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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.
Strike oP Japanese Laborers in
DirFERENCE OF LANOUAOE CAUSED ROWS
WANT OF RICE HKOUOHT ON A STRIKE.
As we reported in April last, the Morioka
Emigration Company sent over 800 Japanese
contract laborers to Peru to be distributed
among the thirteen sugar plantations along
the Pacific coast in that country. We now
learn that the emigrants in some of the plan
tations struck work in June and July last.
The circumstances that induced them to do
so are thus gien by the Jiji :
Of the thirteen Japanese who accompanied
the emigrants in order to superintend them,
seeral understand English, but rmly one is
acquainted, and even that impel fectly, with
Spanish, the national language of Peru. This
disadvantage proed a serious obstacle to the
maintenance of smooth and amicable relations
between the Japanese laborers and their na- I
tive overseers who knew only their own
mother tongue. Furthermore, it must not be
forgotten that Peru once maintained the slave
system, and although that baneful custom is
now abolished, its influence still survives to
some extent, especially in a ctrtain nasty
habit the overseers have of, from time to time,
allowing themselves to mercilessly ill-treat
their employees. This was enough to cause ,
serious misunderstanding), between the Japan
ese laborers and their masters ; and, to make
matters worse, rice was not obtainable in
sufficient quantities. It is said that the Sugar
Manufacturing Company by which the Japan-1
ese emigrants were employed was obliged by
the contract to have all the provision shops
attached to the plantations well stocked with
rice and provisions in order to meet the de
mand of the Japanese laborers, but, as a
matter of fact, it was almost impossible to
provide each of the shops in the plantations
with sufficient quantities of rice, as most of
the rice is supplied by India. Such a condi
tion in the contract was not in harmony with
local circumstances, could not have been ,
complied with, and should not have been
there. But, at any rate, this negligence on I
the part of the employers gave the Japanese
laborers at least one legitimate grievance.
The Japanese superintendents, ignorant of
the native language, were incompetent to1
undertake the delicate task of restoring good
relations between employers and employed;
and, naturally, the situition went from bad to
worse till, in June and July last, about 180
men went out on strike. The agents of the
Morioka Emigration Company entered into
negotiations w ith the proprietors concerned,
but, failing to bring about an amicable settle
ment, consented to receive all the strikers
into their employ. The men were subse
quently distributed among the plantations
which happened to want employees, Japan
TTriC O&ll tl R&l 1 W3.V Afford' Tourists and others an opportunity to view an un-
fj equalled variety of Scenery,
Leaving Honolulu and pass
ing through rice fields, the
traveler skirts the great in
land waters of Pearl Harbor
in sight of charming distant
mountain views, often span
ned by many rainbows. The
mountains further on crowd
the railway close to the ocean.
Here and there deep valleys,
guarded by high mountain
sides almost perpendicular,
give sun and clouds an op
portunity to display wonder
ful combinations ol light and
shadow on the v ried greens
and browns of the landscape,
Along the line are situated the
most productive sugar planta
tions in the world, each re
presenting an investment of
millions of dollars, so vast are
the agricultural operations,
their pumping plants equalling
those of the greatest cities,
and mills producing hundred
of tons of sugar daily.
B. F. Dillingham,
G. P. Denison,
F. C. Smith,
Genl. Pass & