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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.
SOMi: LITKItAIIY HI MAINS oi' run
Collection ol' Letter From Vnlllnta
the Vt riling "I ''lluvlil ISnlloin-"
Horror ol Il'rl.irtu Wnr.
" Vailima Letters; ho ng Conv
poudonco Adtlre8Ht'd by Itobnt
Louis StuvciiBDii to Sidney Colvin;
Xovembor 1890-Octobor 1891."
This is the title of n book of 3GG
pages just published by Metlmon
it Co., Loudon. Tho lottors wore
not written for publication, al
though, in answor to an inquiry
from Mr. Uolvin, tbo author says
in ono lotter that porhnpshis friond
might initko n book out of them.
Being dashed ofl at intervals be
tween severe litorary lubors, iu
altoi nation with spoils at weed
ing, in tho circhn of which ho
often speaks and discussion nud
conferences over Sumoau affairs,
the letters aro oharaotorized by a
delightful abandon and that flow
of gouinlit' which nono can ovor
forgot who convorsod with tho
Thorn aro many political allu
sions in the letters, with reloronco
often to tho hot water Mr. Steven-
son got into through his sympathy
with Mataafa's cause. In one
place he states tli.it he had posted
up rules against evoutualities, one
of which was that a cablegram
should bo despatched to his fiioud
in chsu the writer was deported.
A few interesting extracts seltctod
lioio and there from the book uro
g ven below:
Ju Soptombur, 1890, the follow
ing ;h tho mictsivo of ono day:
' Ono more word tibout the South
Sons, iu answer to a question I
obsorvo 1 havo forgotten to an
swer. Tho Tahiti part has uovor
turned up because it baa never
bton written. As for telling you
whera L wont or when, r.r
anything about Honolulu, 1 would
rather die; that is fair uud plain.
How can anybody caro when or
how 1 left Honolulu? A man of
upwards of loity cannot waste his
tune in communicating matter of
that indifference. Tho letters, it
appears, are tedious; thoy would
bo moio tedious still if 1 wasted
my timo upon such iufantilo and
sucking-bottle details. If over I
put iu any such detail, it is bo
cause it leads into something or
serves as a transition. To tell it
for its own sake, novor. Tho mis-
tako is all through that I have
told too much; I hud not Builioient
confldonco iu the roador, and lmv
oveifod him; and hero you are ane
xious to know how 1 O Colvin I
Suppose it hud made a book, all
such information is givon to ono
irlanco of an eye by a map with a
littlo dotted lino upon it. Hut
lot us forget this unfortunate
On Novombor 29th, 1891, Mr.
Stovonson is discussiug with his
frioud his negotiations with pub
lishers of difluront magazines uud
tlio following refeienco to his at
tack on Dr. llydo, in roforonce to
Fathor Dainion, reveals the high
Bpint of tho man: "1 should say
1 am the less willing to pass
(Jhatto ovor, becauso ho behavod
tho othor day in a very handsome
mannor. Ho asked leave to re
print Dumien; I gave it to him as
a present, oxplainiug 1 cou d ro
ooivo no omolument for a per
sonal uttack. And ho took out
my sharo of profits, and sont them
in my name to tho Loper Fund. 1
o iu.d not bear after that to take
from him any of that class ol
books which I havo always givon
him. Tell him tho saiuo tonus
will do, O'ark to piiut, uniform
with tho othors."
Undor date of March 9, 1892,
wo lind the following interesting
1 description of tho author's work
ii croiting "David Balfour," one
if his most entertaining stories.
LMie spiittoring of collnqnjul
rio"tlish words amidst tho even
11 iw of English is oxquihito:
"Tako it not amiss if this is a
wretched lotlor. I am eaton up
with !mines. .Every day this
wook 1 havo had some business
impediment I urn now waiting a
deputation of chiefs about iho
road and my precious mornin"
wiib shattered by a polito old
scourge of a f'tipnlc par'iamout
man oiiuiti begging. All tho time
David Halour is helping along.
1 began it the 13th of inht m.-ntn;
I liavt now tivtlvo chnptuis,
sevoiity-uiiio png.-s ready fur press,
t within an aco, and by tho tune
the month is out, one-half should
bo completed, and I'll be bick at
drafting the second half. What
niakfs me sick is to think of
Soott t ruing out (7 hi Manncviny
in thieo weeks! What a pull nt
work: heavens, whit thews and
HinowH. And here nni I, my
head spinninji from huvinc onlv
re-wiitton soveu not voiy diilicult
l)ages and not very good when
done. Weakling gonoration. It
makes mo sick ot myself, to make
such a fusli nnd bobbery ovor a
rotten end of an old nursery yam,
not worth spilting on whou done.
