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WEDNESDAY EVE'Qt JUNE 3, 1857.
7 are again without any arrivals of foreign vessels to record ;
trade continue excessively dull ; sales, to & limited extent, have
been effect at auction, but the bidding was anything but spirited
and prices ruled unusually low.
The clipper ship Staghound, 15 day from San Francisco, for
China, touched off the port on Sunday to land passengers, and
passed on without waiting to report herself at the Custom
The bark Fanny Major may be looked for In a few days, and
her arrival may create a little revival in trade.
' Accounts from San Francisco by the Staghound show a great
stagnation in trade, combined with a scarcity of money. We
notice sales of Sandwich Islands coffee at 13c 14, while Rio
and Java are quoted at 16c (8) ISc ; we cannot understand why
our Islands coffee should not rank equal with the best In the
California market certainly our best qualities of Kona and
Kauai" are inferior in flavour to none other in the world, ex
cepting perhaps Mocha.
Our quotations are necessarily limited this week. ,
LU L K -v e hear of sales of 30 bbls California and Oregon at
fie, a slight decline from last quotations. Stock in first hands
is quite small.
TEA Sales cf black in papers at 45c.
CIGARS 10 M Manila, Havana shape, inferior, sold at $14
50 per M.
CORN Jobbing at 3c for native.
PULU No demand ; last advices from San Francises are
considered unfavorable to shipments.
WHALE LINE-7-Sales 30 coils Manila at auction at 17c 2
LUMBER Boards are in good demand, and the stock is light
Jobbing at $40. '
SAN FRANCISCO MARKETS.
From McRuer & Merrill's Mercantile Gazette.
COFFEE Small parcels of all descriptions have been sold to
the trade during the fortnight, but we doubt if the total transac
tions have been to exceed 100,000 lb, and the rates paid afford
no criterion of the market for a large lot. 140 half bags Rio,
via New York, sold at 15c; 50 mats green Java, at auction, at
18ic; 10,000 lb Sandwich Islands at 14j15c. By the last mail
we had advices of the arrival of the Versatile at Rio Janeiro,
from whence she is chartered to bring a cargo of 800,000 fi to
MOLASSE3 AND SYRUP Of Boston refined, probably 300
ketrs 5 and 8 galls each, were sold from first hands, to the trade,
at Jl gall.
UlLrf Since our last, the Eagle, (whaler, of this port,) has
returned from a cruise on the coast, bringing about 400 bbls grey
or humpback oil, which were sold to manufacturers at 65c, cash;
1000 galls polar, ex Fanny Major, sold at 75c. One or .two
other vessels are expected to arrive ere long with coast oil.
SUGAR, Of China the most important sale was that of 96,000
lb No 1 at auction, early in the fortnight at an average of 133c;
aside from this the sales were 90,000 lb do in lots from second
hands, at 13i13c; last sale at 13c. There was offered at
auction a few days since 1800 bales Batavia; $12 30 was bid for
100 do No 18, when the whole was withdrawn; since, 150,000 lb
Batavia, ex Rocket, were sold to the trade on private terms; 40
hi bbls, Sandwich Islands, sold at auction at 13c.
SPIRITS TURPENTINE The stock here now and to arrive,
In four months, exceeds a year's consumption. AVe note sales,
since last mail, of 700 cs at 72371 Jc, and 175 bbls at 70 65c.
As we write, it is doubtful if a round lot in tin would realize 70c.
TEAS The ouly important sales since our last review which
are worth quoting', were 1200 cs Canton made greens, in 1 lb
canisters, from second hands, at 57c; taken, we believe, on
speculation. The stock of all grades as we write is estimated at
about 1,300,000 ib, and the monthly consumption does not vary
materially from 90,000 ft.
FLOUR Some outside parties came forward early in the fort
night and contracted to deliver within 30 days about 7000 bbls
superfine domestic flour at $11 50S$12. After, or about the
time that these engagements were made, considerable parcels of
Oregon and Domestic were put into auction, whether with the
view of depressing the market, we could not ascertain; the prices
realized at these sales for Oregon ranged from $10 25 to $9 50,
and for domestic $11 50. $9 75, according to quality.
NEW BEDFORD OIL MARKET, MARCH 30.
SPERM We notice a further advance in sperm since our
last, with a fair demand. The sales include 575 bbls at 150c per
gallon. Also 115 bbls, landed from the Crystal Palace, at 145
WHALE The market for whale has exhibited considerable
activity the past week, and the transactions embrace sales of 4382
bbls, in parcels (2182 of which landed from the Crystal Palace)
as follows : 750 bbls at 73c, 000 do at 75c, 10S6 do at 74c, and
2946 do at 75c, per gallon.
