Old San Francisco

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Under the proud banner 
of Spain, Governor
Portola, heading a small 
band of Franciscan Padres
and soldiers of Philip,
came, in 1769, upon a land-
locked harbor that was
destined to become the
site of the metropolis of
the Pacific.

2
"I, Enrique de Solano Y
Vasquez, do hereby claim
these lands and waters in
behalf of my Sovereign
Lord, King Philip of
Spain - to the glory of God
and the crown of Castile."

3
Thus did the Spaniards 
and the House of
Vasquez come to the 
shores of the Golden 
Gate, founding a
settlement which, in
1848, became San
Francisco.

4
The Vasquez estate
prospered under grant
of the King - -
and Vasquez ships
sailed the "Seven Seas".

5
Grandsons of Enrique 
de Solano Y Vasquez
sustained the glory
and cherished the 
honor of his name.

6
"Gold! The American
river is running with 
Gold -- the hills are
ribbed with it - GOLD
at Sutter's Mill - !"

7
"This is grave news, my
brother - Gold lust and
deserted ranches --
      disaster!"

8
The elder Vasquez was 
right. By 1849,
San Francisco had 
become the mecca of 
 a gold-mad world.

9
".... and today fifteen more
of our peons have left for 
     the gold fields."

10
 "In the stable yard,
Senor .... Captain Stoner
  and his sailor men
  steal the horses!"

11
"They have killed two 
     of our men!"

12
"Remain with your 
mother - I am head 
  of the house."

13
"Captain Stoner! You
command my ships,
not my horses. Back
 to your vessel!"

14
"Damn your ships!
We're on our way 
to the gold fields!"

15
"I order you to return to 
  your duties at once!"

16
"Your orders - and your 
Spanish glory - don't
  mean a thing now.
    Stand clear!"

17
"My brother -- you
now are - head of
   the house -"

18
"You have dared to
 shoot a Vasquez!"

19
"A Vasquez avenges
    a Vasquez!"

20
"You have done well, 
my son - for the greater 
   glory of God."

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THE STORY

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San Francisco grew and 
prospered. By 1906 it
had become the Capital 
of the West -- joyous,
cosmopolitan --- the
Bohemia of America --
the Paris of the Pacific.

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The "cocktail route"
led to Barbary Coast
-- that mile of hell
which ran from 
Chinatown to the
waterfront.

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But even as the city 
flourished and fulfilled
its brilliant destiny, the
glory of the ancient
Spanish Californians 
grew dim. At the old 
Vasquez Rancho ......

25
The old age of Hernandez
Vasquez was saddened 
by the thought that only
in the integrity of the
Vasquez estate could 
that proud name survive.

 -   -   - Josef Swickard.

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Dolores, the grand-
daughter -- a true
Vasquez.

 - - - Dolores Costello.

27
"Why granddaddy, you've 
    been dreaming."

28
"Never fear, you will live
to see the glories of the
     past restored."

29
"The city surges up toward
us. It will bury us and our 
traditions beneath an alien 
      civilization."

30
To Michael Brandon
there were two sides 
to the law. He was
always on the side 
of those who had 
the money.

 - - - Anders Randolph.

31
"All you have to do young
man, is take care of this
       brief case."

32
Terrence O'Shaughnessy,
recently taken into
partnership with his
uncle -- but not yet
into his confidence.

- - - Chas. E. Mack.

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"Well, let's get down to 
business. I'm here to
  buy your ranch."

34
"Business is never so 
important to us as
hospitality to our
      guests."

35
"To the Colleen - and
 an early marriage."

36
"I - I said 'Your brief case
   is in the carriage'."

37
"'Tis you that are the
sweetest rose in this 
    fair garden."

38
"Please, Senorita - I am
 not bold - I'm Irish."

39
"'Tis business they're
talking. I have no
heart for it meself."

40
"Sinful ye are - hiding
 your beauty from a
  starvin' world!"

41
"We Vasquez are Spanish
- our women remain at
        home."

42
"Was it a Spaniard, then,
 who wrote 'Home Sweet
        Home'?"

43
"By Irish luck I got it -
by Irish pluck I'll keep
           it."

44
"No, Senor. We give a red 
rose only to the one we 
          love."

45
"Now the rose is priceless!"

46
"The Rancho is not for 
        sale."

47
"I know you're broke,
Vasquez. You can't 
    bluff me."

48
"Senor, the interview is 
         ended."

49
"You'll sell your ranch -
or we'll take it away 
      from you!"

50
"The man I represent can
make or break a dozen
Vasquez before breakfast!"

