Harper’s Weekly, April 25, 1885, page 263 (News Briefs)
Chinamen who have established themselves in this country are of course permitted to go out of it and to come back. It would be a violence, indeed, to prevent a Chinaman who had been on a flying visit to the flowery father-land from returning to the simple but high-priced laundry which was yearning for him on these shores. The United States authorities recognize this fact, and so do Chinamen who have never been here, but who wish to come. What do these Chinamen do? Why, they present themselves at San Francisco, and other Chinamen here resident—grocers and the like—carry before the authorities their account books, which show the names of the applicant Chinamen entered over and over again, thus proving conclusively that the latter have traded in this country and must have lived here. Evidence is evidence, and when forty Chinese grocerymen present to a United States judge forty account books all starred with the name of Ah Sing, how is that judge, with the Restriction Act behind him, going to bar Ah Sing out?

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