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Saturday Press Supplement, Mar. 4, 1882
Tho Natives Press.
1'rnm iho Kuokoa
Tiik Ligcon LAw.-1'roin ihc talk among Ilici
peoplo of this district, it would seem that tho ono
measure they greatly dcsiro to t.o brought nbont
by tho coming Legislature Is to innke l(liior free,
so Hint everybody may drink without interference
of law; nml this appears to bo tin. view of 11 largo
proportion of tlio peoplo in Honolulu. How is
this question viewed in tbo other districts? It
will be better to extend tho tabu mi spirits to the
Chinese nml the nntiusof nit tho Pacific Islands,
rather thiin to take it off altogether, nu promised.
It i wilil thut some of the Chinese are tbo princi
pal brwikers of tut. existing law, by selling to
hose to whom it U forbidden. Jttlt we are tolil by
tho. .iruHiiiR for the repeal, Hint if tho tabu was
taken off, there Mould not bo a great lncre-isc of
""".".""'i i"i ii ii were no longer unlawful, they
would oitc nothing nbout it. Tins is rather doubt.
Jul. Ibere nre in.iny who are now cnslaicd bv
the destroying power of ilrink, and if tho restraint
of law were remoicil iliiv u. .1,1,1 .. i it ..
And if tbeirown personal loss were
nil, it would not so much matter to tho gcucral
public; but tho cut brought about by intemper
iiuep and the dealers in intoxicants is not confined
totbo users or sellers, but affects as well those
w" ""stain. Look at what hns recently isjcurred
at Wnipio, Hawaii, wheru h0ieral deaths Iihm.
taken place, nml much trouble, not only among the
law-breaker, but among orderly persons also.
-Not only has life been sacrificed, but the pence
ami cchsI order of ihu community.
It is said that at present liquor am bo obtained
with facility by thoso to whom it is forbidden by
the law ; that tho present Ian is a dead letter
that soma of the police themselw-s aid in the in
fraction of this law. If all this is true, we had
better carefully consider tho situation. If the
Uovernmeiit is nowcrless to rufnr,-.. tin. i .... ...:n .
not also bo powerless to keep the twice and pro
lectlife nndprorty. if the. law is repealed that
...... ii.un tun iramu anil use ol spiri.s 7 Jxt
usiiot lie ui bnsteor we inny Rit astray. How
would it do to absolutely i.rohibit the wilo of in.
toxic-iting drmka in this Kingdom ?
, To the Xtu-jij,tr Kmikoti . It appears that two
linutt'int measures are to be brought before the
eoniing session of the Legislature, viz : 1 That
the Government hlnll borrow ten millions of
dollars; .' lliat the liquor traffic shall be free.
Anil therefore 1 think i ill M well toghe a little
explanation on these points, so that every one
....,, oiiuuhi uesiiaiion, support tlio iiruixjiid
I notice that youhnvo opposed these dcsir.ihlo
measures in the AW0.1 of late, bull trust that
after what I shall lurein say in their ndioc.icv,
you will change your luind, and having ucLutm'l
edged jour fault, turn to the- side of tho iieople.
IhtMittto proposed measures are ardently de
1 mm tho Hawaii in nation, from the Mug 011
the I hroiiu to the commoners from Hawaii to Nil.
nau ; nud we ma) assume that this desire is based
"pon careful and wise considerations, for this
nation is no longer ignorant nml barbarous, but
enlightened, is famed nmong the nations for
knowledge and wisdom, consequently wo cannot
say that tbcbii propositi measures have been
agreed upon and deteriniiied bv the entire nation
through ignorance or mistake.
