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pipeAWashington Post, January 25, 1900. I wonder when Philadelphia’s last opium den ceased operations. It’s odd that Mary’s death is geographically attributed to “Chinatown,” but the arrested parties all have solidly Anglo names. I sort of respect the forthrightness of the assertion that this story matters inasmuch as the dead girl’s parents are “respectable.” The same principle governs drug-related reportage today, except no one owns up to it.

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