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FIRST BANK OF HILO
Incorporated Under the l.mvi of the
Territory of Ilnwnll.
PEACOCK BLOCK, HILO.
P. PUCK President.
C. C. KKfJNKIlY Vice-Pre.
JOHN T. MOIR..JUU VicePrc.
C. A. STOUIH Cashier.
TIIOS. C. RIMOWAVi Secretary.
J. . Catmrlo, . John J. Grace,
V. 8. Lyman, II. V. Patten,
Win. Pullar. W. II. Bhlpiiian,
Draw Bxcliance on
The llank of Hawaii, Ltd Honolulu
Wells, Fargo & Co. Bank...San Francisco
Wells. Forgo & Go's llank New York
The National Hank of the Re-) ri,tCflB0
public J K
Glynn, Mills, Cttrrie & Co London
Hongkong-Shanghai Honk- ) Hongkong,
lug Corporation J China.
Hongkong-Shanghai Hank-) Shanghai,
ing Corporation J China.
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Ing Corporation Japan
SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES
Rented by the Month ot Year. Par
ticulars on Application.
Open from 5 A.M. to n P.M.
' First Class
At Moderate Prices.
Mixkd and Fancy Drinks
Honolulu Primo Beer
Ten Cents a Class
J. C. SERRAO,
Matson Navigation Go.
The only Direct Line between San Fran
cisco and Hilo, Comprising the
following Fast Sailers
Bark ANNIE JOHNSON
Bark RODERICK DHU
Bark MARION CHILCOTT
Ship FALLS OF CLYDE
Tut; CHAS. COUNSELMAN
And. other Specially Chartered vessels
uinkes this trip with at least one of these
boats each month, carrying both Freight
For dates of sailing and terms,
no. D. Spreckels & Bros. Co
337 Market St., San Francisco,
R. T. GUARD, Agent,
The Largest Importers of
Also, Dealers In Dates, Oranges,
Apples, Lemons, Limes, Potatoes,
Onions and All Kinds of Nuts.
L. C. SRESOVICH CO.
San Francisco. California t
HACKS A SPECIALTY
STRICTLY FIRST-CLASS WORK
Former!) with Rivet hide Shop.
Ponohawai and Volcano Sts
UAMOT oet title.
After IrtVBcsltncnt of Money, Deed
to llomcutcndcrs IlofusCtl.
Honolulu, June 6. Taos, G,
Vent, a special attorney for the
Hoiiohinsi Coffee Company, return
cd to Chicago on the Alameda last
week, very much disgusted with
Land Office methods, and the ob
stacles which he claimed were
thrown in the way of outside capital
investing in business enterprises in
the islands. Mr. Vent is the rep
resentee of a stock company,
which under the leadership of Her
bert U. Gchr and his brother, un
dertook the clearing and develop
ment of 400 acres of land at Upper
Maulua, near Watkamalo, North
Hilo. For five years, the stock
holders who are scattered all over
the state of Illinois and Chicago,
have been paying into the company
their monthly installments, which
were to go to making a coffee plan
tation in these islands. Upon the
recommendation of Herbert ,13.
Gehr, who was the company's
manager in charge of the planta
tion, the young coffee trees which
had been set out, were, abandoned,
and sugar cane substituted as the
most profitable crop. Laborers
have been kept continuously on the
place, two hundred acres of the
land cleared and planted to cane.
The company have erected a man
ager's cottage at a cost of $3,000,
and altogether have expended $30,
000 on the track. The rentals have
been promptly paid-under the right
of purchase leases by which the
company holds the laud, and Mr.
Vent believed all the requirements
of the Land Office had been compli
ed with. He finds however, that
neither he nor the Honohina Coffee
Company can get title to the land,
and are liable to lose what money
they have already iuvested in the
Some of these gentlemen who
seek to become investors in Hawaii
an industry and the creators ol new
wealth are rich Chicago business
men. They ore closely associated
with the leading millionaires in the
Windy City and their representa
tive, after four mouths, knocking
about the Departments in the
government building goes home
about convinced that if money
comes to Hawaii for investment it
will have to invade the country like
tbe Japanese have Manchuria.
