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'1 VOlTlX. NO. 1201. HONOLULU, H. I., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1895. " PRICE 5 CENTS.
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THE DAILY BULLETIN
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Daily BnlleilQ Pabllshlog Co.. u.
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Month, in advance.
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Tbb DaILT Bulletib is prlntt-J Shit fiUt
llslied by the Dtlly Bulletin Publlahlrx
Compauy, Limited, at Its office, Mer
chant street, Honolulu. Hawaiian IbI
anda. Daniel Logan, editor, reside t en
Alakea street. Houoluln, aforesaid.
Address letters lor the paper 'Kdltor
Bulletin," and business letters " Manager
Dally jiunetin ruDiisning rurnpany.
Using a personal address may came dela
IjirOEIBRS AND DEALERS IK LUMBrR AMD
ALL KINDS OF BdLDINU MATERIALS.
Kurt Street, Honolulu.
H. HAOKFELD ft OO..
General Commubion Agents.
Corner Fort aud Queen blreei., Hunuliuii.
nro. a. sMiTHixa
Auctioneer and General Busino-sAoent.
Mahukona, Kobala, Hawaii.
THOfl. LINUS AT.
Manufacturinc! Jeweler and Watch
maker. Kukul Jewelry a specialty. Particular
attention paid to all kinds ol repair.
Campbell Block, Merchant Btreet.
HONOLULU IBON WOBKB,
-Steam Enginem, Sugar Mills, Boilers,
Coolers. Iron, Brass asi Leap
Machinery ul Every Desert puou Maae to
Order. Particular attention paid to Buiiji'
Job Work executed at
Contractor and Builder.
Estimates given on all kinds ot Brick,
Iron, Stone and Wooden Buildings. Job
bing ol all kinds. Building Material for
buio. ate anu oiz jun
LingBtreetiitesldenceiug, a general alarm was tolled in
Telephone, Bell 227
Atlas Assurance Go.
H. W. SCHMIDT & SONS,
Agents for Hawaiian Islands.
City Carriage Co.,
Corner King and Bethel Etr.
BOTH TELEPHONES 113 -
ino Carriages & Civil Drivers
To be had at all hours
OPERA HOUSE BORNEO
Its Beautiful Interior Complete
ly Wiped Ont by the
Theail-i of the Origin ot tha Fin His
toiy of the BalldlDg.
Residents had a diesgreoablo sur
priso at broakfast time this morning
with tho tidings that tho Opera
House was on firo. Most peoplo
doubtless thought, however, that at
that hour tho-firo brijrado would be .
., . . . i i ii .
nuiu iu pruvuub uifiit uuuia(jo iu iuu
much-prized building. It happened
otherwise, though, for even bofro
tho alarm was sounded the building
was blazing throughout its iutorior. ,
Water did not reach the flamos un
til the beautiful structure was doom- j
ed Within its four walls was soon i
nothing but a raging fire, eating up
the fine work of artificers and of
Wichart Give the Alarm
! Mounted patrolman Wichart was
riding along King street towards
the Police Station about 7:30 o'clock.
Whon in front of the Hawaiian
Opera House, opposite the Executive
j building, looking up he noticed
1 smoke coming from tho cupola on
t tho top of the theatre. He asked a
1 companion if he did not think it was
a firo. The man said ho thought it
was. Patrolman Wichart rodo down
, in groat haste to Engine Co. No. l's
station, but tno machino happened
to bo out on drill. Wichart ran to
tUO LUJ7JUtJUV aUU llU uJ uuuiuu
1 Co. No. 2. This company was lust !
I on tho point of going out for drill
with tno chemical engine. There
I woro throo taps on tho gong, which j
tno uriver om not iuihk was a .regu
lar alarm. Ho believed the operator
had touched tho fire alarm plug by
mistake. Tho engineer took the
I telephone, however, and got word
i that there was a firo in the Opera
Houso, Off wont the chemical en
gine to the spot, but that machine
i was of no use. Alroady the flames
1 were breaking out through the
J second upper window from tho front
on tho Ewa side, and an intense firo
was seen raging in tno miuuio ol tno
building, while smoko was pouring
from tho cupola. Tho chemical en
gine, after oxhausting its contents,
was driven at a furious rate
back to the Bell Tower, and the'
horses beiug quickly hitched to the
steamer drow it rapidly to the Opera
House. It was stationed at King
and Richards streets. This all con
sumed time and it was twelre min
utes after tho firo was discorered be
fore an engino got to work.
