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.