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Wind-whirled Flames Made Useless
the Desperate Efforts
of Many Workers.
(Mult Special to The Advertiser)
Illt.O, January JU. How tho flro nt
Pahoa, which wiped out tho lumber
mills there, etnrted Is nn absolute mystery
wul ono which will prohnbly nocr
bo solved. There is nol even n hint on
which to bnso anything like a
Tho exact point of origin la also a
mntter of great uncertainty. It must
hnvo started somewhere in tho tic mill,
but just where It was impossible to tell
because tho flames had already Bwept
through the building when Jt was rea
llzed what was happening. Tho great
blaze started with tlio suddenness of
n. flash nnd had reached gignnth; proportions
n moment afterwards.
Tho flro originated somewhere in the
tlo mill opposite the st'itlnn. nnd swept
like n blast under nnd through tho vast
HAWAIIAN GAZITP'S. TUESDAY, 4, 101.1 -SEMI - WEEKLY.
gj . Photo by Honry W. Kinney.
WRECK OF MILL ON LEFT OF TRACK.
The railroad tics piled on right of track represent nearly everything spared by tho firo from a quarter of a million
dollar stock of sawn lumber.
building. The entiro mill structure was From the mill tho flames swept east- hnvo a narrow escape. Thoy woro stand
ideal for tho work of the iinnies. The i ward, dcounng hundred thou- ing on ono of the bridges which con.
wood was dry as tinder and tho feet of ilooiing and the costly two of thu buildings, whin the
bling structures, great sheds connected boa lumber which was kept in structure was hit by n falling
by passages and bridges, offered fine CtS for shipping in the near future, jwsttcr tnuk and smashed to the ground
HOmIs for them. I f)n ,vnnt tho f!mnp nml fhn trrpfif. nilna . rlii. mnii Willi it. .TnhnHnri
Tho conflagration burst forth with
such rapidity that it made useless the
ordinary fire-fighting precautions.
ager .Tolinon made a heroic attempt to
get td the lire nlarin, but tho firo pre-
vented him from doing so. He
men into tne unruncss 01 inc lie mm
nn,l his wav tl.ronrii the
eating smoke towards the nlami bell
or tho whistle: it mattered nothing to
him which as long as he got to ono of
them. Fnt tho darkness made progress
nmongst the litter of engines nnd
bcr, which is not easy in the day time,
nlninst itnnnsflihln nt niirlit. Tim sninkn
billowed through the under structure
creating its own draft anil abend of
him the flames could be heard crack-
ling. Soon Johnson realized thnt he '
was likely to loso his ay in the smoke
nnd darkness nnd the smoko became so
thick that ho could not breathe. He
abandoned the attempt to raiso the
nlarrn and, as a matter of fact, the fire
nau accompusnex tnai uy useii, lor tne
giaro 01 ino vasi oonnro cou m oe seen
even in Hilo, twenty-two miles away,
and further away even.
Plenty of Useless Water.
In tho meantime the engineer had
fought his way to the pumphouse and
had started t,ho pumps. Pnhoa draws
its water supply through miles of pipe
nnd conserves it in. great tanks wliich
are scattered about the place. It had
great supply on hand, and the pumps
worked well for about fifteen minutes.
Then tho wind changed and
had to bo abandoned.
When tho fire started the wind blew
from the north, and drovo tho flames
right from tho tie mill into the planing
mill. At the same time 'it drovo tho
firo nway from tho railroad station nnd
the village. That was what saved these.
Tried to Save Lumber.
All attempts to savo the blazing
buildings were absolutely uscIcsb. Every
effort was concentrated on removing
tho lumber so as to limit the range
of tho conflagration. AH tho workers
in tho vlllago turned out and from tho
neighboring camps enmo gangs to take
n hand, Tho tolophono lino wont down
beforo an uttemiit wbb made to uso it,
and n messcner had to bo sent to Olaa
to summon aid. Manager Watt
iimtnntly and cumo to tho
sccno with a largo gang of men, which
he genemled himself.
