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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 1S57.
. The arrival of the Frances Palmer on Friday gave a little
Impetus to trade, but the transactions have been light, and con
fined principally to staples ; the continuation of rainy weather
places a damper on business.
The Palmer brought a fair freight, of which flour and bread
formed the greater part.
Our quotations this week are necessarily limited, and we find
that with one or two exceptions there is literaly no enquiry for
any description of goods.
FLOUR Sales of 400 qr. sacks California, ex Palmer, at $14
per 400 lb. The mill is at a stand-still, awaiting the arrival of
wheat from Maui ; the supply in Honolulu is entirely exhausted.
Bit E AD Sales of about 8000 lb3 navy, ex Palmer, at 8 cts.
LUMBER The demand for building purposes, and for sheath
ing of vessels has been larger than is usual, at thi3 season, and
the stock is greatly reduced. Three cargoes are expected to
arrive within 45 days, which will furnish a large supply.
SHINGLES Fair supply ; jobbing at $7 (a) $8.
OATS In demand ; none in first hands. Sales of straw at
1 cts per lb.
CANDLES Sales of Adamantine at 32c S 33c.
DRY GOODS English brown sheetings sold at SJc ; "Amos
keag" at Qc per yard ; two pink prints at lOe (a) 14c.
DOMESTIC J'RODUCTS l'otatoes, both sweet and Irish,
butter, egg, &c, &c, have been very scarce at the market the
past few weeks, owing to the heavy storms. At the present
writing, there is not a pound of island butter to be had.
SUGARS Stock in hand is quite light ; no change in price
San Fkaxcisco, Tuesday, Dec. GO
FLOUR Jobbing sales of 200 qr sks Fowler's self-raising
$'J 50 ; 470 do do domestic $7 50 to $8 50.
BARLEY A sale of 200 sks choice, 22c.
ruTATOES 370 sks sold ia lots at 2J ; 200 do in jobbing lots,
2i to 2k ; 2:50 do inferior, 2i.
CORN 150 sks sold at S2 0Gc.
BUTTER 20 fkns choice, 35c ; 50 do do, 33c.
RICE 020 mats recleaned Manila and Calcutta, sold in three
SUGAR Auction sales of 300 mats Sandwich Islands, 7e ;
50 bbls crushed, 10c.
DRIED Al'i'LES 45 hfbbls sliced choice, 16c; 167 do do
CANDLES 100 bxs Seecomb & Dennis, at auction, 24ic.
NAILS 100 keus sold at $4 07J.c.
TURPENTINE A sale of 150 cs at $1 gallon.
CIDER 50 cs Carbonite Champagne, 4 50.
CIGARS Auction sales of 500,000 Havana, at from $25 to
$50.-5. F. Bulletin.
.LATEST DATES, received at thi Oilier.
San Francisco - -
Panama, N. G. -
New York - - -
London - - - -
- Jan. 2
- Dec. 15
- Nov. IS
Paris - - -
Hongkong - -
Sydney, N. S. W.
Tahiti - - -
- Nov. 16
- Sep. 23
- Oct. 15
- Jan. 2
For Sax Fkancisco. The ship Post, now repairing, will pro
bably be the first vessel for San Francisco, to sail about Feb. 10.
For Tahiti, per Hero, first fair wind.
For Laiiaixa, per Maria to-day.
For Sydsev, per Hero, first fair wind.
For Kacai, per Excel, to-day or to-morrow.
For IIilo, per Kamamalu, Friday.
PORT OP HONOLULU, H. I.
(For full reports of Whalers see Shipping List on ith jiagc.)
Jan. 30 French corvette Eurydice, M. MvPichon, 22 days from
30 Am. bark Frances Falmer, Green, 25 days from San
Francisco, with merchandise to Williams & Co.
30 Haw bgt John Punlap, Dudoit, 11 ds fm Hilo.
30 Sch Maria, Molteno, fm Kawaihae.
31 u Mary, Bcriill. fm Kawaihae.
Feb. 1 Am wh sh South Bostou, Randolph, arrived in the off
ing from Kawaihae, and sails again to-day to
1 Sch Kamamalu, 5 ds fm Hilo.
1 " Excel, Antonio, fm Kauai.
