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“History of the Highbinder’s War . . .” Sunday Call Magazine Section, Jan. 7, 1900.


A glorious full-page illustration by Methfessel. You really ought to see the whole page layout; I'll post it when I get a chance.


The article begins:


“The Hip Sing Tongs and the Suey Sing Tongs are at it again, which means that the highbinder war is on. This is what the miners would call the annual clean up. Just before the end of the year this city is usually treated to a sensation in the way of a brutal murder in Chinatown. The daily papers tell us next morning that there has been trouble between rival tongs, and that a man has been murdered because he was a Sam Yup, which company is not on good terms with the See Yup organization.”

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Taken on January 7, 1900