Tho wcro baffled In their
nttnmpt to cheat tho flro of tomo of its
food, owing to tho fact thnt tho wind
changed rovcrnl (linen. Kadi timo ft
changed carefully laid plans wore
i ..i.. i i.i !.,. .,!, i.i.i. Pile by tho
been coimlilcre.1 fo, wits threatened,
and new tactics hod In bo adopted
Vint went the buildings. A thoy
bumiM imivituI DiploaioiM wcro heard,
presumably from the bollr. 'Dili had
ti Imd effort on tlio men, who fcaroil
cuturlng iii'ir the flro, ui Iho rt'port
went nhout that a lot ut ilypumlto wan
lond in Hie mill At a limlter of fail,
soma lupluilvm wri ilorml tlmrn, but
IIhhki ru rmnovwl al tha very hglw
Orh of Mwhluery.
A Uu iuiI) bwruaJ, Am sitly tu
lti tiaili ut griNM )ms ul m
iuny falUMg IHitti falutttf Doom
lu tlm uiuuBil uuM W li4d atui ib
AH That Is Left
ALL THAT EEMAINS OF BOILER BOOM.
of lumber, stacked in such a way nsiwus not hurt, though ho did get sonu
to make drying and feasoning a speedy
matter, made the work of the fire easy,
gPon t)lc ,,:,,, cre, of ,.j)l(,c occupied
1jv tlu, n,-,n am- imni,er yards presented
, u ,)f n nmi,er nf swiftly burn-
: ,n ?roat VIKH' ,1,e fiTe JcaI"nS fronl
Mnnaper was threat-
cned, and. as n matter of fact, it began
smoking ou everal occasions, malcing
It to teir down tho part 'of
it which was nenTett the fire. The Air-
Tiitiirn wns all TFmnvnrl in various Tinrls
of tbe village by willing "hands, though
Johnson "himself could spare no time
from his fight to avo tho lumber.
to the Rescue.
j)y tj,e morninK ,, come, nnd
t)le ncwl of tlle alsaster had Teached
lll0i An ofrer from Ul0 fire fle.mTt.
mpnt io flss1st tl(j ft conla W1)
ncce.,t0(, ma ch:ef w n. Johnson
. - . . ,. , .
. - , .' ... '
proved of but little use. Dnring -the
day arious sightseers came in autos.
The entiro day was used in saving
tho lumber lying "between tho firo,
which at this time was raging through
the middle area of the yard, and, tho
village proper. Hundreds of workers
carried lumber to safe places, some of
it being placed on railroad cars. Join-
,."',., . ... ,
son directed tho work with a coolness
which was wondcrfnl. In of tlo
fact thnt tho los of tho plant which .
ho hnd "built up, through all kinds of 1
adversities, until it had finally become J
a success, must have been to nun HKo
the loss of n child, ho never by word
or act hhowed his concern, but directed
his men calmly and clHciontly. Thro
wctc many outsiders who showed far
more excitement than did Johnson.
As Iho firo in tho lumber began to
dio away on account of lack of fuel
during the afternoon, o, danger became
apparent which, while not so spectacular,
offered almost as great a problem
as did tho mnin flro. That wn tho fire
in the sawdust which formed tv.o
ground on which tho yard stood. The
lumber piles were placed on u great
fill of siiwdiikt, fourteen feet dcop in
places, nnd this win burning,
slowly lint surely toward tho
village. There was no danger Mint tho
liro therein would reach tho vlllugu, as
tho riiilroiid track lay between it and
tin" lioimm, on a fill of tolid around,
but It might curry the lire to the
truck. Ho work was
coiieentralcil iii removing theo. It
U9 ll'llIITII IIIIIL UIU lif" IK'KMV P'fVtli
from the lumber to tho building biv
yoiul. During lla wirly part nf the
mii oxrltiu) firuiniin UlopUonnil
tn lllto llmt tlio vlllugn wu hi I in ml
lien I iliiiigur mid thnt umIiIuuc wa
iivwlml. ink(Utuitly tho aid Jmih
ft ngJii wh hjAilw on a flat nr sad
mij out Io Paboa with a ww a( it
wa. The uhl MKtan w ul IW
iumIibimI ., but utt4w Urn iitm
) II warli4 in Vttr pur(mM
I baa 4i4 lli liiawiaal.
At lav uiidil wu an th gfatlu
Ih wuti llarlf umI. tad lh fwlwwiatf
niufiiiuu h was uartV vualrul
iut ut itw blal ml naiti t aval j Ha 4sitiM wHiiwUt
m iitfi Ida! il w :, (uaatilitird tcrjr utUf lain
tu yet v.i itiutt 'lit Mnbii mm'Uihi " "" Mwl lit-il) kwM iunuf lh
' t "! I'M4 iaiu vtoapi ilnt, flht wni tim . m f
n i ii. fitly (wua4 lallfMHl lail 0f(w) .tiitiail) ti ' Umi
it. t.iiji4 ini4 I'fct si Jwt)nu i ihi.i mm rftrf, auvw,
of a Once Flourishing Institution
of his hnir singed during tho courso ol
the fire. A few of the laborers were
hurt, but not seriously.
