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HAWAIIAN GAZKITh TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1908,
MARK TWAIN'S LATEST TRIBUTE
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Samuel L. Clemens has written to
tho Hawaii Promotion Committee
tho receipt at his beautiful
now homo "Stormfield" of tho koa
mantel sent him as a tribute from his
Hawaiian friends and has coined
ir phrase in pralso of Hawaii nci that
(makes still larger tho debt Hawaii owes
to the world's great human interest
xn auuuion to mo gracuiui
"Bent tho Promotion Committee.
F. N. OtTcmba, whoso beautiful
1 carving decorates the mantel, has been
addressed Dy air. Siemens, wno wroto
in high pralso of tho work. 4
"Aloha!" Birthday Greeting.
If "The beautiful mantel was nut in
its place an hour ago," wroto Mr.
Clemens to tho committee, anfl its
friendly 'Aloha!' was the ilrst uttered
greeting my 73rd birthday received. It
is rich In color, rich in quality and
Tich in decoration, therefore it exactly
harmonizes with tho taste for such
things which wore born in mo and
I havo seldom been able to indulge
to my content. It will be a
great pleasure to me, daily renewed, to
have under my oyo this lovely reminder
of the loveliest fleet of islands that
lies anchored in nny ocean, and I beg
to think the committee for proiding
me that pleasure."
Not Always a Joker.
A postcard, pictured, showing a view
lot Jlr. Clemen's now home, accompanied
this letter. Tho postcard it ov
dontly ono sold in tho stores of Bed-sling
to visitors to tho homo of the
writer, the pointed titlo on tho photograph
being "Innocence at Home."
Whether' Mark Twnin objects to being
dubbed "Innocence" or not or objects
to the altering of "Innocents Abroad"
cannot bo told, but tho author has carefully
drawn a pen mark through tho
joke and written ovor It the correct
name of his homo, "Stormfield."
, Tribute to the Artist.
Addressing F. N. Otremba, tho wood
carver whoso art went into tho design-
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ing and tho caning of the mantelpiece,
4ir. uiemens nas written:
"The mantel is a charmingly conceived
and admirably executed work
of art, and I nin,grateful to you for
tho valued compliment conveyed to mo
in tho labor of heart and hand and
brain which you havo put upon it. It
is worthy of tho choicest place in the
house, and it has it. I wish also to
.thank you, and cordially, for tho rare
woods and for the beautiful breadfruit
plaque. Sincerely yours, S. L. Clemens."
Tho suggestion that tho people of
Hawaii, through the medium of their
Promotion Committee, should show
their nloha for Hary Twain, whoso
.most beautiful prose poem on Hawaii
has been tho cause of the coming here
of thousands, who journeyed to the islands
to also learn tho charm, came
from Mrs. W. W. Hall nnd was enthusiastically
taken up. Tho mantel,
"which is of Hawaiian koa, beautifully
cared and having the world "Aloha"
across tho main panel, was tendered to
Mr. Clemens as a slight expression of
the feeling of tho people of tho Islands
toward him, offered in frank friendliness
and accepted by tho author in
tho samo frank spirit. That Mr.
Clemens is pleased with tho gift from
his midpacific friends and admirers, as
his letters quoted above amply testify,
is pleasing indeed to those who forwarded
Mr. Clemens Is proud of his new
home, into which ho moved about threo
months ago, ana justly so,( Stormfield
is a beautiful home, planned and built
in accordance with long cherished ideas
on 'tho part-of the owner and furnished
vit,h the trensufes which Mr.
Clemens has collected during recent
. The accompanying photograph of
this home, showing tlio front of tho
building, is, in tho opinion of John
Mead How ells, of New York, of M10
firm of Howells and Stokes, tho archi
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tects, the most romarkably interesting
photograph of a house only two months
completed over taken. Nothing now
has been allowed to bo planted near
house, according to the oxpressed
desires of Mr. Clemens, and the four
symmetrical little cedar trocs seen are
either side of the path are in tho
original position in which they grew.
This view was taken from under tho
pergola, whero tea is sorved, and tho
fountain in the foreground was not
completed at the timo the photograph
In the picture postcard of his houso
which Mr. demons enclosed in his letter
to Mr. Otremba, the author has
marked with a cross ono of the windows
of his billiard Toom, in which
tho Hawaiian Aloha mantel is placed.
This is the square window on the
ground floor, the last to the loft that
can bo scon between the trees.