K:nnii- Pliad wiclc. Ilfi lionrs fm Tallin in. 1.
Jan. GO Sch Kamoi, Chadwick, for Lahaina.
31 " Rialto, Taber, for Kauai.
31 Am wh bk Ocean, Norton, f r "Warren via Tahiti.
31 Sch John Young, Hall, for Kauai.
Feb. 1 II. B. M.'s ship llavaimah, Harvey, for Valparaiso.
3 French corvette Embuscade, Gizolme, for San Francisco.
O" From Lahaina, we hear of the arrival, Jan. 30, of the Am
wh sh Brutus, Henry, of Warren, It. I., 4 months out, clean.
The French corvette Eurydice, 22 daj-s from Tahiti, reports
definite advices of the bark Gambia, so long looked for at this
port. A trading packet arrived at Tahiti from Sydney, states
that the Gambia had put into Sydney for repairs during Nov.
that she had discharged her cargo, completed her repairs, taken
in her cargo again, and lay in the harbor ready to sail for Ta
hiti in a day or two. Her repairs had amounted to $5000, which
had been raised on bottomry. She will be due here about March
1st. She had not been to New Caledonia, as erroneously re
ported. From IIilo, we learn that two whalers were in that port the
barkerlice, Lester, and Phillip 1st, Sisson, both taking in
supplies preparatory to a cruise to the North.
Captain Bcrrill, of sch Mary, reports : wh sh General Wil
liams arrived at Kawaihae on the 24th January. South Bos
ton arrived on the 26th of Jan. Sch Mary and South Boston
lay at anchor in the bay during the blow. Sch Manuokawai
left Kawaihae on Tuesday, the 27th, for IIilo.'
VESSELS IX PORT. FEB. 4.
II. I. M.'s corvette EurydiceM. M. Fichon.
Brem. ship Post, Weigard, repairing.
Chilean brig Escape, Gasso, repairing.
Am clipper ship Aspasia, Green, waiting cargo oil.
Hamburg brig Hero, Mueller, taking cargo.
Am. bark Frances Palmer, Green, refitting.
Ship Benjamin Tucker, Barber.
Barks, George, (condemned)
Delta, Dubay, "
Brig Frince de Joinville,
Oahu, Molde, fitting out.
Barks, Harmony, Bumpus. ,
Italy, Babcock, fitt. out.
Coasters in Port.
Srh Kamoi, Chadwick, soon for Maui.
" Alice, Rye, repairing.
" Maria, Molteno, soon for Maui.
" Mary, Beriiil, soon for Fanning's Island.
" Kamamalu, for Hilo.
fc Kamchameha IV, Guli;k,for Kohala.
41 Excel, Antonio, for Kauai.
Brig John Dunlap, Dudoit, for Kona, llawaii.
JOT Most of the alxve have been detained by the rainy weather
for several days.
Vessels Expected from Foreign Ports.
American ship Raduga left Boston Nov. 10, with cargo mdze.
for Honolulu, to C. Brewer due March 10.
Bremen brig Kauai sailed from Bremen Oct. 8, with cargo of
merchandise to Honschlaeger & Stapenhorst.
Br. bk Gambia, from London via Tahiti, sailed April 6. Last
reported at Sydney. Due here via Tahiti, March 15.
American bark Yankee, Smith, will leave San Francisco for
Honolulu about Feb. 6 due about 2"2d.
American clipper brigantine Morning Star sailed from Boston
for Honolulu about Dec. 2, with merchandise for the American
Mission due April 15.
A vessel is expected daily from Vancouver's Island ; and also
one from Columbia River, but we do not learn their names.
A fine clipper ship, building it Liverpool, called the Kameha
mcha, had been chartered for Honolulu. She would sail during
the Spring, consigned to R. C. J anion.
From Sas Francisco per Frances Talmer Mr. Cornell,
lady and 5 children, E. Burgess, J. Louzada, II. E. Robinson,
Dr. Houghton, Mi Huson and lady, Rev. E. W. Clark an.l lady,
Mr. Schwartz, C. Wiltz, Mrs. 11. E. Hutchinson, L. Andrews,
L. Severance, S. Moores, Miss Mary Thurston.
For Tahiti per Ocean Count Von Medom.
From San Francisco per Frances Palmer : 46 pkgs, 2 baps.
