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VOL. XXXVIII, No. 92. HONOLULU, H. T., TUESDAY NOVEMBER , 10. 1903 SEMI-WEEKLY. WHOLE No. 2537.
CARTER AND COOPER DIFFER SHARPLY
ABOUT RECENT LAND TRANSACTIONS
Scenes in the Executive Council Carter
Can't Find Out How Deeply the Territory
is Involved by Cooper's Private
Agreements Cooper Will Give Him No
Further Information Territory vs. Counties.
The big raft of land exchanges pro
posed by H. E. Cooper, Superintendent
1 of Public "Works, as exhibited In Sun
day's Advertiser, struck a scries of
e nags in the endeavor to bring it into
the nort of confirmation yesterday. All
of the propositions grounded at low
water and there was no almanac in
the capltol to show when the tide would
rise high enough again to float any of
Several prominent negotiators for
public land In exchange for land de-
Glrcd for street purposes and public
building sites attended the meeting of
the executive council, those present being:
Governor Dole, Secretary Carter,
Superintendent Cooper, Treasurer
A. T. Atkinson (Superintendent
of Public Instruction), Dr. C. B.
Cooper (President of the Board of
Health), Land Commissioner Boyd, Tax
Assessor Pratt, Private Secretary
Hawes, Vra. G. Irwin and TV. M.
of W. G. Irwin & Co., Trustee W,
O. Smlt'i and Surveyor P. S. Dodge of
the B. P. Bishop estate.
The first matter submitted was sidetracked
after a short discussion, be-
luse Commissioner Boyd had not an
oj)P' lliv of lnvest?,atli3tlia' pub
lic lands proposed
;was the matter of an exchange of the
Pololu land, Kohala, and Pauoa taro
land, Oahu, with the Bishop estate, for
a. piece of land at Nuuanu avenue and
Pauoa road wanted for a public park.
Governor Dole asked If there was any
occasion for haste on the part of the
Bishop estate. Mr. Smith answered
that the land desired for a park was
being filled In, and if taken by the
Government the expense of such Improvement
would have to be considered.
If not taken, it would probably
be sold as house lots. The Governor
deferred the matter until the Land
Commissioner should report on the
value of the Pololu land.
AIlMOnY ANTJ SPJIOOT,.
The area bt the land proposed to be
given by the government was 1173
Mr. Carter at this stage Intervened
to inquire why the seeming haste in
trying to conclude these land exchanges.
He also asked for further explanation
of the $45,000 basis. Replying
on the latter score, Mr. Cooper
said the basis was reached on a consideration
of the general status of the
land and surveys. Mr. Carter commented,
further upon the seeming haste,
saying he could not see the necessity
for such a rush as the administration
was about to change. He spoke of
similar matters having been put
through in haste before, causing dissatisfaction
to taxpayers. It appeared
to him that the attitude of the retiring
administration toward the incoming one
showed a lack of confidence. Mr. Carter
attributed to Mr. Cooper an expressed
Idea that he considered the Interests'
of his department ahead of the
Interests of the taxpayers.
It may here be recalled that Secretary
Carter, some time before he last went
to Washington, made public his opposition
In the executive council to the
system of land exchanges on a large
seale which Superintendent Cooper had
Mr. Cooper demurred to the term
"rush." It was not a case of rushlnc
matters. For several months after he
took office he was snowed under with
unfinished business his predecessors
had left. There was no surprise abouf
the present matters, they having been
under consideration for a long time.
