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Vol. VII. No. U00.
HONOLULU, H. 1., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1899.
PttlOB 5 Oentb.
RISE IN PRICE OF MEAT
Supply for the Honolulu
What Brings About This Condition Prlas
Mow 30 Percent lower Than Cost Figures
Situation In tbe Slates.
The effect ot annexation on tho meat
lilll Is n phase, of new and advancing
conditions In Hawaii which few havo
dwelt on. Nevertheless every house
holder Is likely to feel It In tho course
of coming months.
Retailers nro now very much awaro
that the local rural supply is mado to
equal tho demand only. by watchful
caro and active effort In securing ship
ments from tho States or Australia.
When tho tariff laws aro extended tho
meat supply from Austrnlln will bo In
crcoseu In valuo by the two per cont
duty. Coupled with this comes tho
steady increase In the prlco of meat
throughout tho States.
A prominent retailer said this morn
ing that tho time Is not far distant
when tho local markot will bo obliged
to raise prices. Tho shortage In meat
supply la becoming a matter of no
small Importance. By the last steamer
from Australia the Metropolitan Meat
Company expected to recolvo 250 mut
ton carcasses. About 25 wero received
owing to tho largo Importations in cold
storage to Vancouver.
The local prices aro now said to bo
30 per cent lower than Coast prices
mid an lncrenso may bo anticipated at
any time. Coupled with tho difficulty
in obtaining tho Importations order Is
the reduction In the local Bupply. Ewa
district, which formerly furnished 150
head of cattlo per month for tho Ho
nolulu market, now sends no cattlo to
Honolulu, and slaughters about 90
head per month for local plantations
use. Tho Honolulu plantation estate
Is another instanco whero tho cattlo
lango has been reduced und tho plan
tation consumes all tho cattlo raised.
Tno samo situation results from tho
increased cano nrcas on Maul, and tho
effect of larger cano Melds In Kona will
boon be felt in tho Honolulu meat mar
ket. This Use in meat prices at tho big
retail centers has caused no end of dis
cussion, American retailers
threatened combines against tho pro
ducers and Anally awoke to tho fact
that good times has brought about in
creased consumption and that thero Is
a vast decrcaso In tho number of cat
tlo on tho great Western ranges. An
article in Harpers weekly says ex
perts assert that prosperity is never
felt moro quickly than in tho meat
market. Tho cheaper cuts of hard
times glvo placo to tho tender, expen
sive Joints. The pcoplo cat less mut
ton and pork, which nro hard tlmo
staples. Prices may bo higher, but tho
people havo tho money to pay.
According to tho Durcnu of Agricul
ture report, since 1890 the number of
head of cattlo has decreased nt tho rate
of about two millions annually. Slnco
1892 the number of cattle has decreas
ed by fully ten millions or 27 per cont.
This shortage Is duo to tho return of
prosperity and greater demands on tho
market. The advance paid tho cattlo
rancher has been a steady ono. In
1897, prlmo oeet brought 7.9 cents a
pound In tho Chicago and Kansas City
markets. In 1898, tho stock raisers
got 8.5 cents a pound. In 1899 they
ilnd their beeves worth 9.25 cents per
pound. It has beien a steady rise. Tho
stock raiser reaped tho first beneflt,
packers and retailers have raised their
prices to a certain extent all along
tho line. Among tho retailers tho ad
vance is on cholco cuts, tho cheaper
cuts remaining about tho same. Tho
people aro prosperous and i eady to pay
All of which means that Honolulu
mdst pay higher prices for tho meats
Imported from tho States. .
Another feature of this advance in
tho meat market, Is the tendency to
do away with the immenso cattlo
ranges, tho chango from large to small
holdings. Tho gaunt Texas steer ot
formor days is passing nwuy and in Its
place is tho fat, sleek, cornfed beeves
from the great American corn belt.
Farmers find ono of tho surest cources
ot profit from corn is secured by feed
ing it to cattlo bought in the markets
in the fall, and returned to tho slaugh
ter house a few months later in prlmo
condition and sure to command a high
figure. An instance is given ot a
farmer who shipped seventeen head
of cattlo to the Chicago market, whoro
ho realized an average price per steer
of 109.43. Tho big profit mado on the
beef was in part the profit of tho corn
crop. This business ot fattening cat
tlo for tho market has become a mark
cd featuro In tho corn States, as evi
denced in shipments from Chicago ot
7,500 to 10,000 cattle-per week to tho
American farmers aro happy. Ha
waii need not be surprised at an ad
vanco in prices. American beet in the
London market was in September
quoted at 12 and 13 cents per pound,
estimated dressed weight, as against
. 0',i to 10 cents for tho corresponding
period tho previous year.