Engino No. 1 in tho moantimo re
turned from drill and took its sta
tion on King street just beyond tho
Opera Houso. Thoro was not suffi
cient water there to supply it, and tho
ongiuo wasshiftodovor toQuoonand
runonbowl Btreots. Tno lire having
now complete sway iusido tho build-
I ine Bo11 Towor. Chiua Eugino Co.
(volunteer) resnonded and tho Chi
nese firomon did such efficient work '
that their prniso was iu every mouth.
Thoir ongino was placed at King
and Alakoa streets, Tho ongino of
tho old volunteer Co. No. 1 was also
brought out and stationed on Queen
streot. Tour streams woro now play
ing insido tho fiery furnace, but tho
roof had all fallen in, and outside
cornices and gutters tumbled in-'
ward and outward, boforo tho flames
woro suppressed. At nino o'clock
thoro wero still flames in different
Carts of tho building, whilo thick
lack smoko poured forth at several
HUtory of the Building.
Tho building burned this morning
was built in 1879 by a joint stock
company called the Musical Hall
Association. K. B. Thomas was t ho
contractor for its erection. Tho
building was at first named tho '
Music Hall, but shortly after its
transfer to now ownors, hereafter to
bo narrated, tho naino was changed
to tno uoyai Hawaiian upora iiousp.
Its exterior was built of red brick
and tho facade on King stroot was
of a modest but presentable and
harmonious style. Internally it was
fitted and furnished in modern fash-
with Bunts on a sloping floor in
i semi-circular rows. There wore a
balcony and a gallery in the second
I story. Originally there wero two
' proscenium boxes. Oue on tho right
of tho stago looking out was regard-
' ed as tho property of tho Into King
1 Kalakaua, who had subscribed libo
rally to tho stock of tho Association.
, Tho box on-tho opposite sido was
owned by tho present proprietors,
Messrs. Irwin & Sprockets. About
two yoars ago two boxes wore open
ed abovo those mentioned for let
ting to whomever first applied for
thorn on any occasion.
, Tho Music Hall was well equippod
with stage settings, scenery, otc,
and was so kept with additions
thereto up till this morning's disas
ter. Thero was a drop curtain
i'",'."!" K , """"" '.'Vr .':,",
painted by Samuel F. Portor, an
uillOL wuii iuiuivu iii lira uiiivou
Statos, who also painted tho pcrma
nont scenes in use to tno last.
Tho building was erected on a lot
of laud fronting on King street,
directly opposite tho lato royal
Iolaui palace (now tho Exocutire
building ot tho Republic), of tho
following dimensions: Depth ou
Waikiki side, 101 5 feet; depth on
Ewa side, 128.3 feet; breadth in
front, 78.4 feet; breadth in rear, 70.2
foot making an area of 11,038
square feot. The building occupies
aground space of 125 feot by 70 feot.
A royal patent for the promises
was issued to the Musical Hall As
sociation on April 22, 1880. The
property was mortgaged to Bishop
& Co., bankers, for $15,000 to com
plete the building, the principal to
be paid in 1886 and interest regu
larly in tho meantime. The mort
gage was transferred to Judge Wide
mann, who foreclosed on it for non
payment of interest in 1883. It was
sold under the following notice,
; copiod from ti,0 p08tor then j8SUOtl:
Tho under igncd, bv order of the
Honorable Herman Wlriomann, be
ing assignee ol a certain mortgage
deed cWen by the Musical Hall An
soclatlon to Bishop it Co , dated
January 1U, lFtil, recorded In Libor
U9, folios 74 and 77, will 8-11 at Pub-
AUCTION ON THE PBEMI8ES
on Saturday. July 23tli at 12 o'clock
noon, an oi me
Fremisea and Froperty
described in said mortgage, viz.:
All of that
TIIAOT OF LAND,
situated on King street in Hono
lulu, tlescrlbfd In Koyal Patent No.
3251, to said Musiotl Hall Associa
tion, containing an area of 11,034
Minnre feet, with
tlieronn, and also one gns machine,
and fixtures, all chairs, drop cur
tain, scones, stage appliances, stag
ing and other ellVcls upon said
LYONS .t LEVEY,
Honolulu, July 1(1
At this mortgagee's sale Messrs.
W. G. Irwin and John D. Sprockets
bought tho promises and building
for $21,500. Since coming into pos
session tho new ownors liavo spout
, larKo amounts in keeping tho build
; jDR jn ropair. They paid tho high
rato of four porcont for its insurance.
