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THE BANANA INDUSTRY
IN DANGER OF RUIN.
H. E. Kelscy Makes Exhaustive Report to the Agri
cultural Society At the Mercy of the Banana Trust
Orgonteation the Only Solution Three Plans
Proposed Fruit Growers Urged to Get Together.
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411.413 California St.. San Prancisco.
H. HACKFELD & CO., Ltd., Rosldont Agonts, HILO
"There can he 110 doubt," said
II. I?. Kelsy before the Int regular
meeting of the Ililo Agricultural
Society, "th.it the United Fruit Co.
intends to drive the Ililo bananas
out of the market, if they can."
Thcic was a goodly attendance
of members present at the regular
meeting of the Agricultural Society
held on Friday morning, April 21st,
to lis en to the report of Mr. Kelscy,
who has just returned from the
coast. While in Sati Francisco,
Mr. Kelscy made a special investi
gation of the banana situation, and
gave to the local agriculturists the
benefit of his information.
"My investigations of the bnna
na industry while in San Francisco
prove the correctness of the predic
tions made by members of this so
ciety, who from the begining have
urged the necessity of a union a
mong the Ililo growers.
"The United Fruit Company of
lloston, who arc owners of eighty
banana steamers and who imported
thirty million bunches of bananas
into the United States in the year
1903, has its greedy eye upon us.
On the arrival at San Francisco of
the Enterprise and every steamer
from the Islands bearing bananas,
a flood of Blueficlds bananas is
thrown upon the market at prices
covering cost merely of freight.
The bananas are brought by steam
er from Central America to New
Orleans, from thence train load af
ter train load of fruit is shipped to
the various markets of the United
States. Each fruit train is accom
panied by one or two special agents
of the Company, keeping the bana
nas warm in the winter months and
maintaining an even temperature
in the summer.
"The Blueficlds banana is long
and slim, the bunches are some
what larger than the Ililo variety,
averaging easily twice the size of
the bunches we are shipping. The
bunches arc always suspended from
the tip instead of the base of the
stalk. The fruit lies compact, close
to the stalk and colors nicely on
ripening. The flavor is not as
good as that of the the Ililo or Ho
nolulu banana, but the difference
in taste does not make them any
"The salvation of the Hawaiian
fruit is its flavor, and I believe it
would be a mistake for the island
growers to attempt to enter the
market with Blueficlds bananas.
But flavor alone will not save our
industry from utter extinction if
growers fail to unite.
"The indiscriminate shipping of
small bunches and overripe or un
derripe fruit, together with bad
wrapping, rough handling and
bruised skins have given the Ililo
banana a bad name. On arrival of
this fruit some of it has to be thrown
overboard because shipped too ripe.
Others never ripen because picked
too green. Many bunches arc too
small and unsaleable, not being
worth freight. Some bundles have
been lounu to contain several im
mature bunches or loose hands.
These are practically waste and
dealers refuse to consider them in
"The Ililo banana seems to spot
black, and sometimes turns from
green to black without becoming
yellow. No satisfactory nxplana
tiou of the cause of this has been
given. However, only a very small
number of bunches are found in
this condition. Careful selection
of plants and cultivation ought to
eradicate their blemish. Farmers
should become familiar with the
wonderful results abtained by Lu
ther Burbank nud government ex
perimental stations, in the improve
ment of varieties of plant life by
careful selection of seed and culti
vation. All plants that bear in
ferior fruit should be dug up and
"Until Ililo growers become unit
ed and have the selection of saleable
fruit, the wrapping and shipment
done under the supervision of a ca
pable man, there can be no estab
lished position for the Ililo banana
in the San Francisco market. The
Honolulu bananas have an estab
lished reputation in the market and
outside dealers can order without
seeing the fruit. The fruit arrives
in good condition, being well wrap
ped and cared for. Retailers will
not buy Ililo bananas without first
seeing them unwrapped.
"Every one seems to realize this
situation, rxcept the Ililo banana
grower. While In ban Prancisco,
I discussed the situation with F. C.
LcDloud, A. C. McKcnucy, Mr.
Tucker and the commission men,
and three methods of solution were
offered. On my visit, I was accom
panied by Mr. Oloff Peterson of
"Plan A. Establish a fruit com
mission house to go into the gene
ral fruit business, handling not on
ly banana but other island products.
An exclusive banana bouse would
not prosper. This plan would re
quire quarters in the fruit district
with a cellar big enough to accommo
date three to five thousand bunches
of bananas. Such a location would
probably be impossible to obtain.
"Plan B. Arrange with some
firm now in the business to make
them our exclusive agent. This
could be accomplished perhaps by
forming a partnership or stock com
pany, arranging for the employ
ment of a bookkeeper of our own
selection. The business would
have to be 011 a commission basis.
No member of the banana trust is
permitted to buy fruit outright, even
at five cents a bunch. It might be
difficult for one firm to dispose of
the Hilo output, and outside dealers
would make a fight, seeking to boy
cott the Hilo house by supplying
their customers with fruit from
other sources. But if our firm
should place fruit with other whole
sale firms it would probably make
necessary a doubled or divided com
mission. "Plan C. This is simply an
agent at San Francisco to whom
the manager of the Ililo organiza
tion could ship. He would be kept
informed of the probable arrival of
the fruit and could arrange with
those firms that guaranteed the lcst
prices for selling the fruit before its
arrival. Although the commission
firms are not permitted to buy, they
can agree with a consignor or his
representative to obtain a stated
price. Had the proposition of the
Galli Fruit Company made through
Mr. A. C. McKenny been accepted,
our growers here would have bene
fitted many thousands of dollars and
that Compary would have lost mon
ey. Under this latter plan, the
agent could see that the fruit is
carefully unloaded, note its condi
tion and see after its proper delivery.
He should be held accountable for
returns and therefore would be care
ful to place fruit with reliable firms.
If he were empowered to collect re
turns, he should be required to give
bonds. Such an agent might place
fruit with retailers at San Jose, 1,0s
Angeles and perhaps at Seattle and
"With complete organization,
having an inspector and an agent at
San Francisco, the banana business
of Hilo would become profitable.
But as long as iudividunl growers
ship Hilo bananas, just so long will
the Hilo banana business be uncer
tain and without an established foot
ing in the market.
"San Francisco alone absorbs
30,000 bunches of bananas per
month. If we can reach a produc
tion that will justify two fruit
steamers a mouth, and United Fruit
Company finds it cannot longer dis-
Wc have opened :t choice lot, such as :
Carved Swiss Woodwork
Italian Statuettes, Busts, Vases, etc.
German Music Boxes
" Steins "
Japanese Fancy Goods
Satsuma Ware, Vases, Cloisonne Ware
A new shipment of the favorites of Iljln
sjnokcrs just to hand:
" La Plnnta
" El Belmont " Needles, Pcrfcctos, etc.
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Call on us and inspect them.
H. Hack! eld & Co.
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Is that which has been manufactured for
years exclusively by the
the past fifteen
California Fertilizer Works
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By Our Hilo Agents,
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