Horses clipped in a humano manner
nt the Club Stnblcs.
SMITH'S FRIENDS SPEAK
Tbere Is Ho Foundation in Fact lor the
Scandal Blazoned Fortb.
Investigation -Snows Affairs In a Satisfactory
Condition -Could Have Beep No Purloin
ing of Monarchical Curios.
Officers ot tho First Regiment, N. O,
H., and friends generally ot Capt. Paul
Smith aro Indignant over tho course
ot ono of the afternoon papers In giv
ing currency to somo nasty rumors
concerning tho gentleman mentioned,
as .well as affairs of tho club of tho offi
cers ot tho regiment. It develops that
tho scandal is nlmost wholly tho In
vention of n couplo of personal ene
mies of Smith. From tho mazo or mass
of all that Is blazoned out concerning
tho organization and tho Captain It Is
sifted down that Instead of thero hav
ing been "orgled" nt tho club, tho only.
Infraction of rules was tho admission,
ono evening after tho theater, of a
number of members of a visiting com
pany to tho club, nnd further, tho most
searching Investigation has failed ut
terly to reveal any ground for tho bald
charge that Smith had been purloin
ing silverware, decorations, etc., with
tho old monarchy brands nnd hnndtng
out tho samo as souvenirs.
In tho first placo thero has never
been at tho club any curio material
other than somo printed matter, of
which there Is yet a generous supply
that Is being drawn upon by all com
ers nnd has been n source ot this sort
for ycars. This is social stationery
that had been purchased In tho old
days In lavish quantities and it has no
value. Thero has not been nny cut
glass, silverware or decorations about
tho club. This phase of tho yarn Is
sifted down to tho paltry fact that a
cheap glass salad dish, purchased down
town a year or so ago, disappeared.
It was probably broken by n servant.
It had no royal mark.
Tho house committee, accounts which
had been in charge of Capt. Smith havo
been found to bo in as good condition
ns over. They were gono over last
evening and tho club members are
qulto satisfied. Thero is absolutely not
tho Bhadow ot n suspicion of Smith's
honesty to bo observed.
Such royal furniture or fixtures ns
thero aro about tho Executive build
ing premises consists nlono of the
printed or engraved matter mentioned
above, ot heavy furnlturo about tho
bungalow and ot stores In a vault In
tho basement of tho Executlvo Build
ing, to which only ono man, under tho
luterlor Department, has access.
Friends of Capt Smith all over town
point to tho fact that had thero been
nny spirit othor than splto and preju
dice and Jealousy about tho matter and
had tho accusers had sufficient cour
age, tho whole, matter might ns well
havo been thrown to the public beforo
tho man now absent and unablo to
answer for himself had sailed away for
Manila as an officer In tho provisional
army ot tho United States.
Steamer Kilohana is
A Total Wreck
The steamer Mauna Loa arrived
this morning and reported tho wreck
and total loss of tho Intor-Island Com
pany's steamer Kilohana at Lahalna.
While taking tho Kilohana Into tbe
harbor at Lahalna at 12:40 last Sun
day morning, Captain Nicholson mado
a mistake and took tho light at the
South Sea settlement for tho Luhalna
light and ran on' to a reef.
A hole was knocked in tho bottom
and water commenced to pour in, tho
pumps wero put to work and kept on
pumping until thoy would work no
longer. Fortunately, however, this
was long enough to permit tho Having
ot all tho freight with tho exception ot
about 50 tons ot coal.
This is Captain Nlcholsen'u first
voyago as captain ot tho Kilohana.
Ho has remained at Lahalna with tho
crow dismantling the wreck nnd sav
ing what ho can.
When the Mauna Loa passed the
Kilohana yes tor day morning sho was
completely under water,
The steamer Klnau left for Molokal,
Maul and Hawaii at a few minutes to 12
to-day. She left quite a lot of freight,
being unable to take 'it j and Is the only
steamer, probably, that got away before
the order applying to steamers was Issued,
Consul General Haywood has issu
ed an important notice to masters of
TWO GASES OF
Dread Disease Makes Its Appearance In
Chinatown Special Meetings of Board of
Health and Council of State Quaran
.. tine Inter-Island Steamers Held.
