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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1909
San Francisco Says we
Will Consider Alsop claims
THE MAUI NEWS
Honolulu, November 27. Was
the late unlamentcd female rock
scientist Wallaeh wise in his own
ignorance when he announced that
he hail discovered that certain
diseases in Hawaii was caused by
"hookworms?'' Does the festive
hookworm really and truly lux
uriate in the soil of these Islands,
and is the parasite the true cause
of laziness here? Is the hookworm
indigenous to Hawaii, or is laziness
indigenous and a natural condition
which is not to be laid up against the
'"bug" which scientists have recent
ly discovered is the cause of the
lassitude of many of the inhabi
tants of the Southern States?'-
There are a few questions that
are suggested by a San Krancisco
despatch to several Eastern papers
to the effect that Hawaii is infest
ed by the hookworm and has even
sent it to California to increase the
lassitude of the inhabitants of the
San Francisco admits that she
has hookworm'. But she says it
is not her fault, they came from
Hawaii. However, she generously
admits that the hookworm is not a
native of these Islands but was
brought here from Porto Rico when
laborers were imported from that
island. Also. San Francisco, ac
cording to the eastern advices from
that place, claims that she got
hookworms from Porto Rieans who
deserted Hawaii for the metropolis
of the west coast.
Dr Herbert !unn, of San Fran
cisco, says that he has treated
more than one hundred cases of
hookworm in that city and knows
of at least one death that is to be
attributed to the parasite. The
disease, he says, has not been
known to exist in California, ex
cept in very rare instances, until
four years ago. A colony of
laborers born in the West Indies
came to California from Hawaii
and forty-five per cent of them
were found to be seriously affected.
The doctor even goes to the length
of saying that the fact that Porto
Rican labor in Hawaii did not
prove to be all that it was hoped
it would is done to the fact that
many of the laborers had hook
worms and wereconsequently lazy
Dr. (iunn further says mat many
of the soldiers of the Philippines
and travelers and business men
from the Orient have returned
afflicted with lnokworms.
Does the hookworm really exist
in Hawaii? There seems to be a
difference of opinion. Some of the
physicians of Honolulu state em
tihaticallv that it does not: others
say it does'.
"You can not deny too strong
ly," says Doctor Mackall. '.'that
there are anv hookworms here. I
never met one and 1 am sure no
body else ever did. There is noth
ing whatever in that yarn."'
"There are no hookworms here,
of that I am sure," said Doctor
Hobdv. "You need not hesitate
to deny that story.''
'1 think those Caluornians are
full of prunes instead of hook
worms," said Doctor Wayson
1 III ) !'' II HID J 1 Win
"But," added Doctor Wayson,
"the hookwom does exist in Ha
waii. I have treated a number of
cases of the disease. Hut it is oiily
to be found among the Porto
. Hieans. They brought it with
them from their former home. The
worm does not exist in the soij of
this country and I do not know of
any cases among white people.
"So far as I know the orientals
are not affected. I do not know
whether they are susceptible to the
disease or not, but I have not heard
of any cases among them.
"It is true that we have hook
worms Here, but it is all nonsense
Santiago, Chile, November 27.
After endless procrastination over
taking action towards settling the
Alsop claims the Chilean govern
ment has consented to accept the
arbitration of King Edward VII.
in regard to the mutter and a com
paratively speedy settlement is expected.
At the present time the United
States consulates are closed-as that
government refused to continue
liplomatic correspondence as long
as Lime continued her dilatory
tactics. It is expected that they
will be reopened.
In 1874 the Alsop company of
New York and Connecticut ad
vanced large sums of money to the
Bolivian government in exchange
for the right to operate valuable
guano deposits and other conces
sions in that country.
The government contracted to
return a portion of the loan from
the receipt of customs at the port
of Arica, before the contract could
be fullfilled, Bolivia lost Arica and
the adjoining district to Chile in
In 1885. following representa
tions bv the American state de
partment, Chile agreed to assume
the obligations of Bolivia to the
Alsop company. She has never,
however, made good her promise
and the matter has been the sub
ject of diplomatic negotiations ever
since. 'Hie claim now amounts to
more than $1,500,000.
It was stated in oflicial circles
here that this country was willing
to submit the Alsop case to arbitra
tion, but that the United Statff
government asked her to omit
bringing before the arbiter what
Chile considered the most, impor
tant argument in defense of her
Alsop claimants have not pre
sented any petitions to the Chilean
courts since 15)00, the date of the
Washington convent ion, and, there
fore, it is argued that it is not be
cause of Chile's lack of willingness
that the claim lias not been ex
amined under competent jurisdic
local Inventor has
Received some Offers.
Honolulu, November 27. Chris
tian Tuck, the local inventor of
the "power-developing" machine,
which he says will revolutionize
certain classes of machinery, has
received by the Alameda mail in
quiries from mainland manufac
turers in regard to his patent.
They state they have perused the
patent papers ind now wish for
further particulars, and ask him to
set a price, saying they may wish
to purchase same. He expects in
a short time to put his patent to
to say that California got hers
from us If she has hookworms,
she cot them from the East, not
from these Islands."
And so it stands. Some say we
have 'em and some say we haven't.
If we have, maybe we'll get a slice
of that million-dollar donation
made by John D. Rockefeller for
the suppression of the hookworm
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