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[207] servant treated as a slave; at church they hear him branded as a pagan. Never since their birth have they known a Chinee resent an insult and return a blow. Where, then, is the risk of pelting such a weak and helpless butt?

The boy's father seems to take this view of the affair. Banter and argument are equally thrown away on him. John is a druge, a waif and stray, without a public right. The child, he rather thinks, pays John a compliment by trying to crack his skull.

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