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“ [268] quarter,” says my companion, as we enter Lock Sin's tea-house about two o'clock, and order a refreshing cup.

“ What you have seen in San Francisco you may see in Sacramento, Stockton, San Jose, and other towns. Wherever John plants his foot, he builds a China Town, and peoples it with harlots, criminals, and slaves. We get some very cheap labour, and our financiers say they need cheap labour ” to develop the country. “ What think you of the price we have to pay for our development?”

While we are sipping tea on Lock Sin's balcony, a yell comes up from the street below. A Chinese fight is on. Ah King, a Chinese scamp, employed by the city officers, and, in the slang of his Asiatic countrymen, such a spy is called a ghost. Of late this ghost has been too busy, his celestial countrymen think, even for a paid spy; and two Asiatics, who have just come out of jail, are setting on him, one moon-face with a hatchet, the second moon-face with a knife. From every door in the street swarms out a crowd, and in an instant fifty Chinese lanterns heave and drop along the flags.

“ Excuse me!” says my escort, and before I can

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