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Chinese Retaliation Talk

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Ev York, Oct. 2. - China, or at least ome of the oöicials of Cbina, wisli to retalate for American Chinese restriction laws )y laws proüibiting the importation of American kerosene into China. Cbang Chiung. viceroy oL Cantón, has addressed a iieniorial tiO the emperor, in which he ar'aigiis kerosene as thegreatest menaee to the eace and prosperity of the empire. It lurned up 400 houses in Swatou' not long ago, he says, and just before nat it destroyed a steainer and cost 800 psople their lives. Soon afterward it burned 1,000 houses in Cantón and destroyed $10,000,000 worth of property. t is responsible, he says, for nine-tenths of the fires that occur every winter in Cantón. Ele declares that it has done incalculable iuury to lifa and property, that it is worse han opium, being most swift and terrible in ts deadliuess; and that it has almost destroyed the uative industry in peanut, colzer and bean oils. On account of its evil deeds the viceroy says that he did bis best last year to kill the trade in kerosene by raising tbe inland transit dues on it, but the !ell destróyer was too subtil to be driven out by this proces?, and the evil was increasing rather than diminishing. Therefore the viceroy now petitions the tbrone for aid iu his struggle with the foreign u-ader, who, uuder the guise ot friendship, insists on profitiug himself by introducing an article highly iujurious to the welfare of China. The viceroy points out that there is no difficulty in putting an end to the baneful traffic, because the treaty of 18S1 with America makes provisions to limit Chinese iramigration to that country on account of the competition of Chinese labor being objectionable. "And if they can prohibit our going tbere because Chinese labor is injurious to their interests, we have an equal right to prohibit the importatiou of kerosene when it is injurious to u?. The law that nations have a right to protect their own interests and prevent injiiry beiug done to their people applies to botb countries alike, if there be any justice; and when either governnient acts on this principie no objeetion can be raised by theother." The viceroy therefore f ormally requests that a stop be instautly put to the importatiou of the baleful kerosene.


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