Origin of Mystery.
"I hnvo idea the
no whatever how
, .r .... . .
firo started," says Colonel Johnson
"Had the dynamo been going, 1 nhould
,lae said that it started there, but tho
dynamo was not going, I can't even
i-ay just whore the fire started. The
flnmos got headway fo suddenly that it
wnsimpossible to say just wliore they
"We had taken every precaution pos-
siblo to fight fire. Jast a few days aco
wo laid in new hoso, and I went ovor
nil the fire-fighting apparatus we had
in tho lino of extinguishers nnd tho
1'kc. We enrried no insurnnco what-
over. Tho premiums were prohibitive,
Xt would cost on nn average of a thou-
and doUars n month to insure us.
,.y0 can,t und(.Jstana ll0lv dis.
hcartcninc this is, The mill was just
heginning to mal'o nwnoy. Wo liavo
',oeP ",n,tinf! a line prolit during tho
,un "'" '" ocon nuio
t0 S'?P Ifmhcnng operations and wcro
forking out tho big stock we had on
l' .a.na UB we! B " In auch
P,"""1!1',,1';?,'0 5ad, , work
"m And there
f" .thhctm;. you see
?,il J,? "iJ ""i ycBBi,U
nutld up into a success; it hns taken
ojay 1ew hour8 to unflo ,t ,
THE OLIVE BRAHCtl IS
l'hoto by Henry W. Klnnoy.
COLONEL JOHNSON, SNAPPED
J: i. ;: tjt . ;(:
DISPUTE IS DEFIANT
Masters Hear from Washington
That Their Reading of the
Law Is Correct One.
WHEREAT COMPANY SMILES
Harbor tO Meet TotTIOrrOWf When
Date for Walkout Will Be
From Saturday Advertiser;
Strengthening the ronviction that n
striko of masters and
mates is now u certnlnty, yesterday's
developments in what is now an onon
fight offered little hope that any settle
ment could bo reached.
Tho previous day's uncertainty as, to
mo inw nnti ico. io flomo nopo or
but yesterday tbo headquarters
of the association in Washington
cabled an assurance to tho local harbor
that its legal stand was sound nnd
that tho company could not employ
men who wore uoi licensed to navigate
IMitor Advertiser: In tho present unfortunate controversy
the niUHtcrs'nud mates' organization on tho one side, und tho
Bteim Navigation Company on tho other, newspaper eoinmeiit
has perhaps omphatlzed tho "public interest" as u factor in tho situation,
but has it boon mado sufficiently clearl As I understand thu present
situation the master and mated will decldo tomorrow whether thoy
stay ou tho job or walk out.
Whatever their derision I hoje it will bo well considered, ns tho
rontemiorices of a striko will bo serious. Ilusiiices Is not going to stop
between tho Inlands moro thnn temporarily. Do tho masters und inn ten
ronllro that thnt by striking or walking out thoy wjll bo seriously
the whom liuslnenri eommuuitvf
Am their grlnviuii'oa against tholr oniployem sulllfliirit to wnrrunt
thrlr Imiirig rnttu with tho binlnw roiiunniiity of Ilunoliiluf It sooiiu
tu mo not, I'ertunully I mil not uit owner of nny stuek In tho
WluMii) JVuvIuhIIqm tinii(iny. My rtrw, huivpvor, l friturostiw in
tho npflrallun of olewn igiitlluiii nn Iho oilier I1iiih1 whith hu
oiauy If Ilia uiaaum ud inuliw walk out tliaiU
will tiulfar, (n ilm waalori and mtt ojtjiist auy iyuiiathy froui
Ikm lalrtwl If they laavv U la a lurch t A Lsforp sUUm lutnimmt
iMttwMN tha Ufauub HMtal waluUlu. tww uny of lb lata'JataiwJ
uwt (blf uilintf) au4 I kuuw tltawi la he im)Uli am4 UrdHurklw
but I hi ui wpt m raaMwbl tarnr ifHM4l Ut Uw mnfmttr
siiuuM liatv a tiutm la ijimn4 ! illnwinals and aviMWaUaMit.
