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 - Opium and GamlJling Dans Closed by Police,...
Opium and GamlJling Dans Closed by Police, CELESTIALS ABE MIGRATING (n tho OM Days In New York City Tong Members Controlled Gambling Interests and Paid Into Coffers of Ruling Politicians From $1,500 to $2,000 a Week. Tom Lee. Chltui town's grand old man, ad.mits It himself. New York's Chinese colony will soon be n thing of memory nloue. lla ought to Inrt5w, this old time long ninn und gambler, who has wiitrhed oriental life wax and wane on boyers street for the lust forty years. Ells yellow skin is \vrlnkled over the high cheekbones now, und the skinny hand which strokes his white Li Hung Chang beard trembles a little from age. His manner holds the grave coin* tesy of an old high born gentleman, and his voice is mournful as he speaks of what Chinatown wus and la. "Things velly dull," he pronounced, "No business. No white people come to visit. Chiuarnen all leaving. Lauu- dtymen used to come Satuldny night See tlleuds, smoke pipe, gamble little, maybe. N'ow China men go to New Jersey for fun. Stores, all closing. Never saw things so dull. Soon be no Chinatown at all." He sighed, uud the old eyes that bud looked on Chinatown iu all the evil of her prosperous days bliuked sorrowfully. And Chinatown was not. Police Have Been Active. Let this be written into the rec-ord of the police under Inspector Wakefield of the Second inspection district. The old Chinatown, delirious with gambling fever, steeped in opium smoke, about which the lowest sedi tuent of the city's vice settled, is dead, and the police with the axes which demolish the "icebox" doors of the gambling rooms are building its coffin. In the oldj days police interference was futile. 15 Under a graft administration tt was also impolitic. The toug members controlled the gambling interests in Chinatown, and these paid into the coffers of ruling politicians from $1,500 to $2.000 a week. In former clays Chinatown was left pretty much to its own devices as far as government was concerned. Tin- way of the Chinese, was unknown to the policeman. No matter what bun pened in the narrow streets, with tlieli swinging black and gold signs aim their bland, innocent, wholly {•mm hi,, population, there were no eyewitness es. The crackle of revolver shots am: the shrieked toug warcry, "Ahg ol lab!" would bring the patrolman on the run. The dead man would be there and no one else. If the tons member was shot in a house the inhabitants would disappear, uud the po lice would search an empty dwelling for witnesses. Chinatown Changed. Conditions bnve changed now, and with their i-lnuning the squalor that was rhin.-ilo'vii has passed away Three things were the foundation of life to ilu' t hini'se cnUmy—gambllug. opium jsumkii'--, and the long govern mem. I'mlcr WukeUrld all these bav. .uul. t'n li-whitf them, the (.'hi r>> in. '..(.-4 liy scores and hint secki'i..; elinioh \vh--re the !•<> :i U i >t '.lUii.ipi esi-nt. lilin.u li.-* always ln-eii the pi'i ss.oii "i llie i'lllllese. Thuiis.i;. I :i .:i-Ct'd U.mils ni .!•',.• 11 -ii f:ini;in i tl'ie liehii; • IMUl Ud'OSS I hi' fill' lJJ:i>siV( with tnii' (i-H w;iy.s \vi;fi !«> the raided •-.•:•: . >li pear. I be i . . -.HI ee, a b ill 1 l« The ('o)jce ti: Ms 1 \i: p l ilinl IMU,. ih n , in collars i DM > >i:., i ''K'd pas.s.i.,i' l " . - I iin.H!.;)) \V!DI •! - iul^lll lll'O. 10 I'O.M- of Ilia ulli i rilinl 111 ck away c> killed i,')ii!il'liii : Theirs hsivi not been the methods i-l the "Nirony nnn squad." It has tici <i destruction, coupled wiui M in varying their nicihi-.l «r surveillance thin has wrought iiu change \vlrdi is wiping out <"":• ii.i'v-i. Tho "Icebox doors are no i»i"i .• 'I n. lire belnj,' b inntl for kitulM''. in < 'i ne,so stoves iit'tcr having; !»• -n .s|»lli [•> pU'ves by tin; axes of the poiice. More than 100 fantan tutil.-s h.iv* been burneil In the last i-UlUe**;- njonth-s. With detectives everywhere. with a Chinese plain elothes man aiui two Japanese stool pigeons working for Waketiekl in Chinatown, the chanties for the oriental gambler are »iim. Katbe/- than reiuuln under these conditions he has emigrated to the more favor-Able dimes of Newark and Patersou F'or a Irttle while the gambling spirit fingered. The oriental plunger got a of aetjou. through betting op the puudwr of pips an orange or apple contained. The price of frtiii spared iw Chinatown and, then dropped When, ttjii polieo placed the ban on tbjs The fnutan rooms are eppty now, an<} the erstwhile players the society of some a stove ami to, pay for tho fuel. There they {& $11 e?ep}ng and our be the got and full tho sleeplessness, four days to to no o. to

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  1. The Indiana Gazette,
  2. 18 Feb 1915, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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