Volume 8, Issue 2_Part_1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


For fifteen years Chick Gin, a subject of the Emperor of China, toiled unnoticed among his countrymen in California. Then, on the Monday morning of March fifth, 1900, he emerged to become first on stage in a drama whose cast was to include the President of the United States, several governors, and other notables. The audience was to be critical and vociferous, but Chick Gin spoke no lines. He was not even a walk-on. For, when the curtain rose, he lay dead in a cellar at 1001 Dupont Street, in San Francisco's Chinatown. What he died of, and what provoked the commotion that followed, was bubonic plague. Chick Gin was the first recognized case originating in North America.

A city physician, F. P. Wilson, kindled suspicion.


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