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Supplement to the Saturday Press, December 31st, 1881.
THE SHEPHERD SAINTOF LANAI.
It Hi, :Hr, I mm nHI I, III )
Wi will now lulu back ii few Inge nmt nntirn Mm nrrivnl in Ilo
nntiilu up Captain Waller M. (Itlimii who, nrrntrilug In Mm '. f.
.lili'irtw of July -I t It, t)01, Prtinn burn tit remnln n fmv wink nml
tintel about l hit IhImhIh. Tlm ninm piper nf Odohnr l"lh, smiio
onr, says ilml tlm sUloh of Mm "traveler" winch tippnnt !, with
ret cm I slip from Run PriiiieiM'u pipci. Iiiil been placed In tlm edi
Inr' hnnil at hi ((illuumV) Inslai en by liiii "imili Friday," Mr. It.
It. Ktliljr. wIhi luvomp illicit linn, nml wlin, itli Mr. 0. O. t'uminlngs,
ftflcrwruris wns 1 iitol by liim as ,mi declircri in statement sworn
to by Ihnio gtmllctnou lirf.nn Judge Allen. Ho (Minn with a lilrrury
rVpnlitlinn, nml delivered n number of Irolure. Neither lio nnr
ISddy miiln it. known that they weto Mormon nl. (Im lime, lint Hlmrily
HMrr, they tnnt In the AtirfVp as lenilris of llml driiumiuntlnn.
Of t tin clipping from California pipers enuroiuiiig Mr. Gibson,
which were rrpuhlMirit hero nt ( lint limp, wn will imlo cxtrnrts
from only mm lieciiunt published in llin AVtmn Ihillitin iimliir tliu
"A MOUCHV KNIOIIr I'.IIIMM IN' TtlW.V."
" Wither M. Gibson in almost iin uuliccnhln n spccimnu of llio genu,
tno roving Yankee ns pvr luriird up; vol Im wiin mil born in Amer
ica nl nil, nml Im has no New $ngl mil blond in him.
"Ho was born mi (Ik. I)iv of lli-cny, was riisud In lebnllions South
Gnrolimi, kept it ti (lil lldd selum!' n t 1.1, innirieri nt 17, nml wnn n
ulilnwer Willi linen rhilihnii at tH, nt which same lipn ngu Im wns
Muster of llin first irnn Monimliip put Imill in Mm United Stales. In
18W, Im planned nn expedition in Cnlil'uiniii, nml bought n h?Iuiciiiui
fur the piirpone, but Mm project fell lliimigh. lint though
Mtu California expedition failed, sumo California voiitutPN iliil mil, nml
of course Urn Captain went In Washington. For n wIiiIp Im wn.i
Consul Oomr.il for Gunlomnli, San Salvador nml Coslu Mini, unit in
1SU) iiml Irt.M), wn hcnr nf liim Hu-jouriiiiig nt Mnngu doClnvn, Sniitii
Anna's: lesiditnee, nnd willi n KiiHi in envoy nml u unnvny of m.
dirr, visiiiiiK "very slnto in Mpvieo, nml runingin in Mm Riiblprn.
iiimii miii of Xochj'cli tlco. Next wn hcnr of him n tlm Client
of (Ipuprnl Itoliln nt Vurn Cms, nml Mien mnslor of llio Into U. S.
rcvnniiii (MiHor AVi'i7, in llm Inrbnr of Now York, with nn iirnmmont
on bonnl for tho mrvire of (Joiicrnl Cnrrnr.t of Oiiatnmnln. Uimii!
SSiuii Imil i unspinion Mmt tlm Flirt hint Cnln in her snm-y oyo, unit
MintU ii innrnlinl on bo ml. lint ni Mm innrhliiit in hiimuMiii'if,' of a
bimlr.inpp, hn in phcerfnlly hplpcil ovor tlm siilo in n lisbiny boil, nml
Mm Ft, ft, Inviiifj nltivnily buuleil ngiin her Kiispicioiisiirmnnipni, jiiiIh
to son, itislnnciiitf InmlHuiiiply n hlo.uiior Mint yivps clno. The Flirt
vjsitH HhmV Islivml, bm hIioh-h lior IiipK wbi;n n invciuiu ciitlur from
Npwport Iipivph in Mghl. Tlm Flirt bnil not been ninny il iyH
nl mi when Cnptnin iIhoii ilii.covcicii Mint the miliiif,' innnlur 'mil n
piKfruiigcr nro ilottin H tiuil him, in imil.ocpnii, ns tlm U. tj. nmr
l-liil bid lieuii trontcil in NW Voik Inrbor. Ho imikvA Mm uonspi.
rnlors iriumr.H in Mm lubin, nml befnio n lumleil pistol, ncrpplx tlit.ii
npolufjum nml pinltitiH tbom. This linln tnntltir It nl bcpn nuirly fur
tjultmi, when, nftor n thrro iI.iv'h Inrry nt Mm Unpo ilo Vordo Ulniulu,
on M(,'imlizinjj tlm uVo pnrdoimtl friontlt to como on Imnid, twoyov.
cnimonl lions full of imiiiups uscort Mm ubscntcos to Mm voum-I, nml
propoo to nrrust Mm Cnplniu on u i-lnrgo of pimcy. Tho Captnin
jofubcn to bo nrrcsted, tint in Id's own gig goot on hboro, in surrounded
by n phtooti of ntggpd Koldictn, who cumlnut him to tlm Ciovunimtml
House, wliero bis Intoly pinioned h-iiltng mnslor nml pihscngur eon
front.ltim with their clint-Rcn. Tho U.tlU'iin Inekilv nmku t'orttiirni-so
with Htiuncr. Ho mnriu hi Ktntcinpnt, prtihuiitod his pipcm, nnd on
tho whiupcred Mtggo-.tion thit in the tenr of the enbm is n linonrtiele
of cortluii tiltu, llio oonrt ndjmirn.s to thu c.iliin of tiio Flirt, nml
with muttnd npologio, for the trouble they tmvo given oach otbur, tlm
ntithortiiesgo on shore, und tho Flat on her emiso.
