know what it was that made them so suddenly anxious to get me on board and was told it was the demand to be taken back to Hong Kong, a thing they would not dare to do for fear the police would enquire the cause, even if I were not sufficiently posted to report them. So it seemed I had argued with them better than I knew. The police are very severe with such affairs. But to describe a sampan; It is a small boat of about 20 ft in length used for a residence by the owners and also as a means of support, but being a private ferry, taking people off
from vessels to the shore and return, fare from,  15 to 20 cents according to distance. They are built of some kind of light wood and are oiled instead of painted, giving them a yellowish color. A deck is raised giving the depth of hold about 2 ½ feet in the center. In these basements are kept the family treasures. The plate, stoves, bedding and fire box. At this season of year they were wearing their wardrobes. A mast in the center provides for the raising of a small sail and a little miniature prairie schooner top protects the passenger from sun or rain as he sits in the after part of the boat.
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