142 cases. 1 box. 72 bbls. bbl and 26 chests merchandise ; 50
cases peaches, 113 bbls beef, IS kegs brandy, 100 cs bread, 400
qr. sacks flour, 1 horse, 26 bags oats, 1 waggon,! pkg and 1 bag
Snowiso thb Imposts, Expobts, Dcties ajtd Cosurescfi of
THE SAXDWICH I3LA5D3, FOB THE TEAR 1856, WTTH COMPAR
ISONS of Former Year3, compiled trom Official Sources.
Value of Goods Imported
United States, Atlantic side, -United
States, Pacific side, - - -Great
Vancouver's Island, - - -Australia,
Hamburg, - -
France, - - -
Society Islands, -
Philippine Islands, - - -
Ladrone Islands, - - -
IMPORTED FREE OF DUTY BY
Missions, $18,263 2S
Returned Cargoes, - - -Whalers,
- - - - -Fire
Department Engine, &c, -Charitable
and Religious Societies,
Diplomatic Agents, - - -Agriculturists,
- - -Hawaiian
Steam Navigation Co.,
GOODS AND SPIRITS BONDED, FROM
United States, Atlantic side, - $42,404 14
- $241,133 99
- 248,820 66
'- 11,771 54
- 70,472 83
- 24,223 91
- 21,094 3S
- 19,083 75
United States, Pacific side,
Sea, - -
Great Britain, - - - - -Bremen,
Hamburg, - - - -Tahiti,
Fanning's Island, -Philippine
Islands, - - .
Withdrawn from Bond for consump
tion, - $42,004 95
Imports at Lahaina, - $9,538 35
Hilo, - - 3,977 05
44 Kawaihae, 452 97
44 Koloa, - - - -
5,1 S6 S3
$13,963 37 $18,834 85 32,S03 22
Totnl Imports, 1856,
Custom House Recei
- 1,281,951 18
ptn for 1856.
Import Duties on Goods entered at
44 44 44 Spirits,
44 44 44 Bonded Goods,
Transit Duties, -
44 44 Bonded Goods,
Interest, - - -Passports,
Fines and Forfeitures,
Fees and Perquisites,
- 364 33
- 394 08
- 490 00
- 3,714 38
- 273 00
- 200 83
Total Customs Receipts.
- $113,614 22
- S3 90
. $123,171 75 $158,411 90
Value of Exports
Value of Foreign Goods exported, - - $204,545 88
Value Domestic Products exported, - $155,443 34
Value Domestic products furnished as
supplies, 223,550 00 378,993 34
Domestic Exports from
Syrup, 9,847 gals
Sugar, 554,805 lbs
Molasses, 48,955 gala
Coffee, 63,532 lbs
Arrowroot, 9,325 lbs
Flour, 327 bbl3
Fungus, 370 bales
Wool, 67 bales
Irish Potatoes, 189 bbls
Sweet Potatoes, 1,690 bbls.
Sundries, 87 pkgs
Grapes, 31 kegs, 3 bbls
Plants, 25 pkgs
Corn, 200 bags
Bananas. 93 bunches
Value of Domestic Produce exported,
Also, productions of Hawaiian whalers and trading
vessels, 6,297 gallons sperm oil, 148,671 gallons
whale oil, 64,915 lbs whale bone, 22,863 lbs wal
rus teeth, 14 packages furs. Value, at Custom
House rates sperm oil, $1 gallon: whale oil,
40 cents gallon; whale bone, 25 cents lbj
walrus teeth, 10 cents lb, - - -
- $583,544 22
- 638,395 29
Honolulu, for 185G.
