Here’s a verse that caught my eye. It was a poetic prediction and related to Public Gardens in Old Shanghai. A “sign” that was purely racial banning entry to Chinese and “dogs” hung on its gates. Quite similar to signs in British India that implicitly or explicitly banned Indians at clubs or other places.  Perhaps, the poet, one Robert William Little, foresaw the fate of the glorified foreigner.

Verse from poem, ‘Amalgamation:’

“I said I’ll go into the Public Garden:-

A tall policeman warned me from the gate;

“Reserved for Chinese,” when I asked his pardon

Was all that he would state.

Little also wrote on the Bund, the North China Daily News, Shanghai Mercury, an itty-bitty line mentioning the Sikh policeman, etc.

Check the poems here at: https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24179674M/Poems

More on the sign that hung on the gates of Public Gardens in Shanghai International Settlement here: http://visualisingchina.net/blog/2014/12/02/whats-a-photograph-for/

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