51
"He who seeks to intimi-
date a Vasquez is a fool.
I will not sell to you at 
       any price."

52
"Faith, I don't want me hat.
I'm in the presence of a
          lady."

53
"What swine - they have
defiled the Hacienda!"

54
"But he -- I mean the
young Senor - I thought 
      him nice."

55
The Chinese question 
had long vexed San
Francisco. To keep the
Mongol within the limits
of Chinatown -- what
graft and cruelty were
invoked!

56
Cruel, mysterious, crafty
-- Chris Buckwell had
grafted his way from
an unknown origin to
power. Czar of the
Tenderloin - - chief
persecuter of the Chinese.

  - - - Warner Oland.

57
"Blame yourself for buying
property outside Chinatown!
Accept my figure for it - or
I'll take it away from you."

58
"Do you want me to close 
your district - tighter than
    a Chinese drum!"

59
"I bow to the wisdom of
Confucius: 'When thy
adversary is in power, 
   yield to him'."

60
"You're a wise Chinaman.
Bring the deeds and meet
me at the Poodle Dog
      tonight."

61
"Vasquez - the old fool -
refused to sell at any 
        price."

62
"The arrogant ass! I'll have
his ranch condemned, and
buy it at my own price."

63
"That's villainous! The
Vasquez have owned that
rancho for generations."

64
"Vasquez has a grand-
daughter - that's what's
the matter with Terry."

65
"So - the senorita's lips
are red like the rose -
her eyes brim with 
     love, eh?"

66
"That remark is insolent!"

67
"The boy needs watching,
        Michael."

68
"Start proceedings at 
once to condemn the 
old fool's property."

69
Dwarfed by nature -
caged by man - -
Chang Loo's soul
nevertheless dwelt
with his Gods.

- - - Angelo Rossita.

70
"Oh, god of my ancestors
- accept the sacrifices 
I offer for the sins I
have committed against 
    my own people."

71
"What fresh deed of evil
is on your vile soul?
Not all the incense of
the Indies will blot 
your sins from the eye
     of Heaven."

72
"Kill me! Kill me! One
crime more will not
harm thee - and will
   give me peace."

73
"Confucius hath said
'Falling hurts least
those who fly low' -"

74
"Thy fall will be mighty -
for thou hast soared high!"

75
A flower of the 
Orient, stifled and 
poisoned in Chinatown's 
sunless cellars.

- - - Anna May Wong.

76
"I came to warn you --
Chinatown is in a furore
over your latest edict."

77
"I must see your 
grandfather -- 'tis
about the Rancho -"

78
"But I'm afraid he would 
not believe you -"

79
"But you - sure, you'll
    believe me - ?"

80
"Senor, may I inquire
what brings you here?"

81
"They're plotting to take 
  your ranch away from 
          you!"

82
"When I require your aid -
 I shall send for you."

83
"Please, grandfather - hear
   what he has to say."

84
"'Tis the devil's own 
scheme, sir, to condemn
your ranch unless you 
sell. And they'll do it, 
too - for they are ruthless 
     and powerful!"

85
"I'm sorry I was hasty -
you are acting in good
faith, Senor - but I am
not frightened. I stand 
   upon my rights."

86
"This sword, which took 
the land, shall not fail 
     to hold it!"

87
"Senorita, you are more 
beautiful than moonlight 
on the water -- roses in 
      the sun -"

88
"The last of a family as
honorable as my own.
And one to whom I
may safely entrust the 
happiness of Dolores."

89
"He comes when his 
wealth and influence 
 are most needful."

90
"Pardon me - I think 
   I understand."

91
"To the Poodle Dog!"

92
"It is well you are here,
Don Luis. The Rancho
is in danger. I shall 
need all your resources 
     to save it."

93
"I deeply sympathize, 
Senor. But - what is
to be, will be. What 
     can I do?"

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Somewhere on the 
 Mile of Hell.

95
"We'll hit every joint on
  the Cocktail Route!"

96
"Let me see the young
senor - he will not fail 
         us."

97
"Do not depend on him.
He is one of their breed
- and blood will tell."

98
"The blood of Don Luis
told a cowardly tale."

99
"The carriage, Arturo. Do
you know the address of 
    the Poodle Dog?"

100
Carefree San Francisco
listened with tolerance
to the ravings of 
Old Testament Charley --
threw him silver coins --
and promptly forgot him.

101
"In the midst of thy
iniquities, God will
punish thee! His 
wrath will fall from 
     Heaven -"

102
"- And thou, Master of 
this Mile of Hell. Thy
evil turns vice into 
filthy gold and crime 
into vile profit - !"