" i 'U "''''"'' Wlt'' ,cri'r fonmt ns she got out to son ngnin that
somebody had Ktnnshed Imr chronometer niidothefimnlie.il iimtni.
meiitK, whoreforu oho must gropo Iter wny nml at Inst reaches tho
oo.tst of Ur.izil. Thero bad been mutiny on botrd. niuinwhile, and
Jjotnu bload spilled on tho decks, nnd nn ntlompt wiir niado by tho
iirnzilimt nnthoiiims to nrrou tho Captnin. No Ainorinnn being in
pail, Mm Captnin linds refuge in tlm Imitso of tho Uritish Consul.
, '10 ,)0'. wll "'ah 'oft on board with Mm murines in chnrgo of
tlm bhrt, sueing Mm dim smoko of n steamer to seaward ran tip nt n
vonlnro, Mm United States ensign, Union down. Tho infuriated ma
rines out it down tho i.oxt instant; but it hnd floated nloft long
enough to arrest tho nttontion of Captnin Drnko of the JJritish sloop-of-wnr
Conflict, which was running down tho coast looking for slav
ers. Cnptnin Drnko brought tho matter tj n speedy itsuc, nnd the
r i n OU'"or W0Mt on tbo!r rnmuling wny. All tho troubles
or tho Captain with Brazilians, Portuguese and aftcrwnrds with tho
liaich, grow out of thoir simple inability to cotnprebond how and
why a. man hould bo in so ftno a vessel with no cargo on board. Bo
loro tho Jtirt bad omlcd bor long cruise, sho bad twisted in and out
aiming tho loast visited of tho I'olynesian croups Riving her com-
TIllltlllAt illli. ... .. .. . . i . . " - w .
... TyUllul " cxptoro ninny islands, to
lvoi.ir.iiug at last to America, Trcsidcnt Pierce sent him an a dip.
lotnatm ngunt to Kuropo; bo wns attacho of tho American Legation
ttmloi-Jlr M.ison. Jhck ug.tin ho wrolo n book Railed to
uo aj.jH.mteo, titongu tho South Carolina dole-Mtion in Coimroes urKed
nfifitni7n enmn imln-
Alalay States, inul irot nn nv.mnm,,.., r i,n i..;cn.. ,r ii,M
m - -" O VAIIVllVMU Ul kUU A. IIHUU U li4U
It fc.1 1 ..HfPI .n 7. n... I II
.. ...,..bv, n oiamui linvuy lo negotnte treaties of amity imtl com
merco with llio Mnb.y States. The Mil,,, aro the Captain's hobby,
winch no lias boon ruling hard tbeso three voars.
" U In.o driftiuir throiifli tlm .,.-.( M..i.',...t n.'...n.i..nnt:n.. n;n,.
H V Al Hill ! UllltllllllllVIIIIUU UIHL',1
iuo oapuiu prupoued lo Dr. HornliWI ilio ITtnl. ,l.,n,n.in .. ..I.... r..,.
reitioviug Mm Aloriuons from Utah to some groat unoccupied Mand of
Ucen..mt. I bo project was not unfavorably considered for awhile,
bat .Mr. Uuthanu.rs iirmy, and Peace Comitiissionors nt their boels,
suddonly put ntiothor aspect on tho ...rmon .pte.stion, and tfo schoino
W'.ih dropped. But the Malay question still lives, and tho C.iptain
ch.iMng it divtt with a little pirty of frionds and bis only daughter
is ouu ot thu cotnpniy cross the Continent, run tlm giuntlet of the
Dacouus, piusmg to recruit at Brigham Young's hoad-qnarters and
tiro in loivn (b K.j j)Ut I10W) 0, t,lc.ir w ,0 ,Lo s;t0) wnerevor it
may he, of tho now unit yot unfounded colony."
nero wu hivo in a nuuhcll tho history of tho subject of ourtkotob
up to the lime ot bis nrrival among us. His Hubseque.it actions have
been detailed (by his own facile pUI1) i t10 irst ,)irt of this articlo,
iiml wo able poopio to draw their own conclusions from tho facts hero
ptomuled. Ui connection with recent evouts is still frch in the
luiiaKot tho public, ami it is imnccessnrv to lepoat that with which
nil nie Jiiunli.ir. Wo ask tbme who hivo boon acquainted with Mr.
(.iimmti s record f,,r Mm pist twenty yens, and those who raid it now
fur tho hrst iimo in our columns, if ho is u proper person to be ad
mitted to tho councils of the nation Wo ask those who have rend
tho s.ortt sLilomeiitH of the scores of eunHiliiif intiv.-a wlm w.ir..
viilimizcd ty tho Saint of the frmai iJion, if Ins protcsUitions of
m,u1... i. i..u uunniiaus nro gonuiue, or tl, au hu nduiilR ot his rein
tious with tho Mormons, it is n means lo personal ends a cloak worn
.. ,..,.. ..u... iiuvaiicemeut. a imk' it one with Hiich n past is a lit
candid no for n patent of nobility; and if, as conductor of a uuh
piper the most powerful lever for right or wrong bo tuorits the
p-uroiingo of thu public. Tho Inst chapter of his biographp roads like
' the Urt; it is tho irnmi old story from beginning to end. " lliiwniian
primuoy " is only a laior otlshoot from ait old nnd deep-seated chronic
complaint contracted during his sojourn in tho Islands of Malaysia
and developed into a hotuowhat deliuito (?) idea during his leisure
niutnetth in his upirtuietits nt Wcltovredon. His hasty departure
jrout tho tatter place may Itavo disconcerted his plans fur thu time,
but ho ot ill mounts his pot hobby occasionally, and walks him out bo
foro tho public io exhibit his prominent ribs nml scTiwny limbs.
Oipttiiu tiibnouV Malaysian experience is reviewed iu such a charm,
tug tciu by
tlio eminent Amcricin author, who wm for a limo Unitod States
Consul nl Licrpoj, that we cjii nut rufmiu from reproducing it ur
poi tious of it, hcie.
Il is u twice-ioltl tale, but like all that felt from his pen, which wns
ns the uueli inted word of a magician, it will bunr re telling.
