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you might call mo unwise as to
guarding my peace of mind.) Tliey
talked of "systems" for teaching
reading, until the Copcrniean and
Newtonian systems of my own cult
were beggared in profundity by
comparison. At length 1 lost my
philosophic equanimity and blurt
ed out, "The best way lo lunch
reading is to teach it, and not per
plex the child's mind with a tangled
mess of shorthand note's, diacritical
marks, and deml-sctui-quavers such
as you have in Capt. Swlnton's
aeries." A very modest Gentleman
in gold-bowed spectacles was more
than half agreed with me, but ven
tured to correct me as to the author
ship of the trashy books. It was
not Copt. Swintou of Honolulu who
had the discredit of the distracting
jumble of didactics referred to. 1
was glad to hear this, not being
willing to harbor undeserved re
sentment against a fellow-citizen.
"When I was a boy," (you must
always look out fo"r wisdom after
lhi preface), L resumed, "the
readers given us to study whenever
we -were through our 'a, h, abs'
were filled with useful information
in natural and political history, to
gether with bits of the masterpieces
of English poetiy. If, we ran
against a haul word it was the
teacher's part to stay by us until
we could pronounce it correctly,
and understand its meaning and
connection, so that besides getting
indelible impressions of accurate
orthography, etymology, and or
thoepy upon our plastic minds, we
were having laid the foundations of
:i broad intelligence and a liberal
education. Thus equipped wo have
been less of a nuisance to the teach
ers and preachers, the politicians
and editors, whom it has been our
fortune or misfortune to encounter
in after life, because however we
might have worried these worthy
people with what they might deem
to be erratic 'ologics' or 'isms,' we
have not exasperated them with
proof that in dealing with us they
were vainby endeavoring to incul
cate knowledge in graven images.
I mean those of that rising genera
tion who were superior to stocks
and stones in receptivity of intel
lect at the beginning, and for whom
there could not be anything hoped
but the fate of blockhpads all
through the chapter. When chil
dren arc presented you for tuition
in circumstances promising only the
opportunity of a cemmon school
education, do not rob them of their
time in making them puzzle out the
signification of those disfigurements
of Swinton, allied as they arc with
such puerilities of literature as:
'Hilly hasa yellow dog;' 'Itisagood
beast;' 'Fanny has a pet goat;'
'.She lets it follow her to school,'
and similar incentives to imbecility.
Uive them books of information and
teach them the sounds and meanings
of the words as you go along. Do
not batter algebra, and geometry,
and Latin, into their heads, at least
until you ate sure that they havca
grounding in reading, writing, and
arithmetic which will never depart
1'iom their understandings. If they
have so much as this, they will
never be part of an ignorant class
in the world should they have to go
out from your hands to cam their
living by daily labor, and they will
have a inoie tboiough basis for the
higher education should it lie their
better fortune to have the entry to
colleges and universities." The
solemn faces of the pedagogues re
laxed in astonishment at hearing so
presumptuous an effort in their pro
fessional style frcm a nomadic ama
teur in social science, and the pan
iutellectual conference was on my
own motion adjourned, ontonsibly to
give the educators time to prepare
u icfutation of the argument, but in
icality because I feared I could not
survive a separate lecture from each
of them in their confirmed sesquipe
dalian diction. J shall be glad to
hear lliem in detail after the holi
days, POLITICAL INCONSISTENCIES OF
Kditou Bulletin: Much lias of
lite been said ami written, wise and
otherwise, anent the professions of
the principles enunciated through
the platforms of the several factions
by courtesy designated political
parties. As is usual, preceding a
general election wc have, in addi
tion to the building of political plat
forms, the amusingly pathetic pan
tomime of honorable gentlemen
wbotjo dainty digits would bo dis
graced at any other time by a more
plebeian occupation than cutting off
.coupons, now handshaking mid hob
nobbing with tho"bone and sinew,"
the "horny handed sons of toll,"
etc., etc., whom at ail other times
they affect to despise. We bee tiie
oft repented farce of the conceited
Kamaalna who himself, or whose
father before him, may have been a
"shipped" cowboy, a deserting
whaler, or a traveller here for his
health, now mingling his self-inllatcd
aristocracy with Malihinis, whom lo
look upon at any other portion of
the biennial pci iod with aught but
contempt, and a anything but "ad
venturers," would have been con
sidered a lasting dKgiacc, umwuthy
a true Kauiaatna. We see lhoe
members of the politico-religious
club whoso occupation (except on
the llrt day of the week) K com
puting compound interest against
the few kulennas vet remaining in
native hands, nowtuning their jaws
and trimming their pens in persuad
ing their "dear Hawaiian friend,"
from pulpit and press, of their un
dying love for them. We see even
the planters, in congress assembled,
solemnly proclaiming that they want
to restrict Chinese for which serio
comic side-show their own niothcis
brand these pbilanthiopie gentlemen
as successfuUrivals of Ananias. Wc
see the Government, "honorable"
gentlemen all, whose friends two
years ngo sent to Parliament to sup
port them foity-seven members out
of an elective Iioumi of foity-eight- -the
same honorable gentlemen who,
with a two-thirds majority dvvny3 at
their back, allowed llio Chinese
Amendment (so called) to be hoist
ed by a vole of thieu lo two now
fairly howling, actually screaming,
for a species of Chinese restriction far
exceeding in severity the conditions
of the proposed amendment of 18S8.
