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HONOLULU, I-f. I., MAY 24, 1SS4.
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Yellow fever I novy, raging tn Panama.
France refuse tn rciognbe the IgloIa gov
ernment in Peru.
'Hie revolution rumor In Maxim line been
'I licre is n general movement among Kngllsh
Inndlnid Ki reduce rents.
llufcia hs just iitgfitMtnl a ,75, 000,000
loin, for railway bulliliiig
Rich placer digging '''1Nd '''" struck in
Mnntanl, 1111 the YilluwMnniS.
An " antldioM " dull ha been started li)
mms Sari Francisco Democrats.,
A Siamese cmlnssy .1 In Washington,
studying machinery and ngrlrultiirc.
I'lie Italian International lixposltion was
opened In Turin, on tliuzfito ultimo.
Sinto Domingo has pasicd n law guarantee
ing (tea trailc vvilruhe Unilcil State.
Profiasor Virehow urge the compulsory
'examination of both Getmnn and American
pork. . ,
The OricnUl Ktnk, of Umdoti, !m failed.
There Is scry little American exchange in
volves!. A bill ltgvlilng immage with a deceased
vyife's sister passed the I'nglish Ilouseof Com
monsj on the 6th instant.
A sum ol $250,cco has lieen approprwted for
the improvtment of navigation in the Sacra
mento ami Feather river.
The Mcxician Government has modified
the rerenlly parsed obnoxious "stamp act" mi
as to give general satisfaction.
An outbreak of slaves in Vargan, Urazil, is
rcporteil. Don l'eilro's "gradual tmancipa
lion" is not all smooth siihng.
Iheilccrc.Teofthc)ublicdcl)l of the United
States during April was $5,231,075; decrea.se
since June 30, 1SS3,. $87,06 1,474.
The extra session ol the Cahformi legisla
ture Ins closed, Nothing of importance ac
complished. It wain-had legislature.
Klder Gibson will be pleased to learn that
"a Mormon missionary has been condemned
to one month's imprisonment in Vienna. "
Two southerners threaten to light a duel
alxiut some flowers that were given to one of
them, a long time ago, by Mrs. Jeff Davis. 1
'I he failure of Grant and Ward (Cram
meaning General Grant's sons) does not tiled
the gciicfal's income from the Grant "fund."
Gladstone's African (Kgvptian) policy was
upheld by vote of the llritish Hotlsc 5f Com
' mum after an exciting debate on the 12th in
stant. Many house painters of Sau I'rancisco struck
or $3.50 a day on the 15th instant. The
strike was settled by allowance of the wage
The powder magazine at Sail Antonio Point,
in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, exploded 01:
29th ultimo, killing 29 anil wounding marl)
, too pel sons.
The lUsex has reached Yokohama, having
on boatd Captain Morris and the crew of the
American ship Ranicr, lost a( the Marshal
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Kate Cnitlclnti the actress whose "Pop"
Ins taken Han I'ranrlsro by 'tnim was unified
(inly this month to Manager Phllipp of the
" Pop" combinition.
Soin has proposed to sell Cuba to Mex
ico The latter country wants to pay in
Ixinds. Spain wants the United Stale In
guarantee those bonds.
'I he forest lire hive begun early this year ;
In New York arid Peiiniylvanli, nearly half a
million dollar's north of standing timber was
destroyed early this month.
A very fishy story comes from Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, to the effect that a Pittsburger
his Invented a process for making solidified
whiskey to be iisetl like plug tobacco.
The Corwin, a United-States revenue cut
ter, has gme to Alaska, to explore a large
river discovered last year by Lieutenant Story.
A land exploration is about to be undertaken.
Another tiriff bill vva introduced in Con
gress on the nth instant by Hewitt of Niw
York. If "passes! as drawn it will reduce revc
enue from custom duties alxwt $60,000,000 a
Russia, Germany ami Austria arc discussing
common measures looking te the supervision of
the production and sale of dangerous ex
plosives. Ungland and Prance arc not invited
The vicinag" of Dayton, Washington Tern
lory, was visiled by a cyclone late last month,
which destroyed many lives and a vast amount
of proper!), but passel by thctownof Dayton,
doing no damage.