Whtu Hum thorite ivns picsiding at thu Consulate, in Liverpool, to
him ountt thu lame tho halt and tlm blind; at his feet they cist their
burdens of sorrow, nnd importuned him diyliy diy. An ordinary
man would bsve cinsideied any compensatiuu inadequate to tho wear
nnd tear ofhiich an ollice, but Hawthorne, who was nu earnest stu.
dent of Unman mttuie, who dissected tho minds of jicuplu as a sur
geon duseclk. the bodies, who hail an almost morbid love of nii.ilvsis.
loiiul nuiplu niitiruiuineuth in tho insieclion and classilicatiou of
luusuiwusoighl to excite his sympithy and ohtum Ins sid. His
Knglih nuie-bouks utlotl thu micerity of his heart and the wisdom
of hi judgment.
He was sometimes led astray, but not oftou, and his Cotnmlnr ex.
prieiico prove bow in serving his country, n country which Ins bien
verjr tnnliy m tho ijt isciuliuti of his genius, lie ha done a grciler
service to lilernluro nnd the world. His testimony is nlway ton pered
by kiiiiluess and if Ins judgniBni is at lluios uncertain, became of con.
Hi- ting eviJencc, it ever lums tti the sido of mercy. Wo cuitiot cuu.
to.vu of Nitlriuitt Huwihurrio umkiiig a wilful wis-statetueut or
u-ndt-riug a harsh or hasty vetdiol.
It was lung yeim Mgo when a gentleman of rolined manners,
htulsouio tignru and remarkably inielt.getit aspect" nterrtl llio
Conutite at Liverpool. Ho was in disttcsx. ( nburdeucd biiu
wlf to HavWliorue. How these two geutUnmi ever get into convtr
mtiou ut .all a qutatiou, for Uawthoruo wat t-ajuUrly reticent,
even whtm nmimg frinmls, nmt ho says nf bis lsilnr: " Liko many
men of ndvimlurmiR east, hu had no quint a deportment, nml hiicIi nu
nppironl ilisimiliiinllou In gpimnl sopl'iliilily, thai you would have
fnnripil him moving always nloiig soum imneefiil nnd srcludod walk
Wo Pan iningliin Mr. Ilnwtlmriin nmt "Mm gnnttuinnii nf rnlliied
mauiiiirs," sltliiig furti In fner, hilriil. ami alnshnd, until Mm nbsuidity
nf Mm silmillmi struck llmiu so formbly lhal limy both burst into
laughter. Nothing bunks Mm (en mi completely as a Inrii ty laugh.
Thou tlm iiiysletimiN pcrsoungu divulged Mm rumnnlii) story of bis
Ilawtlmiim imnliuuiw: " Wlmn tils digiiilleit roimrvii wns over
pomp, lio hnd tlm faculty of narrating theso ndvtinluros with wonder
ful eloquence, working up his ilnsnriplivn hkiilt'heH wllh Intuitive per
eeplinn of llio pietutosquii points so thai tlm wlmln wiin thrown for.
ward with n posilivoly illusive (tiled, likn inn tier of your own viitial
pxpprienni. In fact, limy wntn so nilmiinlily dmm Mutt I coulil imver
muii) than half hnlinvn ilium, hcoiiiMi Mm geiiiiiuu nlValrr of llfu mo not
npt lo IratiHnpt IhmuselVns so nilisliinlly.
The ieo having euliiely Ihawml iu tho ferror of tlm nlrnngrr' eln
qtionep, Im emitiiiuid bin lovnlatiou with Mm porlimieily of Mm nnoimit
mnriner; " lilernlly fniin his llrst hour, lm bail boon tossed upon tlm
Riirgi'H of it most vatieil nml lumiilluouM pxisloin.p, having been born
nl soa, of Aiiiuriiiiti iir(iutngit, but on board nf a Spanish vessel, nml
spending many nf Mm subseipiiint yoirs iu vnyngtii, travels nnd nut.
lamlish iiipidonlR and virisslludns which, nm llnmght, had haidly
beoii piriillelpd since Mm iliysof (iullivur or Ho Poo," Wn can
imnginn Mm Consul oaltihiiig bin breath nut! turning iitionilly in his
phiir as Mm iyu of Mm narrator is llxed upon him, nn eye, that in bin
thirst for (bo unknown, has plunged into thu very Innit nf foi hidden
mysteries ami unit the veil beyond which tlm iIjiiiiIIim heroes of
JiiIim Vurim alone nro sullercd lo exploic. " Miiny of his iicnuim wotn
1...1 i.. ii... i.'.... i ji , r. ii. i -.1..
" " !, nml iiiiiiiiij iiiiim) M'ltiimt visitco Aieiiqiuiagiios in mo
Indian Oeoau, mi thai t hut o was all Orient il fragrance bro.itliiiig
tbrnnglt his talk und an odor of tho Hpicn Islaudii still lingeiitig in
bis garment." Tlm spell was beginning to work ; Mm CoiihuI, iln..
zted by glitloring generalities, no longer struggled but listened pas
v,ioy to Mm beguiling murmur of Mm Oriental htory-tnllcr: "JIo
bail much to s.iy of tlm delightful qunliliun of tho Malay pirates, who,
indeed, carry on n predatory warm to ngiimit tho shipa of all civilizod
naliniis, and cut every Christian (broil niuoug their prisuuuiH; but
they aro a gcntlo untitled people, of primitivu inuocoiico nnd integ
vity." "Pis Mm voice of Mm ohnrmcr, charming never so wisely nnd it eon
timid, to ravish Mm Consular ear:
"But bis best hloiy wait about a race of inon, (if mnii they were,)
who seemed so fully lo totlizo Swift's wicked f.iblo of tlm Vnboof,
that my friend wns much exercised with psychological speculations
wholber or no they hnd any imuls. They dwelt in the wilds of Coy.
