THE CHINESE DIFFICULTY IN WELLINGTON. (Nelson Evening Mail, 25 June 1889)

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the chinese difficulty in wellington evening press a representative of the evening press this morning made a visit to the principal chinese dealers in the city with a view of ascertaining what their feeling was with regard to the action of the european dealers as f ully published by us yesterday as a whole the chinese shopkeepers fully comprehended the meaning of the conference but do not appear to be in the least degree concerned about it in faot they laughed at what they call the european fear that the chinee will cut him out with regard to the main contention of the european that the chinese prices are so low ttbat it is impossible to successfully compete against them the chinamen say they have no wish to cut the european out by reason of their low prices they say white man too greedy j he want too muchee chinanan he different he study customer in other words the chinaman lowers and i raises his prices bimply according to circumstances and the 6tate of the buyiug market always reserying a margin which he con siders fair alike to himself and the publio a feeling of regret is freely expressed among the chinese merchants that the europeans kave found it as is stated necessary to take the steps thov have and there m rat to be a disposition u chime in muie with the european and to act with him in greater harmony ihey indignantly reject the statement that their presence amongst europsanfl has the effect ot depreciating the value of the adjoining property and characterise tho statement as vindictive on the part of their white neighbors who they fi no likee us aad they must have something to say you see 1 with regard to the statement that they keep lodgers whose hoard is sufficient to pay the rent and thus enable the dealers to lower prices this was also strenuously contradicted at each shop isited this morning by our representative along manners and willis-streeta the oc copiers said me keep no lodgers here only me and my mats here that referring to the statemeat made ib not right the prinoipal chinese merchants are now enterring as to the advisability of also holding a meeting to consider the question but at present they say they dont know what to say they have not tried to cut the europeans out and consequently do not knew how to face the question if such a meting is to be held at all it will probably take place some evening during the next daj or two


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