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Unable to believe a word of the evidence on either side, the magistrate dismissed the case.

Choy Ming went home with Ah Sing and Ah Lee, and nothing more was heard about her till yesterday, when she appeared in Stout's Alley and claimed a refuge with the old couple as their child. On being asked about her evidence in the court, she says she went home with Ah Lee, and stayed with him some time, because Ah Sing frightened her by his threats. She has been living on a ranch in the country, but has now left the two men. Ah Sing, she says, is not her brother, and she likes the old folks better than the two men. Ah Lee and Ah Sing both ill-use her, and she is tired of being their wife.

Choy Ming, I learn, is scarcely thirteen years of age!

Another case is that of a disputed cargo of female slaves — a case still pending in the higher Courts.

About the Chinese women who are brought to San Francisco there is unhappily no more mystery than about the Circassian girls who used to be exposed for sale in the markets of Cairo and Damascus. They are slaves. On coming to San Francisco with

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