WHALEBONE The market for bone has been very active
since our last. The cargo of the Crystal Palace, with the ex
ception of 46,000 lbs has been sold. The transactions for the
week embrace sales of 304,100 fts, including North West and
Ochotsk at 70c (a) 74c for the former, and 75c 80c for the
latter. New Bedford Ship List.
LATEST DATES, received itt this Office.
can J" rancisco - - - jiay id
Panama, N G. - - Apt 1 15
New Yorfc - - - - Aprl 6
London - - - - Mar 15
Paris - - -
Hongkong- - -Sydnev,
N. S. W.
Tahiti - - -
- Mar 13
- Mar 24
For Sas Francisco, no vessel in port bound thence.
For Lahaina, per Kamoi, Friday.
For Kawaihak and Kona, per Alice, to-day.
For Kaca'i, per Emma, to-day, and Excel about Monday.
PORT OF HONOLULU, H. I.
May SO Haw sch Kamoi, Chadwick, from Lahaina.
30 Haw sch Maria, iVolteno, fm Lahaina and Kalepolepo.
30 Haw sch Kekauluohi, Pole, fm Kona, Hawaii.
30 Haw brig Emma, Bent, fm Ilanalei.
31 Am clipper ship Staghound, Peterson, 15 days fm San
Francisco ; sailed again same day for Hong Kong.
31 Haw sch Alice, Rye, fm Kona, Hawaii.
31 naw sch Kamehameha IV, Gulick, for Kohala.
June 3 Haw sch Moi Keike, Hobron, from East Maui.
4 Haw sch Kamoi, Chadwick, from Lahaina.
4 Schr Kinoole, Spunyarn, from Lahaina.
iay 23 Sch Llholiho, Thurston, for Tlilo.
2S Sch Excel, Antonio, for Koloa.
28 Sch Favorite, Hobron, for Kahulul.
June 1 Sch Kamoi, Chadwick, for Lahaina.
1 Sch Sally, for Hilo.
3 Sch Maria, Molteno, for Lahaina and Kawaihae.
3 Schr Kamehameha, Gulick, for Kohala.
A passenger by the schooner Kekauluohi, on her last trip to
Hawaii, writes: "The fourth day after leaving Honolulu, on
Thursday night, it came on to blow very hard. Split jib from
clew to earing. Friday night, being about 10 miles to leeward of
Lanal, put away for Hawaii. Latter part of the night, and till
Saturday morning, at 10 or 11 o'clock, the sea was making a
complete breach over the vessel. At 7 A. M., split the main
sail, whole length of leach. At 5 P. M. it had got to be quite
moderate. At 6 P. M., a fair wind, saw the land for the first
time since early in the morning.' It was probably In such a
gale that the schooner Kamamalu was lost, in the same chan
nel. tEPORT OP ft PERM WHALKRS.
Capt. Hayden, cf bailc Mercury, New Bedford, with 60 bbis
perm since leaving the islands, sends us the following report of
whalers i Ascension Is'and, and in that vicinity :
Dec 12, 1S56, at Byron's Island, ;bark Virginia, Peaks, of New
Radford, 160 bbls sperm. .
. Oct. 15, at Strong's Island :
Bark Apphia Maria, Chase, of Nantucket, 2S0 sperm.
Ship Potomac, Swain, " 800
MonticeUo, Baker, 44 100O
Norman, Ray, 44 200
Ocean Rover, Veceter, 44 1000
Atlantic, Coleman. 44 1000
Minerva 2nd, Swain, of New Bedford, 250
Bark Jos. Butler, White, 44 400
fihip Othello, Beckertnan, 44 1600
Two Brothers, Childs, 44 400 sp, 270 wh.
Emily Morgan, Chase, 44 500
Isaac Howland, Ilobbs, u 650
BarkWiaslow, Watson, " 125
E. Corning, Rotch, 44 200
Roscoe, Coffin, 44 200
Zone, Fish, of Fair Haven, 350
Winthrop, Akin, 44 240
Awashonks, Toby, of Falmouth, 600
Bchr May Flower, Gardner, of San Francisco, 70
Spoken Jan. 5th, 1857, ship Young Hero, of Nantucket, Ion.,
... u An a -f to nn v. onn inenn.
W O., iUUg. -' '
VESSELS IN PORT. JUNE 3.
JLl. M. Corvette Eurydice, Pichon.
British fcark Gambia.
