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AS TO OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS
Isn't it funny how immigration laws work?
A few days ago a little 10-year-old Scotch girl came to N,ew
York with her grandmother. She was refused admission. The law -sa)rs
girls must be accompanied by their parents. Not having any
parents she could not comply with the law, so must go back to
Scotland. Our great republic was protected. from the possibility
of harboring a pauper.
While this was going on at New York, the immigration law
was working differently at another place. These .other workings
.were first noticed at Lawrence, Mass., where a few months ago
there was, a strike of mill operatives. New faces began to appear at
Lawrence. They were dark, negro-like faces. There were several
hundrd of them.
Investigation developed the fact that they are the beginning
of a new stream of immigration, which was easily traced from
Lawrence to New Bedford and from New Bedford to the Cape Verde
islands. On these islands dwell a race of people who speak a dialect
of Portuguese and who are descendants of the early Portuguese
settlers, crossed with the dark-skinned natives who were reduced to
Slavery by the adventurers who exploited the new world discoveries.
These dark-skinned laborers, descendants of slaves, are cheaper
than the Portuguese and 26 other alien tribes previously brought
to Lawrence from southern Europe to work in the tariff-protected
mills. They are cheaper and more ignorant. They hav not yet
learned about such things as strikes, and they are not troubled about
maintaining the high standards of living of the American workman,
Sffhich is such in inspiration to the politician on the stump defending
fhe American protective system.
But the immigration law? Isn't it funny how it works?
A Reel Joke.
It was the elder's day at the
plate. He was shaving himself
Just before church time when he
made a slight cut with the razor
Dn the extreme end of his nose.
He called to his wife for the court
plaster and was told to look in her
At church everyone was smil
ing as the elder passed the plate,
ery much annoyed, he asked one
pi his assistants if there were any
thing wrong with his appearance.
"I should say there was," an
swered the assistant. "What's On
"Court plaster," was the reply;
"No," said the friend. "It is
the label from a spool of cotton,
and it says 'Warranted 200
yards.' " Saturday Journal.
"Why have you that string tied
around your finger?" "I'm glad
you mentioned it. It is to remind"
me toask you for the fiver I lent
you sometime ago."