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"HE MAUI NEWS-
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15,1908
The Advertiser on
The Advertiser in an Editorial n
tlic discussion of tlic manner in
which Sunday should he ohscrved,
makes the following sensible coni
mcnts. Two momWrs of the editorial staff
of The Friend are at outs in print
over the question of Sunday amuse
ments. Lnst month, the editor-in-chief,
Dr. Seuddeiv venture! 1 to say
that "A stroll in God's open air, n
horseback ride, a drive, a refreshing
swim, a game of golf, itself the acme
of quiet exercise, hasehall, who will
dare to set a limit and declare one
to he a sin and the others innocent?
We live in a day when honest men
will endure no fogging of issues. The
Church can no longer say 'this or
that is tabu' unless there is a clear
moral distinction between the things
forbidden and those tolerated. Sun
day has two reasons for being, both
fundamental. The first is the need
of rest. The second is the necessity
for social worship. Jlf a man is con
fined closely within doors six days
every week, the physical demand for
rest will "force him to take outdoor
recreation on Sunday."
This does not sound incendiary
but it has drawn from the Rev. Ora
mcl H. Guliek, associate editor of
The Friend, on expression of "deep
regret" that Dr. Sctidder should
have been guilty of teachings so con
trary to the "commands. of God as
given in the Old Testament", and so
out of harmony "with the teachings
of the New Testament" and so "sub
versive of the teachings of those
who so effectually planted thcgosix l
seed upon these islands."
We are inclined to think that the
Christian laity of this generation
will agree with Dr. Seudder. To
them the Old Testament, as a re
pository of faith and morals and es
pecially of doctrine, is chiefly inte
resting as a milestone from which
Christian progress may be measured.
The Old Testament , with its precept
of an eye for an eye and a toothy for
a tooth; its glorification of strong
. drink for those who would "forget
their poverty;" its C!od of human
imperfections; its superstition and
barbarism, gave way, did it not, to
the religious dispensation which is
embraced in the New Testament?
To cite it as a guide of conduct now,
save in respect to the ten command
ments of Moses, is dangerous busi
ness ; and even these commandments
as rules of discipline governing a
. nomadic tribe of the desert must not
now 1m? taken, outside of certain in
hibitions which rest upon basic
principles of right and wrong, too
seriously. It was necessary for
Moses as lawgiver of hijj wandering
people, to forbid crime, to promote
health and to secure a specified and
regular day of rest, hence -his code
of rules; but we no longer believe
that any harm to religion, to Chris
tianity or to one's prospects of
. future life, could come through a
broad and liberal interpretation of
such commandments as are not
essential to a life different from that
which it was best for the followers
of Moses to lead. For example, it
was not wise, in view of Israclitish
superstitions, to let the tribe make
any graven image or any likeness of
anything in heaven, earth or sea.
That was because the tribe might
kneel and worship it; -but we of
modern times are in no such pcVd
and many surround ourselves, with
out harm to our conceptions of the
Deity, with statues, paintings anil
carven wood.. As to Sunday obser
vance, if we uo not work at our
usual occupations on that day, we
do not violate the commandment;
though even if we should so laWr,
we might find warrant for it in tin
newer gospel dispensation of a Sub
bath for which man is not madi
but which is made for mini.
As for the theology of those who
planted the gospel in these island;
' it could not lie preached today in its
entirety without closing every cvuu
gelieal church in Honolulu for lack
.of support. No minister worth hear
nig could lie foiiml to tench it; no
audience in full itosscssion of its
Are Big Gainers.
Honolulu, August 7. TIip Terri
tory of Hawaii lost every pineapple
tax npeal case on the Island ot
Oaln. The decision in the appeals
of the Wahiawa Pineapple Co..
Honolulu Packing Co.. IVnrl City
Packing Co., and the Hawaiian
Pineapple Co , was handed down
this morning by the Tax Appeal
Court, which is made up of James
F. Morgan, chairman; Walter F.
Dillingham, and .1. F. Brown. In
rendering the decision the court
takes occasion to shun the last Le
gislature right royally by infer
ences. The decisions of the Tax Appeal
Board means a matter of many
thousands of dollars as all the
pineapple land is now exempt from
taxation. The Territory held that
only forty acres were exempt.
