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TBI3 EVENING BULLETIN: HONOLULU, H. L. 8ATURDAY, FERRUARY 3, 1!I0'
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'Continued from page 10.)
jtom inteiiirnlKiij intcrprotra, tno priiiet
plo of llic fiiro nf tl.t wti'in bitiiit to kp
juumclr l rri' 111" pnlillc nml uut fliow your
haniL That wlilto rnliblt tllil tlio unruii'dous
ct iui If she'll t" " ii Ik ril l)i firo the fuotltRlite.
Bhe'an touch unr It mint lio lut on, klio
mint biro In r lit irattt niton turntil my wny
oiiHi, ilun't oi tin 'ItT I " Ikhi Lupin,: tliH
thlnit up Mi-tur, I n I in 'ii'.ilil I'm lii.i my
fine toiuli. unci h not I 'iiil.nl ll Mikes
my lund uttlin, Ml Ailni'unin
1 Eurni yintii imtnuii up u tlnilU'Slvlnj
stayer liy tlili itiiii' Ini'iiw I Iiiimj Ircch kip
ti't away from t nt All Unlit, put tip unotliit
whilo you if about u on account of tliu fact
that I'm koIiik timtny nwny And I'll mnku
my other lmllt-tlmiOiuilir Ho ilivrc'n ntiutner
If you'd think suimtlilns I-coul.l iln fur yon
it would Im tlio Jit-st n'lBli'r.i at I il Col tliU
aionth I'm In unt ni had n fix n to nlillga
tionsat If yon wtto Ijctnu; Lucl hv Cnlu-rt
Tory Any. You'll luvo It all ' v no In the
ml 1. tlio lliiio you Ret Imili hi 11 N-ller
h uwm that foi iiii and lio'll only let you In
as tluilidorllH! favor
Bontley's next linllctin wus lundcont
in orthodox form
Tho UriicitHl uiakini mi Inr in to ennb Ito
legir After tlio Ix'i r I!tK ,-i I went Into hli
hell. Foriiut to tny itoixl iiiorntnj. 0end
the window without Alclntc prrmliiiilon Hi
IK Kid In BuLieuucnt connrMllona wan stern
Hy bunlm-wUlto In u liimny lunimcr.
N. . Afttr all, tint's nlwut her usual act,
o probably thi ro's nothing In It after all. I
wlfh n pp'iilnmt niiklowm nil lliero wra tho
matter with mi! Yours truly,
f!. Dlmti r.T.
Tho net voiced n surpilxin proposl
tlou: I am thlnkliiK (It read) of doing tho nncicut
honorabliiand xnylnidoinethliiK to old Martin.
1 don't know nnvthlliL' laoro nbout tho llttto
clockwork tlmt run that tamo lamb of his
than I did at llrst. You might as will trj to
njitato a Waturbury. Hut tlio olllco wems to
bo citllnv; on tome, cnr-r-r on Vm, nnd I'm
ifrald Mnrlln may pet flilKHy. I bet It's that
auby old Irl-h woniaii of yours that's Ixi-n
flrlni; munniiy. I'll Ihia'h him for tho I'lmb
Iio'sKot Inlilsvlothis Jtistontliuclianra If any
no would Kuaranuu that It would pay for a
drink. Thin If I blow on tu hi m (Martin), ten
to 0110 lni'U iliiti luji a colos-al Rimlus fur uiak
4nH an av uf hlniM'lt i dlfferi lit ways.
Thi wus tliu lust I heard directly
from Uentffy for several weeks. In the
nicntitimu J cccaxiotuilly hud news ot
him fr.mi other people. An o.Tleo hoy
catiiL' np for copy 0110 tfhy, uod utter ho
hud golttn it continued tu limits around
in mi engaging manner. He was n nice
boyitli liuy and pent hiii epure tltno
writing; to noun uiie whom ho addrveged
as "Miiw Tuoty Karuniuii, Dear Miss."
Hu was iiiiniittiially ciituIl'hh of these
lettuiH (nt uf all otlur matters peibonal
and prtffiiioiiulj, liud once, before re
alizing ivliut it was. I reud tho opening
leuttnco of one. It run. "Tlio Mourn I
spjud away ti m Thee, Tooty, aro no
stood whutfvii. lint 1 know you don't
feel tini'ly as ldo. " Ho you feo ho was
prcp.ired by experieneo to take nu in
terest In thu g.imo of lovo wherever he
"Well, Jimmy, how aro thins (,'olns
at tho ollicot" I asked, by way of bring
friendly, whilo hu Btood irresolutely by
"They say they any Mr. BeuUey's
in lovo with that Martin girl." fluid
Jimmy, iiia tono oven more than his
phrasing showing thut his callow con
tempt for feminine kind still included
all of tho tex hut Miss Farcmun or her
"Do yon think ho M" I naked.
