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I THE GARDEN T8LAND, TUESDAY, MAR. 22, 1921
A Message To the Citizens of Kauai
Ladies & Gentlemen :
When a stranger comes into jour community it is your
lawful right to know him in his true character before you trust
or treat with him; but if you should hear of him in a manner
bo as to cause you to view him in a light not in harmony with
his true character, then I think that it is part of your civic and
social duty to pay attention to what id hers w ho know him well
have to say concerning him, so as to enable you to judge if he
is entitled to your confidence, respect and good opinion.
And whereas, 1 have reason to believe, that owing to the
vindictive activities of a certain individual, whose name I shall
not mention, my commercial integrity is not known in its true
light. Therefore to clear the atmosphere, 1 beg leave to intro
My full name is JAMK8 ALFKHD CAVANAGH. I am
au Irishman by birth, and an American by adoption. I am
53 years of age, 27 of which have been spent in the U. S. and
26 in the British Empire; mainly in South Africa, England,
Ireland and Canada.
About 24 years ago I went to South Africa, representing
in that country the Equitable Life Assurance Society, U. S. I
visited practically every town in the country and eventually
completed my contract, which was to write one million pounds
of insurance. The work was arduous, but truth and stead
fastness of purpose were the elements that aided me to finish
the work. The most pleasant feature of the whole performance
was the fact that of all that vast business not one single com
plaint was lodged against me to the company.
I deem it advisable to print what Mr. II. S. Hepburn
Lyall, who was secretary of the Company at that time, but now
proprietor of an Insurance Magazine had to say of me in the
BUSINESS AND EDITORIAL OFFICE,
Southern Lite Building (No.30),
St. George's Street,
January 10, 1919.
To whom it may concern:
Mr. James Alfred Cavanagh has
been known to me intimately for more
than twenty years, and from my bus
iness connections with him in Eng
land, Ireland and South Africa I am
in a position to certify to his ability
Mr. Cavanagh has proved himself
a highly successful negotiator, his
force of character and resourcefulness
being prominent features.
I shall have pleasure at any time
in replying to any enquiries that may
be put to me concerning my knov
ledge of Mr. Cavanagh's antecedents
(Sgd.) H. S. HEPBURN LYALL
Proprietor & Editor.
My contract with the Equitable having been finished sat
isfactorily, I formed th$ Provident Land Trust, Ltd., a com
pany dealing in lands and houses. My stewardship with the
"Provident" was as creditable as my record with th eEquitable.
I print below what the liquidator of the "Provident", Mr. II.
- J. Morley, has to say of me.
H. J. MORLEY
Accountant & Auditor
Land and Estate Agent
P. O. Box 1665
ST. GEORGE'S HOUSE
73. St. George's Street,
Capetown, January 6, 1919.
To whom it may concern:
During the past four years whilst
occupying the office of Liquidator of
The Provident Land Trust Limited
(in voluntary liquidation) I have had
ample time and opportunity of con
ducting a most thorough and exhaust
ive investigation into the affairs of
The Company was formed in the
year 1903 and carried on business
most successfully until. the year 1915
when by resolution of the sharehold
ers it was placed in liquidation vol
untarily. The Company has at all
times discharged its obligations
promptly and fully and the final re
sult of the liquidation will be most
beneficial to all shareholders.
It is with the utmost pleasure that
I can testify to the satisfactory way in
which the business was conducted
and I consider that in this connection
the shareholders and every one with
whom the Company carried on bust
ness are greatly indebted to the ManaV
ging Director and principal sharehold'
er Mr. James A. Cavanagh, now of
Seattle. I find that Mr. Cavanagh
was a man of most singular ability
and integrity in his business dealings
and verv ereat credit is due to him
for the successful floatation and equal
ly successful liquidation of this Com
(Sgd.) H. J. MORLEY.
In 1912 I came from South Africa engaging in the real
estate business in Victoria, B. C. I also had some business
dealings in Seattle, Washington. I print the following letter
from my Seattle Bankers.
I print below copy of a letter from the first of the pur
chasers mentioned who was at that time Begistrar of Births,
Deaths, and Marriages, with offices in the Parliament Bldg.
Victoria, B. C.
March 21, 1919
To whom it may concern:
I have had financial transactions
with Mr. James A. Cavanagh Involving
several thousand dollars. I have
found him an enterprising, careful,
and successful business man, and one
who has always, so far as I am con
cerned, or so far as I know, religious
ly kept promises, particularly as to
dates, wherein money was to be paid.
I have no hesitation in recommend
ing him and hope that he may always
find enterprises to handle which may
be as large as Is his capacity to man
(Sgd.) M UN ROE MILLER.
1 should mention that, although the Universal Construct
ion Company was organized over two years ago, no fresh cap
ital was ever taken into it, because I could not see an imme
diate profit for shareholders, owing to the high cost of lumber
and labor. There were only 25,00il shares issued and 25,001
belong to me. Under Clause No. 8, of the Articles of Asso
ciation I have the full power of the Company, and have in
accordance therewith given written instructions that all of
these properties be transferred into my own name. Therefore,
this being my own personal property, I can deal with it as I
please and deed it to whom I deem fit. I am not, however,
offering it for sale, as I will be only here for a few weeks, but
if any person should ask for it during my stay here, I will sell
it to him at a reasonable figure, and guarantee title to the
? property. As to my sincerity in the matter I print the follow
jing from a high government official of the Province of British
MINISTER OF FINANCE
February 11, 1919.
To whom it may concern:
It gives me pleasure to state that
I have known Mr. James Cavanagh for
seven years, and to testify that he is
a gentleman of honesty and sincerity.
He stands well in the opinion of the
business community of Victoria.
(Sgd.) JOHN HART,
Minister of Finance.