In tho photograph of Mark Twain
in what ho calls himself hU "smoking
chair," placed in tho loggia, can bo
seen a remarkable piece of carving of
about tho twelfth century, nn oppn pattern
of two doves and a palm tree.
This piece of Byzantine art was
brought by Mr. Clemens from Venice
and is only ono of tho mnny art tionMs that tho question of complianco
ures in "Stormfield," and among alllvrilli the conditions in right of
these priceless bits of irtu and art
gems, tno mantel trnm Hawaii is, to
quote tho words of Mark Twain's letter,
"worthy of the choicest placo in
the house, and it has it."
Golds Are Dangerous.
If more peoplo would mako an attempt
to get rid of tho colds from
which they aro suffering, as a result of
this changeable weather, thero would
bo a decided decrease In, tue number of
cases of pneumonia. A few doses Tfr
Chamberlain's -Cough Itcmedy will euro
your cold and all danger of its( banging
on until spring and resulting in
pneumonia may bo avoided. For sale
by all dealers. Benson, Smith & Co.,
agents for Hawaii.
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CHAIR" AT HIS NEW HOME.
GO E N FREAR
IN SOLON ACT
Acting Governor Mott-Smith has
given out for publication tho drafts
of nmeadments to tho Organic Act and
to tho Hawaiian laws which tho Governor
sent him from San Francisco,
nnd which ho has since presented in
.modified form for introduction in Congress.
Mr. Mott-Smith is advised by
Governor Prear that thero havo boon
changes in these drafts sinco ho sent
Tho mosi important change comes
in tho manner of sale of public lands,
in which it is adUsed (that tho land
should bo cither given but through a
drawing by lot, as it is dono on tho
mainland, or by auction, tho latter
practise nlone being tho rule here.
Anothor oxtrcmelv imnortnnt
clinso leases, certificates of occupation
or special agreements, Bhnll bo decided
by the Land Commissioner. Appeal
muy be taken to tho Governor,
whoso decision will bo finnl. At present
nn appeal of this kind may bo
taken to tho courts of the Territory.
A provision is inserted by which
preference rights may be given toper-cons
who hao resided on leased government
land and who wish to buy,
the value on tho property to bo fixed
by a board of appraisers.
In order to scttlo a slight cloud on
title which might arise through tho
fact tint tho actual title to all publio
land acquired at the timo of annexation
vests in tho Federal government
and the Territory has acquired titlo
to property since then through exchange
and otherwise, it is provided
that theso last-mentioned lands shall
havo tho same status as those acquired
through the joint resolution of annexation.
The setting nBido of forest rcseryes
is n mnttter which is, according tovtho
tuggestion of Governor Frear, to bo
placed entirely In tho hands of tho
Changes in other laws and in other
provisions of the Organic Act aro in
substance, as follows: An act providing
that the authority given tho
Philippino povcrnmont to aid railroad
construction bo conforred on Hawaii,
limiting tho amount of aid to bo given
nny ono railway to $120,000, and this
by the gunnintco of not over four per
cent, interest on that amount. Tho
government is to appoint two of the
directors sfnd have other supervision of
tlio operation of tho road.
In order to straighten out tho citizenship
mix-up which was caused by
the naturalization of aliens by tho
local circuit courts, an amendment Is
provided that all so naturalized before
Juno 29, 1006, shall bo deemed
to have had the action taken by "
court of competent jurisdiction. It is
also provided t,hat in the caso of tho
lapso of term of an appnintivo officer
ho shall hold ofllco till his successor
shall havo qualified.
It is recommended that an net bo
passed whereby land which has been
t'iken from tho Territory for uso by
tho Federal government may bo restored
to tho Territory by tho direction
of the President nnd without tho
present necessity of action by Congress.
Governor Trear asks that a provision
bo Inserted in tho Organic Act
that tho pay of the, members of tli9
Legislature bo increased from
IS THgRE A GENUINE
C0RREGG10 IN HONOLULU?
In the show room of the photograph
Riillory of J. ,T. Williams, on Kort
strccr, is n ennvns on display, beating
nil tlio mnrks of nn old master. Tlioso
wlio hnvo oxnmlncd this cnnns and
who nre, tlirotigli artistic training and
knowledge of the art galleries of tlio
world, in a position to speak with
some authority, stato that the picture
Is not less than three hundred years
old. The rich coloring, tlio mounting,
tho fact that the tacks utli which tho
canvas is stretched on tho bonrds aro
hand wrought, nil point to tho conclusion
that this picture, If not from tho
brush of ono of tho world's great
was painted at least boforo tho
days when tho counterfeiting of masterpieces
and the disposing of theso as
originals wns in vogue.
