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Apr 23, 05 12:18 PM

Lin Ze Xu.

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Jury duty is over now. Every day I walked from my place on the L.E.S. to the court building on Centre Street, passing through Chinatown; on Chatham Square there's a statue of an imposing Chinese man in a conical hat, formal robe, and a sort of Van Dyke beard, with the inscription:

LIN ZE XU
1785 - 1850
Pioneer in the War Against Drugs

Yesterday, there was a scruffy junkie couple canoodling on the benches just below the statue. In general, the heroin seems to have gotten really strong in that vicinity; I keep seeing junkies on the sidewalk, stopped dead in their tracks, nodded out while standing up.

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Posted by Mike at April 23, 2005 12:18 PM