From Lahaina per Kamoi 30 bullock bides, 40 goat skins,
1 Chinaman and 20 native passengers.
TftOMjiuCT Per Maria, May 3028 bbls Irish potatoes, 100
eauashes,2 bbls beef, 5 bbls whale oil, 150 melons, 18 cords
wood 3 nigs, 200 wheel spokes.
FaouLAHAiA-Per Kamoi, May 30-20 pkgs mrniture, 1
motv case, 3 horses, 20 fowls, 8 bxs grapes.
xnwIlASALKi per Emma, May 30th 25 cords wood, 95
a cattle. 2 horses, 260 bags coffee, and sundries.
hv LaSa anj Kawaihae per Maria,' June 2-50 bags
fOB lABAi 25QO clauboards. 50 pairs sashes.
gAlt, cri r fi lnrnber. 1000 pickets, 20 tons merchandise.
fldcr,8616fl.lamper,ivw' trio. Afar 23
ForKAHCi. J m ghandfce, 1 bbl molasses, 1 keg
-1000 ft JMJJ 9 ,?33S?St skins, 3 bides, 6 kegs but-
tr, 1 cord wood, 2 sneep, o u
From Sax Francisco per clipper sh Staghound, May 31
E H Allen and lady, R B Swain, Mrs Dr Lathrop, Mrs Benson,
D M Weston, E A Heydon, Fredk Lyman, Mr Wilder.
Fbom Kona, Hawaii Per Kekauluohi, .May 3011 N Green
well and 113 deck passengers.
From U ana lei Per John Young, June fl His Honor. John
Ii, Rev E Johnson, A Wilcox and son.
From Hasalki per Emma, May 30 Chas. Titcomb.
From Lahaina Per Maria, itay 30 Messrs. Rivett, Wise,
Apana, Aai and 48 deck passengers.
From Lahaina Per Kamoi, Afay 30 J Y Colburn wife and
child, H R H Prince Kamehameha, His Ex Gov Nahaolelua
Judge A Campbell.
For Hilo per Liholiho, May 28 Rev. Messrs. Turner, Coan,
Lyman, Shipman, Hiram Bingham and lady, Lorrin Andrews,,
junr., Miss Cornelia Hall, and about 40 deck passengers.
For Lahaina per Maria, June 2 Mr and Mrs L II Anthon
and child, Gov Nahaolelua. Alfred Cartwright. For Kawaihab
Rev L Lyons, lady and 4 children, and 60 deck passengers.
Vessels Expected from Foreign Ports.
American ship Harriet and Jessie, Janvren, left Boston for
Honolulu, April 1, with cargo oi mercnanuise w u. . xieiu.
American sfcips John Gilpin and Fortuna were advertised to
leave Boston in May lor lion- mm airect.
A vessel is shortly expected from .Manila, or some China port
but we cannot learn definitely in regard to it.
Schr. T. H. Allen, , Master, to sail from San Francisco
In May. Due daily.
Am bark Fanny Major, Lawton, would leave San Francisco
for this port about May vu, uue nere me oin.
A.n o,;n t. Mnrchiii ion- Xpw York for Honolulu in Jan.
Clipper ship Kamehameha IV, Garry, to sail from Liverpool
April 20, with mercnanuise 10 i v. iauum.
Brig John Dunlap, Cooke, will be due from Christmas Island
Ham brig Hero, Mooller, from Sydney, may be looked for from
feydney by July l.
Am brigantiue L. P. Foster, Johnson, i3 expected daily from
Puget Sound, with a cargo of lumber to Hackfeid & Co.
Haw brig Advance, Collins, may be looked for from Columbia
River about June 30.
Am brigantine Morning Star will be due from Marquesas
via Hilo about July 1.
On Thursday evening last at the residence of the bridegroom,
Mr. Afosg to Jclia Fayerweather, daughter of the late Abra
ham II. Fayerweather, an old resident of this place.
THURSDA F, JUNE 4.
The death of Wm. L. Lee leavc3 vacant the
highest seat on the judicial bench of this king
dom, connected with which is the office of Chan
cellor. Article 8G of the Constitution unites
these two offices and reads: " The Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court shall be Chancellor of the
Kingdom." These united may be considered as
the most important trust in the gift of the King.
The Chancellor is defined, in the English admin
istration as "an officer invested with judicial
powers, and particularly with the superintend
ence of all charters, letters, and other official
writings of the Crown, that require to be solemn
ly authenticated. Hence this officer becomes tho
keeper of the great seal, and is the highest officer
of the Crown, and keeper of the King's con
science.' ' The intent of the framers of our Con
stitution was to have such an officer here; but
the office has not yet become so prominent as it
ia held in England. Still the advice and council
of the Chancellor and Chief Justice is the highest
here, and he is expected to give his opinion in all
important matters of state.
