White Laundry: 0050.0917


            Another institution that would pay in Donald, if properly started and managed, is a laundry.  At present the business is in the hands [of] three Chinese outfits, who give employment to about a dozen of their countrymen.  The present population of Donald is largely make (sic.] up of single men, who have no particular love for the Chinese and would gladly patronize a white laundry were it here to do their work promptly and satisfactorily; it would also receive the work of many families who at present do their own laundry work rather than give it to the Chinese.  This is not written for a “Chinese Must Ago’ manifesto, but merely to show that there is a business here await the right kind of man to take hold of it.  Donald’s Chinese population numbers 20- - 20 leeches – who are of no benefit to a newspaper here or elsewhere; or for that matter, are of no benefit or advantage to any business man in Donald.  They get a percentage of the money disbursed in the town, and disburse not a cent in return.  If a practical man should start a laundry here, and run it as if he meant business, not as if he were doing his patrons a great favor by doing their work, he would undoubtedly succeed.  Let some practical, wide-awake person investigate the business to see what there is in it.

0050.0917: White Laundry

Newspaper editorial stating that Donald needs a laundry, run by whites, which they figure will get the majority of the work, forcing the three Chinese laundrys out of business and hopefully out of town.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 18, 1888
Pages:  4
Publisher:  Donald Truth
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


institution laundry chinese employment manifesto business population leeches


Cities arrow Donald arrow Businesses arrow Laundries arrow Chinesearrow
Social arrow Racism arrow Chinesearrow


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