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[230] who abhors the Yellow race and has an excellent Chinese cook.

“ A decent sort of lad to look at,” I observe.

“ Ugh! A Heathen Chinee; as big a scoundrel as the rest; perhaps worse, if one only knew the truth.”

“You don't know, then?”

“Know! Sir, nobody can know. Why, this fellow has no name; he comes from no place. How am I to guess how many people he has stabbed, how many periods he has spent in jail? If I enquire, he tells me lies. The rascal says he has never stabbed man or woman, and has never been a day in jail. Look at the wretch as he skips round that lady's chair. No doubt, he has two knives concealed under his white smock.”

“ Give him the benefit of that doubt.”

“No, Sir, I will give him nothing but his wages. So much work, so much pay; that is the end of our agreement. Take my word for it, that fellow in his own country was either a thief, a rebel, or a slave. Those Chinese won't send us their best people. Guess they have no mandarins to spare.”

A man who hears such gossip in the clubs and at

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