"The appellants in these .cases
ch.ini that under the existing laws
of the Territory, nil property used
in the production of pineapples is
exempt from taxation except as to
lind in excess of forty acres, the
Tax Ase-ssor holding that the
amended act as passed April 17th,
1907, was intended to exempt from
taxation only forty acres of land
and euc.j other property as is act
ually and solely-used and necess
ary to properly cultivate such forty
acres; that such exemption doe
not include carnitines, and applies
only to property used in the pro
duction of the raw product. The
view of the Tax Assessor, however,
this court cannot take.
"The wording of the law is clear
and the court cannot go back of the
law itself to find intentions not ex
pressed therein ."
. "Section 1223 of the Revised
Laws as amended . . . provides
that for live years from Dee.. 31st,
1907, all property, real and person
al, solely and actually in use in
the production of pineapples (and
other specified products) shall be
exempt from taxation thereon; the
only exception to this is the pro
viso, 'That such exemption shall
not apply to any land in excess of
forty acres so used by any one per
son, firm, or corporation in the cul
tivation and production of pine
apple.' Whatever the Legislature
meant, this is what it said, and the
only question that appears neceS'
sary for further consideration is
whether the exemption applies, as
claimed by Tax Assessor, only to
the raw product, and not to can
neries and machinery uspd for later
disposition of the raw product."
The court thus disposes of the
appeals, and the Territory is the
oser, while the pine men are con
siderably richer by the decision.
THE CANNY SWEETHEART.
A Scotchman, wishing to know
lis fate at once, telegraphed a pro-
jiosal of marriage to the lady of his
choice. Afti r spending the entire
lay at the tele graph ollice lie was
finally rewarded late m the evening
by an affirmative answer:
"If 1 were you," suggested the
operator when he delivered the mes
sage, "I'd think twice before 1
marry a girl that kept me waiting
all day for my answered."
"Na, na, retorted the Scot. "The
lass who waits for the night rates is
the lass for me." Everybody's.
SHARP AND SCRATCHY.
"We didn't let our furnished
house to the Dillinghams."
"That oldest Dillingham girl is
wearing short sleeves and she's got
clWws that would dent the hard
of hardwood furniture."
senses could be gathered to receive
it. The higher criticism, following
the instinct of both pew and pulpit
and the beliefs of men of modern
education, has done away with
theology which came of the Round
heads of England and had littl
more nlation to the spirit of tl
Christian religion, as Christ taught
it, than had the. Old Dispensation
in a Deadlock.!
llilo, August 7. At a meeting of
Board of Sucrvisors Wedics-
l.v, August , it was announced
iat a sum approximately SoO.OOO
was credited to the County Road
und, as a result of the half yearly
ttlement with Auditor Fisher. A
candidate for a road inspectorship
the Puna district having Itccn
pointcd by a majority vote against
wishes of Supervisor Supe, that
gentleman left the meeting. The
pportionment of the County Road
Fund will be dell with later, as the
unexpected withdrawl of Supervisor
Siipe created a deadlock, Todd, Ka-
liwaa and Purdy alligning against
Shipman Woods, ami Kcaki. Woods
has fled to the volcano, Shipman is
tired to the seclusion of home,
ind Keaki has executed a baflling
materializing stunt. Messrs. Todds
Kalaiwaa and Purdy are ready to
transact official busineess and spend
money in their own districts, but
bile Supe, Woods, Shipman and
eaki are absent pondering over
ie" situation, a quorum is lmpos-
The Tree is a large chunk of
ood fringtd with Leaves. When
you see Trees in a crowd, you call
them a For-est.
Tree at first sight appear to be
taking things eas-y, yet the ful-fill
use-ful mis-sion. If there were
no Trees, thousands of little Boys
and Girls would be un-able to re
cite "Woodman, spare that Tree "
Be-sides this, Trees are use-ful as
o-tels for Birds and to catch Bal-
loon-ists in '
There are many kinds of Trees,
Cest-nut 1 rees.
Sol-diers Tree by Kip-ling.