To a Bulletin reporter, Mr. Vent
"There are a hundred different
things here that should attract
capital. But the big difficulty is to
do business with the Territorial
"For instance, I was sent here to
look into the condition of the Hono
hina Coffee Company, an enterprise
in which Chicago men have spent
$30,000. They have 400 acres of
laud on Hawaii held under right-of-purchase
leases The first cause
of my being sent was that my
principals could get no word from
the Land Department in reply to
remittances made under the lease
When 1 arrived, tlieir dralts were
laid away in the Land Office and
no credit entered on the books.
"I looked iuto our proprety and
found that some of the technical re
quirements under the lease had not
been complied with. On some of
the lots we have not cleared the
required 25 per cent of the acreage,
but on the whole 400 acres we have
practically complied with the, law.
Again, the residence feature of the
right of purchase lease has not been
strictly complied with.
"But we have spent $30,000 on
the land. We have planted coffee
and sugar cane, cleared forests,
built houses and made trails. Wc
have no patent. In order to save
this investment and carry on the
development of the property by the
expenditure of $50,000 or $100,000
more, I set myself to the task of
finding out if there was any way
by which we could secure title to
the land. I talked to the Governor
and I talked to Mr. Pratt of the
Land Office. They encouraged me.
I wrote my principals and they said
they were willing to improve the
entire tract if patents could be
"I saw Governor Carter again
and was referred to the Attorney
fHttWttttKLV JULO TXHItWK,
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General for an opinion. I asked
the Attorney General whether
under the facts in the case and
under the law as riven in Section
17, Part 4, of the Laud Act of 1895,
the Governor could not equitably
issue patents to the land in ques
tion. "Attorney General Andrews in
his opinion held that the Governor
had the legal right to issue the
"I was so certain then that our
way was clear, that I wrote M?.
Peck at Hilo to name a good man
for the place of head overseer of
the plantation. I went to the
Governor again and gave him the
Attorney Gcncnal's opinion.
"Governor Carter then said I
had better see Pratt again.
"I demurred saying that Pratt
had nothing to do with the Attorney
General's office, but the Governor
said see Pratt.
"I saw Pratt and he overruled
the Attorney General. He said he
did not believe the opinion of And
rews was good law, and that if it
was, it would besetting a dangerous
precedent, and that he would not
make out any patents under the
opinion if ordered to do so, for the
reason that he believed Andrews
was not right.
"Pratt then saw Andrews and
after their conference, Andrews
changed bis opinion, holding that
Governor Carter could not issue
"Now after four months' quibb
ling, I have to report to my prin
cipals that the only way for them
to get title to their own property is
to have it put up at auction, bid
against all comers and buy the
improvements they themselves
have already paid for.
"It looks to mc like there is a
conspiracy to make it difficult for
foreign capital to break into Hawaii,
"We do have one alternative be
sides having the property put up
at auction. We can forfeit it to
the Territory of Hawaii."
, Laud Commission when seen re
garding the above statements, gave
out the following interview:
"The record of our transactions
with Thos. G. Vent," said Mr.
Pratt, "will prove that we have not
made it difficult for him or for tiis
principals to secure their rights in
Hawaii. On the contrary, we have
sought by every means to accom
"Mr. Vent was introduced at his
office February 9, this year. For
the greater part of two days he was
given a hearing. Hecamercpresent
ing men who had advanced money
to the Honohina Coffee Company,
which was developing four lots
near Hakalau held under right of
purchase lease by the following in
dividuals: Edw. Bingham, F. E,
Hotchkiss, Harry L. Wheaton, H.
B. Gehr. One of Mr. Vent's first
inquiries was after a remittance of
$235.20 received by the Land Office
from the Plantation Development
Co., to apply on these lands. Up
on a showing made by H. B.Gehr,
the entering up of this matter was
delayed. When Vent first camehe
showed a paper revoking the power
of attorney to Gehr, and empower
ing him to act. He presented a
letter stating: 'Upon investigation
we find that we were misinformed
as to the status of these leases and
paid the amount of $235.20 under
a misapprehension. Willyou kind
ly, therefore, return said amount to
us pending a further investigation
in tothc title, to and the condition
of the property. We desire to se
cure patents to the laud and are pre
pared to pay the full amount as
soon as the matter of compliance
with your laws is adjusted.'