Notwithstanding the vigllanco ot tho
authorities tho bubonic plaguo has
made Its appearanco in Honolulu nnd
by six o'clock tonight tho city of Ho
nolulu will bo thoroughly organized
to make a strong fight to Immediately
stamp out tho dread disease.
Tho sudden death of tho bookkeeper
nt Wing Wo Tal's storo on Nuuanu
Btrcct was called to tho attention of
tho Health authorities this morning.
Tho Chinese doctor In attendance call
ed Dr. Herbert, who Immediately noti
fied tho authorities.
Action was immediate. Tho storo
was quarantined. Dr. Hoffman held
tho nutopsy In tho presenco ot Drs.
Herbert, Day and Carmlchael. Xho
unanimous decision ot tho physicians
was bubonic plaguo tho cause, of death.
Another case was discovered on Manu
Attorney General Cooper, President
ot tho Board of Health, Immediately
took active measures to guard the
storo and enlist inspectors to begin tho
work of cleaning up Chinatown.
Tho report spread about town like
wild flro nnd by noon It was current
that six or moro cases had been dis
covered. Tho excitement was general
and moro untruths than truths weio
spread abroad. Mr. Cooper called a
special meeting of tho Board of Health
nt noon. President Dolo sent out .no
tices to tho members of tho Council ot
State to meet at 2 o'clock to mako the
neccssaiy appropriations to carry on
tho work ot stamping out tho disease,
A special meeting of the National
Board of Health was held at 12 o'clock.
President Cooper said that it was a
special session to consider tho emer
gency of the hour and called upon Dr.
F. R. Day for a statement.
Dr. Day said that Dr. Geo. Herbert
had been called to Wing Wo Tal's
last night at o'clock to sco a caso be
lloved to bo black plaguo. Tho man,
n bookkeeper in tho store, dlod at C
this morning. An autopsy was held by
Dr. Hoffman In tho presenco ot Drs.
Wood, Herbert nnd Carmlchael. Tho
mnn had been HI three days. He was
In charge of a Chinese physician till
Dr. Herbert was called. Tho man had
been sick three days. Thero was high
fever and swelling In tho groin. Thoro
was ovcry symptom of bubonic plague.
Tho caso was so diagnosed.
A second caso was reported by a
Chinese physician, and was found to be
similar in every detail to the first case
and was pronounced bubonic plague,
It was stated by Dr. Day that proper
specimens from tho bodies ot the dead
Chinamen wero in tho hands of Dr.
Hoffman, tho board bacteriologist and
would be reported on as early as pos
sible. Both Chinese wero young men, book
keepers and had nothing to do with
Mr. Cooper said a strict quaranttno
of tho Infected promises had been in
stituted, that there should be house to
house inspection at onco of the sus
pected districts and that volunteers
were wanted tor this work and that all
physicians who could do so should sta
tion themselves at tho Board ot Health
offices subject to call. Col. Jones has
furnished soldiers to be armed guards.
Tho remains of plaguo patients will
bo cremated at tho Honolulu Iron
Works. Dr. Day suggested that a
vessel bo secured and used for quar
antine purposes. This matter will bo
looked into without delay.
Mr. Cooper remarked that tho town
should be Immediately given a
Mr. Smith Shall intor-lBland steam
ers bo held?
Mr. Cooper That is a matter to be
President Dolo Perhaps It would be
well to hold all Japanese and Chinese
provisions about to bo shipped.
Dr. Day Until tho plague in the
Orient subsided such goods coming
hero wero disinfected.
Mr. DolcP-Tho disease is commonly
communicated with food ns the vehicle,
Is It not?
Dr. Day Yes, and domestic animals
havo been known to carry tho plague.
This Is a means ot Infection mention
Dr. Emerson Neither Chinese nor
Japancso should be allowed to travel
for tho present.
Dr. Day I move that no
Chincso or Japanese freight or
persons be permitted to leave
this port on an lntcr-lsland or
other lesscl till further notice.
Dr. Emerson, on request, spoke of
tho cases of tho Claudlno sailors who
havo died suddenly within tho past few
days. Wero thero any symptoms of
plaguo? A case of pneumonia was
President Dole Would It not bo
well to restrict travel between the is
Mr. Smith Yes; mako a pass or per
mit system, ns we had when tho chol;
crn was here.
