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'FRIDAY, - MARCH 27, 1903.
Rnteied nt the Postoflice nl llilo, Ha
waii, as second-class matter
PUI1USHKD KVKRV VRIDAY.
I,. W. HMVORTH - - Iiaitot.
THAT ELECTRIC FRANCHISE.
The Hilo Electric Light Co. 1ms
stirred up a hornet's nest in Hilo
with its application for a franchise
for a street railway over all the
streets, bridges and roads in the
district. Whoever drew Up the
text of the bill must have proceeded
upon the plan generally followed
by a community in asking appro
priations from Congress. ' They
asked for everything, hoping to get
about what was wanted. If the
Hilo Electric Light Company had
asked the legislature to grant it a
franchise to operate an electric
street railway upon Front, Church,
School, Volcano, Waianuenue and
-other necessary streets, with a
Ptiueo loup. If they had offered
to compensate the county of
East Hawaii or municipality of
Hilo for rights granted, it is not
unlikely that they would have ob
tained what they wanted without
opposition from the citizens. Such
an arrangement would justify a
erant of an exclusive franchise, if
such a thing is legal, providing
further, the concessionaire were re
quired to execute a good and suffi
cient forfeitable bond binding it to
complete the road within a specified
But the Electric bill goes further
and asks for bridges and the gov
ernment road as far as HakalauJ
This produced a momentary storm
in Hilo because it appeared to be a
direct blow at the Hilo-Kohala
road, which is said to be about
ready to begin operations. Inquiry
develops the fact that the Electric
people are not very anxious to
build a road to Hakalau and per
haps are surprised more than any
one else that their bill should create
such a furore.
The chief interest of the people
of Hilo is jn seeing roads built.
The designs of individuals cut little
figure if the community secures the
advantages sought. There is one
thing certain, the electric franchise
to Hakalau, even if granted by the
Legislature, is not the death knell
of the Hilo-Kohala road. It was
not intended so to be by .the Elec
tric people. It must pass the sur
veillance of Congress, and Mr.
Peck and his associates can knock
it higher than Gilroy's kite at
Washington if it is passed in objec
tionable form by the Legislature.
The Kohala road is not on so weak
a footing that it can be downed by
the shadow of a trolley line from
Hilo to Hakalau.
Let the fight go on without weak
ening on either side and the devil
take the hindmost. If the Kohala
road tumbles like a house of cards,
and the electric franchise runs the
gauntlet of Congress, Hilo will still
have her old diet of hope left.
TiutKK is one phase of the Elec
tric Railroad franchise bill that will
bear especial attention on the part
of the members of the Legislature.
This is the section relating to the
time limit. Should the act pass
the legislature and it then appear
that the interests of the Hilo Elect
ric Light Co. would be subserved
by delay, what is to hinder the
company deferring its application
to Congress five, ten or fifteen years
as the case may require? In the
meantime the action of the Legis
lature would stand as a haunting
obstacle in the way of other roads.
A Senate Committee lias reported
that the Chinese Fund does not be
long to the Territory and recom
mends that the Fund be deposited
with a properly bonded custodian.
In any other country than Hawaii
an executive, who would permit a
fund of a quarter of a million to be
kicked and nibbled at for three
years after the fashion of this Chi-
nese fund, would be regarded as a
confessed rogue or a brainless in ,""" KT " l l 1
. , , . of an honesl man and a gentleman,
competent. And yet the Senate is 'The crjme , eq,ml t0 t,mt of gIvlg
afraid to entrust the people with local' ft wny Kold coins, filched from the
government. .Chinese fund.
The people of Hilo nrc giving in
sistent thought to the matter of rail
road communication with the North.
They are in the frame of mind
which will not be content without
seeing -to the bottom of railroad
deals which so affect their present
and future prosperity. They have
looked with patient anticipation
through long months to the pro
moters of the Ililo-Kohala railroad
for announcement that the" work
had commenced. When Mr. Philip
Peck put his shoulder to the wheel
previous doubts disappeared and
faith returned that the much desired
communication with Hatnakua and
Kohala would be effected.
The critical moment is at hand
this railroad enterprise. Mr.
Peck whose first loyalty is to the
city of Hilo and its fortunes has
made admirable headway in nego
tiating the finances of this road.
