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themselves in the lowest debauchery, re- Francisco. They appear to be an inge-
mines; they were curious, and very elaborately cert. Mr. Borthwick fails to tell us by got up, but extremely, wasteful of labor, and, what means this stable government was
moreover, very ineffective.
“The pumps which they had at work here produced by 1856 out of the chaos of con- were an instance of this. They were on the fusion of 1851. It is no easy task to form principle of a chain-pump, the chain being a constitution, or to establish a govern- hinging on each other, with cross-pieces in the
formed of pieces of wood about six inches long, ment. However, if San Francisco in
middle for buckets, having about six square 1851 was a miracle of vice, in 1856 it was inches of surface. The hinges fitted exactly to a miracle of energy, enterprise, industry, the spokes of a small wheel, which was turned and improvement. A more healthy tone
by a Chinaman at each side of it working a
miniature treadmill of four spokes on the same pervaded the morale of society. It was
axle. As specimens of joiner-work they were no longer restricted to men ; women, as very pretty, but as pumps they were ridiculous; wives and daughters, softened and subdued they threw a mere driblet of water: the chain the tone of the place. Trade and manu
was not even incased in a box; it merely lay factures flourished. The extent and ac
in a slanting trough, so that more than one half
the capacity of the buckets was lost. An Amercommodation of the city had enormously ican miner, at the expenditure of one tenth part increased. The inventive mechanical ge- of the labor of making such toys, would have nius of our people devised a steam spade, set a water-wheel in the river to work an eleor paddy, which swept away the surround- vating pump, which would have thrown more
water in half an hour than four-and-twenty ing sand-hills, where well-built houses Chinamen could throw in a day with a dozen now form populous suburbs, while long of these gimcrack contrivances. ranges of magnificent and lofty warehouses " They are an industrious set of people, no stretch out for a mile upon land recovered doubt, but are certainly not calculated for gold
digging. They do not work with the same from the sea, so that the Upper Town force or vigor as American or European miners, looks proudly down upon handsome streets, but handle their tools like so many women, as churches, banks, and buildings, which do if they were afraid of hurting themselves. The honor to the public spirit and liberality of
Americans call it scratching,' which was a
very expressive term for their style of digging. the citizens of San Francisco,
They did not venture to assert equal rights so One of the most curious features of San far as to take up any claim which other miners Francisco is the Chinese quarter of the would think it worth while to work; but in city. The Celestials have invaded Cali- such places as yielded them a dollar or two a fornia to the extent of some forty thousand; lested. Had they happened to strike a rich
day they were allowed to scratch away unmoat one time they arrived in such ship lead, they would have been driven off their loads that the Americans seriously con- claim inmediately. They were very averse to sidered the propriety of expelling the working in the water, and for four or five hours whole race from the country. They form
in the heat of the day they assembled under
the shade of a tree, where they sat fanning a distinct class, live by themselves, and themselves, drinking tea, and saying too both in the towns and at the mines main-muchee hot." tain their exclusiveness. They trade or A Chinaman is about the most harmless, dig, as the case may be, and, when they inoffensive creature on the face of the have realized sufficient wealth, they leave earth; he is not pugilistic by nature. the country, taking their gold with them. Here is a laughable description of a squabTheir whole system is most singular. A ble in their camp: ship-load will arrive consigned to some
“On the whole, they seemed a harmless, inwealthy Chinaman in San Francisco. He offensive people ; but one day, as we were going immediately prepares quarters for the im- to dinner, we heard an unusual hullaballoo migrants in the town, lands them like a going on where the Chinamen were at work ; cargo of slaves, and in a day or two
and on reaching the place we found the whole
tribe of Celestials divided into two equal parmarches them off in charge of an agent to ties, drawn up against each other in battle arthe mines, to work at fixed wages. While ray, brandishing picks and shovels, lifting stones at the diggings they are kept under com
as if to hurl them at their adversaries' heads, plete control by the agent, and are regu- the most frantic manner. The miners collected
and every man chattering and gesticulating in larly victualod, clothed, and paid like
on the ground to see the muss,' and cheered soldiers on service, by the chief at San I the Chinamen on to more active hostilities. But
after taunting and threatening each other in tried to keep pace with the progress of the this way for about an hour, during which time,
day. although the excitement seemed to be continually increasing, not a blow was struck nor a • They had their theater and their gamblingstone thrown, the two parties suddenly, and rooms, the latter being small dirty places, without any apparent cause, fraternized, and badly lighted with Chinese paper lamps. They moved off together to their tents. What all the played a peculiar game. The dealer placed on row was about, or why peace was so suddenly the table several handfuls of small copper coins, proclaimed, was of course a mystery to us out- with square holes in them. Bets were made by side barbarians; and the tame and unsatis- placing the stake on one of four divisions, factory termination of such warlike demonstra- marked in the middle of the table, and the tions was a great disappointment, as we had dealer, drawing the coins away from the heap, been every moment expecting that the ball four at a time, the bets were decided according would open, and hoped to see a general en- to whether one, two, three, or four remained at gagement.
