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Chapter 21: the Chinese legend.

The Chinese legend current in San Francisco is a little wild; making the Chinese in America a mere gang of bondsmen, owned by the Six Companies, and governed by an Asiatic Vehm Gericht, Grand Lodge or Council of Ten, who wield a secret and mysterious power, which neither male nor female can escape.

Feeling some doubt as to the truth of this Chinese legend, taken as a whole, we seek for light among persons who are likely to have ferretted out the facts-officers of police and ministers of religion; but for several weeks we search in vain. The Chinese legend is in books and magazines, and no one cares to ask his neighbour whether that current legend be true or false.

At length, by help of Consul Booker, we approach the only people who have sure and perfect

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