The vacancy having occurred, the question
now arises as to who will be the successor. This,
of course, is a question -which the public cannot
settle ; His Majesty alone has that right, and with
out attempting to influence in one way or the
other, the important decision, perhaps a free, pub
lic discussion of the subject will be of good result.
The sin gularly opportune return of His Excel
lency, Elkha H. Allen, Minister of Finance, at the
moment tnat enabled him to attend tho funeral
of the late Chief Justice, will, no doubt, aid His
Majesty in the choice of a successor. AVe have
good authority to believe that the office of Chief
Justice, if not already settled on, will be ten-,
dered to Mr. Allen. He has had a long expe
rience in the practice of law, as well as a legisla
tor in the U. S. Congress, and would carry to the
bench the extensive knowledge acquired after
thirty years forentic practice and observation, as
well as a good degree of that respect which
such an officer should command. There can bo no
question that as a lawyer he is well qualified for the
highest judicial honors as well as Chancellor. But
legal learning is not the only requisite demanded
in the incumber. t of this office. In tho present
transition state of the kingdom the Chief Justice
should possess a knowledge of the native language,
and more particularly of their manners and cus
toms, which can only be acquired by freely and
constantly conversing with them in their own
dialect. This knowledge is necessary to a full
and impartial decision in the many intricate law
cases arising between foreigners and natives.
The advanced age of Mr. A., however, renders his
acquaintance with the native language quite im
possible. Aside from thia, Mr. Allen's policy has gener
ally been considered non-committal or indecisive,
which, if carried into the decisions of the Supreme
Court, would exercise any but a healthy influence.
A bold, clear and decisive stand on all important
questions, particularly in cases of precedent, was
the prominent feature in the decisions of our late
Judge Robertson, the present Associate Justice,
has also been spoken of as a candidate for the
vacancy. In legal research, study and experience
Judge R. is as deficient a3 Mr. allien is skilled.
In most of the chamber decisions made by him, he
has had the valuable aid of Judge Lee, and dur
ing Mr. Lee's absence, of Mr. Allen, which
generally have given satisfaction. But still his
experience has been limited, and left to his own
resources and judgment, it is impossible to pre
dict what degree of satisfaction would be given.
Though deficient in the legal qualifications Mr.
Allen possesses, his knowledge of the native lan
guage, habits and customs, renders him, so far
as fitness for the native part of the office is con
cerned, superior to Mr. A. He, however, haa
unfortunately never been so popular, which has
been owing in a measure to the want of a law ed
ucation, and perhaps to the appearance of ambition
on his part (though we cannot call it such) , in
his being pushed on by circumstances to occupy
posts for which greater experience and learning
have been always deemed requisite.' The appoint
ment of Mr. Allen would meet with general ap
proval, while that of Judge Robertson, even as
an ultimatum, would meet but partial.
Besides the above, other of our lawyers have
been spoken of, but we suppose that the va
cancy will be filled by one of the gentlemen
named. The duties of the office, when properly
executed, are laborious ; and on this account its
salary ($5000) has been made the highest in the
kingdom, excepting only that of the King.
The late Chief Justice Lee, by the wisdom and
impartiality of his decisions, has gained for the
Supreme Court the highest respect, not only
among foreigners resident here, but abroad. It
is all important that this respect for the judiciary
be maintained . A Chief Justice holds his office for
life, subject only to removal qn impeachment.
An appointment is more easily made than revoked.
Such appointment should then only be made de
liberately, and ought, if possible, to be one in
which there would be an unanimous approval.
In case of the probable elevation of Mr. Allen
to the Judicial Bench, the office of Minister of
Finance, now held by him, will become vacant.
There are many who believe that an entire re
construction of the cabinet would be beneficial.
Rotation in office, when not hasty nor made for
trivial motives, produces a healthy state in gov
ernments or in corporations. The machinery of
state easily rusts, and requires reburnishmg.
There is no doubt that an entiro change in the
cabinet would impart a healthy vigor to our
The appointment of Prince Lot to be Minister
of Finance would meet public approval. Though
young for such a trust, they have confidence that
he possesses the latent qualifications, which time
and experience only will mature.
The management of the Department of the In
Interior lias long been an eye-sore in the kingdom.
