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TlUMJNW, HILO, HAWAII, 'I'UKSDAV, JUI.V aj, 1905.
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When your vitality is low, you
nro miserable all tho time.
You aro lanp id ninl dnpreffleil, your
nerve nro weak, nnJ jour njipetite is poor.
did for the Invalid daughter of a grateful
THE BANANA TRUST
AND ITS MACHINERY.
Modern Methods Employed by the United Fruit Com
pany New Orleans and Mobile the Center of the
Trade 30,000,000 Bunches Handled Last Year
Cheap Labor and Proper Handling.
"My daiiRliter liail for a lone time been
'troubled with tlotont headaches and 1eeji
lestueM. Hho was pale, li.nl no appetite, and
mi lo.lnR fleh rapidly. Him tried various
remedies, but rcrcled no lencllt until she
commenced using Ayer's Harsaparllla. After
taking half a bottle sho bCRan to feel better.
Ily a continued uso of this medlclno ber
sppctlto returned, ber checks began to till
out and show color, she gained In strength,
her headaches disappeared, she slept belter,
and now sajs alio feels llko a new person."
There are many imitation
Be sure you get "AYER'S."
PripirtltrDr.J.C.Ajef&Co.,Lowtll, Mm. .U.S.A.
For Sale by HILO DRUG COMPANY
Every inch one pushes off beyond the
normal distance, after eje failure begins,
means an inch of danger. Ninety-nine
persons out of n hundred may do it safely;
you may be the one who cannot. Those
having the best eyes when old age comes
will be those who heed the first call for
Eves Examined. Glasses Pitted.
A. N. Sanford
Boston Building, Honolulu
OVER MAY & CO.
Direct Line between SAN FRANCISCO
Iiurk St. Catharine,
Hark Amy Turner,
Sell. W. II. Mnrston,
For freight and passage apply to
WELCH 4 CO., Agents, San Francisco
C. BREWER & CO., Ltd., Agents,
It may possibly be of interest lo
the readers of the Tkihunk to
know the bulk of business that is
being done by the Banana Trust
niid ihe methods which their orgnn
iz ition has perfected.
The Untied Fruit Company
is better known as the "ba
nana trust." It has seventy
six steamers of all sizes and shapes
engaged in the trade. Some of
them are fine, new, tviu-.scrcv ves
sels of 5,000 tons, with luxurious
p. .sengct accommodations and ca
pable of making eighteen and twen
ty knots an hour; while others are
chartered Norwegian tramps, fitted
up to carry bananas.
It is through employing these
Norwegian vessels that the "banana
trust" is enabled to cut the price of
fruit so low. It is interesting
to note the difference in the
wages paid to me American
and Norwegian seamen. Ihe for
mer receives from $25 to $45 per
month; the latter from $5 to gS per
month. The officers of the American
ships receive from $100 to $250 a
month, while those of the Norwe
gian .steamers receive from $40 to
$60 per month.
The most important articles of
commerce in Mobile arc bananas,
pineapples and cocoanuts. They
are brought from Central America
and the West Indies by the ships
of the United Fruit Company and
sent northward over the Mobile and
Ohio, Louisville and Nashville, and
Southern railways in special trains
to be distributed among the cities
of the north.
The banana trust lands its fruit
at New Orleans and Mobile. A
bont seven steamers a week come
in, an average of one a day,
carrying trom 15,000 10 20,000
bunches of bananas each; which
are worth 65 cents a bunch on the
docks. They come from Hondu
ras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and I3o
cas del Torro, Panama. These
steamers also bring cocoanuts,
pineapples and oranges. Last year
they brought 4,5591872 bunches of
bananas, 2,981,850 cocoanuts and
130,034 crates of pineapples. The
imports of cocoanuts fell off about
one-half from the previous year,
when 4,460,625 were tossed over
the docks of Mobile. The trust
handled altogether about 30,000,000
bunches of bananas last year at all
the ports, or about three billion
bananas an average of forty for
til the fruit is removed', when it
will drop to normal again. In other
words, a bunch of bananas is as
good as a gas stove.
The "banana specials," as fruit
trains are called, have the right of
way over everything except limited
passenger trains, and the railway
companies contract to deliver the
fruit on schedule time, paying a
forfeit for every minute they are
delayed. The trains make about
forty miles an hour, which enables
the trust to deliver the fruit in Chi
cago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Pitts
burg, Philadelphia, Washington,
New York and other cities within
ten and often nine days from the
time it'is picked from the planta
tions in Central America. The
captains of the steamers are given
bounties for the. good condition of
their cargoes, for it is very easy to
ruin a cargo of bananas. If they
are locked up in a close hold of a
ship without ventilation, or placed
in an air-tight car, they will ripen
so rapidly by their own heat that
they will probably be spoiled before
reaching their destination.