Yet by some strange application of
thc'doublc-shuflle ' docrino success
fully sti .lining every nerve to dump
twelve hundred Japanese coolies per
month upon our shores a lace, as
experience heio has proven, with
fewer and lesser virtues, with more
and greater vices (from an indus
trial standpoint), than the Chinese,
and embracing a much more power
ful element of danger and destine
tion to the white and native skilled
labor and small liade industries. In
fact the times seem fairly out of
joint with the inconsistencies devel
oped by the several factional declar
ations of principles styled "pl.il
forms," when these are considered
in connection with their several
And vet a close analysis shows
these platforms more inconsistent
each with itscll, though taken broad
ly (with the exception of the "fran
chise plank") those of the Govern
ment, the Mechanics' Union and the
Kalaiaina (all w hich are thus far fn
the field) agree with the general
trend of the lieform platform of
1887. Not even the upholders of
the picscnt Nobles system have pre
tended to connect the benefits claim
ed for an Upper House (the crea
tion of a limited franchise) as a
check on hasty legislation with a
mongrel parliament where a moiety
of the members thiib created are
dumped among and intermingled
with those leturned by a purely
popular vote. Not even those who
made the Constitution of '87 dare
say ttiat the, unequal franchise was
intended or hoped to bp a perma
nent political fixture in its now ex
isting shape. It was advocated for
a present political purpose, and
that purpose was well served. Jt
was at best an experiment, which
its strongest advocates even now
admit might be improved upon.
And for the reason, among others,
that the Government platform en
tirely ignoies it (though both
branches of the'fusionUts strongly
insist on a change), n discussion of
it is not hero contemplated.
I All parties arc agreed, by the
I record, that wc want "good govern
ment; economy, eluciency and
honesty in all the departments ; lib
eral, yet judicious, expenditures on
internal jmpiovcmcnt); such super
vision of the public health as will
conduce to the highest degree of
public safety ; an educational sys
tem, supported by taxation, which
will keep abreast the spirit of the
times: in short, measures which
will result in the gieatcst good to
the greatest number, or, as the Re
form platform of 'S7 has it, govern
ment, from the people, by the peo
ple, of the people. lint most es
pecially arc all parties (by the re
cord, again) agreed on these three
points: (1) National independence;
(2), Chinese restriction ; (3), De
centralization of power. Taking the
last of these first, nothing is more
plain than what the Uumxtin has
previously advocated: that tho
plank of the Kalaiaina and Me
chanics' platforms, anent the elec
tion of the "chief executive olllcers
of the Government," is Minply u
vigorous protest against tho deter
mined centralization with which tho
Government by legislation, "regu
lations," "rules," "orders," etc.,
have been tying up tho people ever
since Juno SO, 1887. This vigor
ous protest, backed by a very Inrgo
proportion of tho "Reformers" of
,87, has brought the centrnhzatinn
ists down from their perch, and they
now propose to advocate a system
of municipal government, which is
exactly, In cfrect, whnt the Mechan
ics and Kalaiaina demand in both
cases tho details being matter for
future deliberation. As to tho Chi
nese question, the Government are
even more fierce and radical than
the Mechanics ; and so with their
friends tho planters I Of course, Sir,
wo arc going by the recoul ok iuio-kks-io.ns
: but, us the Ut'i.urriv
has more than once stated,
the political platform of the
purty in power must bo taken from
thoir political :ic(h; and their pro
fessions aic to be rcccivul nun
''i.,j W h'i'jrfiv$$LiS ' 'MMkH'
ffrano except on newly arising
questions, where tho two do uot
coincide. This sound political
maxim equally applies on tho Inde
pendence question ; and among