It is the vital, working-part of the body-politic,
and for years has been but half-managed. This
failing being evident, the bureau of public works
was two or three years since partially cut off
from it and thrown into the war office ; but we
doubt if the superintendent of it knows to which
minister he is responsible. "Without intending
any disrespect towards the incumbent minister,
v.liom ill health has incapacitated, and whose
former services deserve perhaps a pension, we
must say that the public interests demand that
the Department be placed under an active, vigor
ous and thorough statesman, who shall infuse
into every subordinate branch of it a vitality
which it has now lost. m
Nor is there less need of change in the Depart
ment of Foreign Relations and that humbug
Department of "War. An occasional manifesto
from the former gives token that life in it is not
wholly extinct ; but the slumbering drafts of
French treaties and protocols, lying half moth
eaten in its alcoves, with the standing purpose of
the French Emperor to maintain permanently in
our j ort a vessel of war, however much it may
be needed elsewhere, assure the public, that a
change here might work for their good. The
idiosyncracy of years has wormed itself into every
line, folio and document of the Department, till
the idea of change in policy or purpose is as re
mote as the prospect of reaching the north pole.
The Department of Public Instruction, too,
needs a renovation no less thorough than the
other departments. And the intended return to
the United States of its present head, which is
talked of, will render it practicable, should
changes bo made in the other departments.
NOTES OF THE WEEK,
!jS" The iur.eral of William L. Lee took place on
Sunday at four P. M., lit the Stone Church. In ac
cordance with his own rpjuest, there was no display
of any kind, excepting the appearance in uniform of
the staiT of the Commaader in Chief, which was quite
inappropriate cn the occasion. The church was filled,
about one-third c f the audience being foreigners. The
services were in Enp-'iah and native. At the conclu
sion of them tho " was deposited in the royal
cemetery, within the pblvce enclosure, where it will
remain till sent to the United States. It was Mr.
Lee's wish to be buried by the side of his father at
Sandy Hill, N. Y., where is a most charming ceme
tery. A biographical sketch of Mr. Lee which we in
tended for this week's paper, is crowded out till next
week, to give place to foreign news aud other matter.
By the following extract it would appear that
the prospect of Mr. Gregg's remaining here through
mother term becomes very improbable, as there are
scores of applicants in Washington for the office held
by him, and which he is desirous of giving up.
During his stay here he has given the most unquali
fied satis 'action to all, without distinction of country
or party, and his course on all questions brought be
fore him, has bees eminently conciliatory, and has
gained for him the greatest respect.
llox. D. L. Gregg. Our fellow townsman, the
Hon. D. L. Gregg, Commissioner to the Sandwich
Islands, has made application to the government to
be recalled. Illinois Slate Journal, March 24.
Elected. At the annual election of officers for
the Fire Department of the city of Honolulu, held
Monday evening, Juno 1st, 1857, at the Engine
House of Mechanic Engine Co. No. 2" the following
gentlemen were elected to serve for the ensuing year.
Cidef Engineer A. J. Cartwright Esq.
1st Assistant, do B. F. Snow Esq.
2d do do W F. Allen Esq.
A Railroad. The first railroad constructed in the
kingdom was built and put into operation last week
(May 26) over the new embankment Though, at
present, only a couple of hundred feet in length, and
used for carrying off and depositing the dirt dug up
by the dredge, it will not be long before it will be ex
tended to the old fort, to carry off its "walls, and then
perhaps to Punchbowl, to fill in the water lots, which,
until lately have been filling very slow; but the rail
way and cart, though rude, work so admirably that
the laborers are able with it to keep up with the
dredge. We learn that car wheels and rails have
been ordered from. San Francisco, for the further con
struction of this improvement.
Plums Mr. Richard Gilliland has favored us with
a quart or so of delicious Chinese plums, from a tree
growing in his garden. The seed was imported many
years ago by Mr. Manini, but we are not aware of
aoy other of these trees growing. The fruit has a
flavor resembling the plum and is of & very dark
purple color. It is a valuable addition to our list cf
tropical fruits, and we hope to see it cultivated else
where. Those wishing to make the experiment, will
be furnished with the seed on application to us.
The anniversary of the Strangers Friend So
ciety takes place thi3 afternoon and evening at the
residence of Mrs. Dudoit.
Anstversabies. "We are obliged to defer till next
week our report of tho anniversaries held last week.
Answer. The puzzle given in our last week's pa
per, has probably afforded many of our readers an op
portunity to" try their ingenuity. We nave recervea
the following solution from two persons; the first sin
gularly enough is a baker by trade, the second is a
shipcarpenter. The diagram A. is the board Uxlb
inches, which is required to fill an aperture twelve
inches square, with one cutting. J?, is the aperture
filled by A. '
FIs. IS. Fig. A.
