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SECOND ANNUAL REPORT OF THE REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS, DEATHS, & MARRIAGES. 1874. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1876

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 39 Vic. Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1874. 153
SECOND   ANNUAL  REPORT
OF  THE
REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS, DEATHS, & MARRIAGES.
1874.
Registrar-General's Office,
1st June, 1875.
"5
Jo the Honourable George Anthony Walkem,
Attorney-General, fyc., $c.
Sir:
I have the honour to transmit herewith, for the information of His Excellency
the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, and the use of Parliament, my Second Annual
Report, under the provisions of the "Registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages
Act, 1872."
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
H. B. W. ALKMAN,
Registrar- General.
11  39 Vic.
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1874.
155
REPORT.
To His Excellency the Honorable Joseph W. Trutch,   Lieutenant-Governor of the
Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Excellency;—
I have the honour to submit the Second Annual Eeport upon the Begistration of
Births, Deaths, and Marriages in this Province. The period under review is the year
ending 31st December, 1874.
In addition to the tables contained in last year's Eeport, tables showing the increase
or decrease, as tho case may be, of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in the different
Districts have been compiled.
Beyond the usual information contained in tho Statistical Tables, there is but little
to report that would be of public interest. The number of Eegistrations has fallen short
of the number anticipated; and the result of tho year's work is therefore scarcely as
desirable as could have been wished. For the year ending 31st December, 1873, the
total number of Eegistrations was 364; and for the year ending 31st December, 1874,
the total number is 335. There is, therefore, a decrease of 29 Eegistrations for tho year
1874. The decrease, as will be seen from Tables A, B, and C, arises in the country
districts, and is principally attributable to the causes pointed out in my previous Eeport.
Births.
The following table is a summary of Births registered during the twelve months
ended 31st December, 1874:—
Districts.
Male.
Female.
No., where both
name and sex
are omitted.
Total.
50
18
12
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1
3
45   ■
20
11
2
3
4
95
38
23
No. 4. Yale, &c	
1
4
7
89
85
174
Here we have an increase, in the number of Births registered, of 10.
Of the 174 children registered, 89 were males, and 85 females.
The birth of two pairs of twins was reported.
Two births, out of the whole number registered, were returned as still-born; and
one birth as illegitimate. 156
Birtlis, Deaths, and Marriages, 1874.
1875
Marriages.
The following table is a summary of Marriages registered during the twelve months
ended 31st December, 1874:—■
Districts.
No. 1. Victoria, &c	
No. 2   Nanaimo, &c	
No. 3. New Westminster,
No. 4. Yale, &c	
No. 5. Clinton, &c	
No. 6. Lillooet, &c	
No. 7. Cariboo, &c	
No. 8.  Omineca, &c	
No. 9.  Kootenay, &c	
Totals. ,
Where the Bride and Bridegroom
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total number of Marriages, 66 were by license, 9 by banns, 1 by license and banns, and
2 by civil contract.
The age of the eldest bride was returned at 57 years, and the youngest at 14 years.
The age of the eldest bridegroom was returned at 56 years, and the youngest at 19 years.
Deaths.
The following table is au analysis of Deaths registered during the twelve months
ended 31st December, 1874:—
Districts.
No. 1. Victoria, &c	
No. 2. Nanaimo, &c	
No. 3. New Westminster, &c.
No. 4.  Yale, &c	
No. 5. Clinton, &c	
No. 6. Lillooet, &c	
No. 7. Cariboo, &c	
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Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1874.
157
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Abstract Causes of Death.
Class
I. Zymotic  7
II. Diseases, uncertain seat  5
III. Tubercular  4
IV. Brain and Nervous System  4
V. Organs of Circulation  8
VI. Respiratory Organs  9
VII. Organs of Digestion  5
VIII. Urinary Organs  0
IX. Organs of Generation  0
X. Organs of Locomotion  1
XI. Skin Disease  0
XII. Malformation  0
XIII. Atrophy          '                                          3
XIV. Old Age  0
XV. Sudden Death  .!.......!......... '.'.'.  0
XVI. Violent Death ......!!..............!...........  12
Not specified  25
Total  83
I.
Cholera Infantum   2
Erysipelas    1
Syphilis  4
— 7
II.
Haemorrhage    2
Cancer   1
Dropsy   2
— 5
III.
