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CHINESE HEE0IN JAIL HE IS CHARLES TONG SING, POSSESSOR OF TWO" MEDALS OF HONOR. Indicted For Robbing Chin Sing's Alleged - Gambling House Traveled With tha Jeannette Expedition In 1879 and Was Praised by Congress. All New York Chinatown was elated the other day over the arrest of Chinatown's bitterest foe, Len Kee Sing, better known as Charles Tong Sing, who won a national reputation as a member of the Jeannette expedition to the north pole, which sailed from San Francisco in 1S79. Charlie was arrested in Newark, N. J. The cause of the Chinese hero's arrest explains tho joy which prevailed in every Chinese restaurant, josshouse and gambling den. Charles Tong Sing is accused by Chin Sing, an alleged Chinese gambler of 14 Mott 6trect, New York, who says that Charlie Sing and five other Chinamen entered his place early in October last, and subduing him with revolvers robbed him of $7.25. From this arose the feud which ended in Sing's arrest. The latter was seen In the Tombs prison and denied that he committed the robbery. He declared that the charge had been trumped up against him by the gambler because he led the police in a raid on the Chinese gambling association, whose headquarters were at 14 Mott street. The raid was made Aug. 12 last. When Sing entered the place with the police, the lights were suddenly turned out, the detectives could not secure evidence, and the alleged gamblers were discharged. Charlie Sing says his arrest followed as a "piece of spito." Sing and his five companions who were arrested for robbing the boss gambler. Chin Sing, were indicted in October. Their bonds wero fixed at $2,000 each. Francis Pendcrgast furnished bail, getting $25 for each $1,000 bail. His bail was discovered to be "straw," and on Nov. 14 Pendergast was arrested and held in $10, - 000 for perjury and conspiracy. Sing's five colleagues were subsequently arrested, and since October the police have been looking for their former "stool pigeon," but did not succeed in laying hands on him until recently. Chinatown hates Charlie Sing because his cue has been severed and he wears American clothes, but their principal dislike for him is because he has aided the police in making raids on various lottery and fan tan games. His history is unique for a Chinese. He was a steward on the Jeannette when that 'vessel sailed from San Fran - clsoo in 1879, in search of the north pole. He was with her when she was wrecked in arctic waters and shared the sufferings of the ill fated party in charge of De Long and Engineer Melville. Sing wears on his vest and cherishes proudly two medals of gold and silver, the former presented to him by the navy department and the silver medal awarded to him by a special act of congress in 1S93 for bravery and heroic services. Sing's eventful life began in San Francisco 33 years ago. He served in the United States navy for 16 years, and several years ago was a policeman at Portland, Or. Shortly after Commissioner Roosevelt took charge of the New York police department Sing offered himself as a candidate for the force, declaring that ho could render good service lu Chinatown. He had strong letters of recommendation, but he was not appointed on the ground that he was over 30 years of age. In 1885 this remarkable Chinaman was convicted of assault in Newark, N. J., and was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment. Through the efforts of influential friends he was pardoned after serving ono year. Sing said that he belonged to a Chinese labor society which had fought the gambling association of which Chin Sing was the head. Charles saidVhat for years he could not harmonize with his own countrymen. Recently ho was an agent for a Chinese grocory house. He has also acted as a court interpreter. New York Journal.

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 20 Jan 1896, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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