12 X 12
Marine Telegraph. Through the exertions of
Mr. Jackson, Post Master, we are at length likely to
have a marine telegraph erected on "Telegraph Hill,"
a knoll just back of Diamond Head and a little to
westward of the government road to Waialae. A sum
sufficient to defray the cost attending its erection and
for keeping it in operation for some months has been
subscribed. So much has been said about the sup
posed value of a telegraph, that we are glad the ex
periment is to receive a fair trial. The telegraph will
consist of a pole sixty feet" in height, to have four
arms, each four feet long From this knoll vessels
can be seen in a clear day from t wenty to twenty-five
miles either way from Diamond Head, and all coasters
as well as" foreign vessels will be reported by it. One
advantage will be that China bound vessels, passing
during the day time can be reported, and probably
in most cases can be boarded from the port, to pro
cure news, where heretofore they have passed without
stopping. The telegraph will be in operation by
Elf In another column we quote from the Califor
nia Chronicle, an article in relation to the affair of
Judge Campbell, as we wish our readers to see the
comments of outsiders, and as it is necessary to
understand the correspondence following it. Though
conveying a gross misstatement of the case, its pub
lication can in no way affect the merits of the case.
It is not the policy of this paper to set itself up as
umpire in any personal affair. When doctors disa
gree it is always prudent to give them a wide berth.
The same rule will apply with equal force to dis
putes among lawyers :
Ambuotypes. It will be difficult to find better
specimens of this style of artistic skill than those now
to be seen at the rooms of Mr. W. F. Howland. In
deed, we doubt if they can be excelled anywhere.
His chemicals are all fresh, his apparatus entirely
new and cf the most improved style. Every feature
13 represented in most perfect propoztions, and his
exquisite taste in coloring and finishing his pictures,
renders them almost perfection. His rooms are over
the Commercial printing office, where all are invited
to call and see for themselves. See his advertisement
in another column.
Comet. A good deal of excrement has been caused
at the East from the prediction of a German astrono
mer that the comet which appeared in 1264 and
again in 155G, will appear on the 13th of June, 1357,
and is destined finally to hit the earth. It is sup
posed that if will return during this year or 1858,
but.ihpro ia miioh uncertainty. alout it. Tn an arti
cle published on cur sixth page is an allusion, to this
comet, as well as some interesting facts about as
tronomy. From Ascension Island. By the last mail from
San Francisco, we have received letters from Ascen
sion Island to about the middle of January. A re
port of whalers in that vicinity, furnished by Capt.
Hayden, will be found among the memoranda. Dr.
Gulick writes that Mrs. Sturges' health is entirely
broken down and she will require to take a voyage.
She will probably visit our islands iu the packet
Orange Trees. A correspondent inquires, "Is it
weii to prune young orange trees?" There seems
to be a difference of opinion on the subject, and per
haf3 some of our readers engaged in growing orange
trees, can throw some light on the questioD, or at
least give their experience.
At a meeting of the Bar and Officers of the
Court hld at the office of A. B. Bates, Esq., upon
request of the District Attorney of Oahu on the occa
sion of the decease of the Hon W. L. Lee, Mr. Bates
was called to the Chair and Mr. J. E. Barnard
requested to act as Secretary, the following members
of the Bar and Officers of the Court being present :
A. B. Bates, J. Montgomery, J. W, Marsh, J. P.
Griswold, P. C. Ducorron, R. G. Davis, J. W. E.
Maikai, Makalena, Kanihina, D. P. Mahoe, Mahelo
na, I. Kuwa, Kalauhala, W. C. Parke, II. S. Swinton,
Jno. E. Barnard.
Mr. Montgomery then moved that a committee of
three be appointed to prepare and submit resolutions
to the meeting. The following persons were appointed
by the Chair for that purpose : Mr. Montgomery,
Mr. J. P. Griswold, and Mr. R. G. Davis.
Mr. Montgomery, upon the return of the Committee
to the room, read the following resolutions, which
were moved and seconded, and unanimously adopted :
Whereat, It has pleased Almighty God, by an inscrutable
decree of his Providence, to remove from our uiid;t the Honor
able William L. Lee, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of this
Kiugdom, who, during a period of eleven years, by his urbanity
of manner, kindness of heart, and integrity of chara ter, had
endeared himself to us nil; now, therefore, be it.
Resolved, That we, as Members of the Bar and Officers of the
Court over which he so long presided, deeply d-plor the blow
which ha3 fallen upon us; and while we bow with submission
and reverence before the will of Omniscient Power, experience a
henrtfeU sorrow that one so long our chief, and so eminently
fitted for the position he occupied, should be takeu away in the
prime of his matihocu.