1 am wylf tha mm nut of a larporatkNi aad Ial4 affioa ualy a
Ioiik a mix mvbw u 4jIiinJ by h dirai my fmw)r,
I ikiak UmU lia vriU$ tn ot IU ItiafUiuti Hikm taatt
ist iHur Md nuttf In euulmiHKi uu UlUutmrm la4 aa ailai, l
ib ub I tiai aaiHiM b Umi we twit Ualr
l'immi, 0, Ikmtm i, o , IM.
llatl, mwif I, mi
MATES SHOULD GRASP IT
I escl In llnwalian wntors
I r r rmnpany otllrlnN, after prnell
II all dny sessions, nuiiounccd, loci
entail) , thnt thoy considered this
nint nlrttidy settled In their favor nnd
discussing other phases of the
The situation today is as It will
until Monday, at least, hut tho
an I mstes, dlndiiig on their
llip'd legal ndvnntniie, nro nhout to
t tho tnti fur h strike. Tho
o follow ing that will be tho Instal
lation of Const mnstcrs and mates un
wsmiIi of tho flout and
n possible Injunction or other form of
Hl nctlnn ngnltiH tho company to
old tho voeli in port.
A general meeting is reported to
avo boon enllcd by the harbor for to-
o row morning, nt which tuna tho
greater number of cup-
mis win uo in port, t'pon the notion
it this meeting, it H stnted, dopends
i ho next nctivo step in tho controversy.
ins, it Is eoncoded, will bo a striko.
IMio action of tbo innriiio engineers
Tho company, ns stated, views tho
legal announcements of tho harbor with
"Tho law upon which they depend,"
announced ono of Its directors last
night, "refers only to new applicants
for mnto's or master's licenses. For men
alroady certificated It is necessary, us
tho hnrbor will discover when mattors
nro forced to an Issuo, to stop nbo.ird
tho ship, hang up thoir certlllcutJ and
talto her out on tho order."
It was stated upon tho authority
chiefly of members of tho Honolulu
harbor of tho nnvlgntors' association,
that tho men now hora under contract
with tho company to act ns strikebreakers
nro being held in tlio city at
'Mr. Lyons, n son of Admlrnl Lyons
who was previously at Annapolis, but
who hnd to resign beeauso of his eyesight,
and who h.is sinco boon in government
employ nt Pearl Harbor, is
being held in tbo city nt tho order of ,
tho company iM a salary of ono
dollars n week," A. S. Humphreys,
egal couuboI of tho harbor, stated yesterday.
Men Must Sottlo This Tlmo.
Tho ofllci.ils appear to
reached u point in tho ponding
trouble when thoy cun afford to view
Homo parts of it with nmusmnent.
n?r tho legal aspects of tho case,
ouc ollicinl b.iid last night, with n bioad
miilo: "1 think tho men of tho harbor
will leirn ono of thoir lessons in
tho settlement of their bill for logal
ndico this time. When thoy wont out
before, tbe company had to pay tho
lawyers; this timo tlio harbor will pay,
ind there won't bo any fnn In tho settlement
for tho men nt nil."
Bltifflng, Says Tullott.