He not only has found road builders
and capitalists willing to take hold
of the enterprise, but has developed
a number of lines on which to work
and find himself in a position where j
he is not obliged to accept terms at
the dictation of speculators. He
has lcfused one offer and turned
down another. The Tribunk be
lieves Mr. Peck lias an eye only
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negotiations. It believes the sue-1
cessful promoters of this road not;
only should have the general ap
probation of a grateful public, but
they should derive substantial for
tunes from the enterprise.
It is possible however in the thick
of the fight to lose sight of the real
issue. Hilo wants the road. What
private individuals or private cor
porations make out of it is a second
ary consideration. But if private
or corporate interests jeopardize the
success of the whole scheme, then
the public has a right to be wrath
ful and disconsolate.
The promoters of the Hilo-Kohala
road at this juncture must not
forget that the end sought is tjie
road. If they stop working for the
public good and quibble over per
sonal percentages and allowances,
the chances for failure and defeat
are still numerous. In the light of
present circumstances it would seem
that a prompt closing of the Hilo
Kolala deal should be effected at
almost any sacrifice of private ex
pectations. ILLUMINATE THE TOWN. .
It is time to begin planning for
the celebration ct the Fourth of
July in Hilo.
The best attraction that can be af
forded this year to the people of
this and other islands is a grand
illumination of Hilo bay. Fire
works on the water affords the finest
opportunity for spectacular effects
and brilliant show. In Hilo, a dis
play of fireworks would show to
best advantage on the water. The
homes in the city rise on terraced
slopes overlooking the bay. What,
with illuminated shipping and sky
rockets, barges and small craft dart
ing about like fireflies, would not
be the effect ? There has not been
a first' class fireworks display in the
Islands since annexation. No place
is more suitable than Hilo bay for
a magnificent show of this kind.
The committee should make a lib
eral appropriation for general fire
works. This would be supple
mented by generous purchases by
merchants for individual advertis
ing pieces. Altogether the show
could be made a most dazzling af
fair. A splendid piece of fireworks
is a better advertisement than a
float dragged through the streets.
It requires less work and bother
and costs less and looks a whole lot
Let Hilo Hay be illuminated July
1 In the subterannean trades of
esplanade lots at Honolulu, Super-1
intendent Cooper has been doing
I what Ins been done with Ililo-lots,
It is tin's sort of trafficking in public
lands, that this paper" characterizes
as a worse crime than embezzlement,
An official may swap public lauds,
giving a friend the best of the bar-1
gain by a lew thousand dollars, and ,
SOME FAMOUS BRANDS
Is something that every
good citizen should have
The Wines and Brandies
ITALIAN-SWISS COLONY, - CALIFORNIA
HAVE OUTAINKD THF.
GOLD MEDALS IN ALL EXHIBITIONS
Against All Other California Wines.
TO XiH OUTAINHI) ONLY AT THE
HILO WINE AND
HILO, - - - HAWAII
r r tt 1..1.. 1. '
wn,uu iur auuuuuu, mm uvu
bits for Hilo and Hawaii is, the
meaning of Governor Dole'?' sug
gested distribution of moneys to be
raised by the Loan Act.
HOARD OP HEALTH.
Extract From lteport of Proceedings
Dr. Henry Hayes wrote urging
his prior claim to be appointed
Government physician over that of
His application was in
fircr ntifl lif wns n rpsirlfMlt of the
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district, which Dl. Stow was not.
He was a graduate of Georgetown
tt j 1 11 ...i - '
Universitv medical college, and re-
ferred to Professor Alexander, '
General Hartwell, L. A. Thurston
and others. Accompanying the let
ter was a petition of Olaa residents,'
praying that the Board reconsider
its action. Tlwre were also letters
from J. C. Ridgway, Republican
committeeman, and General Hart
well, strongly urging consideration
of Dr. Hayes' application.
It was stated that the salary was j
$75 a month, divided at $50 for
Hilo and $25 for Olaa. The Olaa
people, as Mr. Ridgway said; were
in hopes when Dr. Reid died that a
physician would be appointed for
each district, as they did not like
to have to send to Hilo for a doctor.
Dr. Moore' thought Dr. Stow
ought not to be disturbed sincehc
was regularly appointed, but, at
the suggestion of the president, the
matter was referred to a committee
consisting of Dr. Moore, Mr. An
drews and Dr. Mays.
Hawaii At St. Louis.
Honolulu, March 23. "The St.