Resolved, That as a mark of respect for his memory and an
expression of our feelings, the usual badge of 'mourning be worn
by the Members of the Ear and Officers of the Supreme Court
for the period of sixty days, and that ia a body we attend his
Resolved, That the District Attorney of Oahu b requested to
present to the Supreme Court, at the next tent thereof, the
proceedings of this meeting, fend request on behalf of the Bar
that they be entered of Record.
Resolved, That we deeply and sincerely sympathize with the
relatives and friends of the departed, and above all with hi3
bereaved wife; and that the Secretary of this meeting be re
quested to forward to Mrs. Lee a copy of theae resolutions, en a
testimonial of our feelings towards her, and t cause the same to
T c ASHBK B. BATES, Chairman.
J. E. Barsard, Secretary.
Honolulu, 29th May, 1S57.
EST At a meeting of the Officers and Directors of
the American Club of Honolulu, called at the Rooms
of the Club, on Friday, May 29th, on occasion of the
decease of the Honorable Wm. L. Lee, the following
Resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Resolved, That we have heard with deep regret of the death
of our fellow countryman. Wm. L. Lee, Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of the Hawaiian Island3, and that in his death
the nation has lost one of its most useful and valuable officers,
whose character and integrity had gained for him the highest
respect both at home and abroad : this Club has lost on-2 of its
founders, a most efficient member, and one whom W3 all were
proud to claim as countryman and frieDd.
Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved widow of cur
deceased friend our heartfelt sympathies in the affliction which
enehas been called by an aU-wise Providence to endure -.
That an invitation- be extended to the American residents of
Honolulu to assemble at the Rooms of the Club at 3 o'clock P.
M. on Sunday next, for the purpose of attending the funeral and
paying the last sad tribute of respect to the remains of the
That the members of thia Club wear the usual badge of
mourning for 30 days :
Tnal? copy of these Resolutions be presentea by the Secretary
to the Widow:
That the Secretary be instructed to publish the foregoing
Resolutions in the journals of this city, and to enter them on the
Records of the Club.
Per order. ALEX. J. CARTWRianT, Secretary.
O X 10
From the California Chronicle.
Judge Campbell and the Courts. We mentions
in the Chronicle of Wednesday that the Suprem
Court of the Sandwich Islands had ordered the name
of Judge Campbell, formerly of this city, to be
stricken from the roll of attorney. From informa
tion obtained from passengers by the Fanny Major
it appears that the real cause of the action of the
court was this : Mr. Campbell was engaged as
counsel in two or three very important suits ia
which A. B. Bates, the Attorney General, was either
a party interested or opposing tounsel. JuuVe
Campbell's superior legal abilities and professional
shrewdness made it very probable that he wouli
gain all his suits, in which event the aforesaid
Bates would be put to much pecuniary inconvenience
and perhaps compelled to disgorge some very easily
acquired gains. To guard against any such unto
ward circumstance, it was obviously necessary that
some steps should be taken to prevent Mr. Campbell
proceeding with the cases wherein he was employed.
To that end the charge' of foul practice was trumped
up against him, arising out of a case that had been
litigated in the courts and disposed of many months
previously. Bates's position as Attorney General
and legal adviser of the various departments of the
Government, coupled with the inexperience and in
capacity of the two acting Judges of the Supreme
Court, rendered the proceeding a very easy one ;
and thus, to save the erudite and faithful Attorney
General from pecuniary loss or the mortification of
a professional defeat, an endeavor has been made to
rob his professional rival of honor, reputation, good
character, and take from him the means of gaining a
livelihood. A base object, and one which could only
be planned by the brains of those who have endea
vored to carry it out.
In the opinion of many there appears to be another
reason for the course pursued by Mr. Robertson, one
of the Judges, towards Mr. Campbell. The health
of Chief Justice Lee has long been such that his
demise is daily looked for, in which event, a succes
sor would have to be appointed, and Robertson (who
is an English subject) and his friends naturally felt
a desire that he should don the judicial ermine. The
legal attainments, high standing and extensive pro
fessional reputation of Mr. Campbell arc such as to
eminently qualify him for the position, and also to
suggest a fear in the mind of Robertson that he
(Campbell) might be called upon to fill the vacancy
when it should exist. It appears, also, that a largo
portion of the American residents desired such a
consummation. If, then, Campbell's reputation as
a practitioner could be ruined, the only obstacle
which lay in the way to prevent Robertson mounting
to the highest seat on the Supreme bench would be
But this is not the first instance of "sharp prac
tice" on the part of the Courts and certain members
of the Government cf the Sandwich Islands. In the
year 1848, Horace Hawes, Esq., then at Honolulu,
was engaged as counsel in a suit against the Govern
ment. During the progress of the trial Mr. Hawes
fortified his position so well with legal authorities,
and was so indefatigable in bringing out the evidence
that it became almost certain that his clients would
finally triumph. To prevent this a coup de court wa3
resorted to. The Judge pretended to take umbrage
at some expression used by Mr. H. and he .was pro
hibited from practicing in any of the Courts of "that
Kingdom. The result was that Mr. Hawes' clients
could not procure adequate counsel to conduct their
case, the Government had its own way, and of course
gained the suit.