Chest-nut Trees are of sev-er-al
kinds, the. best known be-ing Harp
Fam-i-ly Trees are also of sev-
cr-al kinds, and are fun-ny because
of a Man's great-great-grea'-great-
great-grand-father was hanged, the
Man is proud of il, while if there
are any sus-pend-ed ones on
branches low-er down the Man is
much a-shanied of it.
Shoe Trees are used in-stead of
Feet to fill Shoes with. Cu-ri-ous-
ly, they nev-er suf-fer from Corns,
Soldiers Tree is not a re-al Tree,
but a branch of lit-er-a ture.
frees are clothed with Bark,
which has giv-en rise to many de-lect-able
jests about the Dog Tree.
Little Boys and Girls 'should a-
gree among themselves to lead a
Pus-sy Wil-low and Dog Tree life.
LESSON II THE GRASS.
Grass is the Earth's Hair. Where
the Earth has a bald spot it is
called a Des-ert or a cit-y Park.
It is hard to in duce Grass to
grow in a field, but it flour-ish-es
in gar-den paths and a-long the
road-bed of the Erie.
Grass is very use ful to horses.
cows, sheep, goats, etc., which use
it for breakfast food, al-though it
is not adver-tised. Neb-u thad
nezzar al-so ate Grass, but even
though he was a King he couldn't
make it non-u-lar. It is easier to
wait un-til the Cow eats it and then
eat the Cow.
The Grass soon-er or lat-er si
lent-ly marches over the great-cst
cities and takes pos-ses-siou of the
strong-est fort-rcs-ses, which shows
that anv one can get even if he
waits long e-nough.
Little Boys and Girls who live
in big cit-ies can always tell Grass
by this mark:
A SIMPLE REMEDY.
My cocoa s cold, sternly an
nounced the gruff old gentleman to
his fair waitress.
"Put your hat on," sin: sweetly
suggested." Harper's Weekly.
is Going Ahead.
I Tib , August 7. Preparations
arc Wing rushed in connection with
the construction of the breakwah-r.
The grading on the two branch line s
necessary to transport the roe'', to
the starting point of the work is
finished. One of these roads will
run from Puna to Kapoho quarry,
and the other starts from a point on
the main line near Waiakea to the
initial point of the breakwater.
In the meantime thousands of
ties are being made in the tibia
forests, and the rails are expected
by the 2Sth of tne month. Hiloitc s
ire rejoiced to know that it is only
p IIP. jll
a matter ol a lew wccks iK'iore aeuiai
work on the project which is destin-
cd to place the city on an equal foot-
ing with any Pacific seaport as far
as safe ami commodious harlior an-
borage is concerned, will be under
Another matter which the llilo
Railroad is tuning up and which is
lbout decided on is the use of oil in
its locomotives in place of the coal word quickly to tear open the
which is used for fuel at present, shirts from over the throbbing
It is U'lieved that a considerable bosoms and apply their stetlios
saving can be made in this manner copes. Minutes passed and the
and in all probability a contract for
oil will lie made .in the near future
and the locomotives will have oil
The work in preparing for the
camp of the laborers at the. Puna
quarries has been practically com-
pleted and great care will he 'taken
to see that all sanitary precautions
may not le neglected. A water
supply, is of course, one other
greatest essentials and arrangements
have been completed and a full sup-
ply of pure water is now Wing piped
to the camp location.
Tobacco business on Hawaii
must be picking up these days, for
the Kona Tobacco Company has
written to Walter F. Drake, Collect
or of Internal Revenue, asking that
he furnish them with instructions
as to the handling of leaf tobacco
in conformity with the regulations
of the Revenue Department. This
is the company which Jared Smith,
formerly of the Experiment Station
here, has charge of, and it is loeat-
d at Keokea, Hawaii, in South
Kona. Collector Drake is sending
i large book of revenue regulations
which will give them all the infor
BIG THOUGHT IN
llunr.lity never hides when duty
In the end size is wholly a matter
of the soul.
t.od never neglects even those who
reject Hi in.
Likes and looks have seldom led
to success in life.
Nothing silences the scoffer quick
er than silence
The darker the day the clearer
the call for you to shine.