Pulu, 4,129 bales
Salt, 4,692 bbls
Beef, 173 bbls ,
Pork, 12 bbls
Ship Bread, 13,716 lbs
Goat Skins, 70,914
Tallow, 226 bbls
Kukul Oil, 2 bbls
Wheat, 296 bags
Value of Domestic Exports from Honolulu, - $242,728 79
Furnished as supplies to 122 whalers, at an av
erage of $875 each, ------ 106,750 00
Furnished us supplies to 84 merchJIitnien, at $200
each, - -- -- -- - 16,800 00
Furnished as supplies to 15 nation al vessels, at -
$1,000 each, ------- 15,000 00
All other ports, all vessels, cargoes and supplies
estimated at------ - 85,000 00
Total value of exports and supplies for 1856,
xVi- r oopv If T rpr OfP!in 1 pk hirlp. 1.717 fhS tal
low, 1,495 gals cocoanut oil, Melchers & Co. ; 3,806 gals sp oil,
. r - j t -I CIO IV.-. on 11.1., ol,.K Kl- Tfralir Ofirt
gals wh oil, 8,990 lbs bone, Hoogly 25,514 gals wh oil, sh Ben.
rr . . .
xuc&er. , .
In Honolulu, Saturday evening,Jan. 31, by Rev. J. D. Strong,
At the Edwards Church, "Northampton, Mass., by the Rev
-I TToll a Pot KlRluRlir.niu innr flvimof ia Slnil
vtoruou mui, .... , j yv.. .... .
wich Islands), to Miss Miserva Clarissa Brewster, of JTorth
impton, daughter of Jlr. Jonathan Brwster, of that place.
Oil and Whalebone Transhipped during the
STRING SEASON HONOLULU.'
Bound to the United States :
SPERM OIL. WHALE OIL. VHALEUOXB.
3,094 gal3. 340,142 gals. 17,648 lbs.
Bound to Havre :
Bound to the United States :
SPERM OIL. WHALE OIL.
49,622 gal3. 971,611 gals.
67,978 gals. 294,440 gals. 3S4,666 lbs.
Total. Sperm oil, 121,294 gals.; whale oil, 1,641,579 gals.;
bone, 1,074,942 lbs.
Vessels of Wan
TUB NCMDER OF DIFFERENT VESSELS ONLY 13 REPORTED.
35,400 gals. 16,000 lbs.
AMERICAN. BRITISH. FRENCH. OTHER
No. Guns. No. Guns. No. : Guns. No. Guns.
1856, - - 3 96 3 137 3 94 -
1855, - - 1 16 8 256 4 , 156 1 -
1854, - - 4 50 5 143 5 168 2 84
Foreign Merchant Trade.
GIVING THE SCMBER OF MERCHANT VESSELS AND TONNAGE
ENTERED DURING 1856, '55 AND '54.
1S55,'129 44,965 8
185 t,1102l 33,442' 17
832 15 5752
191a! Ii' 020l!l' HI 'Jfll
4,788 1 10 23471 19 1 6963 125 j 47,288
Whalins Vessels at the Port of th Hawai-
- ' . - - ' . L d
nu iHiauas (Hiring tut? ji mr x o uu.
American, - - 110 27
Bremen, - - 2
French, - - '5 .1
Hawaiian, - - 4
Russian, - 1
Totals, - 122 2S
2 1 c
119 34 43
121 34 44' 116 366
Spirits taken out of Bond or Consumption
- I -a arz.
es tn r:
a 3 5
3 H g
4th V "
GLSiGLS GLS i GLS , GLS
GLS I GLS
10. 453!l252 277i
125. 350 1041
901 938 2730;
60 302, 340; 111 14U 27
-71! 379! 71 19, 9
70 448; 811
70121314' 230, 8151933
.35; 197 j
492j 4941 110
TH UBSDA r, FEBR VARY 5.
Porta ot the Sandwich Island. Xo. 3.
Honolulu Harbor, or Fairhaven as it was first
called, is situated on the leeward side of the Island of
Oahu, in latitude 21 18' 23" "North and 157 48'
45'' West longitude. It was discovered and surveyed
in 1704 by Capt. Brown of the English ship Butter-
icorth, a north-west trader, and was first entered by
the schooner Jackall, tender to the Butterworth, on
the 1st day of January, 1795. The year in which
our harbor was first entered is among the most noted
of its history. Capt. Brown the discoverer, together
with Capt. Gardner of the Prince Le Boo were mur
dered by native pirates. The vessels were captured
and taken out of the harbor round to Waikiki roads,
which, till then, was the principal anchorage for ves
sels visiting Oahu, but were both retaken again by
the seamen belonging to them. Kalanikapule, the
King of Oahu, was one of the actors in this tragedy,
and that too in the murder of his ally, who was prin
cipally instrumental in defeating Keao at Kalauao,
a filibustering chief from the Island of Ka.iai, who
was bent upon subduing Oahu to vassalage. Capt.