bm, liku other siviigo beasts, hairy, nnd spotted with tufts of fur,
lilthy, sIiimelosK, tnpoules.s, (though warlike iu their individual
bent,) toolles, houseless, langu igeless, except for a few gutlurral
founds, hideously dissonant, whcichy I hey held snino rudest kind of
coinmiiiiicalion among tliomsulves. "Thoy lacksd both memory and
foresight, ami weto wholly destitute of government, socinl itistitiitions
or law or rulur.sbip of any deicripliou, except Mm immediate tyranny
of llio strongest ; radically iiiitnmiihle, moieover, save Mint Mm peo
ple of Mm conntiy miiiinged to subject a few of the loss feiociomi mid
stupid ones, to outdoor servitude among thoir other cattle. They
weio beastly in almost nil their attributes, and Mint to finch a degree
that Mm obsetver, losing sight of any link betwixt tlmm ami manhood
coulil generally witness their brutalities without gi enter horror than
tbosu of some disagieotblo quadruped iu a menagerie. And yot,
at times, comprising what were Mm lowest geuor.il traits iu his own
race, with what was highest iu theso abominable motiblers, Im found
a glnstly Rimilitmlo that half compolled him to lecognizo them as
It is just possible Mint Mm discovery of tho missing link, lo which
wo lespeclfully call tho attention of Jlr. Darwin, Haggeicd tho
listener. At any r.ito ho scorns to bo sinking oil' tho spell and adds
iu his roniitiihcences:
" I had accepted bis Oriontnl fantasies, not ns matters of indubita
ble crcdeuco, but as allowable specimens of nn inuigimilive traveller's
vivid coloring and rich embroidery on tho coarse loxttiro and dull
uoulral tints of truth."
Tim traveller's tnlo was not yet endod ; perhaps bo lighted a weed
befom resuming; perhaps tho Consul ordered up brandy nnd wnler
and listened with renewed interest to frosh developments. Thoy
''After tbeso Gullivcrinn researches, my agreeable ncquaintatico
had fnllon under the bait of tho Dutch Government, nnd bad suffered
(this, nt least, being matter of fact) nearly two years' imprisonment
with confiscation ofn largo amount of property, for which Mr. Bel
mont, our Minister nt tno llnguc, bad just nindu poromptory domaud
of re-imbursemout nnd damages."
But tho climax wns stilt lo come, llnving exhausted the rcsonrccs
of tho Orient " bis vivid coloring nnd rich embroidery " weto to en
liven tho dull texture of tho fabric of Occidental life. Bohold !
" Since arriving in Knglnud on bis way to tho United Stntes, bo
had been providentially led to inquire into tho ciretimstnuccs of his
birth on shipboard, and bad discoveicd that not himself nlone, but
another baby, had como into tho world during tho sumo voyngo of
tho prohliu vessel, nnd that I hero wero almost irrofragablo reasons for
believing that thuso two childrou had boon assigned to tho wrou-r
mothers. Man)' ruiiiiuibcuiicoj of Ida otrly days confirmed him in t! o
idea that his nominal patents were aware of tho exchange. Tho
family to which ho felt authorized to attribute his liuoago wns tint
of a nobleman, iu tho picture gallery of whose country seat (whence,
if I mistnko not, our mlvciiturous frioud had just returned) ho had
discoveicd a portrait bearing a sit iking ro-omhliiiico to himself. As
soon ns ho should have reported the outrageous action of thu Dutch
Government to Piosideut l'icrco and the Secretary of State, and re
covored tho cuiiliscated property, ho proposed lo return to Knglnud
and ostablish his claim to tho iiubleiunu's tiltu and estate."
Tho secret of hi.s birth gave a new impetus to Kuglish comic oporn,
languishing since tho days of Gay. It has done good service in that
very popular craft Ikr Jnjcsti'tt b'i( l'iiinj,rv. But tho courteous
Hawthorne was coin pel lid to draw a "lino somewhero nnd ho drew it
hero, concluding this extraordinary interview iu a delicious stato of
uncertainty. Can it bo tint ho was unnblo to copo with tho fusci
uatiug vagaries of this wonderful adventurer '1
Ilo says: "The lOuglish romance was among tho latest commu
nications that ho intrusted to my private oar; and as soon as I bend
tho first chapter, so wonderfully akin to what I might havo wrought
out of my own ho id, not unpraoticcd in such figmcutH, I began to re
puitt having mndo myself renpoiisibbi for tho future nobleman's pas
sage homowaid iu thu nuxt Collins steamer. Nevertheless, should
his Kuglish rent roll fill a liltlu behind hand, bis Dutch claim fur a
bundled thuusaud dollars was cortninly in tho hinds of our govern,
tuoiit, nud might at least bo valuable to thu vxiout of thirty pounds,
which! bad engaged to piy on his behalf.' lint havu reason to
foar that his Dutch riches turned out to bu Dutch gilt or fairy gold,
ami his Kuglish country seat a mere castle iu iho air, which I ex
cecdiugly rogrel, for ho was a most delightful coiupiuioti and a very
When wo next hear of tho old mi.n of the sen, fur his youth wns
far spent, bo is u Moumo.V SiiKi'iltT.n OS Lan.W. Tho dissembling
Htittcrcup who mixed those babies up was oitber not to bu found, or
the sea-burn child of misfortune had abandoned his dteatns of noble
birth. He had become plain Waller Murriy Gibson who stated in
his otllcial organ Mm A'ltou, April 18lh, 187U. "Our lompjmry con.
iicxiou with thu Mormon Community for a politfoil object, of which
wo shall give a liihtory at our convenience, is well-known and has
tievor been denied."
We tegiot the incunvenionco which prevents Mr. Gibson from
giving the prumisod history and would bo glad to learn from Mr.
Gibson the complexion of the politic, and lite cizo of llio object which
persuaded him lo II rut shepherd the Mormon Hook ami then abtndou
it. Another "Oriental fantasy " petch.ttico nipped iu the bud by thu
fiost of common sense.
Again his "intuitive perception of Mm picturesque" serves him a
good turn. We havo elsewbeie quoted fro n a Mormon dooumunt
extant the following but it is so pretty tint wu quolo ngaiti, " My
heart is with the led-skiimed children of Abraham, I am a child of
tho ocoan ami ot God. It was his servant, the prophot, who choso
mo to nbidu'with you constantly Like Moses shall I lend
you; liU Joshua shall I fight for you; and Itko Jesus, if Cud will
it, I will die for you. (feigned) Y A Li Kit Muiiuw Giusn.v,
Chief Provident of the Islands of the soi. nnd of tho Hawaiian
Islands, for tho Church of the Latter Day Saint."