"Mr. Vent wanted to view the
lands on Hawaii and went over. I
wrote Geo. H. Williams, our sub
agent at Hilo, as follows: 'You
render him every assistance in
carrying out these duties, accom
pany him on his trip to the lauds,
inspect same with him, point out to
him any failure (if such failure ex
ists) on the part of the
tuitiii condition 01 me lease, uo
into the status of the lots thoroughly I
and report tome with your reconi'
mendatiou as regards cancellation,
extension or otherwise and furnish
Mr. Vent with a copy of such re
port or recommendation.'
"Mr, Vent and Sub-Land Agent
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Williams looked over the lots the j
latter part of February, which ag
gregatc almost 400 acres, He re- j
ported 60 acres partly cleared, that I
is to say the trees were felled but
not removed; 25 acres timber felled
and sowed; 15 acres well cleared
nnd 35 acres in cane. A house was
built at a cost of $3,000; other houses
and laborers' quarters were found
to have becu built.
"These lots were leased as follows:
100 acres to Wheatley 934 acres
to H. B. Gehr, 97 acres to Hotch
kiss, 99 acres to Bingham. The
land was all appraised at $5 an acre
when taken up by these gentlemen.
Interest has accurcd against the
four lots aggreating $584.
"To improve these lands the
Honohina Coffee Company has ad
vanced something like $25,000 or
"On his return from Hawaii, and
after viewing the land, Mr. Vent
decided to take back the draft of
$235, it being pcrsumed at that
time that he would rather save his
principals $235 than to go in
"The facts are" said Commis
sioner Pratt, "the conditions re
quired by law to be performed by
right of purchase leasholdcrs has
been sadly neglected on these lots.
"To enable these parties to
procure patents in the quickest
legal way, I suggested that the
lands be reappraised and the im
provements be appraised and the
same be put up at auction. Who
ever bought the land would have
to pay for the improvements, the
price paid going to the government
as agent for the original holders of
lease. If Mr. Vent's principals
bought in the lease again, they
would not be compelled to pay for
their improvements a second time.
"I am not handling my own
lands" said Mr. Pratt, "and may
be what I'd like to do is the very
thuig I cannot do under the law.
I think these Chicago investors are
entitled to every consideration and
advantage that can be given them
lawfully; and that is what we pro
pose to do. The Department is
anxious to have such men as these
Chicago gentlemen take up lands
here. We are holding the entire
matter open for sixty days more to
give the Chicogo people time to act
as they wish to after mature deli
beration. All we can do is to
follow the law and give straugers
every help possible in locating if
they want to locate."
l'lauo Club Adjourns.
The Piano Club held its final
meeting of the season at the home
of Miss Ellen Lyman on Wednes
day, June 1st. The musicale was
well attended and the program one
of special interest. The member
ship of the Club has continuously
increased until there are now thirty
members on the rolls.
Owing to the absence of many
and the difficulty of holding meet
ings during the vacation months,
the Club adjourned until uext Oc
tober. The following program was ren
dered: Piano Solo Nos. 3 and 4 Opus a8..Turncr
Miss K. Lyman.
Reading "Plato's Definition of Music"
Piano Solo i "With MyThoughts-.Geibel
I ionoboio ,,s,umber SonK HeUer
Mrs. O. A. Steven
( "Spring Time".
Roses After Kaia"..Lehmauu
Miss Lllinoe Hupai
Piano Solo "In Arcady" Nevln
Readiug-"Two Views of Richard Strauss"
Miss M. F. Potter
Soug-"DostThou Know That Fair Land"
Miss U. Hapal
Piano Solo "Polonaise" Chopin
Reading "Music at the St. Louis Expo
sition" Mrs. Severance
Piano SoloWValse" Chopin
Cholkra Infantum. This has
long been regarded as one of the
most dangerous and fatal diseases
to which infants are subject. It can
be cured, however, when properly
treated. All that is necessary is to
cive Chamberlain's Colic. Cholera
amj Diarrhoea Remedy and castor
oil ag directed, with each bottle,
amla cure i certain, since ths
remedy has come into such general
use, there are very few deaths from
cholera infantum, and none what
ever when it is given. For sale by
the Hilo Drug Co.