'i lii-ru being Buch nuaiiimity tlureforo anion"
trim Hawaiian, it will be uimeeessary for 1110 to
hit tho huokwi with statements of the benefit., that
will accrue to (lie Hawaiian people by recoivinc
these great gifta from tho Legislature of 18KJ. and
1 shall leave this duty to Lilikahini, nnd other
Koyal siKikejiueii, restrtctiuK my remarks to the
snbjtctof thn Rood that will accrue to ns siiR.ir
planters throiiRti thise Rrenl and Uiit-licial mens-
Vu are not suro of tho purjietuity of our lteci
procity Ireaty with America, hut it looks as
ihouRh that country miKht put an end to it in
1NI, only two j eats heiico ; and if so, there is only
ouethiiiR that will s.i Hawaiian suar planta
tions from destruction, and that is for Hawaii to
iw annelid to nnd become un niipinaRoof thnt
country, tho United Slates. And how is this to lw
accomplished ? It is plain that the Hawaiian peo
ple will inner consent to annexation M, Jour us
they are livuiR in peace-mid urosjKTitv, but It tho
' ' troubju uiua ovur tho natiini. I hivu
stroiiR bo-s that they will consent. Then, like
a sick child, Hawaii will bo Rlad to run and hide
III the broad bosom of Its inotlier Roveriiment.
How can it be upx,hod that troublo is roIiir to
result from 11 biR debt and free rum ? Thus! Tho
nation is like 1111 individual; if a man realizes a
thousand dollars a year from his exertlous, anil
borrousten thousand dollais by niortRauiuR all
his property, then all his income would ro to pay
the Iuiertst 011 his mortRaRo, nnd leave nothiiiu.
with which to supirt bis family. This would
probibly have to come out of the principal, nnd
whnt would be the end? That all his property
would lw wld to pay his debt, nnd ho be left with
out ilther hoiiheor land. And ho with the Haw
aiian nation, if they shall borrow ten millions of
dollars nnd squander it on forts, war vessels,
soldiers, and other playthiiiRs, and then when the
time comes to pay up the money, behold th.y nru
empty mid diwolate. Tho country will ro to tliu
Government that advanced the loan. And I think
that if the restrictions 011 liquor nre removed, it
will Rreutly help tho Ui sired end. for patriotism is
weak in n constant drunkard. He has only one
prominent Mission, that is for liquor, upon that is
I'll heart and his dependauco t ho that, while the
IlawniinuH nru at nresenL lealons of iIimIt imti..,. ,i
lude.endeuce, yet It tbey become 11 natlou oS.
drunkards, they will not vnlm. tho independence.
Noinoro Jealousy, no moru reRnts, no morn love
of country. 'J hoy ll Iki ready then to say, ' (live
1110 n drink of wliisky, Johnny, and I'll vote for
annexation oriiiithfnK else."' Ho will bn aceoin
plisheil tho stroiiR desire of tho foreiKners.
I hero is an ancient sayitiR, ' Whom tho cods
wish t destroy they first mnko mad," nnd so, Sir.
J-.ditor, I request) on to keep quiet; don't again
oppose the views of the Hawaiian people, nod
don t try to instruct them. Perhaps out of their
""'. "hall see somebody else beticlittod. It's
nn ill wind that blown nobody Rood. Yours,
From the Ilauall J'ar .Una.
Wo Imvo rend in the Itiimiiinn (Uiiein of Wed
nesday Inst, nn attempt to decry Dr. Fitch, on ac
count of tho Rroat number of natives who Ko to
the I)iH'iisary to In. treated by him, and because
thehoK has Ih-i-ii Riven that lie can cure lepers.
I hat journal insists that thero should bo an oiam -illation
of tho Rrnumls iiixni ivhii-h hiipIi a hope is
based, seeniR that I)r. Fitch is nn entire stranrer.
1.1 Wild,. Iwit.nvnr 41... .1 1 . '- .. '
-,- ;,,,"'" i--jiu unto Rreai con II-
denco. ben ho was asked what he proposed to
do, ho discarded the old system of treatment, and
Mini lie should try nn entirely new mode, now also
to himself. He should, he said, treat leprosy by
n method discovered by him. Ho did not think
he could cure leprosy, but he should treat for
syphilis, which wns tho cause of leprosy. The
l)octor opposi-d hnstu in bundliiiR off lepers to
Molokni without first tryinp remidies-semlfni'
them to the living tomb of Kalawao without nn
effort to cine them. And the journal in question
opposes the Doctor for causing a groat deal of
extwnse in the erection of the leper hospital at
r isliermau'H Point.
