the erection of a barricade that might impede the rioters in their attack.
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We felt very thankful to the railroad company for having telegraphed to the conductors of all its trains to pick up such of the Chinese as were to be met with along the line of the railroad and carry them to Evanston. Some, who took no part either in beating or robbing the Chinese, stood by, shouting loudly and laughing and clapping their hands. To them or to their object we have paid no attention. On the fifth of September all the Chinese that had fled assembled at Evanston; the native citizens there threatened day and night to burn and kill the Chinese.
Among the rioters who robbed and plundered were men, women, and children. Taking the railroad as their guide, they walked toward the town of Green River, some of them reaching that place in the morning, others at noon, and others not until dark. Some of the Chinese who had hid themselves in the houses were killed and their bodies burned; some, who on of sickness could not run, were burned alive in the houses.
The goods, clothing, or household effects remaining in their houses were either plundered or burned. I also ascertained that the deceased was fifty-one years old, and had a mother, wife, and son living at home in China. We inquired of them what we should do if the companies refused to grant an increase. To the great President of the United States, who, hearing of the riot, sent troops to protect our lives, we are most sincerely thankful.
Every one of them was praying to Heaven or groaning with pain. The officers of the companies employing us treated us and the white man kindly, placing both races on the same footing and paying the same wages. After the work had stopped, all the white men in and near Coal Pit No. Not long after, all the white men came out of that building, most of them assembling in the barrooms, the crowds meanwhile growing larger and larger. Up to the time of the recent troubles we had worked along with the white men, and had not had the least ill feeling against them.
In behalf of those killed or wounded, or of those deprived of their property, we pray that the examining commission will ask our minister to sympathize, and to endeavor to secure the Rock Springs skinned aa woman w hips of the murderers, the relief of the wounded, and compensation for those despoiled of their property, so that the living and the relatives of the dead will be grateful, and never forget his kindness for generations.
The Chinese were all like a herd of frightened deer that let the huntsmen surround and kill them. Those Chinese who were in the workshops, hearing of the riot, stopped work and fled in their working clothes, and' did not have time enough to go home to change their clothes or to gather up their money. Several squ marched up the hill behind Coal Pit No. One squad remained at Coal Shed No. The squad that remained at the pump house fired the first shot, and the squad that stood at Coal Shed No. The Chinese by name of Lor Sun Kit was the first person shot, and fell to the ground.
The dead body of Leo Sun Tsung, found in his own hut in the native settlement, was covered with many wounds. The whole of Chinese killed was twenty-eight and those wounded fifteen. Even the white woman who formerly taught English to the Chinese searched for and took handkerchiefs and other articles. They were scattered far and near, high and low, in about one hundred places.
The Chinese had been for a long time employed at the same work as the white men. The Chinese know that the white men who worked in Coal Pit No. From a survey of all the circumstances, several causes may be ased for the killing and wounding of so many Chinese and the destruction of so much property: 1. It was rumored on that night that threats had been made against the Chinese. Some of the dead bodies had been buried by the company, while others, mangled and decomposed, were strewn on the ground and were being eaten by dogs and hogs.
There were some who did not reach it until the fourth of September.