Still, there is no doubt 1 tuiu out
my work more easily than of yore;
and I supposo I should ho singly
glod of that. And if I got my
book done in bix weeks, seeing it
will bo about half as long as n
Scott, and 1 have to wiito every
thing twico, it would bo about tho
same late of industry. It is my
fair Jntontion to bo done with it
in threo mouths, which would
make mo about one-half the man
Sir Waltor was for application
nnd driving tho dull pen. Of the
merit wo shall not lulls; but I
don't think Davie is without
On May 27th ho talks about
sottling to "David Balfour" the
next day or the follow inc "like a
littlo man. 1 wondor if anyone
had ever inuio oiurgy upou sa
littlo stiuigth? I know then, is
a front; tho Samoa book can only
incroiisc that I can't help it, that
book is not written foi mo but tor
Mis'' Mnnners; but I moan to
brmk that frost inside two yoais,
and pull oil' n big succoss, and
Vanity whispers in mv car that 1
havo too strength. If 1 haven't,
whistle owor tho lavo o'tl I can
do without glory and perhaps tl o
timo is not far oil" when 1 can do
without corn. It is u timo com
ing soon enough, anyway; and 1
have endured somo two and forty
years without public shamo, and
hud a good time as I did it. If
only 1 cou'd secuio a violent
death, what a fino succo
wish to dio in my boots; no moio
Land of Counterpiino for mo. To
bo drowned, to bo shot, to bh
thrown from a horso- ay, to bo
hangod, mthor than piss again
tlmingl. tl.at .slow dissolution.
I fancy this gloomy ramble is
cauiied by a twingo of ago; I put
on au under-shirt yesterday (it
was tho only one I could find)
that barely ourao under my
tioiiB-rh; and just below it a fine
healthy rheumatism has now set
tled liko a fire in my hip. From
such small causos do thuso valu
able considerations flow 1"
July 13, 1893, wo havo Mr.
Stovonson pleading with liia cor
respondent to moot him iu Ha
waii, and then ho talks of tho war
in Samoa: "A man brought in a
head to Mulinuu iu groat glory;
they washod tho black paint olF,
and behold ! it was his brother.
When I last hoard ho was sitting
in his houso, with tho hoad upon
his lap, and weeping. Habarous
wnr is an ugly business, but I bo
lievo tho civilized is fully uglier;
but Lord I what fun !
"I should say we now havo de
finite nows that thero aro throe
women's heads; it was diilicult to
got it out of the natives, who aro
all ashamed, and tho women all
in terror of loprisals. Nothing
has been dono to punish or dU
graco those hateful innovators. It
wa? a false report tint the hoad
had bion rcturued."
On the 13 It "Matnala diion
away from Suvan," nnd on tho
17th, Mr. Kteiuiicon writos:
"Then is no i'ii cei 1 1 ucw
yot: I must sav. no m u could
swear to my certain result, but
tho sky looks horribly black for
Mataafa and b- many of our
friends along with hiin. Tbo
tiling has an abominable,' a beast
ly, nightmnie interest. But it's
wonderful generally how littlo
ono cares about tho wounded, hos
pital sight, oto., things that used
to murder mo. I was far moro
struck with the oxcollont way
things wero man.'ged; as if it had
been a poep-show; I hold some of
the things at an operation, and d.d
not caro a dump.''
Concluding a lottor for tho mail
on the 18th, ho says: "It is a
rntoful thing, waiting for the
new; it may come to a fearful
One dav in Aucust ho replies iu
playful petulance to his friond in
EnilaDd: "No, I will not writo a
play for Irving nor for tho divil.
Can you not see that the work of
falsification which a play dem inds
is of all t'isks the must ungrilo
ful ? .Audi have done it along
whilo, and nothing ovor camo of
Ho roverts i Hawaii in tho
same letter: "Consider my now
proposal, 1 muan Honolulu. You
would got tho Atlantic and tho
Rocky Mountains, would you not?