the last. They are great gamblers, and, when “It reminded me of the way in which a their last dollar is gone, will stake anything couple of French Canadians have a set-to. they possess : numbers of watches, rings, and Shaking their fists within an inch of each such articles, were always lying in pawn on the other's faces, they call each other all the names table. imaginable, beginning with sacré cochon, and “ The Chinese theater was a curious pagoda. going through a long series of still less com- looking edifice, built by them expressly for plimentary epithets, till finally sacré astrologe theatrical purposes, and painted, outside and in, caps the climax. This is a regular smasher; in an extraordinary manner.
The performit is supposed to be such a comprehensive term ances went on day and night, without interas to exhaust the whole vocabulary ; both par- | mission, and consisted principally of juggling ties then give in for want of ammunition, and and feats of dexterity. The most exciting part the fight is over. I presume it was by a similar of the exhibition was when one man, and deprocess that the Chinamen arrived at a solution cidedly a man of some little nerve, made a of their difficulty; at all events, discretion spread eagle of himself and stood up against a seemed to form a very large component part of door, while half a dozen others, at a distance Celestial valor."
of fifteen or twenty feet, pelted the door with In San Francisco their quarter presents
sharp-pointed bowie-knives, putting a knife into
every square inch of the door, but never touchsome novel features :
ing the man. It was very pleasant to see, from
the unflinching way in which the fellow stood “Here the majority of the houses were of
it out, the confidence he placed in the infalliChinese importation, and were stores, stocked
bility of his brethren. They had also short with hams, tea, dried fish, dried ducks, and
dramatic performances, which were quite uninother very nasty-looking Chinese eatables, be
telligible to outside barbarians. The only point sides copper-pots and kettles, fans, shawls,
interest about them was the extraordinary chessmen, and all sorts of curiosities. Sus
gorgeous dresses of the actors; but the incespended over the doors were brilliantly-colored
sant noise they made with gongs and kettleboards, about the size and shape of a head
drums was so discordant and deafening, that a board over a grave, covered with Chinese char
few minutes at a time was as long as any one acters, and with several yards of red ribbon
could stay in the place.” streaming from them; while the streets were thronged with long-tailed Celestials, chattering Among the principal sports of the digvociferously as they rushed about from store to store, or standing in groups studying the
gings in California is the bear and bullChinese bills posted up in the shop windows,
fight; here is a description of one, which which may have been play-bills—for there was the reader may compare with the account a Chinese theater-or perhaps advertisements of a Spanish bull-fight by one of our own informing the public where the best rat pies were to be had. A peculiarly nasty smell per
correspondents in the present number. vaded this locality, and it was generally be
Savage brutality characterizes both; and lieved that rats were not so numerous here as we are not sure that in this respect the elsewhere.
palm does not belong to our own country“Owing to the great scarcity of washer
men. women, Chinese energy had ample room to display itself in the washing and ironing business.
