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TIIU WKEKLY HILO TRIBUNE, IIII.O, HAWAII, FRIDAY, JANUARY i, 1904
Ijc Silo QfcUmuc
I'RIDAY, JANUARY i, 1904.
CUTTINO DOWN EXPENSE.
j Governor Carter's plans for
'economy in Territorial departments
I can't amount to milch unless he has I There is n
WAIt OF I.KASKS. I
lilyrly l.tllirnMnu Likely In Kiimic i
Over II Ho I.iuhI I.piikph.
merry mix up over
Kntcitdntthe Fostomce at utin.iin. the complete cooperation of political the reversion to the Territory of
wall, MMccoiiil-cUwninlUT i workers as well as department certain leased Hilo nroncrtv. The
puiimsiikd hvkrv phiimv.
W. HAWORTU Baitot.
MONEY FOR PARK.
The Triiiunk was mistaken last
week in the statement that no ap
propriation was made by the last
Legislature for the purpose of im
proving the Hilo park. The sum
of $3000 was appropriated for this
purpose. The item comes under
the Acl making appropriations for
departmental use from current re
ceipts, and is under the sub-head,
Department of Public Works. The
Act makes the appropriation in force
from January i, 1904, to July i,
The question is, will the Superin
tendent of Public Works find the
sum available as provided in the
appropriation. A scant supply of
money, together with the deter
mined policy of economy and re
trenchment, initiated by Governor
Carter, may leave us in as bad a
plight as if no appropriation had
The people of Hilo should protest
against cutting put the improvement
of Hilo park by the department.
Hilo was not over generously re
membered in appropriations for im
provements, and deserves this small
sum. It will be expended upon a
spot which, when improved, will
add vastly to the attractiveness of
Hilo, and will not only be credita
ble to the town, but will be a mat
ter of pride to every citizen of the
Territory. When a visitor to Hilo
sees the waterfront a beautiful
sward, ornate with shrubs and trees,
in place of the swarm of Oriental
shacks, he will consider the $3000
well spent, even if the Territory is
hard up. The people of Hilo
should not allow Superintendent
Holloway or Governor Carter to for
get that Hilo needs this appropria
tion and expects it. Don't wait un
til next week to write them about it;
drop them a line this week and re
mind them of it again by next mail.
heads in carrying out the program
Anyone who will take the trouble
to go over the financial statement
of the Territory can see that there
is one of two things for the adminis
tration to do. It must either econo
mize or go forward at the same
financial expense and eventually
call for an increase in taxes.
When the Legislature was in ses
sion the Bulletin and a few members
of the Legislature called attention
'to the necessity for reduction of
salaries in some instances and cut
ting out offices or office assistants
that would not be necessary when
the county law went into effect and
without which the Territory could
now get along. Salary reduction,
however, was not popular. It never
is. The result last year was the
same as it has been in many years
past. The salary list of the Terri
tory was held up to its old-time
luxurious figures and 'the income is
such that practically legislative
functions were bestowed upon the
I executive officers.
1 Governor Carter, on taking office,
indicated that his desire was to use
this legislative function, in its rela
tion to current fund expenditures,
to reduce the working forces of de
partments to the lowest figure pos
sible and at the same time cct the
work done. The economy theory
is popular. When it is brought in
to practice there are always to be
found officials whose friends, per
sonal and political, are ready to.
urge that the axe of economy should
hew on every other line than their
personal preserves. So it goes
down the line, and it all urgent re
quests are granted, the theory stands
as sort of a beautiful mirage, and
the only realistic thing is the same
old salary list, the same large ex
pense. Many people seem to think that
all the Territory has to do is to
register its warrants, and the banks
Tun County Act test case went to
the Supreme Court Wednesday and
it is expected that a decision will be
forthcoming before January 4th.
Hiloites returning from Honolulu
by the Kinau state that legal opin
ion in Honolulu is divided in pre-
lines are crossed in many directions I
and all hands have started in to '
clear out the tangle. Kvcry law
firm in town has been interviewed !
by government officials, lessee, sub-1
lessee, sub-sub-lessee and sub-sub-1
The expiring leases were made
to John Baker by the government
several years ago and cover not
only lauds set aside for the Hilo
Park, but numerous lots and tracts
mauka of Front street. The trouble
arises from the fact that the govern
ment lease to John Baker provided
that the buildings on the premises
should belong to the government at
the expiration of the lease. In his
sub leases Baker gave the privilege
of removing the buildings. This
privilege has been passed along
from one person to another down to
Japanese and other poor tenants.
Suit has been ordered by the gov
ernment against John Baker for the
buildings removed from the land
set aside for the park. These build
ings were removed under order from '
the Territory, which it seems had 1
also forgotten the terms of its deal '
with Mr. Baker. The removal of
the park buildings was unquestion
ably a fortunate move so far as the
public is concerned. The old
shacks would have been of little
use for anything except kindling
wood to any one else except the
Japanese who needed them for
making new homes in other parts
of the city.
Another suit growing out of the
mix up is the injunction against J. j
U. Smith restraining him as sub-1
locciwi frrttM rnmrttMMtT lmilrlitlnrc '
The issue was sharp and well de
fined between Mr. Smith and E. E.
