Clipped From Alton Evening Telegraph
About New York BY RICHARD O MA88OCB, ' NEW YORK—Tong trouble seals the pallid lips ol Chinatown to the white stranger who ventures to Inquire into Its underlying ramifications. While the recent truce between the powerful On Leongs Mid the almost equally strong Hip Sings was pending, the phlegmatic people o! Molt, Pell and Doy- ers streets secfed silent even among themselves. They Just stood In little clusters and looked at each other through unblinking eyes. Tong Strife A friend, Hu Poh, was the only one who would talk. Hu Poh is not his real name. One doesn't take liberties with the confidences of a young philosopher whose words •re mellowed by rice wine, baked pineapple and a fiery liqueur. Ho was sitting dlsconsately In the solitude of a barren restaurant on which hung a sign, "Temporarily closed for repairs." "Hello," he said, between puffs on a cigar. "Where is everybody?" "In "hiding. The help all left until the tong trouble is over. They always do. But (philosophically) business' Is always bad anyway at such times." 'What about the tongs?" "They're commercial organizations, something like your trade unions, of merchants and laundrymen. As in other organizations there are some who use the tongs as a curtain to hlda personal attacks on business rivals." Chinatown Hu Poh talked on. The latest killings were attributed to trouble In the rice wine trade. Hired gunmen usually do the Chinaman's shooting; private detectives are employed as bodyguards in times of danger. 'The New York Chinese are mostly American born and none wears full native costume, although a few still cling to the black silk pajama coat. Quite a few have white wives, well dressed and well treated, who walk the streets haughtily with their half-breed children. Tha drug-dens and gambling bouses have been closed out on. this side of the Hudson, and as a consequence Newark's Chinatown has become a sort of eastern capl- pub- people as starv- a disease bun- powder modern back" young part or a cheat tal for the laundrymen. Every Sunday they go there to smoke opium and play fan-tan. .The Chinese Merchants' association and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent association, excepting the tongs, are the most Influential organizations. One protects business Interests, the other dispenses charity. Manhattan's Chinatown has had no unofficial mayor since the death of Tom Lee several years ago, but Yee Si-yek, the benevolent society's president, has virtually the same powers. ; Charley King, president of the On Leongs, Is the "mayor" of Newark's Chinatown, The president of the Hip Stags Is HudSon Lee, an Influential member of the local colony. The On Leong tong controls Mott street, the Hip Sings ruies 'fell and Doyers. The cops on the corner varlfled Hu Poh's statement that there rarely is any routine trouble, like brawls, for Instance. Nine patrolmen are usually on duty and a half dozen plainclothesmen of the narcotic squad make systematic tours. They seldom have to make an arrest. "I'm getting tired," said one cop. "This noise (pointing to the Elevated) and this dirt (pointing to the gutter) Is miakln' me nolvous."