Louis Exposition will be the great
est fair that has ever been planned,"
said O. G. Traphagen yesterday.
Mr. Traphagen has just returned
from the mainland and during his
absence spent sometime 011 the Ex
position grounds just outside of St.
Louis, making observations as to
the best site for the Hawaiian build
ing. "I understand the legislature is
considering the making of an ap
propriation of $30,000 or $60,000.
In my opinion this amount is too
Uncle Sam's Cigar Store
HILO, - - HAWAII
Which gained the Gold
Medal at Paris, 1900, and
BISHOP & CO.
Oahu, H. I.
Transact n Gcnernl nanUne and Kx
Commercial and Traveller's Letters of
Special attention given to the business
entrusted to us by our friends of the other
Islands, either as Deposits, Collections
Insurance or requests for Exchange.
Watches and Jewelry
ALL KINDS OP JF.WP.LRY
MADE TO ORDER AT
M. J. DeGouve's I
j Jewelry Store
JAS. M. SEAMANS, the well
known watchmaker, is to be found
here, and will turn out all work in
up-to-date manner. ALL WORK
Opposite Peacock & Co.. - HILO
will deliver to you
of all flavors
Lemon, Cream, Ginger Ale,
Sarsaparilla, Pineapple, Or
ange, Strawbetry, etc., etc.
Nimoi) I). Camkka. mor,
Waianuenue St., near Pitman
I OHlccrs Elected.
. At tlie minimi meeting of stockholders
(of the L. Turner Co., Ltd., Iichl on Sat
, unlay, l'elt. 28. 1903, the following offi
cers were elected to burve for the ensuing
J, T. Molr President
I?. I). llaldwiii Vice-President
K P. Mnckic Secretary
N. C. Willfoni; Treasurer
1' A. Medcalf. , Auditor
The above with I., Turner and A.
HiimuurK constitute the Hoard of Direc
tors. KMTII I'. MACKIH,
Hilo, March 3, 1903. 19.3
I Dr.ricrct'a liltclrie Trust
'li a Marvel. Nothing like
nilGinuini Curt tor Kupture.
II rutiturril Inreitlirata at onos.
fl.ll or write lor "ItooKLir No. 1."
MAGNETIC E.TRISS CO., 33 WtitSltli Btreet, Nw
York, ii. Y, or 200 I'ont titrvet, Ban t'raucUcu, Uak
1 CANDY 1
I COMPANY 1
5 Now has a Hilo Branch Factory and is ready to supply
E both the retail and wholesale trade E2
j with the finest fresh 55
j HOMEMADE CANDIES
- Ever offered on this Island. r;
Favorite and Well-Known Hnuids Are 2
s And Other Toothsome Dainties s
IHE MILLER CANDY COMPANY!
S C. L. C1LMORE, Managor. m
ST Office and Factory on Front Street, Opposite Sprcckcls' 2
To call your attention to a new collection of
Hawaiian Songs just published by us entitled
"SONGS OF HAWAII"
This collection contains a number of old Songs
and Hulas never previously published. This
book is beautifully illustrated. Pr'ice $1.50
postpaid. Order direct of the
BERGSTROM MUSIC CO., Honolulu
Box 576, Honolulu, T. H.
THE HAWAIIAN FERTILIZER CO., Ltd.
Special Fertilizer for Cane and Rice Fields
Soil Analysis Made and Fertilizer Furnished Suitable to Soil, Climate and Crop
Sulphato of Ammonium
Sulphato of Potash
Fertilizers for sale in larj;e or small (iiinntities. Fertilize your lawns with our
Special Lawn Fertilizer.
P. O. BOX 767,
J. II. ATHF.RTON, President.
J. P. COOKIi, Secretary.
GF.O. II. ROHF.RTSON. )
K. IJ. TF.NNF.Y, V Directors.
K. F. IIISIIOP, )
COMES APRIL 12th
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DAINTILY BOUND BOOKS
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Of all kinds and sizes from the 1000 2x3 Chicken,
Rabbit and Kitten Pictures to the larger Plati
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Genuine Gold Plated and Lacquered. What is more
appropriate as a dainty gift to make a friend
happy at this glad Easter time? Come in and
let us aid your selection:
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Nitrato of Soda
H. G. Phosphates
C. M. COOKK, Vice-President.
GF.O. R. CARTIiR.
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J. T. CRAWLKY,
Superintendent and Chemist.