Sometime in late 1864, according to a contemporary news account, Chun Wong, a 53-year-old Sacramento laundryman, “purchased, according to the custom of his countrymen, a Chinese woman of the public class of her importer, paying $200 or $300 for her.” The woman, Sun Choy, set up housekeeping with Wong until Wong’s friend, Ah Lie, entered the picture. As it sometimes happens in such situations, the friendship between Ah Lie and Sun Choy ripened into something else, and early in 1865 the two took off for San Francisco. It was here that Wong found them in March. After several meetings, it was decided that Lie could keep Sun Choy if he reimbursed Wong for the medical expenses he had incurred for her in Sacramento.
KeywordsClay Syringe Expense Triad Wharf
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