Brown, on return from his war expedition, fired a
salute in honor of the victory ; a wad from one of his
guns entered the cabin window of the American sloop
Lady lVaskingl07i, and killed Capt. Kendrick. His
interment, under the English burial service, is noted
as the first at the Islands accompanied with Christian
rites. The ceremony was deemed by the natives then
as a solemn sorcery. The grave was rifled the same
night lor the sake of the winding sheet. We give
this piece of history as a notable starting point or
" fixed monument," as the professionals say, in our
survey of the harbor. It serves, too, in distinguishing
rather vividly, the difference between the antagonism
of civilization and savagery sixty-two years ago and
the polka reunions of the races at the present day.
The harbor is a deep basin in the coral reef,
through which the fresh water from the Nuuanu
stream reaches the sea, capable of accommodating
one hundred and eighty vessels in its present almost
unimproved state. The depth of water varies from
four to six and a balf fathoms. The bottom is
deep, stiff mud the best of holding ground. Ves
sels at anchor in the harbor are perfectly secure at all
seasons of the year. In the strongest southerly gales
when the wind is directly in from the sea the harbor
is well protected by the reef outside of it. About
one-third of the basin or harbor proper, at the north
end, is filled with mud a depositc from the Nuuanu
Valley stream. This can be converted at pleasure
into a harbor for ships by dredging.
The channel, which includes the outer harbor, is
about one mile in length, narrow and rather tortuous.
It3 sides are bold coral reefs and susceptible, when
the wants of commerce demand it, of being converted
into wharf fronts the entire length on both sides to
the bar, making thereby a harbor of the present
channel, which, under the mooring system, could be
made to accommodate a number of vessels, little sus
pected by persons unacquainted with the real size of
the basm and channel. The depth of water on the
bar is twenty-one and a half feet at low tide, which
rises and falls throughout our group about two feet.
The bottom is sand and about one hundred yards in
width, and can be deepened with small expense,
under competent direction, so as to admit the largest
vessels afloat. The shape of the harbor and channel
is such as to offer as much wharf facilities as any
harbor of its area in the world. The reefs on both
sides are easy of improvement and with extent enough
of themselves for a first class city.
There are five good wharves, at which vessels of
1500 tons can discharge or take in cargo. These
wharves furnish about six hundred feet wharfage
front. The government are' now constructing new
piers, and it is probable that, before the end of
twelve months, one thousand feet of additional whar
fage will be ready for use.
This port is so easy of access, that any sailing
directions for it are almost superfluous. The trade
wind blows over the islands about nine months of the
year, from March to November ; during the winter
months the South and West winds prevail, And bring
usually a great quantity of rain. These months are
generally stormy, arid during them it is unsafe to anch
or in the roads. Most of the marine disasters occur
ring about the islands are in December, January and
February. When the trade wind prevails vessels
should approach the islands and run along to the
north'ard of Hawaii, Maui and Molokai, . distant
from the land say fifteen or twenty miles, and
passing through the channel between Molokai and
Oahu, which is about eighteen miles in width, run
along the shore from Coco Head (the most eastern
point of -Oahu) to Diamond Head, keeping the shore
two or three miles distant. The reefs extend only
about half a mile from the shore between these
headlands. Diamond Head is about four miles dis
tant from the anchorage. Vessels wishing a pilot
should hoist the usual pilot signal at the fore as soon as
the town and shipping come in sight. Skillful pilots
are always in readiness, and the port is provided with
a steam tug, adapted to towing vessels in and out the
harbor. Her service is generally needed when the
trade wind is fresh. Vessels not wishing a pilot, can
pass Diamond Head about one mile distant from the
shore, and head for the entrance of the harbor. The
anchorage is indicated by a white iron buoy in twelve
fathoms, and ships not wishing to enter the harbor
can anchor anywhere near the above buoy and
outside the " sp'ar buoy" at the entrance of the
channel. The trade wind always blows off shore.