1 he corner stone of the new Odd Fellow's
Hall in'San Fraucisco, to be erected on the
southwest corner of Seventh and Market
streets, was laid on the I (III instant with
'It is is reported lint Ring Humbert has
commissioned' Ismael Pasha, ex-Khedive of
1'gypt, to.coiilerwith Ungland, Austria and Ger
many, with a wish to place Italy on an equal
ity with the Trench in the Kgvptian discus
sion. An Arab journal affirms that KI Mahdt de
mands .500,000 ransom for General Gordon,
the sum to be jiaid within three months. As
General Gordon was safe in Kahr'iiurri at last
advices the Mahdi seems rather ahead of his
Friendly relations lietwccn France and .Mo
rocco arc "ruptured, on eccount of the refusal
of the authorities of Morocco to dismiss the
Governor of Wazan at the demand of the
French representative. The French legation
hauled dow n the llag.1
Ilaron Von Kiscndecker, who has represented
the German Government at Washington for
many years, has received n ilKpatch informing
him of his transfer to Iladen, and the appoint
ment of Van Alvenstclcn, now Minister at the
Hague, to succeed him.
A dispatch from Heme, Switzerland, dated
May 1 nil, says ; "The general elections re
suited in a full conservative victory. All the
government measures, including the one pro
skiing for an incieasc of salary of the minister
tn the United Stales, were rejected."
The Pall Mall Gazette, in an'article under
the head. line, "Disgrace and Something More,"
sayst "the Government, after having compelled
General .'iuon to commit his Khartoum
friends lo support him, now suggest the climax
of n eanncs, thaihe slullabandon hi friend "
The North German Gaelte of llcrlin, com
menting uvn the recognition by the United
Slate of the African Association of Congo,
askm Who and what i this Association? Its
statute arc not published, and it is not even
known whether it possesses any corporate right.
Who is the Association in the eye of the law?
I'rom whom ha it acrpiircd it rights?"
The I'nglish Government has tent an order
lo Cairo directing that the recommendation of
Captain Molincux, in hisreccnt report to urvty
the Uppr Nile, which wa that railway be
constructed by the Knghth GoTcrnmenl, be
yond Wadvhalfa, be executed. The plant for .
ihe road will be sent from Cairo at the carhest
practicable moment. 'I he construction of
seventy miles of the road will be hastened, so
that it may be made available for the autumn
France has gained more inTonuinthin she
chimed. The Official Journal publishes the text
of the Franco-Chinese convention. China en
gages to recognize the present and any future
treaties that may be made between France and
Anim. In view of the conciliatory view tak
en by China and the patriotic wisdom of I.i
Hung Chang, France abandons all claim to
indemnity for losses suffered during the trou
bles between the two nations. China con
sen) to freedom of trade between Anam,
France and China, for the establishment of
which a treaty of coinm;rc'e will shortly be
y Washington dispatch dated May lab, say s:
"The revenue reformers were defeated in the
House to-day, and the enacting clause of the
Morrison tariff bill was struck out by a vote of
159 to 155. This vote ends the tariff agitation
for the next twclveanonttisat least, renders an
adjournment of Congress by the 25th pf June
probable, and ovirtuins the Democratic pro
gramme for the Presidential campaign oti the
free trade idea. Forty-one Democrats voted
with the Republicans to strikeout the enacting '
cl mse of the bill. Four Republicans Nelson,
White, Straght and Wakefield of Minnesota
voted with the Democrats to further consider
the measure, and two Republicans Anderson
and James who voted originally to take up'
Ihe bill, returned to the party fold and sup
ported the motion to strike out the enacting
When the Alameda left San Francisco a
financial panic prevailed In New York. The
YiHard failure last winter, followed by the
Keene failure and the failure of Grant & Word
last month, has resulted in some heavy calls
on leading New York stock 0erators and
heavy run on prominent New York banks.