Th it this shepherd did not go about in lluvviug girmonts with a
book iu his hand, loading his (lock iu green pastures and beside still
waters, is apparent from the rumor which gut abroad and wns severe
ly commented mi by the Amcricin press, to the cllVct tint the
Mutinous nf Lwini were chained lo (ho plough like human. cattle.
Gibson vcplitd iu print. Human livings, ictre harnessed to tho plough
and il hitpiioiiod iu this wise. Tho Mormon Hock on Lanai had
resolved to Weak ground on New Year's day,
There was but one plough. sh.u in tho possession ofthecommu.
oily. It had fur sometime been used a au anchor; when it was
fi.hed out of the set and Ml in a frame bv the tm-l Sbenbenl. It wh
diwuvcred that thero wns no harness within rt-icU and that the
' horses ou the Ulnud were Liibroken to tho ploug i. Could the first
day of the New War ho allowed in psn without turning a sod ? By
no roeitt Hopes were twisted, colUr wcie made and the Shepherd
himself hying hold of the improvised harness beguu to pud lustily.
lllsllook Inspiied liy tlm example, frill Into linn ami with shunt nnd
laughter nud merry jest, Mm good work wn begun. It wn n scone
III il would have p tried llio llpi of Virgil in rung; n tableau of
Drtildieal simplicily nml bmuly ; a new m-oic, whoso tiicliidioim
polmes go ringing down Mm gloves ofulnuigp,
Who will deny that thero Is Oiioutnl fuigrnnrn in lhl sorl of
lliing P Oucn iiiiiio Mm riibsoiiliiii garmeiil uxudn nilor of Mm spieo
Islniidfl. Oimcnii n willi half an pyu Mm laughing innon-iif tkfp
jilng iiimbly before Mm plough ; iiml wlmn fatigued, ir indeed mm
may grow wrmry of this piMoial sport, whm uverenmo with joy tjmy
gitlmrid hiiimath Mm iimbrngoou groves of Hiomi Mlyslan fields, per
clmnce llinir Shephnril dimv from hi litenst poeUrt tliu pnmluMi
plmiN nud tooted plnlulively In hi ecslallu llnclct Knr in he not mm
whu impiessijM Mm llstMier ns " moving alwitya nloiig mimii penrefni
nml seel nteil wnlk of life?" Ami In Im tiol himself pictured tho
pcinnulnl beauty of Mm vnlu nf tils iiundito 1 Wu quolo from Mm
-AWiDii, Ajiiil 8tb, 187IJ.
ODIt llll.V 10 LAMAI.
" Loving nyos hnd wnlclieil for lis mid wo found fat Lnnni horsrs,
ready to hear us in tlm cool grey of Mm morning up tlm hills into
I'" h Mtnlii valley of Piilawnl, It tvaa lovely as wlion il llrst won
our hearts. Itouml, Inn miles round, lovul, giiuu and smitibg, Tho
(orrnecd and Rhriib.iutorued hills sot bnck like a tliroim for a heavenly
imijesly, and a canopy of clouds softened Mm glory which Mm God of
Dny shed in dawning splendors over (bo scouo, of llowerwl valo nnd
gicen.wooded rnvliiPH and hills. Hut wn had not much time to dwell
ou remmry." Tlinii followed eatly broakfusl, dolicloiis juioy hot
chop, nut frnui a fill, wellior, hung up in Mm mountain air for three
tlnjs. A liflemi iiiilo gallop with a "faithful Hbeplmiib'ss," who,
however, semnii nut to hart) cnpluiod tho eyes of Mm Shepherd for he
was enabled to mnke this tempting critnliiguu of Mm untiirnl resource
of bin island homo. " We iioticf;(i by tho way Mint the grain was
very line, plenty of ' crnb.griiss,' or kiikacimtit and kuhtdhi also
iiiimiciik or Jlermuila grass in streaks and patobc. Sp-iimh clover
ami nlfnlfii, New Bukhara clovtr, held' grnsMotohartl grass, dande
lion, lamb's quarter, pursley, sour sun el, wild turnip'i and leltitce,
wild mints, so fingrant under tho horses' liool,iir, nasturtiums,
morning glories, mwlim, wild slrawborries, daisies, vcrbenns, pojiii.s,
jiNiiiiucH, mid humlreiln moro of grasses and ilnnls either spirkliug
with blossom or nodding with seed, Miroiiglmiit Ihorndiant hill nnd
lovely vnlci After so long au nbsence, the Shepherd had a
kindly gieeling from thu poopio nf Mm islo, his only society of tho
jitst." Then Mm natives took up the thiend of thu iilory and cried
with loud voice saying Auicc titnia iuo " Oh don't wo feel glad
to sco you, nml why havo you left us? Why has lh father left hia
uiulilron f Wo listened lo your voice in tho long daya that nto past
nml when yon told us of our nakedness nml unskilfuliiess, wo heeded
and wo have plenty to-day. Oh como back to Lanai, to lite poor
land that loves you."
' Amlwu weto there lo tislon," contiiiucn llio Shepherd, " to the
dying moans of our oldest friend, old Knhiuuu who had said be
would dio coutout if bo could seo tlm Shepherd once more, ami ho
saw him and tho dying old oyos were comforted mid tho Shepherd's
heat I was full to ovoillowing; but Mm Shepherd hastened on tho ovo
of Mm second day ft out his old happy home." lie beard a voice
which ho attributed to the ilccil iu the office of tho Xiihuit and which
was an persistent an tlm daughter of tho horse leech, crying " give,
give!" Cnn it bo Mint he found the beauty of Lanai itisupportnbloV
Can it bo that the gushing tort unto of that island of Mm Islands of
the blest no longer soothed his ear? or did tho hluo waves ci earning
at thu bate of its cloud-crowned elilm, wnrn him of dangers that beset
him elsewhere iu this every-day wotld of ours ? Ilo left hi island
nnd the handful of tho elect who abode thero though bo must havo
known that thousands of thu Icss-favoted waited breathless without,
claiming for ndmittniico, like Pen's tittho gato of Hdeii, howling !