"When I loolr ut her I dou't," ho as
aerted. "She don't nmount to nothin,
but Mr. Bentley ncte kind of queer. Ilo
teep-i lookin at her vrhen ho thinks no
body dou t eeo him ho don't notice
rue. Ilo stops still sometimes and stares
right beforo him till tomcthin makes
bim jump. I think that's n bud uhju,
don't yon. Miss Addington?"
At Inst tho time camo when I was
able to mnku a little trip down town. I
went to tho office, but not to tho edi
torial rooms, becuuho they could bo
reached only by means of a short (light
of rtcps after leaving tho clovntor, and
I did not want to utlrmpt tho climb.
My err.md was with that great person
known hero as "tho boss."
The boss' nnmo was J. D. Higgens
ilo was n big brained, big bodied,
coarse flbered, powerful old fellow, with
a good deal ot human nature in him
And though all tho other women and
most of tho men in his employ stood in
terror of him, I did not, and so I did
-" not, like them, altogether huto him.
lie was highly skeptical of good always
and anywhere, but yet ho had too much
enso not to know that distrust can
overleap tho .mark, can bo tripped in
its own net, nnd it always pleased mo
to see his suspicions both unstained and
held in check by his sagacity.
Ho met mo with hit gruy eyes peer
ing nlcrtly out from under his shuggy
eyebrows and over his puffy purple
checks, to see whether, after ull, I hud
really been having such a bad time
with that ankle. I had como down to
ght out a little question of snlury, and
Mr. Higgens met mo as both counsel
and plaintiff on tho other side. Tho
contest and its results aro matters aside
from this history, but wo are concerned
with tho touch of hnmuuucss that now
and again, against his will und his
theories, diversified his simple brutali
ty, and to which wo owe another
Kliiupso of I'cntlcy
"Tho boss" always began nn inter
Tiew with mo hyu distinct declaration,
in manner, thut I was un employee,
and only an employee, and thut he ut
terly refused to tukotho slightest notice
of the fact that I was also u woman. A
helpless senso of his own small, much
degraded, much outraged, but still not
quite eradicated maecnlino instinct of
chivalry toward women underlay and
mainly produced this bluster and n lit
tle tact could netiully be counted upon
to still it and even to pluy upon his
weakness bo fur as to iusuro tho poor
woman beforo him something like fair
treatment a thing bo was by no means
in the habit of according except on tho
self respectful uud unquestionably jus
tifiable ground of imruediute self interest
The queer thing wbb thut this novel
pxporlencoof disloyalty to his principles
nearly nlwnys pleased him for a few
minutes. Ilo found it plcnsnut until
tho predatory hubits of n lifetlmo do
voted to "business" closed in upon him
ngniu, peril a pa bringing about a reac
tionary Irritation Today, when the
question of salary was settled, ho drop-
pen duck in ins icaiiier cuair nun uckiiii i
it littlo conversation Ho was always j
nbovo tho familiar, cheap alTectntlou of
being impossibly busy
Ho asked wliero I lived, as ho had
don i) moro than ouco before, nnd what
rent I paid, nnd what kind of a doctor
I had, and then ho said inconscquently,
with his own odd compound of humor,
suspicion, scorn and simple, human In
terest "You'll bo getting married
tomo of theso days, just 11 ko any other
fool. They say that nss Uentley is in
lovo np there." pointing with n rough,
fat thumb to tho ceiling.
"I knew ho'd turned almighty no
acconnt lately," ho went on. "So,
when I got hold of this, I sent for him
and gave him some good advico. Out
ho told me ho wanted to marry tho girl.
I had a notion to dismiss him on the
Ho drew down his overhanging brows
and looked at mo as piercingly as if ho
wcro inovod by roiuo weightier uiotlvo
than a simple elephantine, unscrupulous
desire to betray me into an amusing
buist of sentiment
I only said now justifiable such a step
would bo aud how right he was In pub
lishing Mr. Bentloy's unworthy senti
ments. His temper ru filed a little.
"A good deal moro justifiable than
you'd think," ho asserted aggressively.
"I wish I'd never knocked under to
"Oh, well," I replied soothingly,
"you can comfort yourself with tho re
flection that you did it only to savo
He shot another scowling, scrutiniz
ing glance at mo.