The heavenly city waits for the
The way to make the Wst of any
liuaiion is io iikikc n ot iiei .
Yon will never have what Voll like
until you learn to like what you
Every man may be measured by
the" wav that he rcsimuds to the de-
mauds of a great need.
Henry V. Cope, in Sundad School
NOT WORTH THE PRICE.
The most heartless man lives in
St J. weiih. e turned no ,,
dentist's ollice the other day, the
(!!. tte savs. I want to make an
apix.intincnt for 3 o'clock," he
Uliiit'n tie matter." nsL-1-i
ilw. dentist " t's a bad tooth.
with three prongs," the man re-
' ' T ..iii t il.-., t hilt i mi
by giving gas," the dentist remark
i'tl nit it. uill cost voll more.
It will save much pain." The man
1 ... . . V .
thoimht for a few minutes, then re
mavked that he iruesse. hias won dn't
1... n..., ss:irv. " All ritdil." tl,,.
dentist replied again. "Will von
W lu re at . o clock fcharp?"' Me?
Oh, mv, no. The apiiointment is
for my wife." Kansas City Star.
Went to Doatli.
San Francisco, Aug. 1. There
was the slashing of a single cord
in the execution room of San (Jucn
t in prison yesterday morning and
side by side John Siemsen ami
Louis Dabner shot through thr
traps of a doublegallows toeternity
There was no sound save the
chanting of priests to break the
awesome stillness as the hangman's
hand was raised in signal that the
final instant had come no last
word of good by from the lips of
either of the men condemned
simply the swish of f illing traps.
the tightening of hempen ropes.
i.i 1 .t
and me lives oi tne gas-pine tnur-
Mirers had been snuffed out.
A sparrow circled through the
rafters of the silent room a
prisoner seeking vainly for some
escape from the chamber of death.
lieiow swung two macK hooded,
limp forms. The souls had left
the bodies, but still the hearts
pulsed on, and doctors rushed for-
murmur of voices began to fill the
room. Twelve, thirteen, fourteen
minutes ticked away, and then the
doctors turned from -Dabner. The
last of life had ebbed from his
body. Thirty seconds more, and
Siemsen, too, was pronounced
dead The doors of the chamber
were thrown open and the sparrow
darted out'td freedom,
Close to the scaffold from which
hung the lifeles? bodies stood
Henry Behrend, the jeweler who
so nearly met, at the hands of the
murderers the same fate that thy
had dealt to three others, but whose
terriflic battle with them resulted
in their capture and brought to an
enJ tl,e "'g" of terror years ago,
At Behrend s back was a doctor
for the jeweler has been ill and
grave fears were felt over the pos
sible effect the excitement might
have on him, but the services of
the physician were not needed.
Behrend never removed his eyes
from the forms before him, but he
spoke aloud to those nearest him.
"I'm glad they're tin-re. It's
better their lives than mine, and
God knows I foitght with them
once to sec which it should be," he
said. "Yes, I'm satisfied now. I
wanted to see them handed. I'm
deaf. That's wliat Dabner did to
me. He heat me over the head
with an iron bar until I lost mv
healing forever ami nearly lost my
life. Oil, J 'in glad to see them
hanging there bv their m-ck-". I'm
sorrv tor their people ves out
uV i-is'iee and it's satisfaction to
nie. I'm betlei alive. Thev an
better dead. But I never want to
see another man h.meed never!
i n rUn away from it. I best two,
though I'm glad they're .there
At a little distance from Blirend
anil those with him stood another
ground, it was a group ot little
men with swarthy complexions,
and in every brown face was the
glint of satisfaction. Thev were
die Japanese friends of M. Muna-
the banker whose life was
bodies w-re swinging from the gal-
lows. A. Sasaki, (lie cashier of the
Kimmon Ginko bank, who came
near death at the assassins' hands
at the tine of the iWunakata mill
der, was not there, for he is ill with
typhoid fever, but his uncle, II
Kubota, was present, and with
him rrnrp Omwlil tii.in.rnl - lvniL-o
r..,nrna sidmn .maidm.t ,.f i!