oilier things to be settled by I he
people, next February is this: whe
ther they can consistently intrust
tho destinies of the nation in the
hands of men who two years ngo
took ofllce under a pledge of pro
tecting the autonomy of the king
dom inviolate: who two months
ago attempted to sell th country's
independence for a mess of pottage
to the planters, and the privilege, to
the people, nf being shot down by
foreign soldiery if they ever dared
attempt the redress of wrongs foieed
upon them by the vendors or their
"constitutional" successors: and
who two weeks ago again conclude
(nnd .confide to their Hilo brethren)
that Hawaiian Independence is the
one tiling altogether lovely but not,
murk you, till after notice duly re
ceived from flic chief plotter who in
this instance, at least, has been
grossly misrepiescntinu: the country
at Washington, that the determined
opposition of the King and the na
tive people had put a temporarily
impassable barrier before the scheme
designed to tiansforni these islands,
politically and industrially, into a
mlonv of Asiatic serfs, where tho
rit li may become richer, and the poi r
must become poorer. And while on
the subject of inconsistency between
the iccords of profession and p-ae-tise,
it seems stiango to n disinter
ested observer that although now
within a very few weeks of election
there i no regular "Government"
paity in the field in any part of the
country, by latest advices. Do the
Government intend letting things go
by detauttV It is notable tli.it n laige
number of the "Reform" party of
'87 are so disgusted with the very
name "Reform" that it is seriously
advised to change the name of the
paily and this even by leading
workers in its ranks. And on the
outside islands, "Kofoitn" conven
tions have either advocated or form
ally nominated stiaight out oppo
nent of the present Government.
The above are a few of the most
glaring inconsistencies of commis
sion. That such aic always more
easily fastened upon the parly in
power goes without saying, i'ei
haps they may be satisfactorily ex
plained lo the majority before Feb
ruary ."ith. Ilut the acts of omission,
though perhaps not so glaring, are
yet moio numerous, and arc not
confined to the party in power.
They appear on the face to be very
Acriou on the part of all section's of
the opposition as well so much so
that there seems room for an en
tirely .ndependent political paVty to
inn a successful campaign here, if
"platforms" count for nnything,
by stniply ignoring all but two or
three main planks of those platforms
already before the electorate, and
tilling up by more important inatteis
which in the wrangle over tho "Chi
nese" and "Independence" ques
tions, the other paities have entirely
lost sight of. Chief among tlicso is
the unequal taxation system, and
the ciying necessity for a liberal
homestead exemption law, similar lo
those in vogue in all piogressive
states of the world except (and ot
course we are progressive) Hawaii.
With your permission tlicso will be
made the subject of a further com
MIGHT, Monday, Dec, 23rd,
AT 7 O'CLOCK.
I will fell at l'ulillc Auction
WITHOUT -:- RESERVE
At my S.dmnoiiH
Toys; : Dolls;
OlOC'JCS, JR .,
Ami a (,'iiitr.il ftnrtiiient of Hurtful pu
hltiU fen Xinus HmIIiIiivij
&T Uununtn-i till? Ih Uiu mlhu!ti ot
till! ht'llfl 111.
LEWIS ,). LEVEY,
!!" ll Auctioneer.
.lust to liiml ex B. .4. "Zeiltinditi "
Alhfi, ft fioili lut of
- a vzvr uosr.s of
Lady Apples for Xmaa Trees,
Anil a freBh lot of
XIITN. KAISIXH, !'.( T,U:
I8.-1 1m LEWIS & CO.
HONOLULU, II. I., DKOlfiMUUJi L'S, ItfSO.
Auction Sales by James F. Morgan, !
B3T THE LAST -53a
Oil TflAQtlflV VVPnilld lW 9A '
W Ol I
(.'lirlslm i Eu,
AT 7 O'CLOCK,
A iny S-ilisroor.i, Qiimi ir,,i, 1 will
u!l i.l Public Amnion u Inlof
lEtoliilsiy -:- CjJootln
i Mini Tim Scii, '
' V i e flrtk-i,
A fe..v tine
W s ilu ' I" Hi, In ' ClirlM
Uini4i,t ill (jo'iit tan I In' -"lil ill in j
.IAS. F. aiOIHJAX,
).J."i Ol Aurlliint fr.
On TUESDAY, Doc. xMUi,
AT 10 O'CLOCK A. .11 .
