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KDL. XXXVIII. NO. 6633
HONOLULU, HAWAII TERRITORY, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1903.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
CARTER AND COOPER DIFFER SHARPLY
ABOUT RECENT LAND TRANSACTIONS
Lively Scenes in the Executive Council Carter
Can't Find Out How Deeply the Terri
tory 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
of Public Works, as exhibited in Sun
day's Advertiser, struck: a series of
snags in the endeavor to bring it into
the port of confirmation yesterday. All
of the propositions grounded at low
water and there was no almanac in
the capitol 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
sired for street purposes and public
building sites attended the meeting of
the executive council, those present be
ing: Governor Dole, Secretary Carter,
Superintendent Cooper, Treasurer Ke
poikai, A. T. Atkinson (Superintend
ent of Public Instruction), Dr. C. B.
Cooper (President of the Board of
Health), Land Commissioner Boyd, Tax
Assessor Pratt, Private Secretary
Hawes, Wm. G. Irwin and W. M. Gif
fard of W. G. Irwin & Co., Trustee W.
O. Smifi and Surveyor F. S. Dodge of
the B. P. Bishop estate.
The first matter submitted was side
tracked after a short discussion, be
cause Commissioner Boyd had not an
opportunity of investigating the pub
lic lands proposed to be bartered. This
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
that the land desired for a park was under consideration for a long time.
The area of the land proposed to be
given by the government was 1175
Mr. Carter at this stage Intervened
to inquire why the seeming haste In
trying to conclude these land exchan
ges. He also asked for further ex- j
planation of the $45,000 basis. Reply-j
ing on the latter score, Mr. - Cooper
said the basis was reached on a consid
eration of the general status of the
land and surveys. Mr. Carter com
mented 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 dis
satisfaction to taxpayers. It appeared
to him that the attitude of the retiring
administration toward the incoming one
showed a lack of confidence. Mr. Car
ter attributed to Mr. Cooper an ex
pressed idea that he considered the in
terests of his department ahead of the
interests of the taxpayers.
Jt'may here be recalled that Secretary
Carter, some time before he last went,
to "Washington, made public his oppo
sition in the executive council to the
system of land exchanges on a large
scale which Superintendent Cooper had
Mr. Cooper demurred to the term
"rush." It was not a case of rushine
matters. For several months after he
took office he was snowed under with
unfinished business his predecessors
had left. There was no surprise about
Mr. Smith answered ' the present matters, they having been
being filled in, and if taken by the
Mr. Carter insisted that the Aiea land
the land at Beretania, Miller and Vine
yard streets for the N. G. H. armory
Government the expense of such 1m-j matter was new so far as the armory
provement would have to be consider-' site was concerned, which Mr. Cooper
ed. If not taken, it would probably ' admitted, and then the Secretary said
be sold as house lots. The Governor ( he had been trying for some time to get
deferred the matter until the Land a statement of the financial condition
Commissioner should report on the of the Territory. He contradicted a re
value of the Pololu land. mark of the Superintendent that the
ARMORY AND SCHOOL. latter had nothing to do with the
, , ' finances, going on to protest against
Next came the proposal of acquiring , , . . -
Lilt; uisyusui in lociiuc-yajme ouj
for armory and school sites. The retir
ine Sunerintendent of Public "Works
and Royal school sites though Super- .... . - . . , K,
' might leave as much unfinished busi-
intendent Atk nson understood it was . , ,
, , ness as he pleased, so far as the new
the Normal not the Royal school in ..... . .
. administration was concerned,
exchange for Aiea land forming part of '
w . . . Tj I . Q. nf THE GOVERNOR INTERVENES,
the Honolulu plantation on a basis of j
$45,000 valuation for each property.) Secretary Carter having referred to
The town premises were bought at auc- ( an esplanade land transaction as an
tion on Saturday last by W. G. Irwin ( other one being rushed, Mr. Cooper said
from the trustees of Oahu College at 'it had been pending for six months
the upset price of $45,000. j Past. Governor Dole remarked he
Mr. Cooper read a letter from the thought it was not correct to soeak of
Honolulu Plantation Co., giving figures rushing that matter, as it had been
to show the value it put upon the land.