The bear, a fine specimen of a grizzly, Throughout the town might be seen occasion- called after General Scott, was chained in ally, over some small house, a large American the middle of the arena by a twenty foot sign, intimating that Ching Sing, Wong Choo,
chain. or Ki-chong did washing and ironing at five dollars a dozen. Inside these places one found “ The next thing to be done was to introtwo or three Chinamen ironing shirts with duce the bull. The bars between his pen and large flat-bottomed copper pots full of burning the arena were removed, while two or three charcoal, and, buried in heaps of dirty clothes, men stood ready to put them up again as soon half a dozen more, smoking and drinking tea." as he should come out. But he did not seem But the Celestials did not despise the
to like the prospect, and was not disposed to
move till pretty sharply poked up from behind, vices of European civilization. They when, making a furious dash at the red flag
which was being waved in front of the gate, he rather in favor of the bear; the bull seemed to found himself in the ring face to face with be quite used up, and to have lost all chance General Scott.
of victory. “The General, in the mean time, had scraped " The conductor of the performances then a hole for himself two or three inches deep, in mounted the barrier, and, addressing the crowd, which he was lying down. This, I was told by asked them if the bull had not had fair play, those who had seen his performances before, which was unanimously allowed. He then was his usual fighting attitude.
stated that he knew there was not a bull in " The bull was a very beautiful animal, of a California which the General could not whip, dark purple color marked with white. His and that for two hundred dollars he would let horns were regular and sharp, and his coat was in the other bull, and the three should fight it as smooth and glossy as a racer's. He stood out till one or all were killed. for a moment taking a survey of the bear, the “This proposal was received with load cheers, ring, and the crowds of people; but not liking and two or three men going round with hats the appearance of things in general, he wheeled soon collected, in voluntary contributions, the round, and made a splendid dash at the bars, required amount. The people were intensely which had already been put up between him excited and delighted with the sport, and double and his pen, smashing through them with as the sum would have been just as quickly raised much ease as the man in the circus leaps through to insure a continuance of the scene. a hoop of brown paper. This was only losing sitting next me, who was a connoisseur in beartime, however, for he had to go in and fight, fights, and passionately fond of the amusement, and might as well have done so at once. He informed me that this was the finest fight ever was accordingly again pursuaded to enter the fit in the country.' arena, and a perfect barricade of bars and “ The second bull was equally handsome as boards was erected to prevent his making the first, and in as good condition. On enteranother retreat. But by this time he had made ing the arena, and looking around him, he up his mind to fight; and after looking steadily seemed to understand the state of affairs at at the bear for a few minutes, as if taking aim once. Glancing from the bear lying on the at him, he put down his head and charged fu- ground to the other bull standing at the opporiously at him across the arena. The bear site side of the ring, with drooping head and received him crouching down as low as he bloody nose, he seemed to divine at once that could, and though one could hear the bump of the bear was their common enemy, and rushed the bull's head and horns upon his ribs, he was at him full tilt. The bear, as usual, pinned quick enough to seize the bull by the nose be- him by the nose ; but this bull did not take fore he could retreat. This spirited commence- such treatment so quietly as the other; strug. ment of the battle on the part of the bull was gling violently, he soon freed himself, and, hailed with uproarious applause ; and, by hav- wheeling round as he did so, he caught the ing shown such pluck, he had gained more than bear on the hind-quarters and knocked him ever the sympathy of the vast assemblage of over; while the other bull, who had been quipeople.
etly watching the proceedings, thought this a " In the mean time, the bear, lying on his good opportunity to pitch in also, and rushing back, held the bull's nose firmly between his up, he gave the bear a dig in the ribs on the teeth, and embraced him round the neck with other side before he had time to recover himhis fore-paws, while the bull made the most of self. The poor General between the two did not his opportunities in stamping on the bear with know what to do, but struck out blindly with his his hind-feet. At last the General became ex. fore-paws with such a pitiable look, that I asperated at such treatment, and shook the thought this the most disgusting part of the bull savagely by the nose, when a promiscuous whole exhibition. scuffle ensued, which resulted in the bear “ After another round or two with the fresh throwing his antagonist to the ground with his bull, it was evident that he was no match for fore-paws.
the bear, and it was agreed to conclude the “For this feat the bear was cheered im- performances. The bulls were then shot to put mensely, and it was thought that, having the them out of pain, and the company dispersed, bull down, he would make short work of him; all apparently satisfied that it had been a very but apparently wild beasts do not tear each splendid fight.” other to pieces quite so easily as is generally supposed, for neither the bear's teeth nor his Such were the scenes witnessed in San long claws seemed to have much effect on the Francisco but eight short years ago. hide of the bull, who soon regained his feet, Few cities in the Union can boast of more and, disengaging himself, retired to the other side of the ring, while the bear again crouched order-loving citizens, especially since the down in his hole.
