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THE HAWAIIAN STAR.
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HONOLULU, HAWAII, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1909..
DESCENT MADE INTO THE PIT
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VOLCANO HOUSE, Sept. 19, 1909.
We the undersigned do certify that'L. M. Hale and J. Rey
nolds did on this day descend into the crater of Halemaumau
and did cross the flow over half way to the molten lava.
Signed by Eye Witnesses,
'M. L. HORACE REYNOLDS,
- WM. 'P. BROWNING.
THE LAKE AT THE BOTTOM OF HaLEMAUMAU.
"I'll go down if anybody efse will."
"Fm ready to go."
The first remark was made by M. L. Horace Reynolds, a Britisher
from old London town, and the reply came from E. Marsh Hale,
a San Francisco boy, both of whom are working in Hilo for Fred
Harrison at the Hilo Hotel.
The time was a little after 10 o'clock' on the night of Saturday,
September 18, and the place was the brink of the crater of Halemau
mau. With them was Reynolds J. Burnett, another Britisher from
Gravesend. "All of them are photographic artists.
In the darkness of the night with no other light than the flitful glare
that was afforded by the volcanic fires of "Halemaumau, coming from
the depths of nobody knows where, these three young men took their
lives in their hands and" began the Descensus Avcrni, down a depth of
tViearly two hundred feet, sliding, crawling and scrambling over a prac
tically precipitous cliff composed of loose rocks and stones with noth
ing beneath them but everlasting fire.
On the Saturday night they descended over half way down the cliff
to a level point wliere photographer Ernest Moses took his views of
the party on the next day. It was a perilous attempt, the climbers
being practically suspended in mid-air, clinging on to rocks with
their fingers in the crevices, compelled at times to swing from side
to side of the boulders to escape the fumes of sulphur that almost chok
ed them, and which' added to the 'danger andvthe riskthey had under
taken. Two Japanese boys from the hdtel stood on the brink, that
Saturday ,night stricken with awe and speechless. Afraid to move,
theyt say, lest any noise that they might make might frighten those
who were hanging between Heaven and Hell. ,
There the two men stood, their figures at one time almost in the
dark, at another lightecTTrom the fires below. Tfiey were on the solid
crust of lava which they Tugged" to Be 100 feet from the liquid fire,
which-splashed at times from 10 to 20 "feet above the level of the lake
in its endless motion ompelled by unknown and hidden power.
Upon their return to the Volcano House after midnight the story of
Reynolds and Hale was at first scarcely credited, but when they show
. cd their scorched eyes, their bruised limbs and places where the skin
had been scraped from their arms and legs, and they had been sub-
IKStantiated by the two witnesses, there was none longer left to doubt.
Ull mi vjitijAitiy jiiuiiuii liii tvi.it luui will iliauu lift: v lsuiiiv.
dtsccnt. They were Hale and Reynolds who Sad gone down the night
before, Ernest Moses the photographer, a German, who was anxious
to secure what no other artist had ever "done, pictures of the innal
iake showing the massive cliffs tlTat surrounded it, and a Hawaiian
boy Makaweo Maku whp is driver for the Fire Department it the
Central Station at Honolulu.
Having made pne attest Reynolds and Hale took upon themselves
to pack the photographic apparatus of Moses and down they went.
The heat seemed worse than the night before but was not so bad as the
sulphur with its suffocating fumes,, which almost choked them to
death. Fortunately it was found that there were varied air currents
and, when almost exhausted by the sulphur, a draft of fresh air en
abled them to again inhale pure oxygen. r,"
Down, -down they went. Every roci: seemed loose. Every stone
ready to slip from their grasping fingers. At one time Hale, who was
ahead, slipped a distance of 20 feet badly skinning an arm and a leg.
Reynolds was behind him and for a moment it seemed a question
whether the two men were not doing down to eternity. Finally they
reached a spot of 30 feet above the molten lava where there was
room for photographer Moses to fix his camera, the Hawaiian boy
remaining with him and not daring to venture further,
Thirty feet' lower, were Hale and Reynolds till they stood on the
"black lava only ten feet below the level of the liquid lake of fire. There
they gradually ancl slowly, moved about, trying with the heels vof their
"toots, as they moved along, to find a'spofoftiat was not so soft asthe.
