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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1918.
llackfcld & Hackfeld
The following article which appear
ed In a weekly paper at Honolulu on
the 9th. Is reprinted by request. It
came In after an editorial bearing on
the subject of the stock control of
Hackfeld & Co. was in type:
A HALT CALLED
Every true American citizen will be
glad to learn that the authorities at
Washington have apparently called a
halt in the attempt to camouflage the
Boche firm of H. Hackfeld & Co. and
Its branch house, B. F. Ehlers & Co.
As the result of hints received from
Mr. A. Mitchell Palmer, Controller of
Enemy Property, Messrs. Walter Dil
lingham, F. J. Lowrey, A. J. Campbell,
A- W. T. Bottomley and the others
who have been attempting to camou
flage the above mentioned Hun out
fits have now seen fit to announce
that they are to withdraw as directors
of the so-called reorganized firm and
that things will revert to the status
quo ante camouflaglo. If this is car
ried out and the above-named Hono
lulu parties sever their connection
with the Boche concern, it will help
to reestablish them In the esteem of
their fellow citizens, which they had
lost to a great extent through their
unexplained action in coming to the
rescue of the Hackfeld edifice when It
was on the verge of tottering to the
Were one to believe our local Teut
ophiles and hangerson, there is some
thing very sacrosanct about the firm
of H. Hackfeld & Co., and if it were
to disappear, everything in this ter
ritory would go straight to the demni
tion bow-wows. This Bremen trading
house is merely a lot of Boches band
ed together under the guise of a cor
poration, for the sake of gathering to
gether the almighty dollar. So far
we are aware, Hackfeld & Co. is not
a religious nor a charitable Institu
tion. In Joining themselves as share
holders and directors of H. Hackfeld
& Co., one may reasonably suppose
that Messrs. Dillingham et al did so
for the purpose of earning profits tor
someone. This someone must either
have been Herr Kommesrat Johannes
F. Hackfeld, of Bremen, and his co
shareholders living in Germany, or
else it must have been to make money
for themselves. In any case, while
their action may have been legal, we
fail to see where the patriotism comes
To say the least, it appears some
what strange that before associating
themselves with Hackfeld & Co.,
Messrs. Dillingham et al had to con
sult no less than five of the leading
corporation lawyers in town. The
public is assured by the Honolulu
dailies that are advocating the "Am
ericanization" of Hackfeld & Co. that
these lawyers stated to Dillingham et
al that what they were about to do
was quite legal. Yes, legal perhaps
but whether proper at this time, or
patriotic, is quite another question.
Some folks are apt to confuse H.
Hackfeld & Co. with the various su
gar plantations for which that firm
happens to act as agent. Although
it is true that H. Hackfeld & Co. in
addition to acting as agents are also
considerably interested as stockhold
ers in these same plantations, still
they (the plantations) and Hackfeld
& Co. are distinct corporations and
have entirely separate interests. If
Hackfeld & Co. were to be wound up,
the plantations which they represent
would still be able to go on growing
cane and paying dividends to their
shareholders. It is the fear of these
plantations suffering that that has in
duced some of our residents to look
favorably on the camouflaging or
Hackfeld & Co.
This humble newspaper cannot af
ford, like Hackfeld & Co, to send a
highly fed lawyer all the way to
Washington to pussy-foot around the
offices of those in charge of affairs at
Washington; neither can a represent
ative from this journal spare the time,
like Herren Hagens and Humberg, to
take a trip to the Capitol to explain
to Mr. A. Mitchell Palmer. It takes
this means, therefore, of laying be
fore the Washington authorities what
is its candid opinion, ought to be
done with this Boche trading house
called H. Hackfeld & Co., of Honolu
lu. Had H. Hackfeld & Co. carried on
its business in the same way that
another well-known German linn in
Honolulu, viz., F. A. Schaefer & Co.,
has done, then no one could very
well kick if it were allowed to carry
on as usual during the continuance
of this war. But, as is well known,
Hackfeld & Co., for a good many
years has been the headquarters for
all kinds of Hun activities. The heads
of that firm have always been consuls
for Germany, Austria and Sweden.
Herr Kommersrat Hackfeld, now liv
ing in Bremen, was formerly German
consul here. Since the outbreak of
the war he has written to a Honolu
lu newspaper giving his strong Teut
onic views of the conflict. At the
Dresent moment the Herr Kommers
rat is no doubt posting the naval and
military authorities in Berlin about
affairs in this part of the Pacific. His
successor, Geo. Rodiek and Gus
Schroeder, one of Hackfeld's chief
clerks, have been convicted in the
San Francisco District Court of taK
ing part in the Hindu conspiracy to
overthrow the British in inaia.