"Tho company is bluffing
-when it snys that it has nny law
on its sido to nllow it to roplnco its
present musters with mnlilnnis nnd its
whole objoct Is to frighten thoso of tho
niombors of our harbor whom It thinks
hnvo cold feet," said Captain Tullott
yesterday, nftcr announcing thnt n
cnblecram had been received by tho
harbor from its ronrcscntntivo in
inuton informing tlio masters noro tunc
thero was no law under wnicn tnosu
not familiar with local waters could bo
licensed ns masters. "Tho company will
find, whon matters conio to n showdown,
that tho men are a unit. Tho
only master who mny stick with tlio
comnanv is Simcrson. Homo way or
other tho company has n hold on him
"Tho compnny is not only blulllng
to frighten tho men of tho hurbor, but
it is giving out misinformation in tho
linpo of deceiving tho public. It is
charging in with trying to dictato to
tho company whom it shulf dischargo or
engage, when wo nro trying to no noin
liiL' whatever of tho kind.. Tho com
pany his discharged four masters in tho
iast" two yours and tho harbor raised
no objection, but wo had to tnko up
the case of Thompson, who hnB boon
given no reason at nil for his tnrcnicn
ed discharges oxccpl that ho is too old
and tint it is tho policy ot tho com
pany to kiclc out its old men nnd put
in younc masters. Thompson is not
fifty years old and ho has given twenty
years of laituiul service to mo com
puny. Ho Is being flrod just becnuso
Kennedy has n smto against him nnd
if wo allowed it it would put us all at
tho mercy of this man Kcnnody, who
is sora becnuso wo bcut him in tho last
"I know two members of tho harbor
who wera discharged simply because thoy
stood up in ono ot our mcotlngs and
protested at being worked overtimo
without pay. Kennedy has always had
his much in our haruor. wo nro light
ing now for tho right of frco speech
nnd for our very livelihood. If wo
wcro to lose, which is not going to ho,
what could tho majority of our mon
dot Thoy would have to loavo tho
country. For myself, I do not care,
should bo on tho Coast now, looking
after my property. I am only staying
ou to do Wlint x can to lie
Walkout Will Bo for Good,
If tho men Icnvo the ecrvico of tho
company, a majority of them will nover
hnvo tho chnnco to reenter its service,
according to a significant remark mado
yesterday ly ono of tho Inter-Island
directors. "Wo simply havo to liavo
a showdown now," he said. "This
iiuostlon of tho company's right to en
gugii whom it believes best must bo
sottlcd. (Jf course, If thu present inns
tors leave their vessels f their own
tho courso tho company In com
pulled to tiiho will bn Hindu easier."
MOTHEHB SHOULD HKMKMBBR
Wo wii.li to call your uttenllori to
lu fin t that moat fiifiMitlouk dUaasus
audi as whooping miimIi, diphtheria
ii ud urar'ot fevvr Hru noutraatnj whoa
Mm Hhild ha u unlil, Cuawberlaiu '
' uuiU HiHiiudy will (juinlly curw a
cold sad greatly lattan tha dr of
luutracUaK tbasa iaaa This raw
Jy is fawMia tar lla aui of ualdi
It aaaiala uu ouJum or uihar uarMtl
hud way l jfiVMI U a chIM wild Itu
i lull . ..iidiuim rut sain t.t )t. ii no ii
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PAID-UP CAPITAL JC0O.000.0O
UNDIVIDED PROFITS ... 157,692.92
C. H. Cooko President
E. D. Tennoy
F. 11. Damon , Cashier
U. U. Fuller Assistant Casbior
It. McCorriston Assistant Cashier
DIRECTORS: C. IL Cooke, E. D.
Tonney, A. Lewis, Jr., E. F. Bishop,
F. W. Mncfarlano, J. A. McCandlcss,
C. II. Atherton, Geo. R. Carter, F. B
Damon, F. C. Atherton, R. A. Cooke.
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Company of Boston.
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Wo havo just accepted tha Agency
Tho Protector Underwriters of tile
Phoenix of Hartford.
These are also among the Boll 6i
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ATE STEWED DEVILFISH;
PARIS DINERS SHOCKED
PARIS, Juuuury 10. Tho unnual
luncheon of tho Zoological Society of
Franco, which was hold today in the
bullet of tho Ouro do Lyon, Is always
nn event In Purls, nnd constdorablo
curiosity is manifested as to Its culinary
'iho dish which wim most enjoyed to
day wus gnu, which was served with
cruiiiiorrloa am! tistud Ilku huro or
venison, Auotlior strungu course wu
bteivml dovllflnh. Tlio imiiriniitu liWn.l
it, but whan mm ono tholiiilitia.slv
liAUid UrtlUlIll U lifillln Aiinlnllilin. n
tuuill mtupim tu show what It Mas like
the Kiiwta put down lliiir biiivim nnd
lurk ami rariuaatml tlio waiter, tu
iu(m ii nn r iwnr pmivt.
in aad litiatalf wenllu wt'a aatuii
IffJIL wiuitt Llaill.llijli liul lufiyJ In h.i
oidlt, and frulK proanrviid lu mui
arii vuiua iUlln guui
K bdulvij iHifurn mui ol "II I 'km
linri'l" by Ilia 'ulcau Oii,i Upvra
(oii'mn m abauiluawl nii iuiu
lilli bnufu Ilm uulLiu u Lu l.a.u
.uu up tii" siumi ul a "Uiui" ui
ma rauiiM in iHuiiti tn,i4 ti ru
it'" fwtlumiuuni iiwiand ul ft kti
iftliMii ittiuMi 1mi lli. l....la.b.. ii.
lui , Mft if Mm kmWug a I !
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