"Do yon know tho glrH" ho asked.
No, I said; I had never spoken to ber,
"She must bo n queer fool," went
n tho man of reason. "Why don't alio
haul him in and get tho thing over
with? Sho can't expect to do any bet
I said that perhaps she did not want
to marry him. My employer snorted
with genuine irritation.
"Wnntl What else aro you women
always wanting!" and then ho added,
after obviously swallowing an oath, a
speciul courtesy I much appreciated:
"Unless tljerp is every reason why yon
should want it, unless you'd be some
good to somebody married, then it's a
fact there is no telling .what fine scru
ples you'll set. There's no counting"
Then, interrupting himself, be said,
with a chongo of tono nnd a retnrn to
his habitual grim rudeness of manner,
a rudeness differing from that bo bad
previously shown in this conversation,
inasmuch ns it put an end to inter
change, "I don't like loverlng around
tho shop; I ain't going to stand much
cf it, " aud with that ho begun to sbuflle
the papers on hisdetk in aggresslvo nn
consciousness of my existence.
I got somo pleasure out of tho famil
iar comedy of this dismissal and my
3wn manner of exit, but still it gave
bow, as always, a littlo special emphasis
to the distaste 1 felt for tho down town
world, und I found myself hurrying
through my battle of business in tho
counting room, which was complicated
by u frank established rystein of small
thefts from employees, thut I might the
sooner get home, out of this wilderness
of primitive savagery modernly disguis
ed, into u world whuro civilization lnia
madu u llttlo progress. I was so glad to
be in my own Uut thut not till after
dinner did I let my mind turn back to
the ufternoon'a incidents uud Inspect
certain reflections which I was half con
scious 1 hud made. I now discovered
thut I thought Uentley's courtship
might cost moro than it would come to
Tiicro had been something vcr) sinis
ter in Higgens' .manner whilo making
his final remarks. Ho had disclosed then
an irritation ha had masked beforo. I
knew ho would not discharge Bentley.
If he had beeu going to do that, he
would novcr have hinted nt it as a
possibility, aud why should ho get rid
of Bentley when Bentley would not
euro a r.ip and somo other paper would
rucclvo tho acquisition of a highly en
terprising und gifted reporter? Ko: it
was old Martin who would stiller, and
to old Martin tho loss of his place would
bo a eadly important mutter. Ho was
past the ago when men easily find new
masters; ho hud been in Tho Appeal
oflico n deal longer than thu boss him
self; ho wus just tho kiud of faithful
old fixturo that tho boss hud n tompera
mental tendency to oust, despite even
tho whlspeilngs of self interest, and
self interest could not bo counted on
for much service hero fair pioofreadcrs
sn not raro.
I forgot Mattin for a minute in the
pleasure of contemplating tho folly of
tho philosophers who call self interest
thu dominating motive of man, seeing
thut proposition just then in tho light
of the tact that self interest wns the
one principle) that Higgens proposed to
himself uud that ho lived iu a world
most cunningly calculated to etiifen his
adherence to it uud that yet his whims,
whims for showing his authority, for
humiliating thoso who seemed to bo
living independent of his permission,
for uxpressiug his inconsistent dislike of
low toned temperaments, even, as 1
bare before pointed out, for indulging
occasionally in tho exercise of tho for
bidden decencies of his nutnro thut
yet all theso captle'es, and others, fre
quently swerved him from the straight
and simple course that he proposed to
biaBelf ; then I cjiiio back to tho point
that was making itself clear that 1
conld not bear to think of poor old Mar
tin getting into trouble'.
jt last, not being iiulu to rid him
of this uticusimss by thu obvious cut,
sidcr.itlou that it wus nonu of my iui
nes, I s'lt chiwti and wiotu u biu'c'
statement of inj eoiivtr-mtioii with I
gens nnd or tny fiat.- to Uiiitley. i
eluding with it pitw of r.ratuitous ,
vice to thu cltrcttliat In had beltu I
sumo way of iidnptuii( his system ! i
im ;. ticii " ol wiu iosi tempi r
abandon It fur miiiio lo-m uoticcuiih1 '
gem rally iirit.ittng method ut ultni u
Thu next day ho madi) it short i
His red hair was as nggicsstvely up
riiht as over, h's clothes ns new I
silk hat ns shiny, but still there wiu a
drooping sadness about tlio whole llgnri'
if tho man that thesu chniautrristii
and contrasting details only empha
Ho brought his hat into my little
drawing room and deposited it with
nbscntuiindcd automntic caution well
under one corner of the sofa on which
Ho conld hardly forco himself from
tho contemplation of his own woes long
enough to ask mo mechanically
"How's your gnnio 1 foot V Ilent
ley had his own ideas of tho pro'
prieties und ho did not oven affect to
listen to my reply "Bet I'm dished.'
he said, with it tragic noto in his voice
After a pause ho went on. "I've got to
cut looso from the system, aud without
that I ain't got no self confidenco I
ain't got no self confidence," ho repeat
ed, with abstracted solemnity.
