Harper’s Weekly, January 26, 1861, page 51 (Humor column items)
A San Francisco paper states that a system of wife-stealing has been developed among the Chinese of that city, which seems to be carried on upon some recognized and semi-legal principle that the Celestials understand and accept. If a wife be once fairly carried off, that seems to be the end of the matter, the bereaved husband’s only chance of solace being confined to his hopes of carrying off somebody else’s wife.

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