Why did ho leave.' Ho loved wool; hodius recorded tho fact
thus : " Wu love wool, that needs only n pair of dollar and a qnnrtor
shenrs to mnke it marketable; wo like it better than sugar. Wool is
peace nud sugar is worry and war loo. Wool is while as innocence
but sugar is stained with blood. The Iruo mnti raises Inmbs, the ac-
coptanie sacrmto, mil tits murderous brother raises Cain."
In thatgieoii seft-giiidou, tho lost AtUlon found ngnin tho islo of
raptures timpeaknblc, tho Kdou of ponco and plenty, whoso iloweriug
sod issnowtd with spotless fleeces, and whero, as tho gentle Shepherd
pascos with his luto upon bis nrm and bis heart upon his sleeve, tho
littlo lambs aro taught to syllable his name. There, iu a sang before
parting, ho gravely put tho question to his woolly flock. Let him
tell what followed :
" Thoy gavo mo a short look with their soft sheep's eyes nnd
scorned to any, Shepherd tho town is making theo grey and yet
thou loyest it. Wo givo theo our lambs and our fleeces; but thy now
flock will ileeco theo if it can. Return oh inconstant to tho sheep of
thy other pasturo who will not heed thy voice as wo did, and leave
us to our grass, bu-u-a "
It wns evident that thero was something rotten in camp. At Ibis
juncturo tho Shepherd for a titno, ceased masquerading; ho hung his
bnrp upon tho willows that shadow tho Lcathoan waters of Lanai; he
scattered his pandean pipes in tho winds that visit not too roughly
tho aromatic valos of that devoted isle, lie dashed his ciook upon
the velvctsod nnd ran up tho blnck flag of defiance. Ho seemed to
have acquired sorao of ' tho delightful qualities of the Mnlav pirates
who indeed carry on a predatory warfare," for, donning the slouch
hat, tho half-mask, tho dark cloak and tho ttillotto, ho ibsued the
I.A OUF.RP.A ai, cuchillo!
"Our Shepherd is n man of pence, nnd although ho does banter
official people and try to mnko them nppcar ridiculous, according to
fair oppusition newspaper warfare, yet ho is a respecter of private
character and of privntn lifo nnd will nover. unprovoked, disturb its
peace; b it if bo is assailed in n way lint touches his nnino and tboso
who are dear to him then ho is for war. having had some tasto of war
from lib. youth up, nmt will tint shrink from nny gago of battle that
is unpo-ed on him. But let tho enemy bownro and bo ire of his
ground of. attuck for our Shepherd in such n caso will not ask or
givo quattct, but will wage wnr to tho knife and from tho point to tho
hilt. La Gitcrra nl Cucbillo." AVml. April loth, 1873.
Liko tho storm cloud ho desconded from tho battlements of Lanai,
bis nostrils breathing firo nnd smoke, tho very earth quaking beneath
his indignant tread. His cars weto dcafoned with thu loud lnuglitcr
of tho kingdom; for blood-curdling melodrama is uver laughable and
tho contrasted portraits of tho Lntler Day Saints ns depicted by
himself were too much for tho risibilities of the Gentiles. Gibson
tho Shepherd, in the midst of his Hocks nnd herds, feeding among the
lilies of Lanai, or capering in llio ballet of Cfres beloro tho rustic
plough; and Gibson in wnr-paint, trundling down tho slopes of his
sheep ranch liko a littlo tin god ou wheels ! Gibson, tho pastoral, tho
msihotic Gib,on, sporting with tho faithful shepherdess ; and Gibson
with lanco in rest, shaking his gory locks and nodding his wnrliko
pltimo! Gibson tho anointed, tho child of the Ocean and of God
descending from a cloud upon Lanai, like Mobo, bearing in one
hand tho tablets of tho law nnd in tho other the apostolic benediction;
and Gibson perched upon tho fonce; for it had nlready como to this,
like a gamy bantam flapping his tiny wings nnd crowing " La
Gucrra nl Ctichillol" It is tbeso companion picture, wreathed in
rosemary and rue, in batllc-sinokennd blood-stained blades, that must
hang forever in tho balls of Hawaiian national history.
Tho burden and the heart of tho day oppressed him. Ho was
about to abandon tho Mormon schenio, embraced for a "political ob
ject" which is still a mystery; tho serpent of discord had entered
Li paradise; his Mormon Hook wns hutting liko so many Imtoring
rnms; yet his caso was not without paralet nnd this was a huptemo
consolation in his hour of martyrdom; he could look back on tho re
call of tho angels, contemplating tho fall of Lucifer, star of the
morning, and tho eternal doom visited upon the unfaithful childrou of
light, lint Philistines weie upon him, hit npostles stood forth in
battlo nrtay with ingrntiludo petched upon their banners; even the
holiest of them smuto him, hip and thigh. Ho roue to explain, but
ho rose from covert tho other side of the fence; alone, scaled on tho
ruins of a community, with whi;h ho was temporarily connected fur
a pnlilicnl object, the history of which will he given at his convon
iouco; his hetrt huwod, his spirit broken for the irutt had entered his
soul, plumed his bedraggled feathers by the mnrgin of ilia unvisited
pools of Linai. Their pellucid depths wero turned lo gall ; thoy no
longer sparkled in the sunlight of tho eternal Hummer of tho isles,
for tho waters of Maralt wero bitter and tho Saints had departed
with their "baggage checked for Troy." Alone among tho crumbling
columns of tho Xitwu on the 2Jd April, 187U, he sang tiisswati.soiig
iu these minor koys, short metro: "He, tho Shepherd, simply pro
posed tint etch emigrant should deposit with him thirty.five dollars
for his pissngc, which was done with tho knowledge nnd commit of
the Hawaiian Consul. Thirty two wero selected out of over llvo
hundred poople, wlm weie roady to accotnpstiy the Shepherd. Ho re
ceived one thousand, one hundred and ten dullars for passago money,
but might have collected tifueii thousand dollars fsiui. With this
one tbuusMidJono hundred nud ten dollar, ho piid the passage of
wMij-inru peupiu iu jiuuoiuiii, ami wueu no arrived mere, boarded
them three day at the Sailor's Home, and then shipped them to Lv
ini. When tho Shepherd and his company arrived at Lanai,
he was dishoirtoiud at the appearance of tho Islstid; a continued
drought, much worse than he hid been prepared to expect, made his
usual grceu valley look hruvrn and uninviting to the firmer entering
a now country. However, be encouraged as he liest could, but tho
drought coutinned and the ueonto who had been dumor.,IIie.l it, Idu
iiolulu by the talk of idlrs, who do nothing but talk, begin th go
I rnsiiy, nud some, they wt with sympathiser ready to suggest wvU,
bought limy would Iry lo make Iho Shepherd par for llio Ins of
llmoj Im wa tlrrd and worried ami harried, nnd finally nHer rputij.