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WILCOX'S ITALIAN UNIFORM
CLAIMED BY HIS WIDOW
I In a cabinet in the parlor of Mrs. Theresa AYileox's home on the
slopes of Punchbowl, there are a number of mementos, of the late
Kobert Wilcox, which his widow highly prizes. Among these are
the uniform cap, epaulettes, sword belt, cartouche, and other para
phernalia belonging to the full dress equipment of an artillery officer
in the Italian army. These were worn by Wilcox during and after
his graduation from the Italian military school at Turin, where he
had been sent by King Kalakaua to be educated. But there is one
of his uniforms which passed from Wilcox's possession during the
revolution of '89.
I intend to ask the Hawaiian Government to return his uniform
and sword to me to be kept for his children. Mr. Wilcox is dead,
and I can see no reason why my request could le refused. They are
now of no use whatever to the Government,"
When Wilcox was made a prisoner duringr the revolution of '89,
his uniform and sword were taken from him, the Italian Consul here
raising the point that Mr. Wilcox had no right to wear an Italian
army uniform, which he wore when discovered in the gas tank. Mrs.
"Wilcox does not now know where the uniform is kept, or what dis
position was made of it.
It is believed that the uniform was sent back to Italy by the
SECRETARY CARTER'S STATEMENT.
"There are all kinds of rumors of what occurred in the
Executive Council meeting today," said Mr. Carter yesterday
afternoon. "I desire to state for the benefit of the public, that
what I am endeavoring to get at is the actual financial condition
of the Territory as it stands today. Governor Dole feels that
he has sufficient data to guide his actions, but I do not share this
feeling yet. Here is an illustration. I asked the Superintend
ent of Public Works to give me a statement of those contracts
and other matters which he had entered into and which affected
the moneys to be received from the sale of the Territorial Jxnds.
I did not receive the information asked for, and reminded Mr.
Cooper about it, and asked him if he would not be "kind enough
to let me know before anything else was 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. Cooper read a statement
of all the contracts made by his department. Only two of these
affected the Loan Bill. These were the storm drains and the
Diamond Head reservoir. Under the County Act, it was the
desire of the Legislature, and I think it was with the universal
approval of the people of this Territory, to turn the water works
over to the counties as well as the sewerage systems. If this
is to be done it seems to me a wrong policy to spend the money
which future taxpayers will have to contribute towards the inter
est, and eventually pay the principal, on public improvements
which become an asset of the county. The million dollars
negotiated on the loan should be expended for the benefit of the
Territory as a whole, not for the County of Oahu. or for any
other county. I asked Mr; Cooper if this was the only thing
and I also asked why he did not include in current expenses his
arrangements with steamship companies by which they are to
pay the money for building the wharves they need and get in
return warrants drawing five per cent interest. He replied that
he had not entered into any agreement yet for these wharves.
"Since the meeting today, I was stopped on the street by Mr.
Low of the Honolulu Plantation, and he informed me that the
road boards in his district were shut off from further road work
on account of lack of money. Since then on the written instruc
tions 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 know so they can cease
""It is just such private agreements which obligate the gov
ernment, and which are not included in official statement, that
make me lose confidence and gain doubt as to whether we really
know the financial status of the Territory.
"I want to get at the facts and find out just the condition
we are in before I can reach a conclusion that 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 now how many more
such arrangements are in existence and what kind of proposi
tions Mr. Cooper's successor will be up against.
"There is apt to be confusion in the minds of many as to
what should be county affairs and what should be Territorial
affairs, and if we begin to mix them we will get into an inter
minable tangle and county government won't be a success."
SUPT. COOPER'S STATEMENT.
Superintendent Cooper, after the exchange of notes with
Secretary Carter, said to an Advertiser reporter:
"My advice to the contractors for the storm sewer (Lord &
Belser) is to complete the contract and make their claim thereon
to the Territory. The work is completed from King to Bere
tania street, and there only remains the section from Beretania
to Kinau street to finish.
"I have not seen the contractor for the Diamond Head reser
voir (L. M. Whitehouse), but have notified him by message of
Mr. Carter s attitude. My advice to him, if he refers the matter
to me, 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 mat
ter 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 main
land in arbitrarily changing the date of' opening the bids for
bonds from October 19 to November iq. I made all mv plans
for loan fund expenditures to fit the first date. The Treasurer
cabled the advertisement for bids to the Secretarv. I knew we
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 Territorv until he
became in fact the Governor.