UNIVERSITY STATE BANK
March 27, 1919.
To whom it may concern:
Mr. James A. Cavanagh has been a
resident of this district for about five
years. He and his family are held
in very high regard in this community.
We have transacted quite a little
business with Mr. Cavanagh and it
has been very satisfactory. In every
case, he has come right up to the
mark, and carried out his word.
. Yours very truly,
(Sgd.) A. W. HOGUE,
Shortly after the armistice, realizing that homes would be
in great demand after the war, and with a view towards estab
lishing a business in that line, I formed the Universal Con
struction Co. Ltd. The following is an extract from a circular
letter sent out by my firm which speaks for itself.
THE JAS. A. CAVANAGH FINANCE
711 Fort Street, Victoria, B. C.
November 20, 1918.
P. O. B. 1527
The Universal Construction Com
pany. Limited, has purchased all prop
erties owned by us in Avondale and
Sunnyvale Park, together with all
Agreements of Sale in connection
The properties are free of any en
cumbrance. The taxes are all paid
including those of 1918. The title Is
. clear and is now registered in the
name of the owners, the Universal
Construction Company, Limited.
The interests of those who have
been concerned as original part own
r .inca 1912 have at different times
since that period been purchased at
their full value by Mr. Cavanagh, and
In December last, I came to the Territory of Llawaii, in
the dual capacity of tourist and student of commercial and
industrial conditions, my object being to ascertain the most
suitable business to take up with a view of settling in the
Territory. Early in January I arranged with the Hawaiian
Mutual Agencies, Ltd. of Honolulu, to accompany their sales
manager, Mr. McAlpiue, to Kauai in placing on the market
certain shares of the San Francisco & McMurray Oil Kefiuiug
Company. I found Mr. McAlpine a straightforward gentle
man in whom 1 have implicit confidence .
Notwithstanding that however, 1 think that a refund
should be made to the parties who applied to us for shares.
There is one exception, however, a gentleman who gambles in
oil stock and doesn't care even if he does lose. His motto is
"Make or Break." The others are mainly poor people. But
whatsoever the Hawaiian Mutual Agency may do in the matter
I wish to refund to the parties who applied to us for shares the
amount of commission received by me. All persons, therefore
who applied through Cavanagh and McAlpine, or Cavanagh and
Louis Ferreria, are requested to send their names to me at my
local address, 313 Hawaiian Trust Building, care of Leo & Lar
sen. These letters will be sent to my Secretary at 711 Fort
St., Victoria, B. C, and in due course checks for refund will
be remitted. Benson s for the refund will be given in a confi
dential note; meantime, I will make no comments, whatsoever,
on the merits, or demerits of the aforementioned shares.
I WANT A PARTNER
I should mention that 1 own real property in Georgia,
New Jersey, Alberta and British Columbia. Kecently I be
came interested in a tract of land in Honolulu, which I may
subdivide and place on the market later on. To assist me in
this purpose, 1 tcant a partner. The essential requisites for
such partnership are, a clean business record, one without a
blemish, such as I claim to have, a sunny disposition, and
10,000.00 in cash. Any person having these essentials should
see me at the Lihue Hotel, where I intend to remain for two
weeks, then I intend to go to Victoria, to return in a couple of
months time and perhaps develop the Honolulu property men
tioned above. I thank you.
James A. Cavanagh.
Theo. H. Davies & Co., Ltd.
HONOLULU AND HILO
Sugar Factors and Commission Merchants
IMPORTERS OF GENERAL MERCHANDISE
Builders' Hardware Crockery Glassware Silverware
Sporting Goods Fishing Tackle Firearms Ammunition
Sates . Refrigerators Spark Plugs
Paints Varnishes Brushes Oils
Harness Saddlery Roofing Trunks
Fancy and Staple Lines, Feed, etc.
t Shoes Toilet Supplies Stationery etc. etc.
Writers of Fire, Marine, Compensation, Automobile and Miscellaneous
Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steamship Line.
Upon application information will be cheerfully furnished in regard to
any of our lines in which you may be Interested.
the following Victoria people have
been paid in full cash the amounts
set opposite their respective names:
Munro Miller $20,000.00
Sam Shore 15,000.00
Asa B. Steele 15,000.00
Mrs. Fanny Gospel 30,000.00 ,
M. S. E. McCallum 500.00
C. B. S. Phelan 2,900.00
Plans and maps of the Home-Builders
Investment Company Limited,
have been taken over.
Having implicit faiUi in Victoria
and Its future, we, during the trying
financial period of the war. have
never attempted to shirk our respon
sibilities, seek discounts, or offer
"Quit Claims" but in every case we
have promptly met our obligations,
paid everybody one hundred cents on
the dollar and retained our properties
(Sgd.) E. COVENTRY.
Kapaia Garage Co.
U. S. TIRES
Automobile M o t o r cy c I e Gas
Engine and General Repairing
Tel. 228 - - - P.O. Box 236
To make room for new stock we are now selling more than
twenty thousand rolls of wall paper at discounts varying from
fifty to twenty per cent. This is your chance to replace that
old, soiled wall paper with something bright, artistic and up-to-date
in every respect.
Call or write for samples and make your selections early.
The Home Beautiful Department
Lewers & Cooke, Ltd.
Lumber and Building Materials, Honolulu
109-177 S. King St., llouolulu
The last word in
Novelty Low Shoes
They art just received from the factory and art tht prtttittt
shots that we have seen-fur a long time. Made with'turn solttf,
long narrow toea and blender French heels.
Iiuckhi of different designs to suit the individual taste.
Black Satin $8.50 to $12.50
White Satin 10.00
Silver Cloth 12.50
White Kid 12.50 to 15.00
Black Suedt 15.00
Manufacturers' Shoe Store
1051 Fort Street
Honolulu, T. H.