The site of Honolulu is good, rising gradually from
the sea to an elevation of about twenty feet. The
ground is volcanic soil, .with a coral rock basis the
very best foundation.for building. The surrounding
scenery, as oft told, is made up of everlasting green
mountains and valiies. The immediate vicinity is
diversified with hill and plain, susceptible of much
adornment, as running water is abundant and can
be led to all parts. Much has alreadybeen done to
beautify the environs of our town in the shape
of cottages and trees, but it is only the beginning of
what we shall see. The scenery of this island is
picturesque, it is well watered, salubrious and fertile
throughout, and its topography such that a railroad
may be constructed around it at a moderate expense,
and doubtless will be whenever it will pay.
Its productions are various, mostly tropical fruits,
vegetables and poultry; to supply the residents and
shipping in port. Grazing is carried on largely and
at a profit, and is the chief business of this island in
the agricultural line. Being the center of Hawaiian
commerce, it draws its supplies mainly from the other
islands for consumption and shipping to foreign ports.
A large fleet cf coasters of every description, from
the nonpariel clipper, schooner to the sand barge,' arc
employed in this trade, leaving daily for and return
ing from the other islands. One or more steamers
adapted to the trade, and running regularly and
permanently between the islands, is' yet a desid
e town of Honolulu and shipping in port are
undantly supplied with good water, brought down
in iron pipes from exhaustless sources near the
mountains. 2000 barrels of domestic salt beef, about
G00O barrels of domestic flour, equal to any imported,
as well as large quantities of firewood, potatoes,
pumpkins, vegetables and fruits of all kinds are
annually furnished at this port to merchant and
whale ships. Native as well as foreign seamen can
be obtained at this port at short notice for voyages to
any part of the world; wages average about fifteen
dollars per month for merchant service, and a
hundred-and-fortieth lay for the whaling service.
The average value of imports at Honolulu for the
last few years considerably exceed a million of dollars,
coming from every quarter of the commercial world.'
This port seems to be a focus at which the commerce
from every point of the compass in the Pacific con
centrates. Its geographical position in relation to
the old and new world tends unavoidably to make it
Tho population of Honolulu is somewhat fluctua
ting ; during the fall and winter season it is as high
as 10,000 or 12,000, caused by the influx of seamen
and also natives from the other islands of the group.
At other seasons of the year it may be as low as 7,000
to 8,000. - There are four ship chandlery stores, about
twenty importing houses, and from fifty to sixty re
tail stores, twelvs hotels, nine or ten physicians, and
five printing offices. There are six church edifices,
some of them very substantial specimens of archi
tecture, and capable of accommodating each from
300 to 3,000 persons. The schools are numerous,
both for the native and foreign children, and it is
generally thought, by those most capable of judging,
that the advantages afforded in Honolulu for a thor
ough education are equal to those of New England,
exceptingonly her universities and colleges.
Aside from these elements of material prosperity,
there are gathered together in Honolulu many facili
ties for real intellectual and social enjoyments ; also
many other diversions, said to be enjoyments, which
are not so intellectual. We have a college of physi
cians, an incorporated college for students, delight
fully located at Punahou ; our postal arrange-1
ments with the old world are complete and corres
pondence is carried on with all parts of the world
regularly and without confusion.
Under the patronizing spirit of our treaties with
some foreign nations, we are forced to offer many
amusements and attractions to visitors which are
more facinating than healthy.
There are three weekly and two monthly journals
printed here in both the Hawaiian and English lan
guages. They are conducted with more or less ability,
with. a high or low moral tone, according to the
editorial caliber and the intellectual and moral wants
of their respective supporters.
We avoid drawing comparisons between this har
bor and any of the other harbors of the Hawaiian
group. Commerce, with its true instincts, always
alights upon the best and converts it into a metrop
olis. . This harbor is an exemplification of the asser
tion not to be disputed by those interested in the
prosperity of the kingdom, and we think it would be
well for all to lend their good will to make it the
center of that wide commerce for which it is so favora
bly situated and thereby benefit themselves in a
Before closing our remarks on the harbor of Hono
lulu, perhaps we ought to allude to its wants. A
LiGiiT-nousE ought to be erected forthwith at the en
trance of the harbor. The necessities of our com
merce demand this improvement. The fearful dis
asters and losses near and at the mouth of the harbor
for the last few years, and all for the want of one,
call loudly for such a safeguard. Aside from the
losses which it would be the means of preventing, it
would be the greatest accommodation to vessels in
enabling them to come in and go out at all times,
night or day. Thus saving ' time, which is money,"
or will be as the star of empire" approaches our
meridian. We believe a proper light-house might be
built by private parties, and that ships visiting this
port would consent willingly to be taxed here as well
as elsewhere, for this kind of insurance or safeguard;
and that the amount of tax so levied would be nearly
or quite sufficient to induce private parties to erect
one without delay.