GOVERNMENT WILL AID
GEN, REYES7EACE POLICY
Balfour Thinks There Will Be No
War Between Russia and
Bulgarian Officers Arrested for Plotting Against
Prince Ferdinand Dominican Gunboat
Shells a Town.
(ASSOCIATED PRESS OABJLXORjkMS.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10. The Government will facilitate
General Reyes' peace niission.
COLON, Nov. 10. The Government intends to adopt a gold
Hie French, British and German consuls have addressed a letter
of gratitude to the commander of the TJ. S. S. gunboat Nashville for
his protection of their countrymen during the recent troubles.
BALFOUR GIVES VIEWS
ON CURRENT QUESTIONS
LONDON, Nov. 10". At the great banquet given in honor of
the King's birthday, Prime Minister Balfour expressed himself as
sanguine that there would be no war in the Far East
The Premie- egretted the Alaskan decision but most loyally
accepted a settlement of so vexed a question by a tribunal as an in
ARMY MEN TO
The Kinau will take quite a party to
day bound for the Volcano House,
among the number being Col. Alexan
der Mackenzie. U. S. A.; Major Henry
B. Moon, U. S. A.; Major William E.
Birkhimer. TJ. S. A.; Mrs. Birkhimr
Captain George W. Read. TJ. S. A.;
Major William B. Davis. U. S. A.; Cap
tain George McK. Williamson, TJ. S. A-;
William Taylor, John Hill. Mrs. Tom
Hollinger, R. H. Topham, Mrs. R. H.
Topham, Gordon McLean, Mrs. Gor
don McLean, W. H. Wilburn.
HONORS HIS KING
His British Majesty's Consul. W. R.
: Hoare, held a reception yesterday from
J 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. at the Consulate In
; honor of the birthday of King Edward
VII. The Hawaiian government band
I was present and played on the lawn
under the trees.
The reception was largely attended,
among the guests being the representa
tives of foreign countries, government
officials and prominent townsfolk.
Consul Hoare received the guests wear
ing the gold laced uniform of his rank.
' Light refreshments were served.
FAMINE THREATEN THE
MINE STRIKERS OF COLORADO
DENVER, Co., Nov. 10. Ten thousand coal miners of Colo
rado are on a strike for eight hours and an increase of pay. Many of
the strikers are leaving for other fields and those who are compelled
to stay are threatened with famine. Many industries are threatened.
SHELLING A TOWN.
SAN DOMINGO, Nov. 10. A gunboat is bombarding
Mucoris, which is occupied by revolutionists.
RUN DOWN BY A TRAIN.
HAVANA, Nov. 10. A train crashed into an omnibus here.
Five persons were killed and seven injured.
VIENNA, Nov. 10. Several officers have been arrested in Bul
garia for threatening the life of Prince Ferdinand.
TURKEY EVADES REFORM.
ST. PETERSBURG-, Nov. 10. Turkey's reply to the Austro
Russian note is unsatisfactory.
ARMY BOARD HAS INSPECTED
SITES FOR POST ON OAHU
Colonel Alexander MacKenzie Tells of War De
partment's Contemplated Improvements of
the Islands Fortifying Pearl Harbor.
he army board sent to Hawaii to
select a site for a military post has
practically completed its preliminary
; survey of the island of Oahu. Today
on the Kinau Col. Mackenzie and his
fellow officers leave for Hawaii to re
main for the balance of the weekJ
Some of the members of the board may
remain even longer In order to make a
closer investigation of the resources of
"So far, the board has ben driven '
over the greater part of the island of
Oahu," said Colonel Alexander Mac
kenzie, president of the Board, at the
Young Hotel yesterday. "We have
made a casual survey of the land at
Waianae and Kahauiki and this aft
ernoon inspected Camp McKlnley. Our
work so far has been only preliminary,
army boards like to make a casual sur
vey before getting down to detail
"I cannot say just what the "War
Department Intends to do in the way
of military improvements in the isl
ands. Executive departments can only
plan, we must wait and see what Con
gress will appropriate before there la
any telling what Is to be done.
"Our principal work here will be to
select a site for a military post. I do
(Continued on page 2.)