And be it noted that part of his
conspiracy was to massacre every
white man, woman and child in that
country. That was what Rodiek and
Schroeder were endeavoring to do,
The publication by the Naval Intelli
gence Department of part of the
. diary of Capt. GrasshofT, of the intern
ed German gunboat Geier, helped to
throw further light on the Hun activi
ties which center round the house of
Hackfeld & Co. Further details of a
similar nature might be mentioned,
but space at our disposal will not per
mit. Suffice it to gay that the officials
of Hackfeld & Co., from the highest
to the lowest, have been imbued wilh
the spirit of Deutschland uber Alles,
and have endeavored by every means
to spread German kultur, der deutsche
Oedanke 1n der Welt, and especially
that part of the Welt called the Ter
ritory of Hawaii.
To be brief, the best thing to do
with this concern is for the Controll
er of Enemy Property to put Mr.
Richard Trent, his local representa
tive, in full charge of the affairs of
the firm, with instructions to realize
upon the business and wind it up
with as little delay as possible. The
agencies of the sugar plantations for
which Hackfeld & Co., now act should
be transferred to some first-class
American business house. Three of
these may be mentioned: C. Brewer
& Co., Ltd., (the oldest American
firm west of the Rocky Mountains;)
Castle & Cooke, Ltd., and Alexander
& Baldwin, Ltd. The last two were
founded and are carried on by des
cendants of early American mission
aries hailing from New England.
The management of the plantations
now handled by Hackfeld & Co.,
might very well be distributed among
these three American firms, which
are amply provided with the neces
sary capital and experience. Tioneer
Mill Co., on the island of Maui, might
be placed in charge of Castle &
Cooke. Ltd., while the other planta
tions on Kauai could be put under
the supervision of Alexander & Bald
The assets of Hackfeld & Co.,
should be realized as quickly as pos
sible and the proceeds turned over to
the Controller of Enemy Property at
Washington, to be invested by him In
Liberty Bonds. The proportion of
realized assets belonging to the few
non-Hun shareholders of Hackfeld &
Co., should be paid over to them by
At the conclusion of the war the
German government would be given
credit in Uncle Sam's big war ledger
for the value of the assets realized
by the winding up of Hackfeld & Co.,
and this would help, in a measure, to
offset, the claim which this country
will have against Germany for all the
American ships and property sunk by
Hun pirates, and the American women
and children murdered by the same
Hun pirates. The Hun shareholders
of Hackfeld & Co., would be referred
to the German government for pay
ment of anything that might be due
The Lurline will be due to arrive
in Honolulu tomorrow and will be ex
pected up here either Sunday or Mon
day. She will have a large cargo for
The lumber schooners Albert Meyer
and A. F. Coats have finished dis
charging and will get away tomorrow
for Honolulu. Just why they are go-1
ing to the city is not definitely known
here, but is is assumed that they may
there get orders to proceed to the
South Seas for copra.
JAPAN NOT YET ACTED
London Montonto, Japanese foreign minister, and Terauchi, have
oiadc statements showing that no decision has yet been reached in To
kio regarding a Siberian expedition. Terauchi, in the house of repre
sentatives, said that the Allies have made no request on Japan yet for
Harbin Reports show that the Chinese are drawing back before
I he Bolsheviki, whose tactics indicate that they are being assisted by
'berated German prisoners.
MORE DRAFTED MEN CALLED
Washington The war department calls 95,000 more drafted men
mio training camps, beginning March 29. Call includes men of all
States except Minnesota and Iowa, and include the remainder of the
men in the first call and some liable in the second call.
REED ATTACKS HOOVER
Washington Senator Reed, of Missouri, launches a vir nt attack
Hoover, charging extravagance
mands an accounting, and urges the
million and a quarter in urgent deficiency bill.
British Tank Going Into Action Through A
The French village through which it is passing has received a considerable amount of attention from
the gunners, but that doesn't bother the tank in the least as it lumbers into acion. The Boche guns will make
the tank their objective as soon as the Teuton air scouts report its piescnce.
