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[247] papers, painting the situation in a pleasant way — that pleasant way which tells the truth in jest.

Piper advances to the front and thus addresses the Lord of Belmont, Manager of the Bank of California:

“ Sir! We are American citizens, with families dependent on our labour for bread. We are skilled and willing workers in the business of making watches. We have been induced to come to California to aid this new industry, in which you have risked a single speck of your great wealth. If the work prospers it becomes the vocation of our lives, and the inheritance of our children as a place to labour; if it fails, you have had a little of your gold-dust blown away. We are informed that it is your intention to employ Chinese labour. This is not agreeable to us. We have a prejudice against these strangers. They do not speak our language; their religion, manners, customs, dress are not ours. They have no families to support. If we educate them in our skilled pursuit, they will soon rival us in it, and ultimately drive us from it. Instead, therefore, of employing these people, be kind enough to give the light labour to our wives and to our boys and girls. Thinking it is better to give this ”

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