Only a low months ago thoy expend
ed $1700 in putting a complete oloc
trio light installation into the build
ing. Altogether tho improvements
and repairs made tho expenditures
exceed tho receipts to tho tuuo of
about $150 a month. Mr. Irwin,
when asked if they woro going to
rebuild the theatre, said: "No; I
liavo had all tho Opera Houso I
Tho Opera House, or Musio Hall
ns it was then called, was opened by
the Wells troupe from California,
comprising Mr. ami Mrs. Wells, Mr.
and Mrs. Crosby and May Wilkes.
Since then manr companies and in
dividual artists from abroad have
j trod its boards, and given more or
less delight to tho inhabitants.
Even Johu T,. Sullivan and 1'otor
Jackson tho pugilists liavo thoru
siren exhibitions. It has often
been selected by American residents
for tho literary exercises, as well as
tho ball, of tho Fourth of July. The
complimentary farewell rocoptiou
anu uau to inn into (japtain winze,
commander of. tho U. S. S. Boston.
was hold there- in IK)1.! tinder -tho
auspices nf tho Provisional Govern
ment. Another part it played in
Hawaiian history was that of a fort
ress, whon it was occupied by Gov
ernment sharpshooters in suppress
ing the insurrection of Robert Wil
cox in 1889. Within tho past two
roars tho Dailey Stock Company of
San Francisco hare given as many
long seasons of drama in tho Opera
House. Arraugetnonts had boon
madn by tho proprietors for a six
week's engagement of tho Galien
company iu Mtrch next, and the
t Dailey company was to givo anotker
' season iu May. Thero wns also a
prospect of a performance by tho
Gaioty company ou its way to Aus
tralia next month. Local talent in
minstrelsy, drama and high-class
comic opera have frequently appear
ed in our lamented Opera Houso.
Origin, ot tho Firo.
Several theories are given for the
origin of tho fire, but everything on
that point is conjecture. Somo
think it may liavo been spontaneous
combustion among odds and ends of
painted stuff and old stago proper
ties. Another idea is that tho elec
tric light wires produced tho fire.
Mr. Irwin pays:
"1 do not think that electricity
had anything to do with it, because
tho electric current was entirely
shut off. Tho building has been
much frequentod by tramps. We
keep it locked and secured to tho
best of our ability, but people man
age to got in and sleop in little
apartments over the flies. The jani
tor has found bedding there, be
sides stumps ol
cigars and cigar -
Mr. Giffard, of W. G. Irwiu St Co.,
says it was impossible to keep tho
basoment windows intact from
breakage by prowlors for any length
Mr. Hoffman, superintendent for
the Hawaiian Electric Light Com-
fany, says that by order ot Mr.
rwin, who is president of that com-
pany, ho made a thorough examina
tion of tho wiriug iu tho Opera
i Houso at tho time of tho last drama
j tic season thore. Ho found it in
porfect order. Tho current barely
' enters tho building until it is inter
cepted by a switch, and the only
way.a fire could bo produced at that
no nt is bv briuirinir tho two wires
together. A rat spanning the wires.
' could only elicit a spark by gnawing
Iiue lusuiimuu 011, auu oven men tue
only result would be the killing of
. the rat. If water dronpod continu
ously on the ends of tue wires at tho
switch it would establish a conneo
tion to make fire, but thoro wero no
leaks in the building to effect such
All that remains of tho roof is a
single girder with its attached pair
of raftors. Galleries, boxes and stage
fittings are complotoly wipod out,
excopting a fragmont of tho ond gal
lery. Seats iu tho main auditorium
aro gone, with tho exception of a
few chairs at tho rear, protected by
a mass of debris from abovo but thoir
backs blisterod by the heat. Save
the lobby and.box office and a .relic
! ?iti!i0.P.r0!cJ).rm w," Is' ft0'"1,",1?,'
presents nothinir but baro brick
walls, enclosing Loans of black cin
ders. Strange to say, however, thoro
m,n rv....t.wi.. .,..,. i : 11
few wimir frPames loft SZJSlifc
few window frames left undomolish
ed which havo not a crack iu thorn,
nor a scratch or blistor on their
Lewis J. Lovoy has boon lesseo ot
tho Opera Houso for several yoars.
