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“ [224] in Laurel Hill Cemetry, where we lay the ashes of our people till they can be sent home to China.”

“Do many of your bondmen run away?”

“They cannot run away. They have no food, no money. They speak no English words; they know no Melican magistrates. Nearly all the people in San Francisco think them bad men — paupers, convicts, and rebels. No family will engage a Chinaman unless we give him a character and guarantee his conduct. So they have to stay with us, or die in the streets. We let them out on hire, receiving their wages, and giving them so much a month to live on-till our debts are paid.”

“ About the second class — the men who pay their own fares, and come on their own account — are they on landing free from your control?”

“Free from the Sixth company?”

“Yes: are they free from all control, save that of the American courts?”

“They pay the Company five dollars each as a landing-fee. This fee they are compelled to pay, because they cannot land without our leave.”

“Then, your company have some authority over ”

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