CHINESE IN WELLINGTON. (Timaru Herald, 15 September 1894)

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chinese in wellington y wellington appears to lea bind of hupny or rather unhrppy hunting ground ior tbe son of tha flowery land of late thry have been arriving there m large numbers and as a consequence a strong publio feeln is rising against tutm when john consuf-d himself solely to tbe raiting and selling of cheap and natty vegetables he wae looked uppnas a kind of a friend and benefactor notwithstanding th fact that suropean gardeners could iiot compete against him and were thus thrown out of employment john success m tbe vegetab business emboldened hioj to strike out m other linet and soon a large number of fruit shops sprang up all over the city to the injury of europeans who could not possibly lire attbe prices at whioh golds were retailed by the celestials in spite of the protests entered by those particularly affected john went on his way rejoicing andpiling up the shekelswhichwhen he considers he has enough will be carefully paoked up m a carpet bag and taken to chine he then struck ab higher game and eet up numerous groosry establishments and it ts said that now half the trade of the oity and suburbs of wellington so far a the poorer classes is oonoerned is m the handi of china men buoh a state of thi g has now been m existence for some considerable time and as john was oute enough to ss that tbe 11 uleepean fijbtee was all talk and no action ha has decided to take another forward step and one fine morning a soare-was orsated m the bmpire city by tha announoement that a party of ohinete had arrived from australia with a view to starting a furniture factory on a urge seals naturally this information alarmed the furniture dealers and makers arid m order to endearonr to stem the tide of chinese invasion it has baea decided to form a union for mutual protection it is a serious matter for chinese manufacture furniture low prices and as a natural result oheap competition must bring down wages m european faotories and drive large numbers of men out of employment if the obinese go on without let or hindrance at the same rate as they have been doing for the past few years the look put for europeans will be a poor one while agreeing that an inorease m our population would have a beneficial effect on the country we are not desirous of seeing that inorease made up of celestials so far as the general run of the almundeyed gentry are oonoerned they spend very little money and almost live on the smell of the proverbial oily rag they have ruined san franoisoo as a field for european tradesmen and they ara doing their best m tbnt djreioiion m melbourne surely they aro not going to be allowed to carry out fchj�� isame i injurious policy m this fair land john requires watching or we chall bare soaso trouble with him yetohristohuroh truth


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