One of the evils springing from the late disaster to San Francisco, one that menaces Oakland exceedingly, but that seems to have escaped attention, is the great influx of Chinese into this city from San Francisco. Not only have they pushed outward the limits of Oakland's heretofore constricted and insignificant Chinatown, but they have settled themselves in large colonies throughout the residence parts of the city, bringing with them their vices and their filth.
The residence of C.H. King, the capitalist, at the corner of East Twelfth street and Fourth avenue, has been leased to Chinese, and now the house is crowded with Mongolians, 60 or 70 occupying the premises. Already this house, situated among some of the finest residences of East Oakland, hardly more than a stone's throw from the Tubb's palaces has taken on the air of a Chinese hangout. It is a rendevous for scores of Celestials, who shuffle in and out of the place, for what purpose, one familiar with their life can easily conjecture. The residents of the neighborhood, many of them members of Oakland's most exclusive society, are up in arms, and will appeal to the authorities to abate this nuisance.
That opium smoking is going on in Chinatown to a greatly increased extent is known to all familiar with the district. That fan tan and pi gow are being played nightly by hundreds is also certain. These vices have white patrons as well as yellow. Hundreds of Caucasian worshipers at the shrine of the black smoke have been forced to come to Oakland by the fire, and now depend for the satisfaction of their abnormal and vicious appetite upon the Chinese of Oakland. These "hop heads" are to be seen in droves about the fringe of Chinatown. The police are busy dealing with other phases of their duties that have been increased enormously by the exodus of all classes from San Francisco, and have been unable to cope with the situation, though arrests for opium smoking have been made. Several days ago "The Herald" called attention to the increase in opium smoking, and a cordon of soldiers was placed about Chinatown the next day to prevent all whites from venturing into the Mongolian quarters, but this vigilance has now been relaxed.
itself has spread from a small affair to a quarter now inhabited by thousands.
On all sides it has thrown out tentacles, taking in more and more houses
and streets. It has crossed Webster street, and is now near Harrison street
in places. On Eighth street there are Chinese occupying quarters west of
Franklin street. Seventh street is now lined with their hutches for several
blocks. On Franklin street, near Eleventh, two blocks beyond the former
limits of the chinese quarter, it has been found necessary to put up the
sign, "No Chinese or Japanese wanted here." White families in
the neighborhood are moving away, unwilling to be surrounded by the degradation,
the filth, and the vice that a Chinatown means.
Capitalist C.H. King must have been quite influencial in the affairs of Oakland, because the newspaper immediately "corrected" its story about Chinese living in his home.
Through an inadvertance it was stated in "The Oakland Herald" last evening that C.H. King, an East Oakland capitalist had leased his residence at the corner of Fourth avenue and East Twelfth street, to Chinamen.
While the building at the location mentioned is not Mr. King's residence, it is owned by him and he declares that it is occupied by the highest class of Mongolian merchants and their families.
Mr. King's home is at the corner of Sixth avenue and East Eleventh street and is one of the most beautiful residences in the East Oakland district. Mr. King has shown his generosity and his kindness of heart by throwing open the doors of his own home to white refugees from the stricken city across the bay. He has cared for them and fed them at his own expense and is still doing all that is within his power and that his means can accomplish to alleviate the sufferings of those who lost their all in the fire which destroyed the metropolis of California.
It is frequent in these times of stress that wrong information is given the reporters for newspapers. They are told things which on their surface appear to be correct. Their investigation must of necessity be hurried and brief. While they are doing everything within their power to verify all that appears in print, it is hardly to be expected that some mistakes are not made.
Oakland Herald" with its usual fairness and with its well-known reputation
for publishing that which can be absolutely relied upon, makes this statement
in justice to Mr. King and in justice to its own representatives.