I looked np to catch the conscious
twinklo that I Involuntarily expected
aftor thlB unprecedented statement, but
It waa not forthcoming. In tho stress
f this hour Uentley felt tbat he bad
Come upon a disheartening lack in bit
natnre. "The system ain't fsazed her
not a nickel's worth She's just where
he was six weeks ago."
"Maybe not," I ventured.
"Aw, yes, tlio io. She ain't a second
Barah Bernhardt 1" A moment'a silence
and then he went gloomily on: "I've
out with it to old Martin, and now I'm
going to out with it to her, sink or
swim. I swore old Martin to secrecy,
and I gness he's been all right there.
lie seemed too ashamed .o bo likely to
lalk nbont It."
"Did he, did he really?" I exclaim
td, laughing with the pleasure of com
ing on this phnso of Martin nnd forget
ful for tho moment of my sympathy
with Bentley. "Tell me about It."
Bentley gave me a look in which
vuguo reproach and vague sympathy
mingled. He, too, in his wny, had nu
artistic enjoyment of life, nnd before he
realized that ho was descending from
the pedestal where he and sorrow sat
he found himself telling how Mnrtiti
was not np to the ancient honorable
methods, and felt as shy as if some ond
wero proposing inarrlngo to himself.
"At last." said Beutley. "she piped hi
eyo and said ho had u largo family, but
he never could bear to have Llnnle
that's its llttlo namo think ho wanted
to get rid of her. He sccmrd to think.
if I wns doing tho ancient honorable so
far, I'd be sure to go tho whole animal
land want my bride whether sho wanted
me or not. I told him I wasn't nncicut
nnd honorable to that extent. I drew
the lino at the girl. I'd court her, if ho
pleased, entirely for myself, and bho
and I would settle things between ns. I
I wus only showing him my hand, not
asking nuy help In the game. I was
' glad I spoke to him, becuusu for ono
thing it showed well, for several rea-
'sons, though sho couldn't ever have
been spoiled and mado liko some, any
how Much good it ull is to me," he
' went on dejectedly, "when sho dissem
bles her love uud kicks me down stairs.'
! lie looked far out of the window und
over tho chimney tops.
Ilo had piiFsid tho light hearted stago
in which ho liked to characterize tho.
girl ho loved in the names ho gave her,
aud in his depression was taking refuge
with ull mankind in therignilicant pro
noun I was inovfcd to apologizo for hnving
added to his perplexities. He waved mo
aside. "Oh, cracky, I don't wiint toloso
old Martin his place, and 1 bet yon'ro
right about It That old" Bentley
paused und drew two longdnshcs in the
air "boa capnblo of anythiug: be'
sides, his voice
note. "I'd 'bout
sinking to a graver
mado up my mind to
take tho jump anyhow. It's just ua
well The cystem s broken down. I
never thought she caved in n hair
breadth hut once, and I gncts I was
wrong then Anyhow, she never did it
again, and ono swallow don't make a
ennimer. Goodby. I might ns well go.'
He begun to look for his lint in a pre
occupied way I got it from under the
sofa for him, and he left.
Two days Inter I received this tele
gram Tho conntry saved. D. llENTI.r.T
This wob followed by n noto asking
mo to let him bring his "girl" up to
sea mo. I doubted whether Liinnie Mar
i tin cured us inueh to como as hu cared
to have her, but her fntlier and I had
always been good friends that is. we
bad always taken particular pains to bo
civil to each other nnd tocixchiirign con
fidences nbont tho wenthcr. whrii. us
might happen twico u month, our paths
crossed so 1 hoped this vhhiIO in coins
measure neutralize thu dislike of me
that tho recital of myumiablu Influence
upon her destiny would naturally in
spire. Bentley bronght her to tho flat very
soon, staying only n fow minutes him
self, but taking pains to assure me that
the office was perfectly in the dark ns
to tho ontcomo of his courtship and
that all tho affectation of indifferenco
could do was being done to soothe Mr
Higgens. "That is," said Bentley.
pointing with his thumb, "she's doing
just liko kbo always did, and I'm doing
just like her." Next week, be said, she
would leave tho office.
