Sunday, April 3, 2011


Poems, and prose, and common talk have acquainted us with the sagacity of the Chinaman. An entry in the export column of the New Zealand Customs returns, however, has recently led to a correspondence which has borne practical testimony to the astuteness of the Chinaman in commercial matters. The whole circumstances' of the case, which are not devoid of interest, are thus told by our contemporary, the ' Wellington Tribune': " Mr Chow Cheng — we be% his pardon, Chow Cheng, Esq.— fungus merchant, is a sort of Ah Sin of commerce. He .does not play euchre, and conceal numerous packs of cards in his capacious sleeves, but 'in ways that are dark 1 he is more peculiar than. Ah Sin himself. Two or three years ago that 'Heathen Chinee' made his appearance in New Plymouth, and developed a new industry. It is well known that in the humid climate of Taranalti fun yus grows in great abundance

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