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From: John Maylone <>
Subject: Re: Interesting article
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 12:08:22 -0700
Thanks for the morning eye opener......that sure belongs in the "Hall of
Shame" somewhere, doesn't it!! Definitely pre-OSHA.
> From: Paulette Hilk <>
> Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 10:30:54 -0700
> Subject: Interesting article
> Resent-Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 09:30:27 -0700
> I am doing book on the vitals out of the Mariposa Newspaper and just
> came across this article from 1880. I just could not believe this.
> Mariposa Gazette, April 24, 1880
> Explosion - Killed.
> On Friday afternoon last, April 16th, the Giant Powder works at
> Clement's Point, West Berkeley, opposite San Francisco, across the Bay,
> exploded, causing a frightful loss of life. Twelve white men and twelve
> Chinamen were killed.
> On the 14th of January, 1879, the same powder works, then located in the
> suburbs of San Francisco, experienced a similar upheaval, causing the
> death of three white men and four Chinamen.
> Public and private works of a dangerous nature ought to be compelled to
> employ exclusively Chinamen; then in cases of accidents and death there
> would be respectable credits to the account of losses. It is hard that
> white men have to take even chances with Chinamen, as in the above
> cases, or in any manner whatever.
> It sounds well, perhaps, to say "the Chinamen must go," but its no fair
> exchange to give a respectable white man for one almond-eyed son of the
> Powder manufacture ought to be encouraged along the whole line of the
> Pacific Coast and confined as exclusively to the employment of Chinamen
> as possible. Then an occasional "blast up" would cause no sad
> bereavements among the white folk.
> Thomas and Paulette Hilk
> 1725 Wildwood Ct.
> Merced, CA. 95340
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