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“ [238] two dabs of rice, because a heathen Chinee can starve on one! ”

“You think this fall in wages owing to the Chinaman?”

“What else, Captain? Why, before the brute came in, my ould woman got her bit of washing and ironing, enough anyhow to buy a drop of drink; but now the squinting villain robs the women as well as he robs the men. If it were not for soiling one's hands, I'd like to squash them head and heels into the bay-just there, by Hunter's Point.”

“You don't say, live and let live, eh, Pat?”

“Live! Why, Captain, he's a heathen Chinee; a real heathen Chinee! What business has the loikes of him over here? Is not Chinay big enough for him?”

“Come, Pat, haven't you come over from County Cork?”

“ That's thrue, Captain; but then the country's ours. We conquered it from the Injuns and the Mexicans. Let the Chinese try to conquer it from us! Bedad, won't I loike to see the day when they come out and fight-och, the heathen Chinee!”

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