Prominent Men In
A Pugilistic Stunt
Two prominent attorneys of Wal
luku rounded out an argument Thurs
day afternoon with fistic punctuations
said to have fallen quite forcefully
on one of them. The controversy
began with an argument over a docl
sion, with which one of the warriors
had to do, in connection with the
selective draft, to which the second
gentleman objected. Epithets of an
uncomplimentary nature were ex
changed, following which there was
a bout which might have excited the
envy of a Corbett or a Wlllard, al
though it was short-lived. A well-
known local physician happened to be
on the scene, but his services were
not required except in the capacity of
There are rumors of other chapters
to the controversy, but friends of the
two men nr-j hopeful of better things
Maui Draftees Away
Official notice has been given out
that the following selective draftees,
having left Maui, are required to re
port to the board on Oahu:
Hatsutau Fujimoto, No. 745; Eddie
Geroln, No. 3666; Cyrilo Managliang,
No. 73; Ryolchl Sasaki, No. 793;
Arthur Snyder, No. 593; Harry Pome-
rantz, No. 3172.
MR. COX REACHES FRANCE
A cablegram was received in Hono
lulu Sunday announcing the arrival
of Joel B. Cox, lately "county engineer
of Maui, safely iu France, where he
will have charge of reconstruction
work for the Society of Friends.
FINED FOR GROSS CHEAT
Alfred Ferriera was fined $550 in
the Wailuku district court Tuesday
for gross cheat, the case having to do
with an opium transaction and com
ing from Lahaina.
RED CROSS MEETING
Indies of the various units of the
Red Cross on Maui met at the head
quarters in Kahului Tuesday after
noon and discussed Red Cross mat
ters. There were several interest
ing talks and other features.
arW misuse of authority. lie de
Senate to turn down items of a j
WAILUKU UNION CHURCH
Rowland B. Dodge, Minister.
Mrs. George N. Weight, Jr., Direc
tor of the Choir.
Miss Mary E. Hoffmann, Organist.
9:45 to 10:40 A. M. Church School.
7:00 to 7:30 P. M. Organ Recital by
7:30 Preaching Service with Ser
mon by the minister.
7:30 Preaching Service. Miss
Gertrude B. Judd will conduct thi3
service and preach the sermon.
To the services of this Church
everyone is most cordially invited.
The Red Cross work of the Wailuku
Union Sunday School will be under
taken again regularly from now on.
The class will begin next week, and
the date will be announced at the
Sunday School hour.
The "Bright Monday Club" will
meet as usual directly lifter school
in the Sunday school room.
KAHULUI UNION CHURCH
Ellis E. Pleasant, Minister.
Sunday-school 10 o'clock.
Evening service of worship 7:30.
The monthly Ladies Aid meeting
will be held on Tuesday afternoon
next in the Community House.
MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH
A. Craig Bowdish, minister.
10:00 Sunday School.
11:00 Morning Service.
Dr. J. H. Williams will speak on
"The Motive by Which Jesus Wins
7:30 "The Moral Courage of
Jesus," an Informal talk by Dr. Wil
What Is Christianity?
By Rev. J. Charles Villiers.
(Church of the Good Shepherd.)
In speaking, last week, upon: "Is
Christianity a failure?," no definition
was attempted of what is meant by
"Christianity." No word which
stands for any great essential to the
well being of human life is easy to
define, and such a word is "Christian
ity." It is one of those few words
for which, strictly speaking, there
are no synonyms, words that are uni
que, more varied, and comprehensive
in contents, than any definition of
them could be.
One of the most widely read books,
at least by the clergy, twenty years
ago, or so, was Harnack's: "What Is
Christianity?", a book in which the
question was seriously put, and seri
ously answered, by Hamack, not
metaphysically, nor speculatively,
but by appeal to history His an
swer to the question is given In a
serieB of chapters, which were, orig
inally, delivered as lectures to theolo
gical students. I refer to the book
because of a point of interest in it,
and that is: That we are to find our
answer to the question: "What is
Christianity?", not in speculative rea
soning, not In religious philosophy,
not, even, in Christian apologetics,
but in history, and the definition, or
proof, of Christianity, which we get
from history is that it is not a pro
gramme but a principle which means
one thing and one thing only: eternal
life in the midst of time, by the
strength, and under the eye of God.
Bv his own standard. In that book.
history will prove that much of what
Prof. Harnack has written since the
war began has no relation to Chris
tianity. For the moment he has for
gotten the principles that lie at tht
roots of Christianity: the Father
hood of God, the brotherhood of man,
the Christ, without whom there could
be no Christianity. No definition of
Christianity is adequate which leaves
out of mind, and out of sight, the fact
that it belongs to God's eternal order.
The Fatherhood of God, for instance,
did not have its beginning with the
birth of the Babe at Bethlehem
Though men did not know it, as it
has been made known to us by Jesus
By Teuton Shells
Christ, never was there a time when
the Fatherhood of God was not true
In the history of the human race.
