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WAELUKU, MAUI, H. T., SATURDAY. JANUARY 13, 1912
The Benefits of New Scale to be
Which if Proven May Revolutionize
the. Sugar Industry.
Tlie new unci increased wage scale
decided upon by the sugar planters'
association and affecting the sugar
industry of the entire Territory, is
oven more fur-reaching than at first
supposed. It lias been learned that
the schedule as announced ail in
crease of pay for all ordinary day
laborers on an 818 a month basis to
$20 a month, and a sliding scale
bonus system is simply a mini
mum scale, and that individual
plantations and managements can,
and some will, extend the applica
tion of the bonus to much higher
paid employes than those affected
by the minimum scale.
' The sliding scale bonus just
adopted applies to all laborers re
ceiving $24 a month or under and
working at least twenty days a
month for twelve months. This,
however, does not restrict planta
tions which wish to reward em
ployes receiving more than 824 a
month, and it is reported that one
big group of plantation will find the
benefits of the bonus extended to
laborers getting much more than
As a matter of fact, a $24 a
month man would under some con
ditions be getting more, with the
'addition of his bonus, than a man
on a higher regular wage scale who
did not get the bonus in years of
high sugar, and the inequalities of
such a system are apparent to some
of the big sugar men, who, by
making it certain the new scale is a
.minimum and not a maximum,
are preparing to equalize the bene
fits of high sugar throughout their
Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors met for
their monthly meeting Wednesday.
Routine business occupied the atten
tion of tho board on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the matter of signing
a new contract with tho Island
.Electric Company, which has taken
over tho franchiso of the Maui
Electric company, came up for con
sideration. At the last meeting of the board,
a new contract wus presented, but
tho board objected to several of tho
clauses therein, and the matter was
referred to tho county attorney's
department for adjustment.
The correspondence between the
', county attorney and Mr. Bond,
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ueau oi me isuuiu investment, com
pany, was read, in which Mr. Bond
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for what he terms his arbitrary atti-
tude in the matter. This accusa
tion seems to bo absolutely unjust
and unfounded, as the county at
torney and tho board of supervisors
to a man, express themselves as be
ing most desirous to do anything
.trifl.in rnnDAii it enmirn AinM.vir.if v
They, however, express themselves
just as strongly against signing any
contract, which they think will bo
to the detriment of the taxpayers of
Tho county already has a contact
.with tho Maui Electric company,
which is noi iningicrauio, uuu us
that company has not been disin-
corporated, a now contract cannot
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sheriff to buy a new automobile for
not moro than $3,700.
The sugar lfiaking business of
Cuba is seriously threatened, ac
cording to the chamber of. commerce
of Santiago do Cuba, which has just
petitioned that a heavy export duty
he levied on blocks of desiccated
sugar cane as exported from the
Preston estate, on Nipe bay, in
Alarm has spread to Havana.
Foreign consuls are investigating,
in order to' report authoritatively to
their home olliccs. If the desicca
tion process is thoroughly successful,
manufacturers say it is difficult to
overestimate the revolutionary effect
it will have. They declare that
Cuba will become one vast cane
field, but its factories, in which
$200,000,000 is now invested, will
Tho desiccation process was tried
on a small scale in Wisconsin about
two years ago. A large plant was lat
er erected on tho United Fruit Com
pany's plantation at Preston, in
Santiogo do Cuba province. This
plant has a daily capacity of 400
tons of pith and fiber. The cane is
thrown into a hopper, from which
it is fed to a shredder. After shred
ding, tho fiber and pith aro convoyed
to a drier, where tlie water is eli
minated by i evaporation, leaving
the, dry fiber and pith containing
the sucrose. The fiber and pith
aro then baled for shipment. The
sugar is afterward extracted by a
process of diffusion, and it is assert
ed that by this process all of the
sugar in the cane is obtained, leav
ing the fiber and pulp in the form
of cellulose, which can be used lor
the manufacture of paper.
It is contended that tho greater
recovery of sugar increases the re
turn on each ton of cane by $2, and
thero isvan additional $3 or $4 on
every ton in tho value of tho cellu
lose. Blocks of this compressed
fiber and pith were displayed at
Cuba's last national exposition.
Experienced sugar men at first
viewed this process with contempt.
The company, which is now
working according to it at Preston,
has maintained silence, neither an
swering attacks nor explaining
In connection with this process of
desiccation of sugar cane, tio fol
lowing dispatch from New York,
detailing an iutorvjgw with a pro
minent sugaijkcwfn: in that city is
also of interes$pji
NEW YORpecember 22.
