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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 1921
As the Revenue Officer Sees It
(Ai told by Himself.)
"A gool many people who use Oko
lehao rui away with the Idea that
they kno-v the pure thing when they
see it, and that what they drink is
quite all right. This la all bunkum.
In the last few days we haVe des
troyed 9 stills, and not a single one
of them was made of copper. Mostly
they were made throughout of gal
vanized Iron. Now, galvanized Iron
Is Just about the worst thing possible
for a still. Galvanized Iron Is made
by immersing sheet iron in a bath of
mi'phate of zinc and then running an
electric current through it. This de
composes (he bath, and deposits the
zinc on lbs iron.
"In the process of distillation a con
siderable amount of acetic acid is
evolved, vhich attacks the zinc on the
containers, making an acetate of zinc,
which Ilk ) acetate of lead, is a rank
poison. This is held in solution by
the alcohol, and there Is no way of
detecting It short of a chemical anal
ysis. The ordinary man who flatters
himself trut he knows the good stuff
when he fees it, and that he is getting
that kind, is simply fooling himself,
and is taVing his share of poison with
every drirk. Of course he may not
take enough to hurt him seriously, or
his const tutlon may be so strong
that he i an stand it, but it is not
doing hi a any good, and one of
these day.'i it is apt to "get him."
"Do you ever meet violent or armed
resistance?" "No, we haven't exper
ienced anything of that kind. I
had heard stories about that sort of
thing elsewhere, and somewhat expect
ed it, but haven't had any trouble. Yes
of course we are ready for it, but
they are always as mild as whipped
dogs. Oi! course we make a point
of treating thpm decently: not deal
in? out ai y rough stuff to them, and
they appreciate the consideration.
They generally take it quite philos
ophically, its all in the day's work,
they have been mnlucky this time,
trust to better luck next time. They
realize that arrest, and fine occasion
ally, are part of the business, and
must be wr'tt- n off to profit and loss.
The ordln. -y fine is so small that it
doesn't cu . much figure alongside the
. "We sei'e the outfit and the mater
lals and put the man under arrest and
generally put him in jail, until his
friends produce the required ball,
"They are generally as mum as
clams about confederates, or other
operators, but if they think that they
have been "peached on" by a brother
distiller, then of course they get back
on him in good shape.
"One man recently, that we got
"with the goods," was very anxious
to know who put us onto his track.
We evaded the question at first, but
finally reluctantly admitted that it
was a Chinaman. With fire in his
eye he immediately opened up,
I know! 1 know! Two bad man,
you come along, I show you. Right
now, quick.", and he led us to two
stills in the .Immediate neighborhood,
and we arrested two men that were
quite innocent as far as giving him
away was concerned. ,
"These cases all have to go to the
Federal Court in Honolulu for trial.
It is a Federal offense, and cannot be
tried by the local Territorial courts.
This makes it very Inconvenient and
expensive. There seems to be no
provision for the expenses and remun
eration of witnesses. After a wit
ness has made a trip to town, and
spent a week there hanging round for
the trial, and comes back sadly out
of pocket, why he never gets into a
case like that again, and he is as
blind as a bat to the Infraction of the
"Considering the profits that may
be made out of the business, it is
unfortunate that the fines are so
small. A couple of hundred dollars
fine is no deterrent at all, it only
serves to whet the activity of the
culprit. There is provision in the
law, I understand,, for a Jail sentence
for the second offense. If that were
dealt out to them to the limit of the
law, and they get a couple of years
in Jail, it would have a wholesome
effect on a lot of them.
"The most serious difficulty about
enforcing the law ,s the indifference
and collusion of public sentiment. On
all hands it is looked on, more or less,
as an innocent game of hide and seek
I with the law, and thero is no real
odium connected with the manufac
ture and sale of the stuff, anymore
than with the purchase and use. -"If
people only realized how mere!
lessly they were being robbed and
fleeced by these unscrupulous moon
shiners, who are too lazy to do an
honest day's work, and who are
raking in fortunes at the expense of
their victims, they would defeat their
ends and freeze them out of the
"What would you say in regard to
the .very common declaration that
there is more booze being consumed
now than ' the days before prohibit
"Well, I would say that it is the
sheerest bunkum, that any one can
discount right on the face of it. Booze
now, isn't as easy to got, it Costa
more, it Involves more or less risk
and trouble to get it, all of which
means that the ordinary man who is
not addicted to it, does not get it.
The man who craves it, and will have
it at any price, he gets it, as often and
as much as he used to, perhaps, but
not the .ordinary man. This is all
blatant outcry on the part of the
saloon Interests and their friends, for
the purpose of discrediting the law.
There's nothing to it.
"Another outcry that is raised by
this same element is the cost of pro
hibition to the Government. It costs
too much to enforco the law, they
Bay. As a matter fcf fact, and of
reliable statistics, the fines pay for
the costs three times over, and here
in Hawaii more than that."
"In this connection, however, 1
want to say that we have received
very willing and very material' aid
from the law-respecting and law-abiding
people of Kauai; and it is very
largely because of this aid that we
have been able to do what we have.
"We would Buggest that anyone in
a position to give us information, or
to put us on the track of infractions
of the law, should communicate the
same to us; and such information
will be treated as strictly confiden
tial. Address . C. Parrott, Prohib
ition Agent, Honolulu.
"It is perfectly natural for a peace-
loving man, who wants to live in har
mony with his neighbors, to shun the
devices of the detective, and avoid
the publicity and the odium of court
proceedings. All that is unnecessary.
Just give us the tip as to which way
the wind blows, and we will do the
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC .
TERRITORY OF HAWAII
REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE
, BASIC LICENSE OF 8CHOOL
TEACHERS, PURSUANT TO ACTS
30 AND 36 OF THE 8PECIAL SES
1. The certificate required under
Acts 30 and 36, S. L. 19?0, shall bo
known as the "Basic License," in order
to readily distinguish it from other
forms of teachers' certificates.
2.. All persons desiring to conduct
or teach in any school In the Territory
of Hawaii as defined by Act 30 of the
Special Session of 1920 shall make
written application on a prescribed
form, to the Department, for the li
cense required by said Act, on or be
fore April 1, 1921. The prescribed
application form may be' obtained
from the Department.
3. Any applicant who, by the said
application, presents satisfactory proof
to the Department that such applicant
Is (1) a native-born or naturalized
sitlzen of the United States, and (2)
possesses a recognized American uni
versity or college degree, normal
school diploma, state certificate, life
diploma, Hawaiian grammar or pri
mary grade certificate, normal certi
ficate, first or second permit, or other
American credentials recognized as
satisfactory by the Department, may
be granted the Basic License required
by said Act without further examin
4. All applicants who cannot fur
nish satisfactory proof that they poss
ess the qualifications described in
paragraph 3 hereof f must present
themselves for examination pursuant
to this notice and regulation.
5. Examinations for the Basic Li
cense covering the Ideals of demo
cracy, knowledge of American ' his
tory and institutions and ability to
read, write and speak the English
language will be held in Honolulu July
5th to 9th, 1921, inclusive, at the
McKinley High School.
6. The examination will be conduc
ted by the Territorial Board of Ex
aminers and will be exclusively in
7. For further information address
the Department of Public Instruction,
P. O. Box 636, Honolulu. '
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Incorporated December 17, 1S97.
Statement of Condition at Close of Business, December 31. 1920.
Loans, Discounts and Overdrafts
Bank Premises Honolulu
Bank Premises Vaialua and Waipahu
Bank Premises 'Lihue' and Kapaa
Customers' Liabilities under LC ..
Other Assets .
Cash and Due from Banks
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