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[“….They were brought here first by the railroads, who’s demand for cheap, unskilled labor in their construction work was greater than could be recruited from the flood of white immigration and who were prevented by legal bars from bringing in Chinese and Japanese laborers. They were tried first in British Columbia and the state of Washington. But the rigorous winter climate of the north proved too severe for them. Even in fine weather they are said to be indifferent laborers, but when the weather turns cold they lie down and shiver and either die or seek a warmer climate. The result has been that most of the Hindus in the United States are now located in California…”
(San Francisco Call, Volume 107, Number 62, January 31, 1910)
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