Japanese Association ol America;
a iiumoer oi Japanese newspaper
correspondents, and others of M u-
naisaia s race.
!- ll-l 1,1
iemscn anu lMoncr iaeeu jne
e 'union oi linn ui mi-r- no no
I i . . i i
spoKen piea lor mercy ai ine emi,
but as they mounted tie; Hi steps
r to the gallows their faces were
I : . i e 1 .1... .. l :.l. :
"emier iacm mmi u-i stoicism.
- Menisen spoke the only word that
wrt uueici nyeiuu r irom in
time they left their d. ath cells. As
reached the foot of the gallow
steps his glance fell on Dr. ah
Stone, resident physician of tin
prison, and he muttered scarcely
audibly, two syllables "good-by."
From the cells of the condemned
it was but oU paces, through the
srreat sU-d doorway, to the foot of
the sciiffoid. and on the stroke of
10 o'clock the doors relied open
md Warden Hoyle euteml. lead
ing tin- march ot death. fathers
Wabh and Callopy, in full vest
ments, followed, chanting th ser
vi( e of death, and then came Hang
man I-rank Atimgast. Uahner
walked iietwecn intards liurieson
and Moore and behind them were
Hangman Kneeland and Siemsen,
between Guards Clark and Sulli
van. A" t ot! doonii (l men reached
the tallows plaifonn they had but
a fleeting instant to look into the
faces tunnel up to them from be
The faces of both men were
white and both half leaned upon
the guards for support. Seimsen
was led to Dahner's right. The
falling of two blaok hoods hid the
terror in their faces from the sijiht
of everv onlooker. The hangman's
nooses slipped about their throats,
straps encircled their legs. Dah
ner's arms twitched convulsively
beneath the thong's that bound
them Siemsen seemed to be
trembling. Then the hangman's
hand was raised.
The flesh of the hanging bodies
turned slowly to a tit,t of bluish
gray, and 14 minutes from the
time the trap was sprung Dabner
was pronounced lead. Siemsen's
death came 30 seconds later. The
execution room was cleared as
quickly as possible and the bodies
of the murderers were cut down
into rough coffins.
Siemsen and Dabner died friends.
The silence that has marked their
every association from the day
when Dabner confessed their
crimes, was broken by Siemsen
Thursday night, and before they
were taken to the execution cham
ber yesterday the men shook hands
and conversed together for several
minutes. Th dr conversation was
meant for no other ears than their
own. inev shook nanus thev
mutually forgave and they parted
At the last Dabner talked but
little ond showed no emotion.
Siemsen, or. the other hand, talk-
constantly to the members of the
death watch, and yesterday morn
ing was whistling in his cell
whistling a song whose .words are
tragically apt " Somewhere. "
Each of the condemned men was
ziven a quart of whisky on Thurs
day night, but neither of them
drank much of the liquor and both
slept late yesterday morning. They
breakfasted on steak, ham and eggs
and coifee, of which both partook
heartily, and then while Dabntr
sat idly in his cell, Siemsen finish
ed tin-diary he had been keeping
since being placed in the condemn
Dabner used none of the invita
tions to the hanging allowed him'
for distribution, but Siemsen Bent
his to his former attorneys. For
two hours early in the morning
the condemned men were in com
pany with the prison priests, and
then Siemsen did the last act of
his life he wrote a long personal
letter to his mother and sisters in
Dabner and Sismsen were guilty
of and confessed to three murders.
The bodies of Debrier and Siem
sen were removed from the peniten
tiary during the afternoon and
taken to an undertaking parlor in
Rafael. An examination
there showed that the scaffold had
lone its work well, both necks be
ing cleanly broken.
Leo Dabner made all arrange
ments for his brother' burial and
the interment will take place to
morrow morning at Mount lanial
pais cemetery in San Rafael. Thero
was considerable doubt as to what
wou'd be done with Siemsen's
body. No one had come forward
to claim it up to late last? night,
but there was a report that friends
of the executed man's mother, liv
ing in California, had volunteered
to bury it.
A morbid crowd gathered around
ihe undertaking parlors as soon as
i: became known that the bodies
were there, but none, except those
direct! v interested, were allowed to