Chinese case at Osoyoos

A short note today on a 4-step chain of interpreters in a court case involving folks of several cultures.



The case was an interesting one, there
being two Chinese and one Chinook and
Siwash [literally ‘Indian’, presumably Nsyilxcen/Okangan Salish] interpreter, the principal evi-
dence being given by an Indian in Si-
wash, which was translated into Chi-
, then from Chinook into English
and from English into Chinese.

— The Fairview (BC) Advance, Thursday, May 10, 1894, page 2, column 2

Fairview, BC, at the time “the largest city north of San Francisco”, became the present-day Oliver.