celebrated Vigilance Committee under“ The bull showed no inclination to renew took the task of ridding it of its murderers the combat ; but by goading him, and waving and gamblers; and we have much pleasa red flag over the bear, he was eventually worked up to such a state of fury as to make
ure in apprizing Mr. Borthwick of the another charge. The result was exactly the fact, which, up to the present, he appears same as before, only that when the bull man- to be totally ignorant of. San Francisco aged to get up after being thrown, the bear still has steadily advanced in morality, and the had hold of the skin of his back.
" In the next round both parties fought more days when her citizens delighted in bear savagely than ever, and the advantage was and bull-fighting are past.
smiled, and remarked that farmer-generalTHE FATE OF LAVOISIER.
ship was a fine trade-they wished they HE philosopher who gave the final coup had the like; but if the old Lavoisier had
de chemy, and laid the foundation of modern when the office devolved on him, was so chemistry as we find it, Antoine Laurent generous—thinking so little of amassing Lavoisier, was an extraordinary character. wealth, and doing so much good with it, He was also an unfortunate man. He that it would have been difficult to find a lost his head by a stroke of the guillotine rich government official with fewer enein the stormiest part of the first French mies. Then, finally, when the storm of republic, and because of a tobacco question! revolution came, and the lucrative sinecure, Yes, it was even so. For this cause, os- with others of its stamp, was swept away, tensibly, the wise, the generous, the be- Lavoisier treated the matter so lightlynevolent Antoine Laurent Lavoisier died. speaking of it as a positive gain, and as He was said by his enemies to have water- giving him more time to cultivate philosoed his tobacco !
phy, that the few who had been envious It was in the year 1794, when the no- of him were constrained to admit Antoine torious triumvirate of public safety were Laurent Lavoisier to be—what his friends committing their atrocities—when to be and the world knew long before—a phigood, or well-born, or rich, was each a losopher. sufficient cause to be held in suspicion by At the period to which our remarks apthe triumvirate — that Antoine Laurent ply, Lavoisier was living at Paris, whither Lavoisier, and his friend Berthollet, were he had come some years before, the better engaged in making some of those discov- to follow out, in the society of congenial eries which have rendered them both so minds, some experiments in which he was celebrated. The house of Lavoisier was engaged. Being himself rich, he threw where they prosecuted their experiments. open his house and his laboratory to those That house was in Paris. Men engaged who, with similar tastes to his own, had in any deep pursuit usually take little heed fewer means of gratifying them. of political strife. They live in a world One great disadvantage under which a of abstraction, all their own, and are not chemist is placed, in comparison with usually much influenced or affected by what workers in other branches of philosophy, is taking place outside their own sphere. is the expense of the instruments with
Lavoisier' was like Cavendish in one which he has to work. Many a student respect—he was a scientific man, and he of pure mathematics has positively no ininherited riches. His family had for many struments. If he have to practically apgenerations held the post of fermier-ply his mathematics, a few fixed, unchanggeneral—an office, we need hardly say, ing instruments are all he requires. Give abolished before the time of which we the botanist a pocket lens, and, if he be write, because the terrible revolution swept luxurious, a microscope, and he is well all those posts of the old régime away. provided; and though the instruments Would that all the crimes to be laid to the necessary to the astronomers are costly, charge of the French revolutionists were they too are for the most part unchanging. so venial as this! The office of fermier- | But men who devote themselves to new general was of this kind ; a responsible lines of chemical investigation frequently individual agreed, for a consideration, to require instruments to be devised, and, pay into the exchequer a fixed sum on be- what is still more difficult, the wherehalf of certain things, tobacco being one. withal to pay for them. The fermier-general then, whoever he Lavoisier, at the period of our memoir, might be, held the monopoly for the sale was engaged in proving what has since of tobacco for his own district. For many become a truth in the mouth of every generations the post in question had been moderately educated person, namely, that held by the family of Lavoisier. They the diamond and charcoal are in composigrew wealthy upon it, which may be taken tion identical. An investigation so curias a proof that they found it a good thing. ous made great stir at the time, and the But no flagrant charge of impropriety English chemist Priestley, and the celewas ever brought against the Lavoisiers. brated French chemist Berthollet, were
ople shook their heads sometimes, and I appointed to come to the laboratory of
Lavoisier, and see the experiments. Ber- result of combustion ; no difficult matter thollet had already arrived, as we have in this case, inasmuch as the result is a said, but Priestley was yet absent. solid.