The prohibitionist looks on it with
favor, for it does not mix with al
cohol, and some think the habitual
use blunts the longing for fire-water.
Thus Capt. Parsons of an
English-West Indian Hue says that
since his seamen and stokers have
been allowed to help themselves
freely to the cargo of bananas they
have not wished so much for rum.
There is a trace of copper in the
banana, and deep thinkers believe
this is beneficial to the human
The taste of the banana is not
acquired. As Mr. Crichton-Brownc
exclaims in a burst of Ciceronic elo
quence: "An appreciation is not
reached through slow stages of di
minishing repulsion, but comes at
the moment of first introduction.
The infant absorbs it greedily; child
ren devour it with delight; the
adult does not despise it, and the
edentulous octogenarian blesses its
Banana growers in Jamaica get
$50, $60 and even as much, some
times, as $75 per acre clear profit
on their crops. The planters of
the Canary Islands, whose bananas
command the very highest prices
in the English markets, often get
$100 per acre net profit.
I'm flit Fish Asleep.
J. M. Hering is the appropriate
name of the fish inspector at llilo,
Hawaiian Islands. In n recent re
port he says that the food fishes of
Hawaii nre rapidly disappearing
because of the slaughter of those
not fully grown.
Ignorant natives and Japanese
laborers are responsible. Besides
using small mesh nets they have a
method of making a catch which is
thus described by Mr. Hering.
"The natives use a mixture of
combination of herbs known as
auhuhu or nkia, a ball of which
when deposited at the bottom ot a
pond frequented by fish acts in the
nature of chloroform, putting the
fish lo sleep. When the fish rise to
the surface the natives gather them
up and they nre sold or eaten like
"There does not appear to be
any harmful effect from the use of
this drug after the fish are cooked,
for the Hawaiiaus eat fish killed in
this manner with impunity. But
the action of the drug is the same
on all fish within tjic radius of its
influence and the young fish suffer
death as well as the larger fish.
"The present law provides a
penalty for fishing with dynamite,
but does not cover this method of
destroying fish." Salt Lake Tribune.
THE HILO TRIBUNE'S MAIL CHART
MAILS ARRIVE IN HONOLULU AND DEPART AS
Ncvndnn OT '
F. I S. )
Vessels whose nntnes appear OVER tin date ARRIVE from the Const.
Vesseh whose names uppear HELOW ihe date DEPART for the Const.
Destination of Vessels () To San I'rnncisco; (f) To Colonies; ($) To
Victoria; 11. C; (?) To Yokohama.
S. S. Kinnti departs from llilo for Honolulu every Friday at 10:00 a. in.
S. S. Mnuua Loa'smnll closes in llilo on Saturdays and Tuesdays marked
(x) nt 3:15 p. in., arriving in Honolulu at daylight three days later.
H. Hackfeld & Co., Ltd. ievery m!UJi womai, ami cund in the
PAY FOR THE BEST
Looked Into Our Labor Conditions.
Victor S. Clark of the Depart
ment of Commerce and Labor, who
has been visiting Hawaii on official
business, returned yesterday on the
Manchuria. The investigations of
Mr. Clark have occupied two
mouths and the outcome will be an
official report of his observations to
the department at Washington.
Mr. Clark is of the opinion that
110 permanent solution of the labor
problem in the islands would be
found until there is a larger supply
of resident labor. He said that a
systematic effort to secure the settle
ment of homesteads would probably
meet with success and that he
thought the Government as well as
the labor organizations would look
with approval upon an attempt to
bring white laborers to Hawaii.
Clark said that the whole nation is
concerned in the problem of build
ing up a community of high civic
character and ability in the Islands,
and that he did not see how it could
be done without a larger fixed pop
ulation in the group. Chronicle.
THE HAWAIIAN FERTILIZER CO., Ltd.
For Cane, Vegetable and Banana Fields.
Soil Analysis Made and Fertilizer Furnished Suitable to Soil, Climate and Crop
FOR THE LAND'S SAKE USE OUR FERTILIZERS
Sulphato of Ammonium
Sulphato of Potash
Nltrato of Soda
H. C. Phosphates
Fertilizers for sale lu large or small quantities. Fertilize your lawns with ur
Special Lawn Fertilizer.
TRANSPORTING THE KANAKAS.
Railway trains run alongside of
the steamers, and bunches of ba
nanas are passed up from the
hatches and across into refrigerator
cars by colored stevedores, of whom
about 300 are engaged at the Mobile
docks. An ordinary shipload will
fill two trains of twenty cars each
an average of about 0,000 bunches
to a train. As soon as they are
AND THAT'S THE CLASS OF WORK
FRONT ST., Op. SI'RECKEL'S BLOCK on schedule time, each train being
. accompanied by three men, whose
business it is to look after the ven
tilation, the heating and the icing
of the cars, according to the
I weather, so that the fruit will be
kept in precisely the proper tern-
Tho Divorce Problem.