Mr. Caiter Insisted that the Aiea land
matter was new so far as the armory
site was concerned, which Mr. CooDer
admitted, and then the Secretary said
he had been trying for some time to get
a statement of the financial condition
ot the Territory. He contradicted a remark
of the Superintendent that the
latter had nothing to do with the
finances, going on to protest against
the disposal of revenue-paying lands
I for armory and school sites. The retlr
Isext came the proposal of acquiring ing Superintendent of Public Works
the land at Beretanla, Miller and Vine-'might leave as much unfinished
streets for the N. G. It armory ness as he pleased, so far ns the new
fi1mliilotinlln tirna innnoinail
and Boyal school sites though Super-1
Intendent AtU'nson understood It was THE GOVERNOR INTERVENES.
the Normal not the Royal school in Secretary Carter having referred to
exchange for Aiea land forming part of nn espianaue lanu transaction as an-
oiner one Deing rusneu, .ur. cooper sum
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the Honolulu plantation on a basis of
nad been pen(mff for sIx montllB
545,000 valuation for each property. past. Governor Dole remarked ho
The tonn premises were bought at thought It was not correct to sneak of
tlon on Saturday last by W. G. Irwin ' rushing that matter, as it had been
from the trustees of Oahu College at
the c0n cn
u.c UJ.OCI jji.wc w ,,Uw. ot administration.
Mr. Cooper read a letter from the A running debate ensued, the Gov
Honolulu Plantation Co., giving figures eor depylng that he had not a thor
to show the value It put upon the land. I (Continued on page 5.)
WILCOX'S ITALIAN UNIFORM
CLAIMED BY HIS WIDOW
In a cabinet in tho parlor of lire. There.-a Wilcox's home on the
of Punchbowl, thero aro a number of mementos of the Into
Robert Wilcox, winch his widow highly prizes. Among these are
tho uniform cap, epaulettes, sword belt, cartouche, and other para
phernalia belonging to tho full dress equipment of an artillery ofliccr
in tho Italian army. Theso were worn by "Wilcox during and after
liis graduation from tho Italian military school at Turin, whero ho
had boon sent by King Kalakaua to bo educated. But thero is ono
of his uniforms which passed from Wilcox's possession during the
revolution of '89.
"I intend to ask tho Hawaiian Government to return his uniform
and sword to mo to lo kept for his children. Mr. "Wilcox is dead,
and I can see no reason why my request could bo refused. They aro
now of no uso whntcvor to tho Government."
"When "Wilcox was mado a prisoner during tho revolution of '80,
bis uniform and sword wero taken from him, tho Italinn Consul hero
raising tho point that Mr. "Wilcox hnd no right to wear an Italian
army uniform, which ho wore when discovered in tho gas tank. Mrs.
Wilcox does not now know where tho uniform is kept, or wnat disposition'
was mado of it.
It is believed that tlio uniform was sent back to Italy by tho
SECRETARY CARTER'S STATEMENT.
I here arc all kinds of rumors oj
Executive Council meeting today," sai'
afternoon. "I desire to state for the b
ent of Public Works to give mc a state
what occurred in the
Mr. Carter yesterday
ncfit of the public, that
what I am endeavoring to get at is the tjctual financial condition
of the Territory as it stands todav. Governor Dole feels that
he has sufficient data to cuidc his actions
feeling vet. Here is an illustration. I
but I do not share this
asked the Superintend
lient of those contracts
and other matters which he had entered into and which affected
the monevs to be received from the sale sf the Territorial bonds.
I did not receive the information asked for, and reminded Mr.
Cooper about it, and asked him if he wc ild not be kind enough
to let me know before anything else w s done. 1 thought it
only fair to the new administration to not go ahead on such
matters without my knowledge.
"At the meeting this morning Mr. (. oopcr read a statement
of all the contracts made by his departmeit. Only two of these
affected the Loan Bill. These were th storm drains and the
Diamond Head reservoir. Under the bounty Act, it was the
desire of the Legislature, and I think it was with the universal
approval of the people of this Territory, o turn the water works
over to the counties as well as the sewtragc systems. If this
is to be done it seems to mc a wrong po icy to spend the money
which future taxpayers will have to conti bute towards the interest,
and eventually pay the principal, ci public improvements
which become an asset of the county. The million dollars
negotiated on the loan should be expend d for the benefit of the
Territory as a whole, not for the County .pf Oahu, or for any
other county. I asked Mr. Cooper if lis was the only thing
and I also asked why he did not include n current expenses his
arrangements with steamship companies by which they arc to
pay the money for building the wharvc: they need and get in
return warrants drawing five per cent hit rest. He replied that
he had not entered into any agreement yet for these wharves.
