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“ [219] coast. The Five Companies have their seats in China, and are known by the localities in which their members live. These Five Companies are-1. Ning Yung; 2. Kwong Chaw; 3. Hop Wo; 4. Sam Yep; 5. Yung Wo. These Five Companies collect the emigrants, carry them to Canton and Hong-Kong, make all arrangements for their transport, and see them put on board the mails. The Sixth Company (or Committee) sits in San Francisco, where its functions are to receive the emigrants on their arrival, and to see that all their contracts and obligations are carried out.”

“Will you explain to us these contracts and obligations?”

“ Yes; but will you put yourselves in our place, and see the truth in a good light? The Melicans call us heathen, but we have our own religion; and our religion is not, like the Melican religion, only for those who like and only when they like. Our religion is for while we live and after we die. So, when the Five Companies agree to bring a man over to California, that is one thing; when they agree to take his ashes back to China, that is another thing. You see? The agreement to bring him over is a ”

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