East Indian Documents - Hindus have left us




Morning Reveille Sept. 6, 1907, p. 4 (Editorial)

The Hindus Have Left Us.

    While any good citizen must be unalterably opposed to the means employed, the result of the crusade against the Hindus cannot but cause a general and intense satisfaction. The school kids, who made up he greater portion of the mob that put the heathen out of business, should, of course, be spanked and sent to bed and the hoodlums should go to jail, but the fact that the fear instilled into the hearts of the Hindus induced them to return to the land which owes them protection [note: reference here is to Canada] is a cause for rejoicing. Two wrongs never make a right, it is true, and such riotous demonstrations are to be discouraged and prevented, but the departure of the Hindus will leave no regret.
    From every standpoint it is most undesirable that these Asians should be permitted to remain in the United States. They are repulsive in appearance and disgusting in their manners. They are said to be without shame and, while no charges of immorality are brought against them, their actions and customs are so different from ours that there can never be tolerance of them. They contribute nothing to the growth and upbuilding of the city as the result of their labors. They work for small wages and do not put their money into circulation. They build no homes and while they numerically swell the population, it is of a class that we may well spare. …
    …They have been working here because of the labor shortage, but now that they have decamped their places will be filled by white men…
    There can be no two sides to such a question. The Hindu is a detriment to the town, while the white man is a distinct advantage. …
    What occurred Wednesday night probably could not have been prevented by the police officers. Yesterday the Hindus left and the cause of trouble was removed. This is a law abiding community and it does not countenance or support ant such disregard for the law, but it is just as well that the Hindus preferred flight to protection. It simplifies the situation very materially.”