At'liMtfmru of Mil A. KltAKT, Kinii
kiuvi, i will sell at Putiiic Amnion,
The Balance of His Stock
i;v., Etn., Ete.. Ktr.
.IAS. F. MORGAN,
112 -It Auctioned.
Horses & Cows
On TUEtiHAY, Dec. 34th,
at ta O'clock soosr.
Ai uiil of my fulesroum, Queen rtuiet,
1 v:i!l K-l) nl Piililic Amuiou. for no-
count of whom i m.iy concern,
10 Horses, Mares & Colts 1
311 UbWS& G81TB8 !
JAS. F. MOJIGAN,
132 -Jt Auctioneer.
1 on", i t..i ibo HOLIDAYS ONLY, on
nciriuiil ol Leinjc owtsluckcil,
111 nt $.30 00.
81-W at eii.cn.
Otficr 8l2ci in Proportion I
All Shea in Stock !
Lnte:t Styles & Patt&mtt !
Finest Quality !
VELVET and TAPESTRY,
r &iffi Its &
Ilibt Qimlllloi. FANCY
Sheep, Goat & Yolf Skin Rugs,
l)c, Kir., Etc, Klc.
L. B. KERR,
l!:j till 47 Queen stud.
FOR 'fck SALE
Corn Fed Turkeys !
183 LOVE'S BAKERY. tlw
HotiHo & Lot For Salo
WILL null or IftK-o my
Dwelling lliiucu nml l.m
icasonalile terms. For fur-
llii'i imrticularR nnnlv to
At Wnlorhoiise'fl Queen-el. Htoro
Kidild Wat-ait, Dec. a, 1830. -110 iiu
y yi Aiiiad HIS
Is issuing a new form of intuit mice which provides, in the. event of death, for a return of nil premiums paid in art-
dition to tho amount of the policy, or, should the insured survivo u given number of yeais, the Company will
lettun all the premiums paid with interest; or, instead of accepting the policy nnd profits in caMi the Ireal lloldei
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"CU ll,('m)f ,,"! alnomt ot l,0,,t'J nnl P'oflU in FULLY PAID IT insurance, paiticipating annually in dividends
TifilTicitlilmf t til a rtnnftnnt tu iccilnil litt llm n1i1rjt T 1 Fm t niiii itina imtvntni ti tltn TTtl.t.1 Cftn. ...! ll... T
Heineiiiber, this coutinct is issued
gest Financial Institution in the World,
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1100 1 111
OP SOME O? THE HANDSOMEST' GOODS EVER SEEN IN HONOLULU. JUST
RECEIVED AND NOW OPENING AT THE
PACIFIC HARDWARE CO., LIMITED,
(Suoccssoim to Dillingham & Co. and Stun net Nott).
Among the many Ilure and Uruutiful Aiticlea in GLASS and DLCOItATKI) WANK, me wiinc evweilinuly plioirc
MINTON, WOIICKHTKII. VIENNA, UAUAKKT, DUFSDEN,
ADDEKLEY, SONNENHERO, ACIIATI, LES GRAS, ETC., ETC.. ETC.
Decorated Dinner & Tea Sets, Berry, See Cream, Salad,
Game, Punch, Mush, Fish, Toilet and Smoker's Seto,
IMtfCPlT .LVRS. CHEESE DISHES. HONE PLATES, CL'l'S and SAUCERS, TEA POTS, NET DISHES,
ROSE JARS In Diosden, Vicuna, Tena Colin tvnd other wares. Elegant Deroi.ited THUKMGIA
. JEliS. r.w choice 1IISQPE FIorilEM, CARD TANDS and TAI)LP.S In Wnotl, VUih, Rians mill
Unv. V lew vei luuulsonif ,
Piano & Banquet Lamps, ex Australia; Library, Boudoir & Hall Lamps, Lamp Shades & Globes
Nmv nnd heftutifiil in design and coloring. Ynpc, Flovvoi IlnskeK Folding Elinors, Rioime. A
hiruo nnd varied nsoitinent of
Mnple, Ai , Oal:, ("Hyiluid,
t.ngliHh Oal;, Orange v ooJ nnd oilier 1'nnel.i.
Tolioipiis; illrais; iilolfps; PliotipTares; Esiriifiap; Oil Paintings;
W1NSOR ,t N'EWTON'S OIL & WATER COLORS, RRUSHES,
PALETTES, OILS, VARNISHES, ETC., ETC., ETC. A full aoilnient of
GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE PAINTS, PICTURE FRAMES,
And niunherler; othoi arliclea Mini Will Well lupny .i i.tl of inspection.