It was evening. A large argand lamp, We shall not entrap the reader, against having its rays cast downward by a shade, his knowledge and will giving him a chemplayed upon some diamonds laid on a piece ical lecture in the place of a biographical of black paper, ready to be sacrificed to incident; but it will be at least worth Lavoisier's splendid though exquisite dis- while to make him aware of some of the covery.
great points of philosophy developed by “ It is well Robespierre does not know the subject of our memoir. of this,” said Berthollet, a smile lighting While Lavoisier and Berthollet were up his large featares, which seemed as if thus engaged, the bell rang, and immedithey had been chiseled out of a rock; ately afterward Priestley was introduced. " or it would make work for the Louis “ Mon ami,” said Lavoisier, going to
meet him, and grasping his hand, "why “We chemists are not high game enough so late ?" for the monsters,” replied Lavoisier. Priestley trembled, and was pale ; his “ These are indeed fearful times ! Ugh!" coat, too, was torn; he sank into a chair, continued he, shuddering, “what the end and for a time could find no words. When will be I know not."
at last he spoke, Priestley explained that “ It seems,” replied Berthollet, smiling, he had been lost in a crowd of revolution" that some sort of revolutionary infection ary miscreants, who were parading the is in the air: even you, my friend, are streets with a model of the guillotine. struck with the malady.'
Such wild revels were frequent at the time. Indeed, few persons have been more Bands of savage creatures, after glutting revolutionary than Lavoisier in his own their eyes with the sanguinary scenes of a way; he revolutionized the wholo domains wholesale execution, would parade the of chemistry; he reduced the nomencla- streets of an evening, calling at the guinture of that science to a system, and gave guettes, and quaffing strong drinks; carryus most of the names by which chemical ing with them a model of the guillotine, substances are at the present time known. which every now and then they would set
“ I shall not wait longer for Priestley," down, and display its mechanism to all who at length said Lavoisier ; “I am impatient contributed a sou. It was dangerous for a to show you my experiment :” and, saying well-dressed person to be in the streets at this, he made arrangements for burning a this time. Rags and drunkenness were piece of iron wire in oxygen gas. Every the only claims on the respect of these deitinerant chemical lecturer performs the praved wretches, the “sans culottes," as experiment now, because it is so brilliant. they gloried in being called. The performance of it by Lavoisier, in the While Priestley was yet explaining the presence of his friend Berthollet, marked cause of his absence, the ignoble throng the downfall of a theory. It was one of surged by. Hoarsely they yelled the revothe capital discoveries of Lavoisier, that lutionary street cries of the day : “ A bas when a body was burned and the results of les rois," " A bas les aristocrats," “ Vive combustion collected, they were heavier la Louisette," " A bas les philosophes." than the body consumed ; from which it is “Ah! is it come to this?" ejaculated quite clear that combustion cannot depend Lavoisier faintly, as he heard the latter upon the loss of a something which phi- exclamation, a new one to the revolutionlosophers called "phlogiston,” but that it ary vocabulary. was attended with the gain of something. Apparently, a sufficiently large crowd So Lavoisier proceeded to weigh his iron had now come together to give hopes of a wire; he then burned it, and weighed the plentiful harvest of sous to the bearers of
the guillotine. The crowd stopped near • The instrument of death invented by Dr. where the philosophers were assembled. Guillotin, and now universally known as the The hateful machine was placed on the guillotine, was for a time denominated the Louis- ground; the mock executioner raised the ette, because it was the deputy Louis who first knife, and, instead of letting it fall immemade himself acquainted with its capabilities, and furnished a report upon them to the Nadiately, gave out the first line of a revolutional Assembly.
tionary song, while one of the party went