for bracing. And so much los
s"n ! A'id thpn yon could actually
soo Vailima, which I would like
you to. for it's beautiful and my
homo and tomb that s to bo;
though it's a wrench nut to be
planted in Scotland that 1 can
never deny if I could only bo
buried in tho hills, under the
heather and n table tombstone
liko the martyrs, whoro the
w lumps and plovers uie crying'
Did you see a man who wrote the
Stickit M'miUer, and dedicated it
to me, in words that biougbt the
tears to my oyos every timollonkod
at them. Whoro about tho gravos
i,f the martyrs tho whaups aro
crying. llin heart remembers
how.' Ah. by God. it does! Sing
ular that I should fulfil the Scuts
destiuy throughout, and livo a
voluntary oxilo, and havo my
hoad filled with tho blessed, beastly
place all the timo" It may hero be
rocallea that Mr. btovensou later,
in al'cturo bofore the Honolulu
Scottish Thistle Club, dovoloped
the foregoing sentiment about his
latter end in tho following pas
sigo of must pathetic oloqueuco:
"I lately received a book on
, titled 'The Sticktt Minister' from
a friond in Scotland. Tho dedi
cation was wonderfully pathetic,
so thut 1 could not road it with
out a gulp. It was addressed to
mo in tlio third person and bado
mo romombor thoso places 'where
abouttho graves of tho martyrstho
whaups aro crying; his heart ro
monibcis how.' Sow, when I
think upon my latter end, as I do
somotimos, especially of Into yours
whou it seems tew imminent, 1
fool that when I shall eomo to dio
out liero among thoso hoautiful
IblnllUS, 1 snail u ivo ium aume-
thing that had boon my duo my
native, piodostiued and foifeited
gravo among honest Scots sods,
and I feel thut 1 bhull novor qu to
attain to what Patrick Wulkor
culls, in one of those pathotio
touches 1 havo already spokon of,
to my losting gravo, unloss it
wore to bo on one of our purple
hillsides, under ono of our old,
quaint and half-obliterated tablo
tombstones slanting down tho
slope, and whero about tho graves
of tho martyrs tho whaups uro
crying my hoart romombers
With tho excoption of tho first
and part of tho socoud sontonco
this pass igo, written by Steven
son's own hand in pencil directly
after tho delivery of tho locluie,
is in the possession of thu editor
of tbo Bulletin.
Hero is tho only lotter written
by Mr. Stevenson on Iiib visit to
Honolulu shortly before return
ing to his beloved Vailima to dio:
"Waikiki, Honolulu. ILL,
Oct 'J Jul, 1893.
"Dear Colvin, My wife enmo
up on tho steamer and wo go
h imo togollior in two days. 1 am
practical all right, ouly sliopy
and tirtd easily, slept ve-iterdiy
from 11 to 11 45, from "l to 2:30,
wont to bed at 8 p. m., and with an
hour's interval slopt till (5 a. m.,
cl so upon 11 hours out of tho
-4 vo sail tomorrow, l am
anxious to gd home, though tlrs
has. boon an intoiostmg visit, and
politics have beon curious indued
to study. Wo co to P. P. C. on
the 'Queen' t'lis morning; poor,
rechii-o Indvvfu-rtui'ciMr injures que
life ct. Had n rathoruunoyuig lunch
on board tho Amoricin man-of-of-war,
with a monibor of the P.
G. (provisional government); and
a giod doil of anti-royalist talk,
which I had to sit out not only
for my host's sako. but my fellow
guests. At last, I took tho loul
and chant'ed tho conversation.
B. L. S.
"1 am boing bustod hero by
paity named Hutchinson. Seoms
good." (In a foot noto Mr. Col
vin says, in rofert-nco to this post
script: "Too bust oxhibited in
the New (.iiilliry Summer Exhib
"Homo agdn'ho writ's from
Vailima in Novombor, and in tho
same lotter says: "1 cannot uu
dot stand why you don't tako to
tho Hawaii scheme. Do you
understand? You cross tho At
lantic in six days nnd go from
'Frisco in eevon. Thirteen days
nt sea in all.'
Tho front spioeo of "Vailima
Letters" is a splendid wood-cut
portrait uf Mr. Stevenson.
WOMAN'S 'lOIflUtANCU UNION.
I'roceciMttKK at the Annual Mcctlne
Tho annual mooting of tho Wo
man's Christian Temporanco
Union of this city was hold yes
terday aftornoon in tho parlors of
ths Coutral Union church, about
thirty ladies being present.
Tho following officers wero
elected to serve during tho ensu
ing year: Mis. J. M. Whitney,
president; Mrs. T. I). Garvin, Mrs.
j tj, y
Peck i. ml Mrs.P. C. Jonos,
vice-presidents; Mrs. It. J. Greene,
recording seoretary; Mis. Joidan,
corresponding secretary, and Mrs.
L. B. Coan, treusuror.
Miss Chamberlain read a report
on Temperance Literature and
tho Wonau'B Exchange; Miss
Nollio Judd on tho Lovui Logion;
Mrs. Jordan on tho W. C. T. U.;
Miss Mary Greon on tho Hawai
mns and Mrs. B. J. Greoi o on tho
work of tho W. O. T. U. during
tho past year.
