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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 19: our Yellow brother. (search)
ill find lucrative employment on our shores! As we ascend the mountains of Wyoming, we begin to meet our Yellow brother on the track; here skipping nimbly as a waiter, there drudging heavily as a hedger and ditcher; but in every place silent, docile, quick, and hardy. Sam shrinks from these mountain blasts and winter snows. Good wages tempt him to come up; but when the icy winds enter his soul, he prefers the squash and sugar-cane of South Carolina to the elk and antelope of Wyoming. Hi Lee can live in any climate and any country; in Bitter Creek, as well as in San Jose and Los Angeles; caring, it would seem, for neither heat nor cold, neither drought nor rain, neither good food nor bad, neither kindness nor unkindness, so that he can earn money and save money. At Evanston, an eating station on the heights above Salt Lake, we have a troop of Chinese waiters, dressed in short white smocks like girls, having smooth round faces like girls, and soft and nimble ways like girls.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 24: a celestial village. (search)
Chapter 24: a celestial village. Like Paddy Blake and Juan Chico, Hop Lee and Hong Chi appear to be social animals, who love to jostle in a crowd, and lodge by preference in a narrow court. Like many of their Irish and Mexican peers, they seem to delight in close alleys, and enjoy abominable smells. When they might camp out in the open, they burrow in the earth, under the houses of great cities, hiding their heads in drains and vaults, in sinks and sewers. They make a rookery in the heart of every city they invade. At Salt Lake they huddle round the marketplace; at Virginia they cower about the mines. In San Francisco they have taken up their rest in the oldest quarter. When they reach New York they will settle on Five Points; when they arrive in London they will occupy Seven Dials. If a great city has a low and filthy section, the celestials sniff it out, crowd into it, and by their presence make that low and filthy place their own. It seems to them a natural process.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 26: Yellow Agony. (search)
which proves so much, if not a great deal more. Ah Lee, a man of good repute and decent means, lived with Lo They had some words and parted company, on which Ah Lee requested Low Yow to pay him back a sum of more than 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 Moy Ming, sustained the evidence given and sworn by Ah Lee. On these statements, warrants were issued, and not ohe whole proceeding as a conspiracy on the part of Ah Lee and Ah Sing to get his client into trouble. Two elde the case. Choy Ming went home with Ah Sing and Ah Lee, and nothing more was heard about her till yesterday,evidence in the court, she says she went home with Ah Lee, and stayed with him some time, because Ah Sing frighd she likes the old folks better than the two men. Ah Lee and Ah Sing both ill-use her, and she is tired of bei
rity in the disaffected districts with armed forces from the eastern portion of the State. To accomplish this, he detailed a few available cornpanies from Staunton to march toward Beverly, from which point they could menace and overawe the town of Grafton, the junction of the main stem of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, with its branches extending to Parkersburg and Wheeling. The inhabitants showed more alacrity, however, to take up arms for the government than for Governor Letcher or General Lee. A Union Western Virginia regiment, under the command of Colonel Kelley, began to gather recruits rapidly at Wheeling, while the rebel camps between Beverly and Grafton were comparatively deserted, and Colonel Porterfield, who had been sent under orders of Governor Letcher, found his efforts at recruiting decidedly unsuccessful. On the 23d day of May the State voted upon the ordinance of secession, and East Virginia, under complete military domination, accepted the ordinance, while We
ted, and I will simply summarize the situation. General Garnett had posted himself in the pass at Laurel Hill, with an additional force at Beverly, while another, detachment, under Col. Pegram, had established himself in the pass at Rich Mountain. Here he had intended to fortify himself and to await a favorable opportunity for breaking the railroad. He found affairs upon his arrival in a miserable condition; the troops were disorganized and without discipline, arms or ammunition, and General Lee immediately sent him re-enforcements. This was the condition of affairs, when, early in July, General McClellan resolved to take the offensive and drive the rebels from West Virginia. In this campaign he received material aid and assistance from that brave officer General Rosecrans, who by superhuman exertions penetrated the pathless forest cutting and climbing his way to the very crest of Rich Mountain. This movement, difficult as it was, to the South of the rebels, was a complete
It was subsequently learned that the peddler was a rebel spy, and for some time past had been visiting the Union camps gathering information, which he had no doubt conveyed to the rebels. On his person were found papers which fully confirmed this, and that they failed to reach their destination on account of his death, was a fortunate occurrence for the Union cause. How he had discovered the character of my operatives is a mystery yet unsolved, as his wounded companion, when examined the next day, stated that he had met him that night for the first time, and had at his request accompanied him in the trip which had ended so disastrously. He further stated that his party belonged to a band of independent scouts, which had but lately been attached to Lee's Army, and were assigned to Gen. Stuart's Cavalry. Mr. and Mrs. Lawton and Scobell soon afterwards returned to Washington, where they were allowed to rest themselves for a time before being again called upon. A dead shot.
