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“ [226] things. Even when a man is dead, we have to find his bones and send them home. If not, he would be buried and forgotten like a dog.”

“Your Company is said to wield such secret powers that you can reach offenders in any place, and strike them down at any moment, even under the eyes of local magistrates. For instance, I have heard that two of your people lived near Reno, in the Nevada Mountains; that one of them broke some rule of the Six Companies; that his fellow received a hint to kill him ; and that he was put away so craftily that the crime has never yet been traced. Can such a tale be true?”

“ Who knows? Some Chinamen good, some bad. Melican law make bad men worse. In Hong Kong if you kill a man, you will be hung, whether you have plenty money or not. Money makes no difference. In San Francisco, you kill a man; if you have plenty money, you get off. That is not good law. Here, too, all sorts of secret societies are allowed. In China, only bad men enter into Masonic lodges; rogues and rebels, who want to change the dynasty and destroy the faith. These secret societies are all put down by ”

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