"This processsiecn in tho ex
perimental stsgeftfor two or three
years," said itWpjrominent sugar
man with interests in Cuba and
New York, referring to the new
method of desiccating sugar cane,
"but so far asTroports which have
como to mojEgoj? they show that it
has notyet passadUmt stage. My in
formation is $hat,t)ie Cuban end has
gone very we'll)' that tho shredding
and drying processes arc successful,
but there ;hVi been considerable
difficulty mrextyacting tho sugar
from tho jdnbd' product ill this
"The scheSEJIritho minds of tho
furnr. aa id in hrinfr
tho dried procTjMt!
afTrinrtri nnfl in solid
it to beet sugar extracting plants
during tho dul, season in tiiat in
dustry. I balievonthat the ship
ments which lmverbeen worked on
already woro Bcntjto a plant in
"Thero can ybg&no doubt about
the interest in th$proces3 or about
CARNEGIE. "HOOT, JOHN, I BEAT YE TO IT1"
Robinson tn New York Tribune,
. BUCAREST, Jan. 12. The Russian steamer Iluss has foundered,
and 170 persons drowned.
DALLAS, Jan. 12. An epidemic of ppinal meningitis has caused
much alarm throughout Texas.
PRINCETON, Jan. 12. John Guerbibben, a graduate of Prince
ton university has been elected president to succeed '.Voodrow'Wilson.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12. Bills have been introduced . providing
for the immediate creation of three vice admirals.
HONOLULU, Jan. 12 Yee Chin, a highly esteemed Chinaman,
who died December 21, seems to
amounting to many thousands of dollars.
Battle With Moros.
MANILA, Jan. 12 The Moros attempted to ambush a parly of
soldiers, but the latter were wary, and surrounded the Moros, killing
twenty-six of them.
NJiiW YORK, Jan. 12. beven
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12. Sompers quotes Roosevelt btfore tho
commission. He says the Sherman law should avoid all reference to
labor, and that injunetibns tended to re-establish slavery.
NANKING, Jan. 12. Wu Ting Fang, after a conference with Dr.
Sun Yet Sen, declares that Russia's attitudo with referenco to Mongolia
has been misunderstood. Hethat stated the republic would resist any
NANKING, Jan. ,11; Tho powers have been notified that tho or
ganization of the new republican government is complete. That mili
tary aid to protect foreign interests is not needed, and that peace will
be restored in, one month.
PARIS, Jan. 11. The cabinet has resigned over tho appointment
of Delcasse as foreign minister.
ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 11 The government has decided to
recognize the independence of Mongolia.
NEW YORK, Jan. 11. Over $50,000,000 worth of securities have
been recovered from the ruins of the Equitable, building, and about
half a billion more are still in the ruins.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11. Before tho committee investigating tho
sfeel trust, Andrew Carnegie denounced tho present banking system as
a disgrace to civilization, and urges the adoption of tho Aldrich . plan
of monetary reform. -
ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 11. The Persian government has an
nounced tho reappointment of Schuster.
its importance if successful, but tho
attitude among sugar men today is
one of expectation. They want to
wait and see what tho process can
"With tho sugar schedulo as it is
at present the significance of tho
process is that tho sugar would
come in as sugar cane and would bo
subject to tho duty on that com
modity, namely, twenty per cent ad
valorem. Tho duty on sugaritself
have left a trail of forged notes,
have been killed in an apartment
is in the neighborhood of fifty per
cent. Tho difference gives a mar
gin worth working for. If tho
present tariff schedulo should stay
and if tho process should prove
really successful thero would un
doubtedly bo a radical change in
tho sugar industry.
"Mr. Andrew G. Preston, presi
dent of tho United Fruit Company,
who is interested in tho process, is
very enthusiastic about it."
Japanese Fisherman Come to Grief
Off liana Coast.
The fishing sampan Kasuga Mnru,
belonging to Kihci put in at liana
lust Monday with a loud of fish. Tho
Japanese instead of setting about
disposing of their fish as soon as
they arrived, as is their usual cus
tom, tied their boat to the Claudine
buoy, and began accumulating a jug
in celebration of the New Year.
During the night, after tho revellers
were beyond the power of discern
ment, the rope brokofromcontinuous
chaffing on the buoy. Tho sea was
running high, and the first thing the
Japanese knew they were awakened
by a tremendous crush and rushed
out to find their bout smashed to
pieces onthe rocks.
The boat was literally broken up
with the impact on the rocks, and
the engine, a fine new Atlas, of six'
teen horsepower, went through tho
bout to tho bottom.
There wus about $300 worth of
fish on board, and all this was lost
Somo nativo divers, about seyen in
all, undertook the task ofjrocovcring
the engine, which they d'd, lifting
it from tho bottom without any ap
pliances other than own buoyancy,
and getting it ashore. They received
$130 for their work in recovering
The Kasuga Maru was a now boat,
well equipped for fishing, and one
of the finest sampans in theso
Lahaina's Busy Day.
