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This made the bonds immediately salable and gave the railroad instant relief from long and agonizing financial strain.

On the grade the Caucasians relieved their thirst with water not always the best and at times, despite all precautions, a source of illness. It stood beside the grade in thirty and forty-gallon whiskey barrels, always on tap.Their wages, which are always paid in coin each month, are divided among them by their agents who attend to their business according to the labor done by each person.These agents are generally American or Chinese merchants who furnish them their supplies of food, the value of which they deduct from their monthly pay.This bath and change of clothes were regular habits every night before they took their evening meal. See also John Debo Galloway, The First Transcontinental Railroad: Central Pacific, Union Pacific (New York, 1950), 144, and Robert F. Spier, "Food Habits of Nineteenth Century California Chinese," California Historical Society Quarterly, XXXVII (No. As a class they are quiet, peaceable, patient, industrious and economical.Strobridge, who earlier opposed employing the Chinese, pronounced them the best in the world. Ready and apt to learn all the different kinds of work required in railroad building, they soon become as efficient as white laborers.