103
"And this underworld of
which thou art king - it
will perish with thee!"

104
"Father, forgive them -
for they know not what 
       they do."

105
"Can you tell me where I 
might find Mr. Terrance
    O'Shaughnessy?"

106
"There's a party in Room
 10 - he may be there."

107
 "I am looking for Mr. 
Terrance O'Shaughnessy."

108
"Don't apologize. My
grandfather was right -
  blood will tell."

109
"Now I understand your 
interest in the Vasquez 
      - Rancho."

110
"By the way, Mike - drop
that Vasquez matter for 
the present. I'll handle 
       it myself."

111
After a long night, 
in which the dreams 
of Dolores were of 
a smiling face, and 
self-reproaching eyes --

112
"The old wishing-well -
Time was when I, too,
  believed in it."

113
"I was wishing that a
friend would appear 
and help us. Someone
  true and fine -"

114
"I trust you will pardon 
my intrusion, but this 
ancient sanctuary --
may I use the word? -
    tempted me."

115
"I wish I might come here 
     often to pray."

116
"You would be welcome, 
sir - but these ancient 
walls are to disappear,
and this sanctuary torn
down - my rancho has
  been condemned."

117
"You do not mean that 
they would destroy
this monument to the 
valor that made our 
  city possible?"

118
"Even our Spanish land 
grant does not deter 
        them."

119
"I am not without some 
influence - perhaps I can 
       help you."

120
"Take your land grants to
112 Sierra Street tonight.
I'll have an expert there
    to examine them."

121
"Granddaddy, it looks as
 if our wish will come 
         true."

122
"And now, my heart - a
wish that I might see
the young Senor - and
    forgive him."

123
"I - I came to apologize for
my - my condition last
night. 'Twas the green
devil of jealousy. I tried
    to paint it red."

124
"But 'tis your fault too -
for when I learned you 
were engaged - I didn't 
 care what happened."

125
"You are engaged -
   aren't you?"

126
"You do understand?
And I'm all forgiven?"

127
At 112 Sierra Street.

128
"Sir - there is some 
      mistake -"

129
"I have been retained by
one who is friendly to 
you - the most powerful
influence in the City."

130
"I congratulate you on 
your new-found friend.
He is without a rival - 
       a Czar!"

131
"May I look at your 
      papers?"

132
"They bear the signature 
of King Philip of Spain!"

133
"You know if you take 
those land grants - they 
will never be returned!"

134
"It is my duty, in spite of 
my uncle's displeasure,
to warn you that he is 
plotting to rob you of 
      your lands."

135
"Do you, or don't you,
 want me to examine 
        them?"

136
"When Buckwell hears of 
this, I'm done for! You've 
ruined your career and 
mine - for the sake of a 
         girl!"

137
"But it happens that 
 I love that girl!"

138
"In that case - you're 
     out of luck!"

139
"Why do you suppose 
Buckwell arranged to 
have the girl alone at 
the Rancho tonight?"

140
"Don't be alarmed, 
    Senorita."

141
"I sent your grandfather
to the City so that we
could be here alone -"

142
"Will you leave - or shall
   I call the servant?"

143
"The Senorita does well!
But I happen to know 
that your only servant is
with your grandfather."

144
"Surely the Senorita will 
not blame me for the
admiration her beauty 
    has aroused!"

145
"One may pay too dearly
for a victory. By tomorrow
evening, I feel certain,
you will all regret this 
   apparent triumph!"

146
"There are some services 
for which no words can
      pay, Senor."

147
Love may move with 
languid steps, but
Hate strikes with a 
spider's speed.

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"GET OUT!"

149
"We have orders from 
 the Boss to survey 
     this place."

150
"Now, you vandals -
     GET OUT!"

151
"This sword has never 
yet failed a Vasquez!"

152
"If you're trying to trap 
 me -- I'll break your 
    cringing back!"

153
"You -- you betrayer of 
friends - you who would
defile innocence -- get 
   out of my sight!"

154
"Omit the heroics and 
listen to reason. I have
authority to send you to
court for interfering with 
  official surveyors -"

155
"You tried to force shame
upon an unsullied
daughter of my race -
but a Vasquez avenges
     a Vasquez!"

156
"You came to taunt a 
 noble gentleman -"

157
"- but he has escaped your
evil hands - his soul is
with his God - who also 
is a God of Vengeance!"

158
"Stop - Stop those accursed 
     Christian bells!"