On the 13th instant the failure began, A San
Francisco papsr says: "Those who remem
ber the failure of the llank of California can
realize the situation. The cases are nearly
parallel. A wild panic ensued and houses fell
like leaves in Valkimbrnsa, O. M. Isogart i:
Co., an old bouse, dealing more largely in
mercantile paper tlian in stocks, whose line of
loans wa probably never less I ban $2,000,000,
went overboard. Hatch 1 Foots, who must
not c confounded with Fiik .1 Hatch or with
Rufus Hatch, followed suit. Nelson Rob
inson, son of Daniel Drew's old partner, a
young man who started with $500,000, and
Donncll, Iiwsori & Co., rt very conservative
house, which was Ihe New York agent for
nearly all tilt liank in Wyoming, Montana
and Idaho, were next to go, A swarm of small,
concerns followed. As urually happen, the
lock exchange became paralyzed. It was
imosiblc to sell anything. Men failed yc-s
tcrday who arc perfectly solvent, simply
because the prevailing alarm was such ih't
they could not realize on their assets. It will
be olncrved that whereas in 1857, in i860 ami
1X73, the panic was precipitated by a scarcity
of money and abnorminally high rate of inter
est, nothing of the kind market! the panic1 yes
tcrkay. Money is and of late alway lias been
very easy and very cheap In Wall street. The
difficulty i not to get money it is to get
securities on which people will lend."
Intrrrlrtr trllh CohuhI MriteL
The reporter who interviewed Mr. Hermann
Meuel, German Cunsul at Tahiti, recently here
in transit, obtained the follow irg notes. There
are in the whole group of island aliout 40,000
and on Tahiti about 8,090, and among these
about 500 Chinese, who in his opinion arc a
benefit to the country, as they serve as middle
men, gathering up produce in the country and
selling to the merchants, doing menial work
and carrying on small businesses tht are use
ful. Theopium monopoly- there Is in the hands
of a Chinaman who pay $17,000 license. He
thinks the best way for this government to
manage the opium question is to grant a license,
but put it at $150,000 per year, which he
think would be paid, Mr. Meuel is also presi
dent of one of the largest business house in Ta
hiti and he states I hat they with other butl
tess houses are try mg to secure a steamship
line between Tahiti and Honolulu and have it
connect to the O. S. S. Company, and there
by bring Tahiti into communication with these
islands and secure more rapid transit to the
coast, and instead of making the voyage of
4,ooomilcs in 40 days, as it is now, they could
make it in 24 days The French government,
lo which Tahiti belongs, has offered a sulisidy
of $30,000 er annum for this proposed line.
Mr. Meuel brought by the schooner Gustav 06,
000 oranges and 21,000 cocoancts and has
purchased a cargo of sugar and molasses to
Mr. Mcucl would tike to send by the Gustav
a load of Portugese lalxirers if he could secure
them, as there are not enough Clones- in Tahi
li to do their work and no more are allowed
lo be brought there. Mr. Meuel, wife and
three children went by the Mariposa on Thurs
day to San Francisco, ami from tiiere they
will proceed to Europe to lie gone six months.
His intention is to purchase a full line of
machinery in CLugow for a large sugar mill
An old resident of Tahiti, now in Honolulu,
tells a di fluent story. For fifteen year he
Used in Tahiti and had ample oppoilunily to
study the effect of Chinese competition in the
trade of Papeete. He says the steady under
selling of Chinese trailers has driven white
merchants to the wall; that it has been going
on for the lost twelve vcaif, or since the break
ing upof the: cotton plantations of 1S72, which
ait off a large share of the export production
of the country and at the same time released
from labor contracts several hundred Chinese,
'who immediately went info 'local trade. He
say that in the last twelve years the profits of
white merchants have declined to practically
nothing, lie sees the same Inevitable result
here unless Chinese immigration tothese islands
be st, controlled that Chinese shall be piohib
ited from engaging in trade.