Dr. Emerson moved that a
pass system bo Inaugurated to
apply to all persons. Carried.
President Cooper Instructed
Secretary Wilcox to telephone
Wlldcr'8 nnd tho Inter-Island
Company to hold all steamers
till further notice. Dono at
Tho period Is for at least twenty
President Ddlo If Iho disease
spreads will It bo possible to handle pa
tients In their own houses?
Dr. Day No, sir; thero should bo n
quarantine station. Tho sand spit op
posite tho llghthouso might bo used.
Wo could build barracks.
President Cooper Could tho old
kerosene warehouse be used. Tho ans
wer was In tho negative.
Mr. .Reynolds mentioned that some
ot the Board's own cottages at tho sal
uting station at Kakaako could be
Dr. Day again mentioned a vessel.
President Cooper Shall wo
uso tho cottages at tho salut
ing station? It was voted to
President Cooper Does tho
Board authorizes mo to mako
this Inspection, clean up nnd
burn the garbago to Incur tho
expense? It was so voted.
President Dole Tho Council
ot State will meet this after
noon to vote money for tho ex
traordinary outlay. It was re
marked that $10,000 would bo
sufficient at first.
President Dolo A statement giving
a description of symptoms, action, etc.,
of tho disease, should bo prepared by
ono ot ttio physicians and published in
tho papers this afternoon, for tho in
formation ot all, so that facts may bo
Dr. Herbert One caso of tho plaguo
hero dates back to Novombor 10, show
ing that tho disease so locally mani
fested Is not ot a Virulent typo. Con
tagion may havo been In food, soil, or
havo been brought by rats. That rats
havo been the media seems qulto
President Coopper, returning from
tho telephone I havo it from Mr. La
plcrro that another death has occurred
on Nuuanu street. It's n suspicious
Dr. Emerson All bodies will bo cre
mated. President Cooper I havo mado tem
porary provision nt quarantine and tbe
Honolulu Iron Works Is building n
plant to be used so soon as completed
Thero wero three bodies to bo ex
amined at onco, said President Cooper.
very fow of tho physicians seemed
to caro to agree to handlo cases unless
It was an oxtremo situation.
Volunteers who will do inspection
aro requested to call at once at the
Board of Health,
Thoso who attended tho meeting
wero President Cooper, Secretary Wil
cox, Dr. F. R. Day, Geo. W. Smith, Dr.
N. B. Emerson, Dr. It, P. Myers, Dr.
Varmlchael, Dr. Burgess, Dr. Sinclair,
Dr. Hoffman. Dr. K. F. Leo (Chincso),
President Dole, Dr. Raymond, Geo. A.
Davis, F. L. Hoogs, Dr. Geo. Herbert,
Dr. Wnyson, Dr. Garvin.
Bubonic plaguo Is an Infectious dis
ease, due to a bacillus. It Is .'.ssumed
that tho Infection Is acquired through
tho food, through tho lungs nnd
through abrasions of tho skin.
Incubation Tho period of Incuba
tion Is ordinarily flvo to soven day.? In
raro cases, longer Intervals.
Symptoms Thoso of virulent poi
soning, accompanied with fover, se
vere bodily pains, headache, some de
llrum, dry, furred tongue, glands of
groins, arm pits or neck becomo swol
len and painful and If tho patient docs
not succumb to the Intensity of tho
poison, tho abscesses form In theso
swollen glands. Vomiting, sometimes
bloody In character occurs. Char
acteristic expression ot face recog
nized by thoso who havo seen cases
similar to "cholera fnco."
Precautions Samo as In contagious
diseases nro efficient In plague, viz.:
Eating or drinking nothing not pre
viously well cooked; uso ot disinfec
tants such ns bl-chlorldo of mercury
tablets dissolved In water for washing
hands nnd face, general
about all habitations.
DR. GARVIN VOLUNTEERS.
At 1:30 Dr. Garvin, who had placed
his services at the disposal ot the
Board of Health, reported a suspicious
case on Queen street near Miller. Na
tive." man. Dr. Garvin will assist Dr.
Hoffman with tho nutopsy.
ARMSTRONG SMITH VOLUNTEERS.
Armstrong Smith, who was nt tho
cholera hospitul in 1895, has volunteer-
ed ns a nurse nnd Is under orders.
Tho quarantine In tho city so far Is
of houses only. Judge Cooper believes
lift will lift fililn in linvn atrnnt n.ltlfnvi. '
supervision which will bo under Col.