But a want much more felt is a marine railway
for repairing ship. We are surprised that no attempt
to construct a railway has ever been carried out here.
The statistics which we publish to-day show the arri
val of a large number of vessels, one-fifth of which
come into this port for repairs. The present mode of
repairing vessels is very expensive," while the repair
ing of the hull of large steamers at this port is almost
impracticable at present. We are assured that the
cost of a substantial railway for the present wants of
our commerce will not exceed $25,000. And it would
be a fortune to'any person or company who undertook
it with practical knowledge of the subject. But the
length to which our article has run compels as to
stop here. We shall however recur to the subject
and furnish some figures to show the necessity of a
NOTES OF THE WEEK.
Etat Major of the French Corvette Eurydice.-
M. M. Pichon, Capitaine de Vaisseau, Commander.
Delafolly de Lorcy, Enseigne.
Dumas, 1st Surgeon.
De Itasilly, Aspirant.
Narcy, 2d Surgeon.
W "We regret to learn that our worthy seamen's
Chaplain, Rev. S. C. Damon, received an attack of
paralysis, on Saturday. The stroke was light, extend
ing no farther than the head. It was brought on by
unusual mental and physical exertion during the
past few months. Physicians have advised him to
relinquish his duties for a few weeks, and it is proba
bleiie will spend a while on onef the other islands.
SnlT The new brigantine Morning Star, Capt.
Moore, sailed from Boston Monday Dec. 2nd. Passen
gers, Rev. H. Bingham, jr., and lady, bound to Mi
cronesia, and Mrs. Jackson Cthe lady of our worthy
Post Master) for this place. The vessel is a fine model,
built of best materials in the most substantial manner
Mr. Gordon writes to Messrs. Castle & Cooke, un
der date of Dec. 4th : " I learn this morning that the
jar came to anchor yesterday in a snow storm off
vVA- " j "uuoiaser
From here she is expected in
gale. She is now considered safe from danger, f'
Cantain is instructed to proceed without sw-
A - wumin-
Micronesia via the Marquesas.
No. 2. At the Annual Meeting of Mechanic Enc;
Co. No. 2, held on Tuesday evening last, the fullo
officers were re-elected for the third time.. A hi
compliment could not have been paid to their efficient
and promptness by the Company.
Richard Gilliland, Foreman.
W. B. Wright, Assistant Foreman.
John S. Smithies, Secretary.
J. Stewart, Treasurer.
Ordination. The ordination of Edward G.
with, President of Oahu College, as an Evangtij
took place Sabbath evening, Feb. 1st, at the Fort
Street Church. The following was the order of cxej.
cises on the occasion :
Prayer By Rev. E. W. Clark.
Introductory Exercises By Rev. L. Smith.
Sermon By Rev. B. W. Parker.
Ordaining Prayer By Rev. S. C. Damon.
Right Hand of Fellowship By Rev. J. D. Stroi
Charge to the Candidate By Rev. R. Armstron
Concluding Prayer By Rev. A. Bishop.
- Benediction By Mr. Beckwith. Frknl
C. S. Naval Agent. We learn that Lieutenant
Wm. Reynolds, U. S. N., who resided for some years
on the Islands, has been appointed U. S. Naval Store.
keeper at Honolulu. It may not be generally known
hat Lieutenant Reynolds' father was for many vears
the law. partner of James Buchanan, now President
elect of the U. S. By our exchanges we learn that it
is the purpose of that Government to increase its
naval force in the Pacific, and this port will doubtleg
be more frequented by its war vessels than it Lu
been for the past two years. Lieutenant R. and la-ly. .
and also Capt. Snow and tamiiy are expected frwa
San Francisco bv the first vessel.