Scrofula ,    1
Phthisis   3
— 4
IV.
Paralysis    I
Convulsions    1
Apoplexy    1
Meningitis    1
— 4
V.
Heart Disease   8
— 8
VI.
Lung Disease   4
Pneumonia   5
— 9
VII.
Liver Disease   4
Exhaustion    I
— 5
Carried forward.       42
       42
VIII.—Nil.
IX.—Nil.
X.
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XI.—Nil.
Xll.—Nil.
XIII.
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XV.—Nil.
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Suffocation   1
Hanged    1
Premature Births   2
Accidents   5
—12
Not specified   25
—25
Total.
83 158
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1874,
1875
The following Tables (A, B, and C) have been compiled, in addition to those
appearing in last year's Eeport. They show the increase or decrease, as the case may
be, in the different Districts, between the number of Births, Marriages, and Deaths
registered in the years ended 31st December, 1873, and 31st December, 1874:—
TABLE A.
Births.
Districts.
Number
registered
in 1873.
Number
registered
in 1874.
Increase.
Decrease.
No. 1.
87
27
26
11
5
1
5
2
95
38
23
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8
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No. 2.
Nanaimo, &c	
No. 3.
3
No. 4.
No. 5.
Yale, &c	
Clinton, &c	
4
1
No. 6.
1
No  7
Cariboo, &c	
No. 8.
No. 9,
Omineca, &c	
9
Totals	
164
174
21
11
11
10
TABLE B.
Marriages.
Districts.
Number
registered
in 1873.
Number
registered
in 1874.
Increase.
Decrease.
No. 1.
52
12
10
9
1
1
3
53
6
10
3
1
2
0
1
1
No. 2.
6
No. 3.
No. 4.
Yale, &c	
6
No. 5.
No. 6.
No. 7.
Cariboo, &c	
No. 8.
Omineca, &c	
No. 9.
Totals	
88
78
2
12
Total increase	
2
10 39 Vic.
Births, Deaths, and Marriages, 1874.
159
TABLE C.
Deaths.
Districts.
Number
registered
in 1873.
Number
registered
in 1874.
Increase.
Decrease.
47
15
17
16
3
1
8
3
2
46
9
15
2
4
B
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2
No. 4. Yale, &c	
14
1
3
2
1
Totals	
112
83
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1
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Up to the present time, the results are, perhaps, not of such a satisfactory character
as could have been desired; but as the public become better acquainted with the
provisions of the Act, and more fully understand the benefits to be derived from Eegis-
tration, they will comply more cheerfully with its requirements.
Some of the obstacles which stand in the way of obtaining complete Beturns were
pointed out in my first Eeport, and since then an additional year's experience has more
fully convinced me that, before really satisfactory results can be obtained, these obstacles,
so far as their nature will permit, must be overcome; and I have no doubt that it may
be accomplished in a great measure, and at a small cost, by providing the public with
more numerous facilities for effecting Kegistration than at present exist. The means of
affording such facilities were also pointed out in my previous Eeport, and I beg to
reiterate the suggestion therein contained, with respect to Section 18 of the Act, viz.:
1;that under this section, and so soon as conveniently may be, one or more Collectors of
" Eeports should be appointed for each of the Polling Divisions of which the Districts on
" the Mainland are composed, and in Vancouver Island a Collector should also be appointed
"for each of the Districts, as defined upon the Official Maps of the Lands and Works
"Department. The Collector's duties (as then stated) would, of course, be limited to
"receiving reports, filling up forms, supplied by the Department, attesting the signatures
" of informants, and forwarding the forms in a complete state to the District Eegistrars.
"The extra expense would be very trifling, as additional books would not be required,
"and would consist chiefly of postage and, perhaps, a small fee on each report, payable
" by the Government to the Collector."
That the Act, in many respects, is a most valuable one must be admitted, and it is
much to be regretted that the at least concurrent jurisdiction of the Dominion Government over the same subject renders it inexpedient to recommend certain amendments,
alluded to in my previous Eeport, and others, which have since been suggested, for more
effectually insuring its more successful operation, until the question is definitely settled,
as to whether the collection of vital statistics will eventually be performed under
Dominion or Provincial authority.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
I have the honour to be,
Your Excellency's most obedient servant,
H. B. W. AIKMAN,
Registrar- General.

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