159
In the awful light 
of an outraged, 
wrathful, Christian
God, the heathen
soul of the Mongol
stood revealed.

160
When Chris Buckwell
sought solace of his
ancestral gods, he
knew the eyes of
Dolores had penetrated
his disguise and
guessed his secret --

161
"What cowardly sin now
weighs on your craven 
 heart, my brother?"

162
"Though you pen my body
in this cage, my spirit
travels far -- I always
know when my brother 
     has sinned."

163
Thus Hernandez de 
Vasquez passed on
to his fathers, and 
his proud name into 
history --

164
"In a flash that hideous
Buckwell revealed
himself - and in his soul
he knew that I knew -
he is a Mongolian!"

165
"You have your enemy 
in your hands -- his
own people will avenge 
        you!"

166
"Lu Fong is the one to 
see - 'tis he who could
submit Buckwell to the
law and punishment of 
   his own people."

167
Lu Fong's place --
center of Chinatown's
"Inner Circle."

168
Chang Sue Lee -- made
his money in opium,
which he imported --
and spent it on 
beauty -- which he
exported.

169
"Can you tell me where
    Lu Fong lives?"

170
"Hinkley Alley - 326 -
some find it easier to
get in there than to 
      get out!"

171
"Another victim of
Buckwell's greed - she
will tell you something
that will place this 
persecutor of your
people in your hands!"

172
"By the memory of my 
grandfather whom he
killed, I swear it is
true -- He is of your
 race - a Chinaman!"

173
"He knows that I know 
his secret - go to his 
 place, and you will 
    find proofs."

174
"If he is guilty of this
offence against his 
ancestors -- nothing
 can save him from
  our vengeance!"

175
"I will meet you at his 
house -- you have the 
white bosses there, too."

176
"Your yellow countrymen 
have arrived - you know 
what to do - and when!"

177
"Your great Christian God
cannot save you from the
 fury of the enemy you 
      have made!"

178
"She lies - Chris Buckwell
is my brother - a Mongol
like me - and the day of
his power is passing!"

179
"I shall be pleased to know
what you consider proof 
of the ridiculous charges 
    made against me."

180
"Proof rests in the word of
a lady of ancient and
honorable name - Senorita
   Dolores Vasquez."

181
"You are jesting! The
lady is even now my 
       guest."

182
"These Chinamen declare
that you have said I was 
    of their race -"

183
"Will you be good 
enough to disabuse
 their minds - ?"

184
"If that light goes out -
        you die!"

185
"I spoke in a fit of 
jealousy - mine were 
the words of an angry 
       woman -"

186
"But you swore to me he
   was a Chinaman -"

187
"I - I never spoke more 
        falsely."

188
"I lied to you - he forced 
          me to!"

189
"Had I failed him --
your nephew would 
have perished in the 
  cellar beneath!"

190
"She is demented, 
gentlemen - you
see, she raves."

191
"When I accused him 
first, I did not know -
Now I can prove it - if
you will follow me!"

192
"If you're covering 
something, I want to 
know it - come on!"

193
"There is his Chinese 
shrine and the god he
      worships!"

194
"There is his Mongolian 
       brother!"

195
"I need no more proof - he
shall be turned over to 
the laws and retribution 
     of Chinatown!"

196
"We'll inform the officials 
   of the Chinese Six 
       Companies."

197
"Do you know where your 
   brother has gone?"

198
The labyrinths of that
mysterious "Inner Circle"
- - as remote from
Occidental life as the
alleys of Tientsin or
the gorges of the Yangtsze.

199
"Tonight Chang Sue Lee
is feasting the wealthiest
nabobs of Chinatown -"

200
"Dress her up - she'll be
    worth a fortune!"

201
The lowest rendezvous
of the "Inner Circle"
was but on a level
with the life of its 
inmates.

202
"Knowing your exquisite 
taste, most honorable 
Chang Sue Lee, I have
brought for your appraisal
the fairest gem of the
     Occident -"

203
"Where's Chris and 
    the girl?"

204
"He go - Chang Sue
    Lee place."

205
"Your vault overflows 
with gold and jewels -
but never a gem so 
  rare as this -"

206
"You are the last of your 
line. Who will avenge a 
     Vasquez now?"

207
"Our Father, who art
    in Heaven -"

208
"- Thy Kingdom come -
     Thy will be done -
- on earth -"

209
"EARTHQUAKE!!!"

210
"And this underworld of
which thou art king - it
will perish with thee!"

211
The ashes of disaster have 
blown away -- the sea
breeze sweeps through
cleansed streets of the
Oriental quarter -- the City
that was has become the 
San Francisco that is --
serene, sunlit and beautiful
on its thrice seven hills --

The End

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