|Of the many Chinamen in New York not a few keep cigar
stands upon the sidewalks. Their neighbors in trade are the Milesian apple-women.
Twenty-eight of these apple-women have gone the way of matrimony with their elephant-eyed,
olive-skinned contemporaries, and the most of them are now happy mothers in consequence.
The physiologists aver that the human being is improved, as is the domestic branch of the
quadrupedal animals, by "crossing." If this be trueand we suspect that it
isthe natives of this country ought to be remarkable for physical strength and
beauty, for surely there was never such a mixture of races in any part of the world.
Representatives of all nations have located and married here. We know of two Bedouin
Arabs, part of an exhibiting troupe that came to this country several years ago,
who married wives and are rearing offspring in one of the Hudson river counties. Siam has
its representatives here in the famous twins, and in one of the up-town streets a wealthy
native of Morocco domiciliates with a Westchester county spouse. The mixture of Dutch,
Italian, French, Spanish, English, Irish, Danish, Swedish, etc., is perfectly bewildering;
but the amalgamation of the Irish and the Chinese is more than bewilderingit begets
a chaos of ideas from which no ray of intelligibility can be safely eliminated. Imagine a
scion of this stock chatting gayly about "Josh" in one moment, and speaking of
his father Pin Sing Chi, and in the next whirling a shillelah at a primary election, and
swearing that he goes in, tooth and nail, or rather body and breeches, for the nomination
of his mothers brother, Patrick ODowd. Oh, what a country is this!