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The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days

William C. Hunter

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .American Hong stood a guard-house with ten or a dozen Chinese soldiers, acting as police to prevent disturbance or annoyance to the 'foreign devils.' On the edge of the river, facing the 'Pow Shun' and the Creek Hongs were 'Chop' houses,[9] or branches of the Hoppo's department, whose duty it was to prevent smuggling, but whose interest it was to aid and facilitate the shipping off of silks (or the landing of cloths) at a considerable reduction from the Imperial tariff. A few pleasant words, accompanied by a fee, would secure a permit for the boat of the 'Wandering Eagle' to be allowed to pass all revenue cruisers 'without molestation' on her way to Whampoa.

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REFERENCE. A.Pwanting Qua Street.B.New China Street.C.Old China Street. X Guard House.D.Hog Lane.E.The Creek.F.Jack Ass Point.L.Old Clothes Street.N.Old Tom Linguist.O.Carpenters Square.P.Bridge Over Creek.<. . . Read More

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William C. Hunter, the author of this book, describes the Old China Trade from first-hand experience. Originally published in 1882, this volume is a reproduction of a 1911 edition, published after the author's death. During his lifetime, the work was anonymous, being attributed to "An Old Resident."