ng over two thousand dollar in return psMaunn nml iu law txpcuim.
Im saw Mm Inst of hi Mmmigralmn ring.'" , '
A ohnngo of scone is hslm to Mm wounded spirit; It Is heller linn
physio ; it can
,,... ., " Mfnlatf r li m. mfml
J in" ff'tii llio tni'iimrr a nsitsil sorrow i
II n mil Mm writ (.'ii IrniiM'ts of Dm lirnln,
Ami with s.imn mt, nMlvlmi niiliiloto
V.W".M '," "'""l Ishkiiii of that icill.ms sltifT
Willed wslulis iiimii Dm hnarl."
nitiBOf, tub i:x-iiKi'iii:ui), wnr to mkw yohi:;
Still thirsting fur notoriety, which I Mm sop thrown to those wlio'iiti
worthily sink fame. Wn find him tho wlllW prey of Mm ubwiii florin
reporter The Aon Ynrk Sun slied this light upon tho piledtfi ffi
which Gibson wn held after tlm Mormon episode "When ho (Gill.
ou) itrrivcd In the fJai.tlwieli Islm,,,,, n goed mntiy LUtor-Dny Saint
were slnhllslird Mine. Their stltlement wn ou Ltiini; an lilfttid
thirty mile long and eight miles wido. It in described by all who
havo Men it (hid) n tlm loveliest steim upon Iho face of Mm wiilll;
comhliifiig Mm sublimity of moiitilnln with Iho rielmcsii of tropical
vegetation ami Mm beauty of an ocean whose waves bleak in ntinost
constant ponco upon Ita enchnulf.d shores; Dm soil of tho Ishtnl f
rich, nlmost beyond conception. Of It productions nu iden may bo
formed from tho fact that during the present Reason, one hundred
tlollnr per ncre linn been paid for tho crop or raw sugar-cane. Tho
Mormon occupantii of thin Island Imvo however all gone, whether
through the arrangement of Captnin Gibson or nol. Wo beiicvo tho
Mormon lendiini iiunnimously attribute lo him Iho fact that their poo.
pin no longer havo a foothold iu Mm dominion of Kninehmtln, or in
deed, wn believe, nnywlicro in tho whole Pacific. On this nccount
thoy have nnturully becomu somowlnl bodllo to Cnptnin Gibson, and
in passing through Halt l,ko City tho other day, bo did not dcoi
prudent In mnko himself known lo any of hi old nctiuaintance.
rintiir.... nil... I:,.. ,t.r ... . . . . .1 ...
"'r,' "m'.um iidiii mm uuiiiiiry, not omy to seo ins leiaiire onco
ngaiti, but ntso ns m ngcttt of tho Sandwich Islands. Ho
propose to sail for Singapore, with a view of llteioongngiiig laborer
to emigrate to llio Sandwich Island nt tho Government expense.
All Hint iu necessary, n ho nssurtM u, lo render Ida ndoplcd country
a rich in winu ns iu ugir and wool, is a sufficient supply of laborer
to develop its iucomparablo resources.
We beg loavo to quote n paragraph from Mm New Voile Tltim of
a similar date, ir we mistake not, in which Mr. Gibson iimuna the re
porter that "Mm (Hawaiian) Government no longor dcire or en-
kuuinuua uiu introduction oi cooiio or homlrd lahoror. The emi
grant must bo free to oIiooeo hi employer, and bis occupation when
ho list foot in tho dominion or the enlightened King Kamelntnnba."
The nppatent contradiction in these two stnlomcuts, wo are pre
pared either to nttributo to tho dazed condition of tho lespictivo
icribos who lenorded thorn or ncceptnn "nllownblo specimens or nu
imaginative traveler's: vivid coloring and r.'ch embroidery on thocoirso
textnro and dull nontrnl tints of truth."
That tho Oriontnl fragrance was breathing through hi talk is cvi
dent; that ho was working up bis descriptive sketches with wonder
ful eloquence, it also evident. Tho ancient mariner had resumed
business at the old ,tmd and tvns rendy to dispose of Spico Ibland
odor iu lots lo suit. That ho had pasfod through magnificent bank
ruptcy wns nothing; that ho hnd not succeeded iu terrifying tho
Dutch, was nothing. That tho Kuglish nobility hnd iguoted his
claim, was nothing; that n tho Lord'H nuointcd ho had fatten into
disgrace was nothing; the glamor, the burning oloquouce, llio seduc
tive doscriptiyo faculty, were iinimpaiied. Tho odornbovo monlioncd
yet clothed him as with n garment, nud the Oriental fragrauco con
tiuued to broatho through his irrepressible talk.
"Vim may break, you may slinttsr llio v.mo If you will,
lint the scent of tho roses wilt ellti nroamt ft still." , (
Twanging one of tho several strings or hi bow, ho Htrikcs a novr
key , possibly Tor a political object, whoso unwritten history is also
awaiting hi.s convenience.
