Anti-Chinese Riots At Seattte [sic] [Seattle], WN., February 8th, 1886 [INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO ONE-TIME WASHINGTON GOVERNOR WATSON SQUIRE]

Seattle, Washington: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Riots, 1911. First edition. 8vo.; blue cloth boards stamped in gilt, 16, [1] pp. Some trivial wear to cloth along spine; title page heavily browned with a 1” closed tear at the edge, some bubbling to front pastedown and rear endpaper browned; a VG or better copy. Scarce in commerce with no other copies currently being offered (March, 2019).

An historical account of the 1885-86 anti-Chinese riots in Seattle issued on the twenty-fifth anniversary with a particular emphasis on the role of the Home Guards in maintaining law and order. The author, who was Captain of the Home Guards, declares at the outset: “My reason for writing this article is to correct some erroneous statements which have been made by different persons, several having found their way into books considered reliable authority.” Kinnear begins his first-hand account in the fall of 1885, although the bulk of his account is centered on the events of February 7, 1886, and the days following. He describes the hostile anti-Chinese sentiment, the establishment of the Home Guards, the increasing civil disorder and the declaration of martial law followed by the arrival of Federal troops. He concludes with praise for the Guards, the University Cadets and the Seattle Rifles, as well as the establishment figures who helped maintain law and order. And he lists the names of the Home Guards on duty when shooting broke out during the riots. Our copy inscribed by the author to the Hon. Watson Squire who was Governor at the outset of the riots, but who was replaced by Eugene Semple before the disturbances were completely quelled. Nearly all of the approximately 350 Chinese residents were expelled from the city with most returning to China or relocating to San Francisco. A terrific association copy of a scarce work. Item #06460

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