Tho picture is a duplicate of the
great painting of Correggto, "Jupltor
and Antlope,' tho origlnnl of which
hangs In the mnnelous collection in
tho Louvre, being ono of tho,priccless
canvases belonging to the Government
of Trance. The question that arises
In connection with tho canvas now In
Honolulu is: Is it nn original by tho
great Italian pnintor, a dupllcato of
tlio Louro cnuas, or is It ono pnintod
in tlie studio of Corrcggio by ono of
his pupils and under the direction of
tho mastcrf Or Is it Bimply a modern
copy, a fnket Tlio last question has
boon answered so fnr emphatically in
tho negatUo by all tlioso who havo
examined It and hnvo a knowledgo
upon which to bnso nn opinion. "What-
ocr tho painting may bo, it at least
is not a modern copy.
No one has dnrod claim that It is
nn original by Corrcggio, although it
Is plainly the work of a great artist,
but that" thero is a probability of tho
work hnving been at least done under
the muster's guiding hand hntf been
confidently expressed. If tho apparent
ago of the canvas is authenticated,
it is assured that nono but a pupil of
Oorrcgio nr tho master himself would
lmo dared tho foits of foreshortening
in the paintod figure, theVart of Cor-
BIG DEAL FELL THROUGH,
BUT SMALLER ONE MADE
Thero was nn unoxpectod hitch in
tho negotiation for tho ealo of the entire
Sprcckcls holdings botweon Fort
and Alakca strpct, mentioned In yesterday's
Advertiser, and tho property
was withdrawn from further consideration
by Rudolph Sprcckcls, tho only
deal effected boing tho salo of tho
Sprcckcls Bank building to W. G. Irwin.
Tho reason for tho withdrawal of tho
property is reported to bo tho Inability
of prospective purchasers and tho seller
to ngreo on tho price
"Tho only deal pat through was tho
sale of tho Sprockets buildiug on Fort
street," said Mr. Spreckels last
"and the remainder of tho property
has been withdrawn. That is all
I can say.
"Tho extension of Bishop stroot
through tho property, however, will bo
mnde, conditioned on tho streot being
continued to tbo waterfront."
In referring to tho now street Mr.
Sprcckcls said ho had trlod to be fair
and square with tho government and
he believed ho was oven generous.
Yesterday morning tho negotiations
DRUMMERS DUBBED THE
BUITALO, November 30. Queen Lil
passed through Buffalo on the Twentieth
Century Limited at 1 o'clock yesterday
morning, en route to Now York,
Sho was accompanied by Jonah Kuhln
Kalanlanaolc, her cousin, who is a delegate
from Hawaii to Congress. Ho is
11 Yalo graduato arul would bo next In
succession to tho throno wore a monarchy
rccstablishment in tho island. Tlio
former queen of Hawaii was in her
Btnteroom when tho train passed
through Buffalo, and declined to bo Interviewed.
SboMs quito old nnd very
corpulent, nnd this will probably bo her
last trip to tho United States.
According to the porter on tho train,
,tho queen is nn incessant coffco drinker.
During her entire trip from tho
Pacific Coast to Now York she Btuck
closoly to hor stateroom. Her cousin,
Delegate Kalaniauaole, is an incessant
cnt 1200 salary to 000 per term, to bo
paid on tho first, thirtieth and fiftieth
days of the sessions.
Section 05 of the Organic Act is
proposed to bo amended to chongo tho
provision for limited indebtedness so
thnt the nnnunl limit shall bo ono per
cent, of the appraised valuation of the
Torritory or of any subdivision which
LEILE1H TENT CITY
About a hundred men aro working
rapidly on the Leilchua cavalry cantonment,
and lumber is being hauled
as font bb possible from the Wnhlawa
siding to tho present site. Tho tent
city hus been staked out, tho platforms
laid down and Bomo of tfio tents
havo been raised. With tho amount
of lumbor being teamed over to tho
sito tho kitchens will shortly bo raised
and then tho stables.
reggio in this Tcspccl being ono of bin
unsurpassed gifts, It being this artist
whp dared tho critics of his day in
exercising his prodigious faculty of
foreshortening nnd thorcby won goldon
pralso from Titian nnd established
new standards in art.