Undoubtedly there are far too
many divorces. Bishop Potter,
who has very lileral ideas on the
subject, and has been especially de
sirous of fair play for "the innocent
party," declares in his pastorial
letter that it is in vain that our people
concern themselves about such mat
ters as municirial improvements "if
these moral sewers which we call
the divorce courts are not flushed
from time to time with the tide of
purifying and cleansing public sen
timent." Yet in this very phrase
loaded they ate started northward that Bishop Potter uses there is per
haps a little more truth than he
took note of. No doubt the divorce
courts arc moral sewers through
which a lot of filth constantly
flows. It is argued that it is at
least as well for the public health
to let this current go the way it is
perature from the moment it starts going. A newspaper (the Sun)
I at Mobile until it is dropped from lately reported that a London jour
, the train at its destination. The nal which invited a discussion of
Leave jour p.icknes at the Union Bar- trust has its ngeneies or regular the marriage question by voluntary
b" elftl by every Wednesdays Kin.m ' customers in all the northern cities, correspondents, got in a great mass
No extra charge. We pay the freight. ' commission men, who take so many of correspondence, so many letters
(taaiiijijtiAii carloads a week. The bananas are that were unprintable because of
. jpicked green on the plantations, ! their "horrible" confessions that it
m yii!,iwi'c 'but ripen themselves while en route stopped the discussion. That
to market. A banana is a self- would not happen here, and it is)
UNION BARBER SHOP
Agents for the
Noticr Neitner tne Masters nor
Acent of vessels of the "Matsou Line"
will he responsible for any debts con
tracted by the crew. R. T. GUARD,
Uilo, April 16, iqoi 14-
Hilo Railroad Co.
Short Route to Volcano
In effect July 1, 1905.
Passenger Trains, Except Sunday.
P. O. BOX 767,
C. M. COOKE, President.
E. F. BISHOP, Treasurer.
G. H. ROBERTSON. Audltoi
K. D. TENNEY, Vice-President.
J. WATERHOUSE, Secretary.
W M. ALEXANDER, C. H. ATHERTON
79 8 10
A.M. P.M. STATIONS A.M. P.M.
7:00 3:30 lv Hilo ar 9:40 5:45
7:05 2:35ar....Waiakea...ar 9:35 5:40
7:22 3:53ar...01aa Mill...ar 9:20 5:25
7:30 3:i5 ar Keaau ar 9:15 5:15
7:46 3:3oar... Ferudalc.ar 9:00 4:55
8:00 3:55 ar..Mount. V'w..ar 8:50 4:45
8:20 4:15 ar..Glcnwood...lv 8:30 4:25
I .1 2 4
A.M. P.M. SUNDAY: a.m. P.M.
8:00 2:30 lv Hilo ar 10:48 5:15
8:06 2:36 ar....Wuiaken ...ar 10:44 5:11
8:25 2:55 ar,..01aa Mill... ar 10:28 4:56
8:32 3:02 ar Keaau ar 10:22 4:50
8:49 3:19 ar... Fcrudale ...ar 10:06' 4:35
9:05 3!35nr..Mouiit. V'w..ar 9:55) 4:25
95 3:55l"r- Gleinvood...lv 9:35! 4:05
The trains of this Company bettseeu
Hilo and Puna will be run as follows:
Leave Hilo Statiou, by way of Kail
road Wharf, for Olaa and Puna, upon the
arrival of the Steamship Kiuau, running
through to Puna and btoppiug at Pahoa
both going and returning.
A.M. FRIDAY: a.m.
6:00 lv Hilo ar 9:55
ar.R. R. Wharf.ar 9:50
6:06 ar....Waiakea....arl 9:30
6:28 ar...Olua Mill...ur 9:10
6:58 ar..Pahoa Junc.ar! 8:42
ar Pahoa art 8:30
7:20 ar Puna lv 7:35
a.m SUNDAY: p.m.
9:00 lv Hilo ar 4:40
9:06 ar... Wuiakcn...nr 4:35
9:25 ur,..01aa Mill...nr 4:15
9:50 ar..Pahoa June 3:47
10:20 'ar Pahoa ar 3.35
10:55 urm. Puna lv 3:00
All ireight sent to ships by our launches
will be churned to shippers unless accoui-
tXisof vessels. another. The fruit men here say
3otf ' R. A. LUCAS & CO. that if a pile of bananas is placed
j. , 1 in an ordinary room the tempera
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nre sold on Saturdays and Sundays, good
returning, until the following Monday
Commutation tickets, good for twenty
five rides between any two points, uml
thousand mile tickets nre sold at very
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