All Tired Oir
Pali, Thin, Poor Blood, No Energy
Tlioso nro tho symptoms of Impuro
blood, starved blood. Tako out tliu
Impurities, food thu blood, and ho.ilth
Mrs.deorge Mitchell, of Yulllo fit .lliinlii
yonp, Victoria, jcntli Ufl Ikt lliti)rr.ij.li
with tho following story:
"I iinrnl trrrlhly from tleliltlty. I li it
no mercy. I was tlrrd In l hi' muriilii?r.i i '
night, it illil not worn ,it Hilo lor mo to
keep up. I was thin anil iali',nml in v l.l.wi.l
ni rory poor. 1 hail !oupct('o. iVr.ulu
nlly fcrew weaker ami weaker. When utmost
completely exhausted I lead about
I Immediately tried It.nndtiepnti to Itnprnvn
at uncr. A few bottle! loiupletcly tenured
Lie to health."
There are many Imitation Rarvatiarillas.
Ilo uro you get "Ayer'."
Ayer'a l'llls wilt greatly aid tho nctlon of
the BniMparllla. They nro all vegetable,
mild, lucarioated, and easy to take.
Prepared by Dr. J. C. Aycr Co., Lowell, Mui., U. S. A.
For Sale by HILO DRUG COMPANY
Hilo Railroad Co.
Short Route to Volcano
In effect July 13, 1903.
Passenger Trains, Except Sunday.
IV Hilo ar
IV 11110 ar
ar Keaau ar
ar... Femdale ...ar
iv: 11110 ar
ar Pnlioa ar
ar l'una lv
IV Hilo ar
ar I'auoa ar
ar Puna Iv
Excursion tickets between all points
are sold on Saturdays and Sundays,.good
returning, until the following Monday
Commutation tickets, good for twenty
five rides between any two points, and
thousand mile tickets are sold at very
W. II. LAMBERT,
All kinds of fruits such as
wanted in large quantities.
Call and see us. Cannery In rear of
Hilo Railroad Shops, Waiakca.
Tropical Fruit Packing Go.
Subscribe for the Tribunh.
Island subscription $2.50 a year.
Hvcrv M.11S011 is a good season to
own anil tire n camera. It affords
constant diversion nnd has n refin
ing and educational influence.
There tire thousands of unseen
tlliliL'S about voti now ulilrli n
i camera will help you to see; it
opens one's eyes,
f We carry such all' extensive
f variety of cameras that we can suit
niij' one as in quality ami price.
The inexpensive cameras do really
good work nnd rather than deny
yourself camera experience It is
better to start with a cheap one
and buy a better one when you arc
able. Drop in nnd let us show you
the various styles.
Prices range from
SI.OO to 1535. OO
a H. L. SHAW, Managor
Draught Beer IO Cents
When you need a drink call
at the KEYSTONE, corner
Front and Ponohawai streets.
A first class line of
always on hand.
HILO MARKET CO.,
Telephone No. 39.
Bkidgk St. . - Hilo, H. I
Front St., H11.0, II. I.
Choice Cuts of
POULTRY of all Kinds
FRESH ISLAND BUTTER
Hilo Electric Light Co., Ltd.
Houses Wired and
In accordance with the rules of the No.
tional Hoard of Fire Underwriters.
A coniplet" stock of
Fixtures, Similes, Table, Bed and Desk
Lamps, etc., always on hand.
Fan Motors . . . $15
Fan Motors, swivel frame, (8
Sowing Machine Motor 20
Power for operating them $1 a mouth
Installation charged extra.
Kstiumtes furnished on nil classes of
Electrical Work nnd Contracts taken to
install apparatus complete.
PACIFIC TRANSFER CO.
Handle and Store BAGGAGE
126 KING ST. HONOLULU
riiouc, Main 5