Tho canvas In Honolulu, tho
of tho Louvre painting, represents
Anflope, tho wife of Lycus, King
of Thebes, as visited by Jupltor on
Mount Cithacron, whither she hnd flecl
after boing enst off by her husband
nnd by him imprisoned. As tho mythological
tnlo went, It was Jupltor who
released her from her chains nnd in
Hint way won her grntltudo and her
favor. As pictured, sho lies asleep
upon n skin, apparently resting after
tho chase, her quiver of arrows besido
hor. Jupiter was wont to guard hist
dignity nnd, perhaps, add a spicu to
tho adventure by assuming various
shapes In his commerce with mortals;
In this instnnco ho assumed tho
of n satyr. The presenco of Cupid!
in tho sccno symbolizes tho passion of
love. Tor technical beauty tho original
of this painting is hardly excelled
by any of tho works of this great
master, in whom painting probably
reached tho highest culmination of
grace nnd finish.
Tho history of tho ennvns now in
Honolulu is not known with nny degree
of dodnitencss. It is tho property
of W. C. Peacock, who values it
highly as a work of tho highest nrt.
Irrespective of what valuo may bo
placed upon It as n product of tho
Corrcggio studio. It is Mr. Poncock's
intention now to bring tho facts ho
has in connection with this painting;
to the attention of tho art magazines
and tlio art students of Europo, in
nrder to obtnin a history of this canvas.
It is possible that an interest
may bo awakened that will lead to
somo surprising results and discoveries.
Mr. Peacock is prepnrod, nt any
rate, to get at the truth. If possible.
Ntud"" learn if bis picture is a gcnulno
antlnue or an Incredibly clovorly executed
for tho salo of tho Sprcckcls property
had simmered down to tho area on tho
Hwa sldo of tho now proposed stroot,
ttho prospectivo purchasers not feeling
that they could entor Into a deal with
8,0 largo a property as that Involved
in tho cntiro Bqunro. Mr. Spreckels
camo to Honolulu with tho purposs of
disposing of tho wholo thing, and to
arrange with tho jyovcrnmont for expending
Bishop stroot, " ' 1 I)"'
A year or more ago two mon woro
In Honolulu looTtlng ovor the Sprockols
real cstato and socuring data covering;
all proporty owned by Mr. Sprcckelsv
A largo amount of tho work of gathering
tho data was carried on through
tho Bureau of Conveyances. It was
rumored at tho timo that this .work
was boing dono so that Mr. Spreckels
would bn in a position to dlsposo of
his property interests, having titles,
etc., nil secure.
By tho acquisition of tho Sprcckcls
building, Mr. Irwin has also got tho
banking business of CInus Sprcckcls,
and tho business heretofore conducted
as a partnership concern is now absolutely
controlled by Mr. Irwin.
hridgo whist player, nnd was engaged
in the game with threo fellow
when tho train reached Buffalo.
His companions, who were traveling
mon, could not pronounce tho prlnco's
jiaino bo they dubbed him Kaley, which
pleased him immonscly.
Tho prince is just beginning his third
term as Delegato to Congress, Ho stated
that ho would exort his influence in
bohulf of Queen Lil In recovering
for the crown lands that woro
taken away from her when she was dethroned.
As nearest relative to tho'
queen, his interests aro Identical with
hers to a largo degree. His election to
the ofllco of Delegato to Congress by
tho peoplo of Hawaii, ho Bald, shows
that tho sentiment of the peoplo of tho
Hawaiian Islands is still with tho royalty.
Ho beat his opponent, E. B. Mc-Clanahan,
an American, by about 0000
votes for IiIb dclegatcship.
THE KQHALA DITCH
Judgo Do Bolt mudo an order
tho Havvaiiuu Trust Company, us
tomporary administrator of tho cstato
of tlio Into Mrs to
accept tho payment of a note from Samuel
Parker tp tho cstato, not yet duo,
and to release tho security. This Is 11
part of the finuncial transactions by
which the advances mada by tho
Hank to the Kohalu Ditch
Company on tho guarantee of Mrs.
Campbell-Parker were repaid, The advances
of tho bunk wero paid by the
salo of 4-00,000 of the bonds of tho
Ditch Company to' Colonel Simucl Parker,
and of $100,000 to tho Hawaii Mill'
and Plantation Company, Bonds to tho
amount of $200,000 had previously boon
sold, so that tho cntiro issue of $000,000
is now floated.