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“ [258] on the American soil is an American citizen,” only means that every White man born on the American “ soil is an American citizen.”

“Are you making a formal claim of citizenship?”

“Yes, sir. I born in Melica Land; I marry in Melica Land; I live in Melica Land; my children born in Melica Land. Is not that all-ee-same?”

When the American Constitution was drawn up, the noble assertion that “all men are born free and equal” was confined to the White race. A Black man was not free. A Red man was not an equal. But a great development has been given to this assertion by events. A Negro born on the soil enjoys the rights of a free citizen. Why not a Mongol? Is the African race nobler than the Asiatic? If Zete Fly is considered worthy of the franchise, how can such a privilege be refused to Ah Tim?

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