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Plain Language from Truthful James


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Comic ballad by Bret Harte, published in the Overland Monthly (Sept. 1870). This narrative of a euchre game, in which Truthful James and his friend Bill Nye intend to cheat the Chinese gambler Ah Sin but are themselves deceived by the “ways that are dark” of their wily opponent, soon had a popular vogue throughout the country, was frequently quoted, and was pirated in broadside and pamphlet editions as The Heathen Chinee.

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