ar with its ways. We shall hear of some pretty hard fighting, shortly, I imagine, finally observed the stranger; McClellan has arrived at Fortress Monroe, and will no doubt commence hostilities at once. And we shall also hear of his army getting badly whipped, put in one of the party. Well, rejoined the stranger, that may be true; but, after all, the real contest will be before Richmond; the fighting that may occur now will only be the strategic moves preceding the final struggle. Lee and Johnson, he continued, are not yet ready for McClellan to advance upon Richmond, and they will see to it that it is put in the best possible condition of defense before he succeeds in reaching it. At this, my operative, who had taken little part in the conversation, except as an attentive listener, now arose and laughingly said: Gentlemen, I guess we are all of one mind on this subject, let's adjourn down below and interview the bar-keeper; I don't profess to be a judge of military mat
a courage and firmness that impressed all who witnessed it. Under Mrs. Lawton's direction, the room in which he was confined was soon made cheerful and clean; with her own hands she prepared for him such delicacies as he needed most, and her words of comfort were of great effect in soothing his mind, and in preparing him for the dreadful fate which he was called upon to meet. Nor did Mrs. Lawton stop here. She sought an interview with Jefferson Davis, but, finding him engaged with General Lee, she obtained the privilege of visiting the wife of the Confederate president. With Mrs. Davis she pleaded long and earnestly in behalf of the condemned man. Besought her by every holy tie of her own life to intercede for the pardon of the poor invalid, whose life hung by so slender a thread. All in vain, however. While fully sympathizing with the fate of the unfortunate man, Mrs. Davis declined to interfere in matters of state, and Mrs. Lawton left the house utterly hopeless of bei
gust 29-30 Pope's army was utterly defeated. Lee was now pressing forward, flushed with victory,umns, and started to repel the invading army of Lee, who was now crossing the Potomac. From repoperatives at this time, it was ascertained that Lee had abandoned, if, indeed, he ever seriously enhe Potomac, and his delay in offering battle to Lee before the latter had time to unite his army anthe roads to Boonesboroa and Harper's Ferry. Lee had left a force to dispute the possession of trate writers have sought to make it appear that Lee, at Antietam, fought and practically defeated atle lost, and almost all would have been lost. Lee's army might then have marched as it pleased one blow to the South, who had expected much from Lee's sudden and daring invasion of a loyal state; th all the force he could command in pursuit of Lee, saying, Here is the end of the rebellion. A fm, and after the Army of the Potomac had driven Lee from Maryland, General McClellan telegraphed hi[5 more...]
ious effort of reorganizing his forces, which had been severely shattered and weakened by the hard marching and the still harder fighting in the recent battles with Lee, the brave commander, upon the eve of an important forward movement was deprived of his noble army. General Burnside was named as his successor. Again had the pol with thirty thousand men. McClellan's first inclination was to adopt the movement up the Shenandoah Valley, believing, that, if he crossed the river into Virginia, Lee would be enabled to promptly prevent success in that direction by at once throwing his army into Maryland. Owing, however, to the delay of the supplies in reachings plan depended upon the immediate possession of Fredericksburg by the Federal army. The intelligent student knows full well that this was not even attempted until Lee had ample time to heavily re-enforce the rebel army already there. The subsequent results show Burnside's delay to have been fatal to his success. There was a t
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