A Coffin Full of Opiun.
Recent Singapore papers report an extraordinary case of smuggling at Sourabaya, in Java. A Chinese passenger having died on board a junk which wax anchored in the roadstead, the health officer of the port went off and, after viewing the body, gave the necessary permit for burial. The master of the j'ink then camo on shore and ordered a large coffin of the usual Chinese kind. During the early hours of the morning the crew with the coffin landed, and the funeral procession passed along the streets amid the burning of sacrificial papers, beating of gongs, and the other customary demonstrations of sorrow. One of the crew walked in front carrying the burial permit. After the funeral party went back to the junk, which immediately put to seo. In the middle of the day some Natives fonnd an empty coffin in the road close by the Chinese cemetery, which not only smelt strongly of opium but also had small particles of the drug adhering to its sides. The Customhouse authorities found the maker of the coffin, who identified it aB the one supplied to the master of the junk, and the dead body of the Chinaman was washed ashore soon afterwards, so that it was clear that he had been thrown overboard and the burial permit used to smuggle on shore a large coffin full of opium.
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A Coffin Full of Opiun., Evening Star, Issue 8038, 15 October 1889
A Coffin Full of Opiun. Evening Star, Issue 8038, 15 October 1889
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