[New York: 1881]. 91, [1 blank] pp. Original front printed wrapper, disbound and lightly worn. Rubberstamp on blank upper margin of front wrapper. Clean text. Except as noted, Very Good.
This is the trial of John J. Corcoran, a young white trucker, for the murder of Chinese immigrant laundry worker Lee Teep. It marked the first occasion in New York County that a white American was tried for the murder of a Chinese man. The Chinese colony in the City raised a subscription for the prosecution of Corcoran and hired private counsel to aid Assistant District Attorney William C. Beecher. The representative of the Chinese government in the United States also took an active interest in the case, particularly because Chinese immigrants had been subjected to protracted harassment.
Ex-Judge Horace Russell and Peter Mitchell defended Corcoran. On April 24, 1881, Lee Teep and two Chinese immigrant coworkers, after attending Sabbath-school at the Twenty-Third Street Presbyterian Church, were confronted by Corcoran and others. Corcoran knocked Teep's hat from his head and, allegedly, stabbed him to death with a pocket knife. The New York Times described Judge Russell's emotional trial presentation, during which he wept and caused even the "hard-hearted court officials" to break down, with some leaving the courtroom in tears. Despite Teep's identification of Corcoran just before his death and corroborating testimony of Teep's companions, the jury acquitted him after a half hour's deliberation. [THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 2, 1881, p.8; July 8, 1881, p. 8.]
McDade 215. Marke 984. OCLC 63887890 , as of December 20, 2017. Item #34532