HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan

Chapter 113

Later that day, Andy Pafko wrote a column that only he and his editor at the Advertiser ever saw. Titled “Overreached,” he accused Dillingham’s appearance before Congress the previous year for yesterday’s pier-landing fiasco, saying it had stirred up California’s delegation by asking for a special allotment of 30,000 Chinese laborers while warning of the dangerous Japanese immigration.

“Andy,” said his editor, “I didn’t bring you back to get us both run out of town.”

More sober now than when he wrote the column, Pafko balled it up and tossed it into the trashcan.

“Good choice,” said the editor. “We’ve had enough social wars over schools and immigration. It’s gone on longer than the Great War. You saw the crowds yesterday.

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