The prophets and poets of the Old
Testament came, at times, very near
to grasping the great truth, as for
Instance, the psalmist, when he says:
"Like as a father pitieth his children,
so the Lord pitieth them that fear
Him." God's servant, Moses, when
he said: "The eternal God is thy
refuge, and underneath are the ever
lasting arms," had not so formulated
his thought of God as to call Him
"Father," but he was only one step
from so thinking of Him. But Christ,
whose life, and teaching, and spirit
is Christianity, has so revealed God
unto us, In the perfection of Father
hood, Infinite in love, that doubt of
It ought to be Impossible to us.
He has, by word, and deed, by
teaching and example, made God and
the individual soul, and the Indivi
dual soul and God, of so much mean
ing, moment and reality to us that
we must, surely, see that better than
to gain the whole world is it for us
to live in right relations and com
munion with God. The true princi
ple, and all-important factor in our
daily conduct, so the ultimate au
thority in Christianity teaches us, is
its inner motive, and the motive which
does not square with love is not
Christian, because it is not Christ
like. What ever is in harmony with
the spirit of the teaching and example
of Jesus Christ is Christian, and what
ever is not in harmony with his
teaching and example is not Chris
tian, for Christ is Christianity, and
because of this Christianity is only
a principle, it is a power, also, mak
ing the principle a working possibil
ity in the lives of men and of na
tions. As a working nrincinle. over
Lord likened it to the action of leav
en in the making of bread. It has
no social programme, but It shows
their social duties and obligations,
with great plainness of speech, and
points the way to the spirit in which
they should be carried out. And it
leaves us in no doubt as to the fact
'This world is full of beauty,
as other worlds above
And, if we do our duty,
it will be full of love."
For has not Christ said: "I. If I ho
lifted up will draw all men unto me."
The Kahului Church
(From a sermon nrenchoil in r.i.,.
lui Union Church March 10 on the
subject "Jesus' Fidelity to the Truth."
ine text was Matt. 16:22 "Get Be
hind me Satan.")
iwice in Jesus' life lie snnbo thnc
words. In both cases it wah a iim
of crisis in his life, a time of decision.
in coin cases these words indicate
that he had decided for truth nnit
The first time was in the wilder
ness of Judea at the beginning of his
career. He had gone into this wild
erness country directly after his bap
tism at the Jordan. He went there
because he wanted to he ninno
Something had happened at the Jor
dan that had stirred him profoundly.
Ho had heard the voice of God. He
had received a definite call and com
mission as God's Messiah to do His
Messianic work. He was the one to
whom the ages had looked forward.
and whom the prophets had foretold.
The over-powering sense of mission
and responsibility; of the greatness
of his task, drove him into the wild
erness. He must be alone. He must
have opportunity to think. What
kind of Messiah should he be? What
kind of a kingdom should his king
dom be? How could he best serve
God and man? Alone there in the
wilderness he pondered and prayed.
Jesus knew well the kind of Messi
ah the people were looking for. The
common idea was that he would be
wonder-worker. He would over
come all opposing forces and make
Palestine the centre of the world. He
would be a King of the old Davidic
line whose kingdom would rise in
splendor upon the ruins of Caesar's
Jesus knew how much the DeoDle
wanted such a kingdom, how ex
pectant they were of its coming, how
eagerly they were looking for it.
Only a word from him was needed to
kindle a mighty conflagration. One
display of his power like casting
himself down unhurt from the
pinnacle of the temple would bring
the nation to his feet. Should he
fulfill the nation's hopes and expecta
tions and be the kind of Messiah
they wanted? This was the wide and
easy path that lay before him a
very short path to success an easy
road to popularity.
But would God approve such a
course? Could he be true to God and
do it? Because he would not be giv
ing nis Dest neip to men. The world
needed something more than a kine
and material prosperity. "Man shall
not live by bread alone but by every
word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God." Truth is more im-
mrtant than bread. Knowledge of
God more essential than the splendor
of earthly kingdoms. He must show
men the Father. He must be a wit
ness of the truth.
He well knew how hard it would
be and how dangerous to disappoint
popular expectations. How could he
hope to win the people to himself un
less he fell in with their ideas and
carried out the program upon which
their hearts were set.
It was a tremendous temptation.
The way of expediency was so easy.
The way of duty so difficult with so
much suffering in it; for it was plain
that he would be misunderstood and
rejected declared an imposter and a
This was the price of fidelity to
the truth, of being faithful to God.
Jesus decided to pay the price.
