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MARRYING JOHN CHINAMAN. A gentleman in China has addressed the following ':i letter to the editor of the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle -j —" An occurence, painful both in detail and result, and fraught with vital importance to my country- women at home, has just come to light in Foochow, China. Affecting, as it does, two young ladies, natives of Newcastle, and the facts of the case reveal- ing the probability that other young ladies may be similarly circumstanced, in consequence of the general ignorance prevailing at home regarding China and the Chinese, I have deemed it my duty as an English- man, having some knowledge of the Flowery Land' and its celestial' natives to ask you to kindly find space in your widely-read columns for the recital of the following piece of villainy, which, originating in Newcastle, had its painful sequel in Foochow. I do this in the earnest and sincere hope that it may act as a warning to the feminine por- tion of your community as to the danger of having any connection with the heathen Chinee' in a matrimonial sense. A short time ago, a Chinaman arrived in Shanghai from Newcastle, accompanied by two girls, one of them being, by her own statement, his lawful 'wife.' This 'Celestial' had just termi- nated a three years' engagement as a gunnery student at Armstrong's, in the service of the Chinese Govern- ment, and it appears that he succeeded in over- coming the national scruples of a Newcastle maiden to a pigtail' and shaven pate, and persuaded her to marry him and eventually to accompany him to China, well knowing at the same time that he had already two' orthodox' small-footed and lawful wives, with the same number of almond-eyed' offspring, awaiting him in that land of supreme arrogance and bombast. To carry out this diabolical plan he utilised the first and great attribute of the Chinese-i.e., lying. He filled his dupe with airy illusions regard- ing his wealth and rank, made special reference to mansions surrounded with orange trees' and added to his premeditated villainy by persuading another aspiring female of youthful years to accompany them, ostensibly to obtain her a husband but no doubt for a purpose which only a resident in the Far East' can conjecture. After remaining in Shanghai for a short time, funds considerably diminished, and they proceeded to Foochow. On arrival there, the painful and humiliating position of the poor girls had become known, mainly through the poor accom- modation for which he was able to pay out of his rapidly diminishing means on board the steamer in which the would-be husband had taken a passage. There was reason for suspicion, too, in the evidently unhappy mental condition which the girls were in, for they already had had ample time and opportunity to ob- serve and meditate on their probable lot, and had noted the wretched and filthy conditions under which even the better class of Chinese exist, the miserable one- storied huts which they serenelv term houses, but which in England are termed stables, and the entire absence of any equality or sociality existing between Europeans and Chinese, which renders it an utter impossibility for any Christian girl to preserve one atom of respect for herself or receive it from her com- patriots in any connection with them. Knowing all this, the girls at first refused to leave the vessel until some assurance was given them of the nature of their future home. Though unable to hire a fitting resi- dence for his English wife, the Chinaman, nevertheless, succeeded in inducing them to go on shore, where they were met by a gaping crowd of his wondering country- men, and conducted to a kind of large hut,'in which they became such objects of' manipulating 'interest and curiosity that they naturally became timid, and, as the husband had disappeared, they left also, after waiting in vain the whole day for his return, foodless. In this wretched condition they had no alter- native but to return to the steamer which had brought them from Shanghai, and, the wily hus- band making no sign, for he was now comfortably established in the city with his small-footed wives, they were forced to accept the captain's generosity for two days, when they had necessarily to leave the ship owing to her returning to Shanghai. During these two days the poor wife' made every effort to find this faithless heathen, but only returned from her fruitless journeys in this endeavour humbled and insulted. The unmarried girl now wisely resolved to return home at once, and with her own scanty means and a little help from the British Consul she took a passage to England. The poor deluded wife' is now, I believe, taken care of by the kindness of some missionaries, her own want of means and her near confinement putting out of the question her im- mediate return home. Now, sir, the poor girl states that she was legally married to this Chinaman in Newcastle, and she comes out here to find that he has already two lawful wives with the same number of children. While in Newcastle this student of gun- nery was in receipt of a salary of S20 monthly-a princely income for a Chinaman of his position. Directly on his arrival in his native land it was re- duced, according to precedent, to the equivalent of £10 monthly, which, while remaining an extraordi- nary wage in a native point of view, would not suffice to pay for a fairly decent European dress-in China. I know that there are still a number of the 'heathen' in Newcastle, employed under similar conditions to the Chinaman in question, and I think the subject of such serious import to my Newcastle countrywomen that I shall conclude with a few brief remarks regarding the Chinese at home,' which I truly hope will prevent parents, and deter young girls, from listening to, or entertaining any matrimonial proposal on the part of a China- man. Even if married to a monogamous and Christian Chinaman, minus his pigtail, a European woman would still be an object of evasion, and I was about to add disgust, on the part of Europeans in China. In the first place, the stationary position of China and the Chinese in the scale of civilisation is but too well known. Let me add, as an observant resident in the country, that they have not one attribute of civilisa- tion, either in their religion, habitations, persons, manners, or customs indeed, they would deem them- selves degenerating from their Confucian superiority by even entertaining the thought of acquiring anything in common with the hated western barbarian,' the appellation they politely give all foreigners. The habitations of the wealthiest and highest are entirely destitute of any sani- tary arrangements, or one item of commodity or accommodation essential to the meanest Britisher. Polygamy, too, is the recognised and existent law, and the plurality of a Chinaman's harem is only limited to his means. Young females are lawfully bought and sold daily. I am sure that I have said sufficient to deter all right-minded Christian females with common self-respect from entering into any matrimonial or other connection with a people who, while themselves polygamists and heathens, despise their countrymen as barbarians' and foreign devils.


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