We are assured that in the case of Mr. Campbell
the sympathies of nearly the entire foreign population
are with him, and that the action of the Court is
looked upon as tyrannical and unjust to the la:t
degree; and it is not at all improbable that tho out
side pressure of public opinion v 111 compel the Court
to retrace its steps .and restore Mr. Campbell's name
to its position on the roll of practitioners.
A Blubber Hunter on Dignity. It would appear
that there are some high old Judges" in the Su
preme Court of the Sandwich Islands as well as eie
where, The Court is composed of Chief J isiiee Lee,
a respectable gentleman, but at the timo cf which we
speak, in very bad health; Associate msnees xnt. nr.
Robertson, a whaler, and John Ii, a native. Oa the.
10th cf March Justice Robertson addressed an insul
ting note to Alexander Campbell, formerly of this
city, and then an attorney of the Hawaiian Supreme
Court, in whi h the Justice accused the attorney of
representing one Franconi as a French subject, for the
purpose of obtaining, in his case, a Consular Jury as
proposed by the French Consul, while at th same
time Mr. Campbell knew that he was a Swiss citizen.
To this Mr. Campbell indignantly replies, and shows
that he represented Franconi as having been born iu
France, of Swiss parents. On the 30th of March the
Court met in secret session, and without having made
any charge against Mr. Campbell, of which he had
any notice, without allowing him the privilege grant
ed even to murderers, of being permitted to know of
what he was accused aud to answer himself, the Court
ordered the name of Alexander Campbell to be strick
en from the roll of the practitioners of the Court.
On being informed of this ' Star Chamber " actrMr.
Campbell addressed a cousteous letter to Chief Jus
tice Lee, but which that elevated dignitary, after
having been assured of its courteous character, and
being made acquainted with the substance of it,
declined to receive.
From the correspondence and order of the Court,
published in the Honolulu Commercial Advertiser
of April 3d, we are forced to the conclusion that the
whole transaction on the part of the Court was infa
mously unjust. Justice Robertson must have thought
himself once more in the prow of a whale-boat, har
poon in hand, and finding the " sparm" Alexander
Campbell asleep, used his opportunity, and hit him
in a vital part. All who know Judge Campbell know
well enough that he is incapable of the act attributed
to him, and cannot fail to condemn this proceeding
of the High Court of His Majesty Kamehameha Ko!
IV, as without parallel and indefensible.
Alexander Campbell has more knowledge of law,
in his little finger, metaphorically speaking, than "
have all the blubber hunters of that former group of
cannibal islands, whose inhabitants first worshipped
Capt. Cook and then assassinated and eat him; more
than all the harpooners who have left the try-out
kettle of a New Bedford whaler, to try out law for
the edification of Kanakadom.
Honolulu, Jime 1, 1S57.
To the Editor o? the Commercial Advertiser:
Observing, in the California Chronicle of May 9rh,
an article under the heading of Judge Campbell
and the Sandwich Islands Courts.," in which article
grossly false statements are contained, impeaching
my integrity n.s a man and belying the professional
intercourse that has existed between Judge Campbell
and myself, I addressed to him a note, to which I
have received the accompanying reply.
That Judge Campbell's note may be understood,
I sand you also a copy of so much of the article in
the California papers as refers to me, with a. request
that you will publish this note, the extract and
Judge Campbell's note, that justice may be done to
I regret to give publication to anything affecting
my personal or professional reputation, but, as I
have been arraigned in a public journal abroad, I
&m left without an alternative, unless I consent to
be scandalized among strangers, where my' daily
walk and conversation" cannot give the lie to the
false imputations. Yours, &c,
Asher B. Bates.
Copy of an extract from the California Chronicle of May eth-1
"JUDGE CAMPBELL AND THE SANDWICH ISLAND
(The whole article is published above.)
Honolulu, June 2, 1857.
- A. B. Bates, Esq. Dear Sir : I have "received
your note of yesterday, and have read the article m
the California Chronicle to which you refer. 1
can only eay in reply, that, so far as I have anj
knowledge on this subject, the Editor has been en-