Mrs. BosocranB, lately from
Oborlin, Ohio, who is doing mis
sion work among tho Chi
ueso, gavo a short talk on tem
perance work which was listened
tj with interest.
Miss Mary Green's report troit
ed of mission work on tho islands
of Maui and Hawaii, nud contain
ed an account of her nojuttrip
o I olor lawcri
Charles Ileado of Sun Francis
co wMit on a fishing excursion iu
April last, making a will beforo
ho loft in which ho left all his
proporty, worth two hundrod and
fifty dollars, to his wile. It was
a brief dooumont, expressing tho
wish that his wifo should take
possession without any process of
law whatever, "as littlo or noth
ing would bo left aftnrtho lawyers
aro through." Ou a Sunday in tho
latter part of Ootobor ho went on
another fishing excursion and
no. or returned. His curious will
was presented fur probate, but
doubt is expressed us to whether
ho is dead. It wusroport-d when
ho diKappoan'd tint ho had t'oiii
DR. BOWIE OF THE BZLuiO
ii:mi:s tiii: i.xisri:sfir ov mo.
i. n on i hat vr.3i:i..
IiiturtlvuiMl on (in- i,ijeri on
Uitiim t San irrunrluru
from tlie Orient.
Tho sto-iiner Kvandalo, which
recently arrivod in Sun Francisco
from Yokohama with the freight
of tho Bolgic, had as lj,r only
passenger Dr. Bowie, tho former
surgeon of tho Bolg.c, who has
boon accused of allowing tho
cholora to be brought to Hono
lulu ou that vossol, and who has
also bton unfavorably commonted
on for allowing tho bodies of
throo Chinoso who died on tho
passige to bo taken to San Fran-c-sco
in hermetically soaled cof
fins. Shortly after tho news of the
outbreak in Hawuii arrival atSan
Francisco Dr. Bowie tiok ,n;infm
for Yokohama, and tho Mail Com
pany gavo it out that ho had gone
thero to establish himsolf iu
practice Tho doctor found that
the rosy hopes hold out to him
wero not realized, so ho nont
back to San Francisco by tho
Evundiilo, whoio ho was at onco
interviewed by a Call reporter.
in laiKing uixnit tho Eclgic
cahos tho doctor said: "Thorowns
no cholera ou tho steamer and
tho Bolgic's passengers never
took it to Honolulu. Tho ouly
cases of sickness wo had on board,
wero simple coinn aints. nnd tho
men who died had to thank weak
constitutioui-. Opium and pneu
monia wore tho principal troubles.
The men that died were placed in
lead collius according to an agiee-
lueiu me Ainu company has with
tho Chines Govrrnm-ut. uikI
wore shippod bacii to Hongkong.
That's ah thero was to the matter.
I havo Miiruid toSau Francisao
because 1 think thero is a bultsr
liold for u physician than havo in
Tlir. HATTAMllN Illlll.L.
"'' Mmi- Sprtioior. to Union
Siiuro Lhm Night.
The members of companies A,
B, C and E of tho national guard
of Hawaii, constituting tho First
Battalion, assembled at tho drill
shed last evening, nearly all be
ing present, and at 7:30 o'clock
marcbod to Union Square preceded
by tho band nnd passod in roviow
bofoio Colonel .McLean. Dress
parado with tho manual of arms
was thou had undor tho Cdonol's
Thou followed battalion drill
under command of Major McLood,
inning which mo lour companies
woro put through various evolu
tions, which they porformod with
precision and accuracy, plainly
showing that constant drilling is
producing n g od tlloct. Tho bat
tidion aftorwards .imrchod through
King, Fort und Hotol stroots back
to tho drillsbod, whoro it was dis
missed. Nurd Alice.
Thorong, "DjiA You Uemom
bor Sweot Alico, Bon Bolt?''
which is boing sung in tho uu
inorous porformnnces of "Trilby"'
and the air of which was Intoly
played horoby tboUawaiian bamf,
is nu old one. It was written by
I)r Thomas Dunn English, who
in tbo Fifty-third Congress (1891
95) roproHoutod tho Nowatk (N.
J ) distnot in tho lower house. It
was published for tbo first time in
tbo Now Mirror, Now York, own
ed by N. P. Willis and tieorgo P.
io1'18',.?," lllu ,U oi Soptenibor,
IHIJ. Iho composer, who is now
7 )o,u of ago, is still living in
. 't .