Jones. Persons cannot be In tho In-'
fectcd districts without passes. I
CAME IN FOOD.
Mr. Reynolds believes tho disease
was brought In food from the Orient.
A't 1:50, in tho laboratory nt tho
Board of Health offices, It Is shown,
under tho microscope, that tho dls
easo of which tho Chinaman nt Wing
Wo Tails died, was bubonic plague.
The Japanese Confessed.
Monday forenoon n Japanese con
fessed to Marshal Brown, through In
terpreter Doyle, to tho theft from Mm.
James Old, Jr., of a check for $700 and
$28 In money. The prisoner had been
u servant In the houso of Mrs. Olds.
After starting In to tell his story tho
Japancso wanted to talk all day about
It. Ho showed whero he had hidden
tho money nnd told how he had
thrown away tho paper.
St. Clement's Pair.
Tho gross receipts of tho St. Clem
ent's Fair amounted to $1,364.85, and
tho expenses $310.45, which leaves a
net profit of $1,054.40. Tho treasurer
will send by mall to all tho ladles who
havo been working for tho fair, a de
tailed statement of tho various ac
counts. Tho ladles havo left on hand
goods amounting to nearly $200 which
will be held over for somo future salo.
WEDDINO STATIONERY, Engraved
H. F. WICHMAN.
HAMILTON, BROWN SHOE CO.'S
For Sale by Manufacturers' Shoo
Better Grndc of Drivers. fl
Sam'l M.icy, who Is hack Inspect'
or for the police department and
who attenJs to business carefullv
Sail the time, says that the town has
at this time about the best class of
cab drivers ever on the lists. For
SI several months It has been the
practice of the Inspector to give ap
plicants for licences thorough trial
and any number have been rejected.
Half a score of mandamus proceed
ings have been threatened and It Is
i N certain that several suits will ma
terialize. The applicants refused
are for the most part Japanese and
Mr. Macey says that some of them
are woefully Ignorait of the very
first requirements of horsemanship.
In the past It was the custom to Is
sue licences on recommendation of
persons signing for the prospective
driver. It was easy enough to get
good names and It was by this
method that some Incompetent
drivers were enableJ to enter the
The Gallant Forty-ninth.
At the Orplicum last night a min
strel troupe composed ot fourteen
members of tho 49th Colored Rcslmpnt
now en routo to Manila, gave tlch oi-
,,cnco of thclr nulllt' to amuse. A
nouso mat couiu easily navo occit
twlco filled, gave the soldier boys un
enthusiastic reception. Tho perform
ance. Included a clever slask wlro und
contortion act by Benjamin Hlnn nnd
songs, dances nnd cake walk by tho
I balance of the company. Tho two end
men, Robert Lcdbcttcr nnd John A.
1 Johucon. deserve sneclal mention.
NcC(,lc8fl to say burnt cork was nt a
Tho trnnsportWurren sails this t-
ternoon. othcrwlBo tho performance
would hnvo been repeated this oveu-
ing. Manager J. C. Cohen showed his
appreciation of their efforts by ac
corded tho boys n "good tlmo' 'after
A Day School Christmas Festival
Tho children ot tho Puliation Pre
paratory school, of which Institution
Samuol French Is principal, has nl
ready decided on a plan of action for
a portion of Christmns observance.
Tho youngsters havo voted to havo n
tree at tho school on Dcrctnnla street.
Instead of Indulging In presents for
each other they will provide gifts for
the tots of tho frco kindergarten In
Emma hall. Miss I-uvicnce, head ot
tho freo kindergarten system, has been
consulted nnd will aid with ndvlco.
Tho Preparatory will have a flno tree.
This being looked after by Principal
French. Permission has been secured
from tho proper authorities to cut a
largo fir tree from the government for
estry on Tantalus.
Cruelty to Animals.
By direction of Mrs. Craft, five per
sons, four natives and a Japanese,
wero arraigned in pollco court this
morning on the charge of cruelty to
animals. Tho particulars aro that all
tho men aro engaged in hauling rock
with carts and that it was discovered
that somo ot tho animals In service
wero suffering with sore shoulders,
etc. Threo of tho men at once entered
pleas of guilty. Tho other two will
stand trial later.
Dr. Posey, specialist for Eye, Ear,
Throat and Nose diseases and Catarrh.
Co., Fort St.. Sign of t!ie ?ig lute.