A wag suggests that W. II. Dailey,
who triod to supplant Mr. Lovey,
now como down from San Francisco
and get oxclusivo control ot tho
A policeman armed with rifle aud
bayonet guards tho entrance of the
Burning cinders wero carried a
long distance byho wind. Thoy
I dropped redhot iu tho populous
locality bouudod by King, Richards,
I Hotel and Alakoa streets. Fortun
; ately roofs woro wot with the night's
rain, for thero was no wa'er for gar
The building wa insured for
$12,000, dirided as follows: London
fi Lancashire Firo lusurauco Co., in
thooQlcn of tho late C. O. Bergor,
$3000; Royal Firo lusurauco Co.,
$(5000, anil Lion lusurauco Co,,
$3000fc both in tho office of .J. S.
Walker.- & V I - "
OAPrAIN PARKFR HONOUED.
Honolulu Ladies Present Him with
Tokens of Ettc6m.
Tho native police forco under
Senior Captain Robert Parkor wore
drawn up iu line in tho District
Courtroom at 1:30 o'clock this after
noon. They carried riiles and look
ed well. Tho object of their assem
bling was to witness a presentation
or, as it proved presentations to
Senior Captain Parker ot tokens of
appreciation of his fidelity, valor
and onorgy in tho suppression of tho
lato insurrection, by ladies of Hono
lulu. Thoso preseut wero struck
with tho military bearing mid fine
appearauco of Captain Parker and
his men. At 2 o'clock the ladies
and geutlomeu mentioned elsewhere
hail entered tho chamber, the Indies
being ushered in by Marshal E. G.
Mrs Tonuey then addressed Cap
tain Parkor as follows:
Captain Robert Parker Wo have
como hero on behalf of tho ladies of
Honolulu to presont to you this
testimonial and purse, which can
only in n small measure convoy to
you our groat appreciation of your
bravo and gallant conduct during
tho late insurrection. Wo hope yon
will accept these tokens ot our
esteem with our "Aloha Nui" and
hearty good wishes for your future
prosperity and happiuess.
1 On completing her address Mrs.
Tennoy pinned a gold star medal
I ou the broast of tho Senior Captain.
1 Captain Parkor was visibly affected.
llo repuou as iouows:
todies I am at a loss Iq know
t how t,o tha.tk vou for this beautiful
'badge. Most Keenly do I feel that
I am undosorving of such a rich
E resent and that as a polico officer I
avo simply tried to do my duty
aud bo loyal to the Govornmout 1
liavo taken an oath to support.
But I do most sincerely thank you
and all those who liavo contributed
towards this, and I shall always
treasure it as my choicest of gifts.
On Parker's concluding his reply,
Marshal Hitchcock addressed the
force, eulogizing their bravo con
duct during tho lato rebellion. He
, ko for aout flT0 mfDutoH. WLon
.r r..i..i 1.-.1 . 1....1 r. ti.i.i.
Cftn)0 forward and handoi, thoMniot
captain a brown leather purso con
Tho men wore thou marched
downstairs. Captain Parker is woll
Croud ol bis star, it is surmounted
y an American eaglo and iu the
center ol the star aro lour diamonds.
Mrs. Robert Parker was not for
gotten. She was presented with an
engrossed testimonial signed by 130
ladies of Honolulu. It read as fol
lows: "At a timo when tho lives and
proporty of tho citizens of Honolulu
wero gravely threatened tho general
conduct of Captain Robort Parker
Waipa helped iu treat measure to
avert disaster. Tho undorsiguod
ladios of Honolulu, wishing to show
thoir appreciation of so faithful a
and purso as tokens of tGeir esteem."
performance of duty, have
The signatures woro headed with
tho name of Mrs. S. B, Dolo.
If! TT..1 lim.i I .1... If.
-ulna xiuiuu iTiuiur una iuu uitniii.
' of origiuatiug the movement and
collecting tho funds.
Thoro wero present: Mrs. F. M.
natch, Mr. ami Mrs. O. A. Brown,
Mr. aud Mrs. E. D. Tonuey, Mrs.
Robort Parkor, Mrs. A. T. Atkiuson,
Mrs. Edward llammor, Honry Water
house, H. P, Baldwin, W. II. Rice,
W. R. Castle, Androw Brown, repre
sentatives of tho Advertiser and
Bulletin, and tho outire polico forco
not on duty.
At Williams' Studio are to be seen
Portraits on Watch Dials, which he
is making a specialty of. Lantern
Slides for lecture bv the st or
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