Pacific Hardware Co., (Iil),
B. P. DILLINGHAM, .Ufi. G. SPENCER, F. L. WINTER,
Ptesident. Maunger & Secretaiy. Tieasmet.
4110 2w FORT and MERCHANT STREETS.
"Tpmn'p iif Qhipa
JUST OPENED A LARGE STOCK
Great Bargains !
JO pes of Now Dims Goods", Griped
nnd uliir1:c.fl at 12if;.
An elegant line of New Embroideied
A full line of new patterns in White
Jiin looeived a. full aoiiiiitul of i
Ginghtinm, Secrauekeie, and other
new wash material:.
A hirRe aaottnient nf 1'x-nch Flan
Ni!!! Veilings in ulldrt-ii ililefhcdfu.
ilks T Silks!
Dhiel: IliLCaded trilk, hfiivy, nt.1-I.cO
Siiiah Silks Al low price
A line line of P.tnt-y Sinahi- nnd
ivtius .md Sateens iu new tlciiytis.
IIuvn you vocn oui 5 button Kitl !
Glt.ves, tit 4l.f0u pnii?
A full line of Silk Glows .md Mills.
I have now on handu Magnificent Assortment of Goods suitable for holiday presents, consisting
piincipally of the following lines.
Smoking Jackets, Silk and Embroidered Suspenders
A MOST VARIED COLLECTION OF
Toilet Sets in Leather Cases, Plnsh Collar, Cuif & Handkerchief Cases,
AN EXQUISITE DISPLAY OF
SOLID GOLD SCARF PINS ! .
Also, LINEN and SILK HEMSTITCHED HANDKERCHIEFS, both in Flain, W
SILK MUFFLERS, SILK OVERSHIUTS, SILK SASHES, as well
in miuuion i nave jusi repicnisncu my weu-icnown bioci; ot
Boys", Yoillis' k lei's ClottliE, Hats & All Kinds of Gits' FralKUie Goois !
S- Headquarters for FINE NEOKWEAU Sa
As a new departure I have, this season, imported a .
Sjuiclul Lino of ELEGANT SOAEP3 put up singly in Fancy Hoxoh,
Which will thus make a most appropriate and neasonablo gift. TIiIb lino includeB all tho novvent patterns and
latest btyles now in vogue in tho United States. A beautiful assoitment of
GOLD HEADED CANES $ UMBRELLAS !
SOT I cordially invito a vioit of inspection and will he pleased to show my vnrioua line of FANCY nnd
STAPLE ARTICLES lo vliitora u well as to purchasers.
13 Store Open Bvory Evening until
OF TVJ3W TTOIfcJS:
by the oldest Llfa Insurance Company in the United Stales, and the Lar
Its assets exceeding One Ilundied and Tncnty-Sis Millions of Uollairi.
as. is. i"iO!"aj:,
(icncial Agent for the Hawaiian Islands.
nkmn Hctuie Mouldings !
tJilt, Antirpu' Silver, SlCel, Whilo it Gold,
p IJHi s
gfe'ew Goods "S , S3 EBew Oocds
OF NEW NOVELTIES; IN DRY and
300 doz. Handkerchiefs !
j The largest assortment and lowed
N-'W novelties in HundKerchiers, inil
able for piesonlti.
j Received a full lino of all eolora nnd
almdeB. of Plain nnd Fancy Ribbons.
Now novelties in Ribbons.
A lniRr nnd fine nyoftuicnt of all
kinds of New XoveUicti.
Ilnndsomo Heavy Silk Shawls in
bhtck and erenm.
Ramie Shawl, Ituniii Shr.wlt..
Shoulder Scurf... IJerliri-ShoMamJ
Jiiai leceived n full lino of
H, v I
of Children's Clothing in this City.
9 o'clock (Ml lw)
j Al mi.i l KM' I U 1',.1 11. .HO, l.'IKU III
Silvei & While, Ruint Ah,
FAN'CY GOODS SUITABLE FOR
Flouiieins in Sv.'i& nnd Oriental
A largo lino of Veiling in plum anil
Christmas : Goods
Of every description.
Will be closed out at a great reduc
tion. A full linp of Lndice', Genls' and
Trnvelinj; Trunks & Valued.
Boys' & Children's Clothing,
Roy's Jersey Suits,
Lmlios' Muslin Underwear.
An immonne stock received.
Prices very lew.
liito and Fancy Borders.
CornoF of Fori & merchant Streets,