Chapter 24: a celestial village.
Like Paddy Blake
and Juan Chico
, Hop Lee
and Hong Chi appear to be social animals, who love to jostle in a crowd, and lodge by preference in a narrow court.
Like many of their Irish and Mexican
peers, they seem to delight in close alleys, and enjoy abominable smells.
When they might camp out in the open, they burrow in the earth, under the houses of great cities, hiding their heads in drains and vaults, in sinks and sewers.
They make a rookery in the heart of every city they invade.
At Salt Lake
they huddle round the marketplace; at Virginia
they cower about the mines.
In San Francisco
they have taken up their rest in the oldest quarter.
When they reach New York they will settle on Five Points
; when they arrive in London
they will occupy Seven Dials.
If a great city has a low and filthy section, the celestials sniff