Few and far' between are the days
of excitement in Lahaina. Thii
is probably why tho weekly arrival
of the Mauna Kea has made Tues
day afternoon the day of all days.
Tho Freight Agent is continually
consulting his watch, growling at
the least delay as well in sighting
the steamer as in the final dropping
of the anchor.
The Postmaster, poor fellow, on
that day must go with an empty
stomach, at least in regard to tho
evening meal, but the mail-hungry
citizen's duly assisted by the incom
ing and outgoing steamers, see to it
that ho has his hands full.
Then, of course, thero is George,
tho curious man, as Ray Stannard
Baker calls him, better known as a
genial host and philosopher, rub
bing his hands in anticipation of
the lone drummer and the, afas,
passing tourist. Ho and Billy
you know Billy, of Major Col
lier" fame, and everybody's real
friend, when trouble knocks on tho
door have dressed up a bit for tho
day, Georgo, with an eye for busi
ness and the possible but almost
iniprobablo arrival of a Hackfeld
Director, and Billy well moro to
please himself than anything elso.
Tho Banker is working foverishly
on his books in order to get through
on time, asking stray customers
if sho is sighted yet," and run
ning out on tho street from timo to.
time to see for himself.
Tho popular Lahaina Storo Man
ager is having as good a view as
any, but when tho anchor drops, ho
is on his way to tho wharf. Ho
must be there at the finish.
Lahaina's numerous hacks, and
automobiles' from all over tho isl
and are on hand, anxiously await
ing tho moment of arrival,
The entire population of tho town
is on a moe that day, and the cen
ter of interest is tho wharf. That,
which draws them on, is tho Inter-
Meeting of Organization Held at Li
brary, and Officers Elected.
The new Maui Library Associa
tion held a meeting at the library
rooms, Monday evening, when tho
report of tho committee elected to
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read and adopted.
Tho library will bo run under'
rules similar to those governing tho
Honolulu library, and will bo eon
trolled by a board of trustees, con
sisting of fifteen members.
Tho reading room and circulating
department will be open daily ex
cept Sundays and holidays from 9
a. m. to 12 in.; 3 p. m. to 5 p. m.;
and from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m. On
Sundays the reading room only will
be open from 3 p. m. to 5 p. m.
The dues have been fixed at the
very reasonable sum of $4.00 per
year, payable six months in ad
vance, and for circle members $2.00
per year, payable six months in
Mrs. A. J. Gossin, tho librarian
is prepared to issuo membership
cards on application, and tho books
now available are all catalogued and
ready for distribution. Following
are the officers and committees
President, Hon. Seldon B. Kings
bury; vice-president, Mr. D. H.
Case; secretary, Rev. R. B. 'Dodge;
treasurer, Mr. D. C. Lindsay.
Trustees for one year: Hon. Sei
dell B. Kingsbury, Rev. R. B.
Dodge, Capt. W. E. Bal, Messrs.
E. J. Walker, C. E. Copeland.
Trustees for two years: Messrs.
Chas. Wilcox, William Searby, C.
D. Lufkin, Rev. William F. Short,
Dr. Weddick. Trustees for three
years: Messrs. F. F. Baldwin, H.
B. Penhallow, J. N. S. Williams,
D. H. Case, D. C. Lindsay. Tho
following wero tho committees ap
pointed: Administration Commit
tee: Messrs. D. C. Lindsay, D.
II. Case, Wm. Searby. Auditing
Committee: Messrs. C. E. Cope
land, E. J. Walker, Chas. Wilcox.
Library Committee: Rev. R. B.
Dodge, Madamcs W. S. Nicholl, '
Wm. Searby, II. B. Penhallow, F.
Temperature and Rainfall.
The following table gives tho
average rainfall and temperature of
the past week for tho different
Haiyaii 69.1 deg. 1 .29 in.
Maui G8.2deg. 0.38 in.
Oahu 70.6 deg. 0.1S in.
Kauai 70.8 deg. 0.38 in.
Molokai 6S.6 deg. 0.10 in.:
Entire Group... 69.7 deg. 0.69 in.
Sparks from the smokestack of the
Lahniua mill set fire the roof of the house
occupied by Supervisor Heuuiug last
week. It required the attention of the
mill fire brigade to extinguish the flames.
Island Steamboat, nothing extra in
herself,- only a flagship of a small
fleet. But on board her is tho
mysterious, unknown something
tho call from tho outside World
and sho is being raised just then
from a mero flagship to a messenger
of extraordinary importance car
rying perhaps our fato and destiny.
And dull, Blcepy, picturesque Iu
haina wakes up for an hour, wait
ing and hoping against hope for the
arrival of HER fato, and long-forgotten
greatness to return.