San Francisco History

Strange Mixtures

STRANGE MIXTURES.—In the negro dance houses along Kearny street are found the strangest mixtures of humanity that the city can exhibit. Here, among all shades, from the light mulatto to the coal black, wooly headed negro, on whose face charcoal would be apt to make a white mark, are found Mexicans, Chileans, Kanakas, Chinese, males and females, and also some Americans., white men, who have descended so low as to become the inmates of rowdy negroes. It is amusing, in passing by, in the evening, to cast a glance at the interior of one of these houses.

Source: Daily Alta California, 13 March 1851, page 2.


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