An inquest into
Alexander Kindness' death took place on May 4, 1912, with
Coroner George Sanson again presiding. The first witness was
Forest Loring, who described the events of May 3rd in detail,
but indicated he could not identify the man who shot Alexander
Kindness, since "his back was to us all the time". Loring
could indicate only that the man "looked to be a short, thick,
stout fellow". William Ritchie was next ...
jury found that Alexander Kindness came to his death by a
bullet wound, "said wound being caused by a bullet from a
rifle in the hands of one person at present unknown but we
believe the shooting to have been done by Moses Paul or Paul
Spintlum and we strongly recommend that the Provincial
Government give this district better police protection than we
have had in the past".
Kindness had been living in the Clinton area for 4 1/2 months
at the time of his death. He had been in charge of the Clinton
jail. Described as a "splendidly put up chap of six feet two
inches, with a clear complexion and a Scotch accent", Kindness
was reportedly well liked, and was thought to have made a
number of improvements at the jail since his arrival. Prior to
his arrival in Clinton, Kindness, who was born in Bognell,
Banffshire, Scotland, had been four years with the Ayrshire
Constabulary in Scotland, and spent some time as a motorman
with the British Columbia Electric Railway Company. He worked
for one year with the Vancouver Police Department, from which
he resigned in May 1911.
buried in Vancouver on May 8, 1912. Vancouver citizens turned
out by the thousands, lining the streets to watch as Kindness'
remains were conveyed from Green & Merkley's undertaking
rooms, escorted by a squadron of one hundred Vancouver
policemen and BC Electric Railway representatives. Twenty
members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a contingent
from the 72nd Highlanders were also present, as were fifty
local firemen and a squadron of the BC Provincial Police.
Marching slowly along Hastings Street, the procession moved to
the strains of the dead march and muffled drums, to the First
Presbyterian Church, where the funeral service was given by
Reverend Fraser. All flags at local fire stations and police
headquarters were at half mast during the day. The service was
described as "short but solemn".
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