Business & Finance: Gee Bank

Through the heart of downtown San Francisco runs Grant Avenue. In a block or two it suddenly changes from the most exclusive shopping district to the main street on Chinatown. Along it rickety wagons brush against automobiles, the clang of cable cars seems especially noisy, jaunty Chinamen in grey suits mingle with gliding Chinamen in oriental costumes. Between the doors of tourist-catering novelty shops are dark passageways. Colorful posters in two languages are smacked on the walls. Telephone operators who speak both Chinese and English handle calls from the "China exchange."

Along Grant...

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