Mentiey woro now aspect. Tiicro
wcro, though my report of the inter
view so far may not show it, touches of
dignity nnd deforence and reticence in
his manner and oxpreesion that, though
tboy did not chongo his familiar gulso
or tono to n casual glunco or a half
listening car, wore novel nnd pleasing
to an neuter observation.
Ho econ declared that ho must go out
to "sco n man" nnd said ho would
como back for Linnio in half an hour
Ho came to mo, and, with n speaking
'-nzo charged with confidential commit
i nlcatlona, wrung tny hand till ho brought
I tears to nir eves nnd to his own. Ho
made it clear that ho was giving mo
tho glory of his success, nn honor to
which I had not the IcaBt claim, hut I
nndcrstood the state of mind In which
it pleased hint to lavish his welling
gratitnde to things In general upon
'tomo definite nnd tnnglhlo object.
Then bo left mo alono with the small
woman who had been causing all this
Yon could sco in every lino of her at
titude and in every detail of her neat,
appropriate gown and jacket and hat
what nn cxamplo of tho discreet virtues
nnd tho pleasing properties she was
born to bo.
I gazed upon her with appreciative
admiration mingled with fear, for I
was not inspired with tho greatest con
fidence in her powers of conversation,
though sho had got through her greet
ings nicely enough. I did her Injustice.
She was entertaining. Despite all her
innato senso of propriety and reserve
sho was sufficiently moved by her en
gagement to want to talk about it and
"bim." And this state of mind always
may bo confidently counted upon to
famish entertainmont of one kind or
She first said prettily that Mr. Bent
ley Had told her how kind I had been
in thinking about her father "It would
be awful bad for pa to lose his place,"
the said, and I must oxplnln that the
written words do much injustice to the
tffect of her soft speech. "I think it
will be better forme to atop going there
as i-oon ns I enn, and then Mr. Higgens
If ho doesn't seo mo to remind him
he'll forget all oboat about what he
didn't like," nnd the looked down and
carefully measured off small sections of
her pocket handkerchief and flashed n
I was struck with her comprehension
if Higgens' childishness, typical hard
e.irtcd busluchs potentate thut ho was,
end said so.
Her color ro-o and faded a time or
two before sho said, ns sho measured
ler handkerchief yet moro scrupulous
ty: "Mr. Bentley says you were, very
kind to him; that yon helped bim get
tbat that desk, "and she looked up
with a slight, shy smile.
Yes, I said ; I thought I knew Mr.
Bcntlcy's designs somo timo before she
did. I began to sea that it would bo lib
stopping n process of nnturo to take
ber away from this subject.
"I didn't know them till two days
ago," sho paid, looking attentively at
the toes of tho boots crossed in front of
her nnd as if sho bad more in her mind
than sho wns saying. I waited. "I felt
I don't know how."
"Did you fall in love at first sight,
too, as Mr. Bentley didt"
Sho shook her head in sllonce.
"No'm," sho said after a moment. "I
thought he was tho tho plainest gen
tleman in the office when I first went
there, though, of course" ruislng her
voico n little "I could sco ho was very
fine looking, but I didn't know how
smart he was then and how everybody
thought of him. That isn't what makes
me euro for him, though." sho added
"Well, now," I Hsked judicially,
"what docs make you caro for him?
That will bo very interesting to hear."
This scientific method of inquiry
seemed to suit her own senso of the
serious vnlno of the investigation. She
turned her bsnd on ono sido and looked
at mo with nn expression of intent In
tellectual preoccupation, as a pigeon
might look tf it gavo its mind to math
"I don't think I can tell exactly,'
she said at last, with an inflection that
recognized tho mystery and novelty of
this inability "At least," she went on
painstakingly aud slowly, "of course I
ought to cure for him wlion he's so so
I nice, but I don't know that I can tell
'just what made mo think about it first,
only be acted so queer Sometimes for
a loug time" Sho stopped, cogitated,
then went on "Sometimes it seemed
'aa if he felt ono wny and sometimes as
if ho didn t; that made me think about
him at first, I suppose, and then he
just went on acting queer all tho time."
Tho system was not tins a disclosure
that tlio system had done its work after
And you went on thinking nbont
him moro nnd more," I said. "Mr.
Bentley did not think yon thought
about him nt nil."
"Ho doesn't think so now," said Lin
nio Martin "I didn't caro for him
much till until ho nsked mo, and I
don't think gentlemen ought to know-
ought to know everything.
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