IT The lightning, thunder and rain of the past
fortnight are unprecedented. We have vainly looked
for the oldest inhabitant," but can't find any one
that keeps the run of the weather as our friend Ste
phen of Nantucket des, in respect to whalers cruis
ing anywhere. He is a perfect encyclopedia of facta
on the subject of bowheads and blubber Ijuntcrs. We
are anxious to give him credit, for without his aid
our whalemen's list would have looked till this about
as clean as that whaler up at IIilo, which hailed
' 19 barrels," and gave us a sharper for reporting
him 20 barrels. But about the weather : for two
days and three nights the lightning was terrific. Ia
Nuuanu Valley it is reported that a native was killed
by the lightning. Several persons saw Punchbowl
fort struck and the lightning dart down its precipices.
The gable end of an adobe house on Beretania street,
occupied by Chinamen was knocked into pi, supposed
to be by lightning, but we could find no one who saw
JSF" Our neighbor Hugh Mclntyre, who sells goods
at the lowest figure on the corner of King and Fort sts.,
lias placed himself at the head of the Department of
Public Works, by the construction of a " bulkhead" to
counteract the effects of the rapids" which turn that
corner during every freshet, and which had given the
impression that his store might have been built oa
the sand. The ' bulkhead" is within the occasional
view of the Department, and may suggest an idea or
two, if any improvements are ever contemplated in
the town. "
The schooner Maria reports that the brigan
tine Haalilio, which was fitted out at LahVvnaass
whaler a few weeks since, took a whale in Kalepolepo
Bay, on the 24th of January, which would turn out
fifty or sixty bbls. oil. During the winter months,
whales are frequently Seen around our islands, and
we have no doubt the Haalilio will make a paying
business of it. :
Count Medem took passage for Tahiti on Saturday
last in the ship Ocean, having spent about six weeks
on the Islands, during which he visited the volcano
on Hawaii, in company with Mr. C. n. Pfluger and
Capt. Norton. From several very pleasant interviews
with the Count, we found him a gentleman of refine
ment, of liberal sentiments, and well read in English
and French works relating to this part of the world.
He has left behind him a very favorable impres
sion both oT himself and the country he represents.
From Tahiti, we understand he purposes visiting
New Zealand and Australia.
5T We re-issue our fifth and sixth pases this
week, on which will be found a variety of foreign
news and a story of a London literary, whose experi
ence may serve as a hint to some of our bacneior
friends. An article on the commerce of the Islands,
as well as several communications, are crowded out
Honolulu, 27th January', 1857.
Mr. Editor, Although from habit, I amaccu
tomed to be a gdod law-abiding man, yet when, as far
as it lays in my power, I obey the requisitions of the
law, and owing either to want of sufficient help in the
office of the government official I apply to, or neg
ligence on his part in attending to his duties, I
driven to the necessity of discharging them, myself,
in order to save my property, and if in the act, unin
tentional damage arises, and I have to pay the amount,
I think I have a good right to grumble, and I intend
to do a little of it pleasantly in this communication.
On my arrival, my vessel was duly moored by the
Harbor Master and remained at those moorings, on
til from squally weather and the- number of vessel
hanging to her by lines, she shifted her berth, endan
gering herself and two or three vessels in her viciw'tf
She came also into close proximity to a store ship fro10
whose owners or agents, I received notice to thrf
effect. As soon as the weather moderated, I went to
the Harbor Master's office to inform him, I wished to
remoor my vessel, but did not find him in.
wishing to loose the present opportunity as the weath
er had an unsettled appearance, I gave my
officer instructions to go on with the work.
While remooring, -a line from the ship Genera
Williams was made fast to our stern mooring cb
in spite of the earnest objections of my mate who &
formed them what he was about, and how mcC
would interfere with him. Finding it necessary aft"
wards, in order to complete his work, to cast offth
line, he hailed the ship three times to let them knot
then cast it off, and finished mooring the vessel.
Some two or three days after this, I met the Ma'
shal, W. C. Parke, Esq., and he read to me
Summons he had in his hands, that my presence
required" at the Police Office to answer to the dS
of Mr. II. J. II. Holdsworth, for casting off a toe fle
my ship whereby certain damage had been
failing my presence there or satisfactory bonus
:, t "x - v ; tun svf. I a01
the latter alternative by making it all right
gentlemanly Marshal. ; At the time oppoin