"Since the meeting today, I was stopj ed on the street by Mr.
Low of the Honolulu Plantation, and Ik informed me that the
road boards in his district were shut off from further road work
on account of lack of money. Since thenjon the written instructions
of Mr. Cooper they have proceeded with their work with
the distinct understanding that they would be reimbursed out
of the loan fund money. If that proceeding is to be stopped it
is only fair to let plantation managers kfow so they can cease
"It is just .such, private agreements which obligate the government,
rindtyyhich.a.re not included jnjwjicial statement, that,..-make
me lose confidence and gain doubt asto whether we really
know the financial status of the Territory. '
"I want to get 'at the facts and find cut just the condition
we are in before I can reach a conclusion tiat the Territory can
afford to give up the revenue of cane lands and exchange them
for a $45,000 armory site. I don't know aow how many more
such arrangements arc in existence and what kind of propositions
Mr. Cooper's successor will be up against.
"There is apt to be confusion in the of many as to
what should be county affairs and what jhould be Territorial
affairs, and if we begin to mix them we ill get into an interminable
tangle and county government won't be a success."
SUPT. COOPER'S STATEMENT.
Superintendent Cooper, after the cxciange of notes with
Secretary Carter, said to an Advertiser reporter:
"My advice to the contractors for the storm sewer (Lord &
Bclser) is to complete the contract and malic their claim thereon
to the Territory. The work is completed from King to
street, and there only remains the section from Beretania
to Kinau street to finish.
"I have not seen the contractor for the piamond Head reservoir
(L. M. Whitehousc), but have notified him by message of '
Mr. Carter's attitude. My advice to him, ij he refers the matter
to mc, will be to go ahead with his contract.
"Mr. Carter said it was a question of law, then one of policy,
and again of common sense. I do not know which of these
ideas will prevail.
"My contention is that the county has no right to the water
works. The Territory has no call to donate half a million
dollars' worth of water works plant to the county of Oahu, nor
the electric light works, nor the sewers. The roads as a matter
of course go over to the county, but the revenue of the water
works and of the electric lights belongs to the Territory.
"This trouble arose from the Secretary's action on the mainland
in arbitrarily changing the date of opening the bids for
bonds from October 19 to November 19. I made all my plans
for loan fund expenditures to fit the first (Lite. The Treasurer
cabled the advertisement for bids to the Secretary. I knew wc
had a bid from Pollitz & Co., for the entire issue, so that I felt
perfectly safe in going ahead with public works."
After replying to questions to the foregoing effect, Mr.
Cooper intimated that he intended to administer the Department
of Public Works until his retirement, and would not recognize
Mr. Carter as other than Secretary of the Territory until he
became in fact the Governor.
ARMY MEN TO
The Klnou will take quite a party today
bound for the Volcano House,
among the number being Col. Alexander
Mackenzie, U, S. A.j Major Henrv
B. Moon, U. S, A.; Major William E.
Blrkhlmer, U. 8. A.: Mrs. nirkhlmer,
Captain George W. Read, U, S. A.;
Major William H. Davis, U. S. A.; Cap
tain George McK. Williamson, U. 8, A.;
William Taylor, John Hill, Mrs. Tom
Holllnger, It. II. Topham, Mrs. It. II.
Topham. Gordon McLean, Mrs. Gordon
McLean, W, II. Wllburn.
HONORS HIS KING
His HrltHh Majesty's Consul, W. It.
Hoare, held a reception yesterduy from
11 a. in. to 1 p. in. at the Consulate In
honor of the birthday of King Hdward
VII. The Hawaiian government band
was present and played on the lawn,
under the trees. j
among the guests being the repreenta
tlves of foreign countries, government
officials nnd prominent townsfolk
Consul Hoaro received the guests wear
Ing the gold laced uniform of his rank
Light refreshments were served.
