Twin Wah fights extradition from the Okanogan using Chinook Jargon

The Spokane [WA] Review, October 1, 1894, page 3, column 4 has an article about a Chinese immigrant in federal custody fighting extradition:

Chinese miners Wenatchee

Chinaman talks Chinook

 Veteran Placer Miner a Prisoner of the United States. 

Twin Wah was brought in Saturday from Wenatchee by Deputy Marshal Thompson.  He is an aged Chinaman who claims to have been engaged in placer mining along the Columbia river for 25 years, but had no opportunity to register under the Geary law.  He speaks Chinook fluently and says there are white men in the Okanogan country who have known him for 24 years.  The court gave him an opportunity to procure affidavits of his long residence in this country, with the view of permitting his registration as a Chinaman entitled to reside in the United States.  He was one of the party of Chinese gold-hunters who rocked out $10,000 in one season, 12 miles below Wenatchee, and gave the place the name of Ten Thousand Dollar Bar.

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