Through the medium or tho A'ew York Times bo eays: "Tho
Snndwich Islands havo nit American nssimilation through American
instrumentalities. Contrast the rich toils, the (lower, fruits
nnd sugars of Hawaii, Oahn, Maui, Knuni and Lanai with thu brown,
treeless, voiccloss, desolato sage-brush plain of Nevada, Colorado,
Dakota, Idaho, Moutnnn nnd Wyoming. What if the sage-brush
bides gold nnd silver; n sugar field in the Islands is worth many gold
mines. Tho enno is suro to grow nnd fill your boilors with the best
of juico, nnd mako tho best or sugar iu tho world. Tor your toil
nnd pains in the minos, you get nt best, many a time, nothing but a
color' and a promiso and a jaded worn-out body."
To return to our muttons; contrast tho wool that needs only a pair
or dollar and a quarter shenrs to mnko it marketable; tho wool that
is peace; tho wool that is whito as innoconio; tho wool of tho lambs
that nro the ncccptnblc sacrifice Comparo tho wool that bo loves
bettor than sugar with that saccharino commodity; tho sugnr that is
worry and war too; tho sugar that is Btained with blood; tho sugar
that is sent to market by the murderous brother who raises Cain !
Alas for tho voiceless waslcs or Novada and Colorado and Dakota,
ALAS I AND ALAS !
For tho IrcetcsR plains and for thorn that toil nmong the sngo brush,
getliug at best mnuy a time buta "color" and a promise and a jided,
worn-out body. Why will they slave yonder, devoured by a thirst
for gold when it is so easy for them to slako it with tho syrups of La
nai. Possibly Mr. Gibson had had enough or whito labor; it begin
to look ns if n "color" if bo can got it, or even a "protnifo" will
satisfy him now. At any rate tho reporter is given to understand
that "the coloted mon nro incited by Mm colored King of tho Sand
wich Islands to go nr.d work whero it is summer nnd nuttimn all tho
year lottiid, with winter left out, for fino wngos; or to earn for thom
sslves n clear profit of one hundred dollars up on every ocro of sugar
cano they will plant. The colored man, tired or rngabondago nnd
bureaux will find bunches or delicious baranns nlwnyi nt hand; Iho
biuana and orango will lino his reucos; ho can drink his coffee under
Mie sbndo of bis oivu cofl'ce-treo by his door; ho will smoko his own
weed better than ever grow in Virginia ; and what is moro, ho will
vuto his own tax upon nil this abundance."
This earthly paradise awaited tho frctdmen then its pearly galea
have stood wido open ever since, and yet Lanni tho gom or tho ten,
tho oho entiro nnd perfect chrysolite, " uumasks its beauty to the
moon iu solomn nnd solitary stato."
Mr. Gibson brought of tits fivo hundred souls who sought to enfor
his community but two nnd thirty. Did Mr. Gibson fear lint this
haudful would exhaust tho resources of his island? Whou Mr.
Gib.son returned to Lanai, ho wns disheartened nt tho nppearanco of
tho valley, devastated by a continued drought, "much icortt than ho
had been prep aied to expect." Wilt Mr. Gibson kindly stato what
dogreo uf drought ho wns expecting nt Lattai. Thoro is light aud
shade in every picture, but tho shadow or a possible drought seems
not to enter into his last oflort in word painting. Wo unhesitatingly
jironounco it hi.s cliff rf'ere. Hero wo h ivo iTi;le Turn rouowiug
his youth nmong tho cofl'eo groves bosido his door; Sun o swinging
upon tho g.tto that hang undor tho omgo treos lining tho ftneos;
and Juieput Of-nitjetilnn plucking tho delicious bmann, always
at hand, tho whilu ho makes love to J) nih as she rolls the urrivuled
cigar or Lauai ! Onco moro tho bowers of tho ex-Shcpherd'n ilo nro
musical, this timo with a chorus of jubilee singers. Tho pathetic
cluck of tho buijo is hoird in tho old cabin homo; the palo star look
over the hill-tups and see tho happy darkies "walking for tho cake,"
and tho very sea is hushed whou tho Georytan jrinttrelt, having
figured up their bank accounts and voted their own taxes on all this
abund nice, gather among tho multitudinuns Jln-.t and burden the
air with tho refrains, "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "In tho mortiiuir
by the Bright Light" and "There'll lie Ilazors a Flyiu' in iho Air."
This was tho revised edition of Gibson's Utopia, but like all the other
projects or that groat mind, it catuo to nought.
Posibty tho gentleman may
com'or.T ins tiECiixixa tears
With historical rcsoirch. That ho is eminently qualified for (his
light nud pleasing Ubor, is evidenced by his interviews iu New York
tho results of which nio thus rurnished by the press of that city. '
" The Saudwich Islands wore the abode of tattooed or printed can.
uibal when tho Declaration of Independence was made when Jack
son was President tho islanders worshipped hideous blocks and tho
humsii.devouring lire-goddess of their burning mountain. But
befuro Jackson had cloned hi administration, they had of their own
accord, iu consequenco of foreign commetoiil intercourse and tho in.
tolligence of their chief Kamehameha, destroyed their gods and
temples, broken their kapus, nnd were awakontd heathen without a
religion. Then tho misionsrie c-aino and translated the bible fur
thorn and taught them letters. Still (hey wore only kaixt cloth
round thoir loins and knew nothing of and cared less for shirt ami
pvitalooas. Tho first American misstonario wero received at Waikiki
by a naked princess fresh from her htth. This wns a nt,r
relative of thu now accomplished, pious and lorrly Queen Kmtnn,
Tho son of the battered, brcechles father sits in the Lull of legila.'
(ion, dre.ed with Parisian foppery and votes himself lunches, Uven.
der and ntutionery after true American Cungrossioutd ftshtuu. The
daughter of thu stark.iinked promenading prince of the Utt getier.
atiou now receives Kropoin diplomat iu grand tu!Utt and with th
grace of an Kmpres Kuieue."
Here end one versioirof tho drama of hia lifo-a drama which i
amgularly aried and eventful. Iu some of its abase it , .urpri.
ingly pieturfsque. If the vicissitude of the hero arc at lime tinged
wtih meUuelmly, it ie only because thi I uts.-eary to the artf.titi
fat of ' law whole, without which he will ku Uvvd aud loved and
suUered fu aiu. X