Sacramento CPE: You sabee him allee same Washington

A brief quotation of Californian Chinese Pidgin English in the late-frontier era shows you more about West Coast “contact languages”…

In this connection, I should perhaps point out that Won Alexander Cumyow, who I’ve recently written about, likely spoke Chinese Pidgin English among his polyglot repertoire.

I think today’s quote needs no translation by me; the newspaper editor certainly felt that way.

allee same washington

The residents of the Chinese quarter hoisted their big flags yesterday, and had a holiday time in honor of the anniversary of some saint or distinguished individual, who was by a Chinaman spoken of to a reporter as “You sabbee him allee same Washington.

— from the Sacramento (CA) Daily Record-Union of June 6, 1884, page 3, column 3

What do you think?