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[273] requested Low Yow to pay him back a sum of more than four hundred dollars, which he had placed in her hands while they were passing as man and wife. Low Yow refused.

“ I will be even with you,” hissed Ah Lee, with menacing gesture towards the woman.

Going before a magistrate, Ah Lee deposed that the Chinese woman, called Low Yow, had sold a Chinese girl, named Choy Ming, only thirteen years of age, for two hundred dollars, and he implored the magistrate to have that female slave-dealer seized and sent to jail. A witness, called Ah Sing, who said he was a brother of Choy Ming, sustained the evidence given and sworn by Ah Lee. On these statements, warrants were issued, and not only Low Yow but Choy Ming were taken into charge. Counsel was engaged for Choy Ming, but the trial mainly turned on her own evidence. She was a slave, she said. She was brought from China to San Francisco as a slave, and there sold to Low Yow, who afterwards sold her again to the keeper of a bad house. She handed to the judge a bill of sale, which had been given to her, according to the custom of her country, by Low Yow.

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