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 - - The Chinese Strike. ALL THE COMPOSITORS AND...
- The Chinese Strike. ALL THE COMPOSITORS AND BErOBTERS OS THK CELESTIAL FAJp QCIT WORK. Chinese Typographical Union No. 3 on Tues2y night ordered out the compositors emiuoyea on ine ciunese - American, rue entire reportorial stall of the paper struck work yesterday forenoon. The Journal was to come out next Saturday with a supplement containing "The Chinese Base Ball Nine," " In the Lobby of a Chinese Theatre," "The Late Mongolian Ball," "Sketches of Life In Shanghai," "The New Chinese Stock Exchange' and opening chapters of a novel belonging to a new school of Chinese fiction. Joaquin Miller was to con - tn'L'tft'6 a poem in Chinese and Joe Howard had nroxu - e1 t hand in a sketch in the dialect used 7 scholars of the Imperial University of Pekln. L?tT ,n8 of yellow paper had been ordered. All this preparation has proved useless. Work In the olHoJ is suspended. It is doubtful if the Chinese - Aueiican comes out this week at all. The reporters ask 26 cents a column and 3 cents an assignment. Sixteen thousand characters fill a column. Iu a highly rhe torical stvle but fourteen thousand are ab solutely necessary. The compositors de mand an advance of three cents per thou sand written characters. A Chinese char acter embraces from a sentence and a half to a paragraph, if of a particularly coiu plicated kind it involves a whole editorial article; In the new Chinese novel, for ex ample, the preface and the two opening cnapiers are wia in a single comuination oi right angles and polygons. To be aChinese compositor requires more education than to be an American editor. Every Celestial printer must be a graduate - of a Chinese university, and in addition must spend an xpprenttveship of twenty years in becomiug expert at nis art. a. (juinese reporter must be master of a literary style only second to tli at of Confucius, Victor Hugo or Joe How - am. There has long been disatisfaction in the office. On Saturday last the compositors presented their ultimatum to the editor, Mr. Wong Chin Foo. They demanded that the foreman give up paper collars, tuat laundry advertisements be paid for at double rates, and further asked the advance mentioned. The editor immediately re fused. The men continued to work until the paper was half ready for press and then quit." They dropped the foreman out of the third - story window. He alighted on the pavement in Chatham Square. They openly regretted that the building was not as high. as me xnoune omoe, ana told mm that if he would only consent - to climb np to the flagstaff of the Tribune tower they would drop mm irom mere. Thev then " nied " the " forma." a tola th " head line " of the naner. and lighted their cigars with the contents of the copy hook.' a naii - past o oxiooa yesteraay morning tuiuutm equare was ptoaeiei or vnmese. Twomenwi'h long cues stood in front of "Pigs - feet" Kelly's. Six Mongolian sentinels kept guard before the famous Chatham Square dime museum. Four more were on the corner of Koeter A Bial's. Flying scouts can. hither and thither and kept up uninterrupted opmumnluation with Tom Lee's. The headquarters of the strike was Dog Hop's faro bank, at No. 18 Mott street. A reporter ef the - Journal called yesterday afternoon upon the Chinese editor. The latters det - k was reduced to kindling wood and his editorial chair stood oa one leg. He said that One Lung and Oin Sling, the chief bcribes and Pharisees on his paper, ana the leaders of the strike, were Chinese Bono mians whom he had picked np In Mott street, when they were leading a tramp life in a state of semi - starvation. They prided themselves on their culture, and Were too proud - to work; they led the lives of philosophers, and lived by borrowing money from their friends. He dressed them up in his old clothes and old shoes, and as soon as they got money they became extravagant in their demands. Wong Chin Foo added that in future he oeuld not pay his hauda off every hour as he had hitherto done. The strikers held a meeting at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon in Dog Hop's place. One Lung was elected President and Gin f5 ling Secretary. Speeches were made by 'luck High, Knng Lee, Sam Chang, Win King and others. Contributions were received from Harlem and Torkville Laundry Unions, the Long Island Tea Association, the Protective Flatiron Union, the Chinese Gentlemen's Sons' Coterie and a dozen other ovieties. The whole amounted to $12 60. The Chinese voted to stay ont three years if necessary. There will be a procession of the strikers to morrow, preceded by the Chinese brass I and. It will march through Mott, Pell, Fai k. Mulberry to Canal street, thence up Broadway to Bleecker and across to and down Thompson street. The more Intelligent Chinese residents sympathize with Mr. Wong Chin Foo. They say that he is not only a very intelligent, out also an exceedingly liberal gentleman. He promises to have his paper out on time iu spite of adl obstacles. I

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 18 Apr 1883, Wed,
  3. [First Edition],
  4. Page 4

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