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The poker bride : the first Chinese in the Wild West / Christopher Corbett.

Author/Creator:
Corbett, Christopher.
Publication:
New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010.
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 218 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Bemis, Polly, 1853-1933.
Chinese American women -- History.
California -- Gold discoveries.
Chinese -- California -- San Francisco.
Chinese -- Idaho.
Chinese -- United States -- History.
Summary:
During the Gold Rush, a young Chinese concubine arrived by horse in Idaho gold country, where a white gambler soon won her in a poker game. She became Polly Bemis, the winner's legal, beloved wife. Polly emerged into public view only in 1923, a tiny old woman on horseback, her identity and story known only to a few old-timers.
Contents:
Celestials and sojourners
Chinatown
Sold
Coming into the Territory
The end of the road
Warrens
Soiled doves
Fond of playing cards
The shotting affray in Warrens
Saving Polly
Last days on the river
The caravan of the dead : ghosts of the Oro Fino.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-218).
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Burt fund bookplate.
ISBN:
9780802119094 :
0802119093 :
OCLC:
426814534