Eager to work, immigrants from foreign countries entered the gold-mining business by working for mining companies. They also took on jobs deemed noncompetitive or below the “dignity” of Euro-American males, such as cleaning, cooking, and sewing (Moore 307). The number of miners in the goldfields from 1849-1851 grew from 50,000 to 125,000, and as the mine sites became more crowded, American hostility towards non-white national groups grew. In an issue from April 26, 1849 a popular Californian newspaper, "The Alta California", published, “The feeling is very general among the Americans and Californians that foreigners should not be allowed to dig for gold. They think that they alone should be entitled to all the advantages of the mines, and they believe that such course would secure the permanent prosperity of the country, by preventing the mines from swallowing up its whole productive industry.” (“Latest From the Mines” April 26, 1849) This animosity towards foreigners was especially targeted towards the Chinese, as their culture and appearance were the most different of white Americans. Popular anti-Chinese sentiment was expressed in this account from the time-period, “I am bitterly opposed to Chinese immigration, and am very anxious to see this in a white man’s government and a white man’s country. So long as we have room for them, I have no opposition to the immigration of the white races, but I do not believe that any colored race has the capabilities of the white ace, they are more or less naturally barbarous”(“Dictation.” Online Archives of California).