Richards the government agent. A
gang of Japs were making the
boards fly from one of Smith's
buildings. Richards ordered them
to stop. Smith told them to go
ahead. The Orientals hesitated.
will carry the government benefici-1 The orders continued to conflict
aries until there is Treasury money
to pay. Do they ever stop to think
that there may be a limit to the
good will of the banks, and do they
also consider that the Territory is
paying out interest for this blessed
privilege of relying on the banks
The financial condition of the
Territory is such that the same
Andrews and Judge Hartwcll ex
press confidence that the Act will be
dieting results. Attorney General j business care must be exercised in
the departments that is to be found
in the first class business houses.
It may seem poor politics to reduce
the number of jobs in any depart
ment, but it certainly is the best of
politics to keep expenses within the
income or at least closer to it than
at present. The business man who
finds income reduced goes through
his departments to learn where he
can divide the work of three officers
or employes between two. The
Territory, the departments admin
istering attains lor tue people can-
Thk article in this issue explain
ing the work done at the Waiakea
Mission the past year should oe in
teresting reading not only to those
having the welfare of Hawaiians at
heart, but also to those who are
financially interested in the health
and sanitation of the Waiakea
Tin; naval fleet at Honolulu al
most caused a shortage in food sup
plies and moves the press of Hono
lulu to inquire what would be the
fate of the people in event of a war.
We might eat sugar.
until Richards started for a law
office to sue out an injunction.
Smith turned loose a bigger gang
of Japs and fifteen minutes before
the injunction was served the one
building was removed. But there
were others the fate of which must
be determined in the Courts.
John Baker and a good many
others feel that the best way out of
the matter is to allow the poor
tenants to remove their buildings.
It was a concession of liberalneks
on the part of Mr. Baker originally
which led him to grant the privi
lege to sub-lessees.
In speaking of the matter to a
Tkimink representative, Mr. Baker
said that he did not feel that he
was getting just treatment from the
government. He pointed to the
numerous concessions to the gov
ernment he had made in the last
few years for the benefit of the pub
lic and feels that his broad minde'd
Everything is ready for a fme program
of Sports at the Race Track
JANUARY 1, 1904
The Three -Eighths and Half-Mile
Dashes promise to be the best
races ever seen at Hoolulu Park.
Races Begin at 1:00 O'Clock P.M. Sharp
The Ball Game will be a good one be
Hilo Railroad Club and Hilo Club
Game at 2:00 O'Clock P. M. Sharp
The Hilo Band Will Play in the Grand Stand
If you want a lot, of fun condensed
into a very short time go to the
Races New Year's Day.
x.ll4rt fv4- i .tmit onnfltt rAdtn iIasI
not afford to maintain men iti office r n ,.;V Z IVZ
, by a suit to recover on a score ol
when they have hardly enough Japanese shacks,
work to occupy their time or the -
Hawaii will be fortunate in ob
taining six delegates to the National
Republican convention provided it
does not indulge in a cat and dog
pow-wovj in attempting to select
Honolulu, Dec. 29. The Rluefield ba
nanas ordered by Director JaredG. Smith
task now divided between two can
be done by one without calling for
. .. , , ' for the Territorial Hoard of Agricultural 1
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Pkoi'U? of Hawaii will be pleased
to learn that Dowie will merely so
journ a fortnight in the Islands;
his "aggressive campaign" is book
ed for Australia.
carried out if the Territory is to be
conducted on a strict business basis.
It behooves political workers to
cooperate with the Governor and
the departments in businesslike con
sideration of methods to reduce ex
penses by reduction of working for a later distribution,
forces that are not working. Bui- "
1 arrived Friday on the Alauieda. Many
1 of the plants ure in bad condition and
they are being given a thorough over
hauling by the Territorial entomologists,
Five hundred cuttings were shipped but
it is not known how manv of these will
be fit for planting. None ofthetnareto
be given away, but they will be cultivated
Our Revenue Cutter.
Honolulu, Dec. 28. The
Desha mid Kyuus.
Rev. S. I. Desha was in Hono
lulu when Admiral Kvans disclosed
the fact that Pearl Harbor was un
approachable by battleships or
New Steamer Service;
authorize the construction of a ves
sel of the first class for the revenue 1 cruisers, and did not allow the oppor
cutter service, to be stationed with Utility to escape to inform that naval
headquarters at Honolulu, is get- officer that Hilo harbor is the only
ting a good start in this Congress. I natural harbor in the Islands. Mr.
Senator Perkins, of, California, has ! Desha discussed with Governor Car
had the bill before two or three iter the comparative cost of Hilo
Congresses. He introduced it harbor and Pearl harbor as a safe
December 10 this year, providing home for a squadron of our war
for an appropriation of 8225,000. vessels. The Governor was much
The bill was considered by the Sen-1 interested, and stated that he would
Regular Service, connecting
Steamer "Alameda" for Ports
Commencing Jauuary I, 1904, the Wil
der's Steamship Co. will dispatch the
To connect with the
Sailing on the day of her arrival at 12 m,, I
carrying U. S. mail, passengers !
mul freight, I
This steamer has been recently re-fitted
ate Committee on Commerce, of "probably come to Hilo and bring !"'V-S
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which Mr. Perkins is a member, at
its last meeting and a favorable re
port authorized. This report was
drawn by Mr. Perkins and has al
ready been submitted.
- fl(V .1 4
uoveruor inn aiong on general ' in(inl:n,.
tour of observation. Governor Taft Above schedule is subject to change
will pass through Honolulu some: without previous notice,
time in January on his way home WiUlGr'S StCllIllSllil) CO.
from Philippine duty. 8.3m
The L. Turner Go.
Will Commence on
Monday, January 4, '04
And Continue Throughout the