Test and on which' they might venture to stand. 'The floor of the pit,'
that is the blackened portion of it, is of the same formation as in Ki
lauca, in rolls and ridges, none of it hard, only some less soft than
Watching them from the top of the crater by the rest house were j
Mr. Adam Lindsay of Hilo, and Dr. Wm. P. Browning. Though Mr. j
Lindsay had been to the volcano many times before, this was the first
chance he had to see the pit in action.
For fully half an hour Hale and Reynolds remained on the heated
lava, moving slowly here and there,, returning to the top at 5 p. m.,
with Moses and Maku, after an absence of two hours.
Mr. Lindsay remained at the rest house after the four climbers had
started back for the Volcano House and, within thirty minutes from
the time they left, the very spot where Half: and Reynolds had stood
within fifty feet of the lake had been completely coverd by its fire.
That it was a'risky and venturous undertaking they all agree, but
that the results were satisfactory they arc all most positively positive.
The risk and danger came from the loose rock over which they had to
crawl. They had no time to trunk of anything when going down to
the fire, but thoughts and thoughts came into their minds' as they were
Photographer Moses wanted to get photographs of the volcano
fiom below as well as from above. '-He was anxious to get a fairer
idea of the extent of the lava bed and felt that it was worth the risk
to make the attempt to do so. Moses has certainly succeeded. He
has one panorama composed of three pictures, showing the precipitous
clfffs ih the background, with the lake of' fire iii the center surrounded
by the blackened lava. These, with many others of Ins collection, for
he has 28 good plates m all, have been copyrighted.
Several of the photographs show Hale and Reynolds stepping
across the black lava, apparently on a level with the lake, though really
ji st below it as the black lava sloped downward from the fire. On
two of the photographs can be seen Mr. Adam Lindsay and Dr. Brown
ing standing away up on the top of the cliff near th? rest house, mere
Moses is satisfied with the results he obtained and glad that he took
the risk he did, As for the Hawaiian boy Maku he says he is satisfied,
while Hale and Reynolds will be willing to make another descent at
any time although they feel that it is' now up to others to excel their
exploits, to' risk" their lives, to burn their shoes, to scratch their bodies,
and to scorch their faces and eyes before they should be. called upon
for a repetition of so venturesome a feat of cliff climbing .between the
heavens above and hell beneath .-Hawaii Herald.
BY WILL SABIN.
Peary also rani ,
Last night it rained meteors. The few who joshed The Star's ex
clusive story of the Wiakiki meteor last week can 'how go take a run
ning jump at themselves. ' T"
Adam bit an apple;
Ccasar bit the dust ;
Shakespeare, both in life and death,
- - Looked well on a bust.-
'cr told a lie, Wy.' : " V 'T
such self-control") r ,' -vv?- '
(He had such self-control)
But it took a man from Brooklyn
To go out and find The Pole.
Nor am I boosting Brooklyn
For glory, nor for pplf,
I'm a Brooklyn man myself.
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Now that the North Pole is discovered, its greatest value .will, prpb'-
ably be for advertising purposes. Henceforth we. are likely, to see.
such advice as the following in the advertising pages of the magazines :
"Polar Pills for Peary People !" ' . - .
"Try our North Pole Pantaloons!"
"Good morning, have you used our Polar Foam?"
"Don't forget to cut out coupons
"For our Polar-Plated Spoons!"
"Have you got a little Nqrth Pole in your Home,?.'.'
ALOHA, WALTERS G.' SMITH!
Ten years on the 'Tiser,
(Three thousand working days!)
Gee, but what a lot of ink
Used in diff'rent ways!
Squid and quip, and paragraph, .
1 Boost, and small-farm boom!.
Now here's a toast to tfie doughty host
Of the editorial room:
May the city over the ocean,
. Whither you wend your way, ; '
Be never less dull and ever as full
As the days of Hawaii Neil
.'May the pen that you pushed in Hawaii
Be as firm in the Golden State,
And your 'sling of good Queen's English
Be never a word less great'
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The' air of late has been full of 'proposed catch-phrases' for-Hawaii.
Here ar,c a few caught on the fly: ' " 1 v' -
Hail, Hawaii, Happyt Land!
The Snakelcss Eden. .,
Halcyon Hawaii. ,
Half of Heaven.
Hawaii the Home of the Hammer,
How I Hanker for Hawaii.
Hawaii, Almost Human.
Hang Your Harp in Hawaii.
Hang Your Hat in Honolulu.
Hang Your Hammock in Hawaii,
Hawaii be Hanged.
Heal Your. Heart in Hawaii
Heave, Ho, for Hawaii!
Hawaii, by Heck!