"Get thee behind me, Satan" he said
with these words he put behind him
forever the way of expediency.
tt We speak of courage. We lmvo n
finer example of it than Jesus show
ed. Fidelity to the truth never cst
more than it cost him vet t, , ,
path of duty he never turned Lm .
from his high purpose but he did no?
waver. He was the Rock of Ages
Jews believed In the church! hut
the Jewish church taught
things which he cou.d,at accepY
such as fastings, ceremonial washings
J rln about the Sabbath in
heir attention to these unimportant
h ngs they passed over the ma"n
things-justice and the love 0f God
The new wine of truth which JcSS
brought could not be put in t0 these
old wine skins of ritual and ceremony
It is not easy to run counter to the
reelings and ideas of the most reli
gious people of one's day, to go
aga nst custom, to cut across the
grain of opinion and prejudice
lUit there came a day when Jesus
In fidelity to the truth had to go
against his closest and dearest friends
He had told his disciples for the first
time how that he would be rejected
and put to death in Jerusalem. Thev
were astounded. They gathered
around him to cheer him. They tried
to dissuade him from such a thought
But the loyal and loving friends could
not draw him aside from the path of
duty. "Get thee hohln,! ,
he said to the astonished Peter. It
was the old temptation to forsake
truth for expediency to heed the
pleadings of his friends.
No finer examnle nf mum,
fidelity has the world seen than this.
He was true to his mission under
God. He has shown us !ie Father.
In His victory lies the hope of the
world. We do well to call Him Mas
ter and Lord, and to 1i
things He lived for. If the world
iooks dark to us to-day, it looked
darker to Him, but his free was al
ways forward toward the light. In
His Name we shall be able to go on
to ereater nnrriflrpn nnrl Hr It oin,n
for His sake, that peace may come
with righteousness and that the truth
for which He died may prevail and
his lunguom over-spread the earth.
At The Makawao Church
At tho Makawao Union Church
last Sunday Dr. J. H. Williams
preached on "The Call of Jesus."
Among the inspiring things which the
speaker said was that Jesus calls the
worker to rest and refreshment after
the day's work is done when one
glows with the consciousness of a
task well performed.
But more than that Jesus calls to
preparation for service, that the one
who is to render good service may
ave su-engin, Knowieage and inspira-
tion that the work may be helpfully
performed. Jesus calls to Intelligent
sympathy and co-operation with him
that the kingdom of God may - but- -round
and bless mankind.
In the evening Dr. Williams gave
an informal talk on "The Sincerity
and Tenderness of Jesus." His sin
cerity is proved by the clear, direct
way in which He cut through all the
shams and devices of men. It is also
seen in what it cost him to be 'Bincere.
When a man volunteered to follow, '
Jesus warned him that he (Jesus)
had no home or comforts to offer.
Knowing this, if the man then wish
ed to follow he would gladly receive
him. When the rich young ruler
asked to know the truth of disciple
ship, Jesus showed him that half
hearted loyalty was no loyalty.
Tenderness is great power used
under control for the benefit of oth
ers. The lamb never could be used
as the symbol of tenderness. Rather
it would be the lion Tho
had seen an elephant take up a little
-UtM 1 . . .
Liuiu aim geniiy ueposit it on tlie
Shoulders even m n mnthor mlnhl
clasp a little one to her bosom. Jesus
ever cherished the little one and
treated every woman with great con
sideration. At the well the woman
who had sinned was given true
courtesy. Jesus recognized the possi
bilities of her womanhood. Todnv
we have the contrast of great power
uiiuer coniroi useu Denevoiently in
the great movements of Christianity .
as against the ruthlessness of the
At a recent maotlno- u nr
- VI IUC VVUUldUH
Guild of the Church of the Good Shep
herd It was arranged tn hM v,o
nual bazaar this year on Saturday,
The weeklv "
v -v-H.vMi jm. i Lit- ivor
luku bridge club was held with Mr.
im jurs. w. ti. angle Tuesday even
ing. Ponl Hake was fined js nn? ria
in police court, Wailuku, Saturday
iuj ussauii ana battery on George
months by Judge McKay, Wailuku,
Monday for the larceny of $3.50 from
Nishimura, at Waiehu.
K. Sueda. who was nrroalnrt in Wol.
luku for leaving his auto unattended
on tho road, forf Kitted lmii
in the sum of f 10, he not appearing to
Tickets are out for fh
"Chimes of Normandy" tn ha .
sented by the Choral Cluub at tho
Pala Community House Saturday
evening, Btarung at 8 o clock.
Personal Mention .
E. W. Christmas, the artist, return
ed to Maul on Tuesday after an
absence of several weeks, and was
welcomed by friends.
Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Fleming cele
brated the tenth anniversary of their
marriage last week, entertaining
friends at Honolua ranch.