We are of the opinion thnt the is-ople will not
bediceiMsl in regard to this opposition by a cer
tain ring in the community, who haieiunde no
great- efforts in their time to treat this disease.
We Fhnll rejoice If n single lipcris cured by Dr.
J itch, or even parti illy cured, and returned to his
family. During tho tieriod when the doctors
whom this ucnspai-rsupxrtB weiein power, we
have never known tlio Hawaiian to crowd to them
for treatment. Hut when Dr. Fitch appeared, be
very sikiii became famous, and now I lie people
come to him from the reinoto districts to be treat
ed by him. Lepers who have heretofore bieu en
tirely hiddi n, now conn, forth and show them
selies to this doctor. From Hie commencement
of lus incumbency at the Disis-nsarv up to tho
present time, we cm say that Dr. Fitch has nd
luinistuiid twice as mm li midioiiio as the total
quantity that has bein glun by all tho doctors in
all the tnrspnst, in these Islands.
Wo trust that this attempt of the foreign journal
to injure Dr. Filch will result in bis inciiwHtcl
from the Kltlt J'oakolu.
Wnv SiL-KiiMNc It wnB with wonder nnd
amazement, niinuhd with disgust, that we read a
leading article in the opjiohitioii journal, the
Ga;rttt of Wednesday last. It makes nntruo
statements respecting what Dr. Fitch said lit n
meeting of physicians of this city held at thy
office of theAlinistir of the Intel ior. on tho hiib-It-Lt
of leprosy. Not satisfied with applying to Dr.
1'itcli terms of ridicule nnd detraction, that jonr
n il also assails hurt, inferenlinllj, as unfit to treat
leprosy, nud as not understanding what he talked
11 this styls of opposition, fault-finding and
conspiring of this foreign piper, is conspicuously
apparent its motile for raising its wiiieaml talk
ing against Dr. Fitch, it Is supporting n ring of
certain medical men in this city who nre jealous of
this doctor. This is n shameful state of things to
exist nuioug people of intelligence nnd good in
tentions nnd wlm ought, individually, to bo m
earnest for the welfare of tins nation.
For twenty years the management of the medi
cal dtpirtment of the (Joiernmcut has been in the
hands of this uu-dical ring, and they hao been
trustid without limit. They havo had in their
own hands full power as to medicines, nud ample
means hnvr been placed at their diesis il. llut
after the lnpo of many yeais, with ample time
and opportunity, and tlio expenditure of large
Hums of money. the KUIt proisiuuds to-day tills
question: Under all these fawir.iblo circum
stances, what, on their side, do they show as the
result ' Tho voice of lamentation comes from iln,
iiunii'rnnB grass-grown-ntttocKH or tne,,iHtiH, an
Hweriiig nbKuluUly Hothhiy! The inany.voiced
echoi-s of Kalawao say 1( u (tenth I From the
isle of the Joug-legged plover, mingled with the
sound of the surf and the doatu-wnjl, comes the
groan irr ihlttrl And eicrywhcre, from the
homes of our land, comes the complaining ory of
the tick; nick, tick
On the li'ith of February, a meeting of a numberS
of nntio gentlemen of prominence was hold at
the room of P.iigino Co. No. 4, for the pursso of
forming a sort of Political Club, or Association,
for the (llsc-.-ssiun of questions of national in
tercst. Hon. J. SI. Knpcirn was called to the chair
and Mr. J. U. Kiiiv.iiuui choieu Becrutary. The
Chairman stated thnt the coiitemiilaled objects of
the proposed Association were : I, The perpetua.
lion of the independence of the Hawaiian Uu em
inent; 'J, To cherish a spirit of loyalty to the
i hrono; a, To vigilantly Ruard the public health ;
I! 1I",ci'Keiiiciit of Industry nud Irndo; fl,
Public education ; , To foster u spirit of amity
with foieluncrs, and to maintain friendly relations
with foreign governments. A committer, con
Misting of Hon. J. K. Hush, II. W. Kawainul ami
John Sheldon, was chosen to prepare draft of con
stitatiou, Ac, nnd tn report nt n subsequent