GOVERNMENT WILL 1
GEN, REYESMfjCE POLICY
Balfour Thinks There Will Be No
War Between Russia and
(ASSOCIATED PBKBS OABIiEQB&MB.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10. The Government will facilitate
General Royos' peace mission.
COLON, Nov. 10. Tho Government intends to adopt a gold
Tlio French, British and German consuls have addressed a letter ,
of gratitude to tho commander of tho IT. S. S. gunboat" Nasurille for
his protection of their countrymen during the recent troubles.
LONDON, Nov. 10. At tho great banquet given in honor of
the King's birthday, Prime Minister Balfour expressed himself as
sanguine that there would ho no war in tho Far East N
Tlie regretted the Alaskan decision but most loyally
accepted n settlement of so vexed a question by a tribunal aa an
DENVER, Co., Nov. 10. Ten thousand coal miners of
are on a strike for eight hours nnd an increase of pay. Many of
the strikers aro leaving for other fields and those who aro compelled
to stay are threatened with famine. Many industries aro tlireatcncd.
SAN DOMINGO, Nov. 10. A gunboat is bombarding
Mncoris, which is occupied by revolutionists.
HAVANA, Nov. 10. A train crashed into an omnibus hero.
Five persons wero killed and seven injured.
VIENNA, Nov. officers have been.arrested',iii Bulgaria
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ST. PETERSBURG, Nov. 10? Turkey's reply to tlio Austro-Russian
noto is unsatisfactory.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9. The Colombian minister has presented
to the State Department a strong protcst'bn the part'of his government
against the action of the United States in Panama. Objection
is made to the landing of marines on the isthmus and a still more vigorous
protest against the recognition of the revolutionists and their
government. A further objection is to the sending of the American
licet to patrol the isthmus, thus preventing a landing by the Colombians.
Secretary Hay has not sent his reply.
WILL AWAIT DOLE'S COMMISSION
Members of the legislature from Maui and Kauai came in on
steamers in response to a summons from the United States
grand jun. The House members are called to testify as to some of the
scandals which were continually cropping out during the regular and
extra legislative sessions as well as to the whereabouts of the missing
vouchers. In view of the sudden death of Judge Estec (however, the
members of the House who arc here, will be allowed to return as there
will be no session of the grand jury until after Governor Dole's commission
as Federal judge arrives from Washington.
The commissions of both Gov. Dole and, Secretary Carter, as
Governor, may possibly get here on the Alameda next Friday. The announcement
of the appointments were made by President Roosevelt on
October 31st, and it is the presumption that the commissions were made
out and started on their journey at once. This would allow ample time
for the commissions to get here on this week's steamer and the inauguration
of Governor Carter could take place early next week. Gov.
Dole will take his place as Federal judge immediately and the business
of the United States court will then be renewed. The commissions
which will arrive now will probably be only until the Senate meets,
new commissions being made out as soon as the appointments arc
Judge Dole will probably receive a report from the Federal grand
jurv almost as soon as he takes his seat. Quite a number of indictments
are reported to be ready in the Japanese slave cases. The new judge
may also deem it advisable to give the jury additional instructions.
The legislative investigation will very likely be postponed for at least
one week. In the meantime Marshal Hendry will subpoena the Hawaii
members of the House to come to Honolulu to testify. One of the most
important members in connection with the voucher investigation is from
Hawaii. This is Representative Purdy, chairman of the Committee on
Accounts, who may know ' nre the vouchers arc. Vice-Speaker
Knttdscn arrived from Kauai yesterday. Representative Gandall is already
here, and Kaili and Jaeger aro also said to be in town. Representative
Keliinoi and the remaining Maui members arc also on hand.
Speaker Heckles- has been here for some time and the House officials
are nearly all residents of Honolulu. The services of none of these men
will be required by the grand jury for at least a week and members
from the other islands will be told today by District Attorney Breckons
that they may return home for at least a week.