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Ah Yee
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Birth: unknown, China
Death: Aug. 9, 1898
Placer County
California, USA

The Last of Ah Yee

The funeral of Ah Yee, the Chinese merchant, who was murdered on the 9th inst. took place from the undertaking parlors of Crowell & Safford last Tuesday afternoon. The body was embalmed and had lain in state for the past two weeks, ensconced in a ninety dollar casket, awaiting orders from relatives who were planning to ship the remains to China. They finally concluded that it would be cheaper to bury Ah Yee and ship his bones to the land of his fathers later on.

Accordingly all that was mortal of the dead merchant was buried in the Chinese graveyard out on the Grass Valley road.

Coroner and Public Administrator Mitchell was master of ceremonies and there was none of the oriental pomp and show usually exhibited at the funeral of a prominent celestial, but two or three carriages acompanied the remains to their temporary resting place.

The matter of the estate of Ah Yee came up for hearing in the Superior Court on Monday afternoon.

John M. Fulweiler withdrew his petition for the issuance of letters of administration to himself and Lardner & Burns asked that letters be issued to W.J. Burns Public Administrator-elect.

Messrs. Tabor & Tabor and Pullen & Wallace appeared for Public Administrator Mitchell and letters of administration were issued to the latter.

The Case of Ah Yee

There are no new developments in the case of Ah Yee the Chinese merchant who was brutally murdered two weeks ago.
His slayer was reported captured several times during the past week, but there is no foundation for any of them. No information is given out at the Sherriff's office. It is intimated that Sheriff Conroy is satisfied that the crime was committed by a Chinaman, and it is said that the Sheriff has a clue that may lead to the capture of the murderer before many days. No finds of importance were made by Public Administrator Mitchell in his search of the premises since our last report.


Hatchet Man at Work in Chinatown.

On Saturday morning last on opening the door of Ah Yee's store in Chinatown, J.W. Stone was horrified at finding the dead body of the well known Chinese merchant lying just inside the threshold with the head split wide open. The store and contents were bespattered with blood in all directions and a hatchet and ax all covered with blood, indicated clearly the manner in which the murdered man had met his death.

The Sheriff's office was immediately notified and Under-Sheriff Walsh and deputy Dependener, accompanied by Coroner Berry Mitchell at once instit?ed and investigation.
It was apparent that the crime had been committed for the purpose of robbery, as the safe had been opened and rifled of its contens. Ah Yee's safe consisted of a strong wooden box fastened with an ordinary padlock and was easily opened.

The dead merchant had been doing business in Auburn for more than 40 years and was reputed to be very wealthy, though how much money he may have had on had is unknown. His store is literally crammed with goods.

(Middle part missing)

In order to throughly search the premises Coroner Mitchell found it necessary to remove a quanity of the the stock to another building. He has already hauled away 22 tons, which is not nearly half. The stock consists of flour, sugar, salt, case goods and Chinese merchandise. There were seventeen full boxes of Star tabacco and a large quantity of tea. Ah yee speculated largely in staple articles--flour, sugar, tea, etc. Before the war revenue bil went into effect he purchased 80 chests of tea.

The amount of his fortune is mere conjecture and may possibly never be known. He was considered upright and honest in his dealings with merchants. He purchased nearly all the gold dust sold in Auburn, and it was a hard matter to fool Ah Yee on the value of dust. Considerable jewelry and a few small lots of gold dust have been found.

The Coroner's inquest was held on Monday, and the jury found that Ah Yee came to his death by being struck by both hatchet and ax in the hands of parties unknown to the jery. The following acted as jury men: J.H. Lindsey, J.C. Warren, G.W. Sayles, J.H. Breslin, W.C. Merrow, P.L. Wilson, A. Armbruster, J.S. Predom and E.J. Stapleton. Sheriff Conroy is working on the case and will not make any statement as yeat.

Most likely his bones where sent to China? 
Chinese Cemetery
Placer County
California, USA
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Aug 30, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116307992
Ah Yee
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- Glenda Ragan
 Added: Aug. 30, 2013

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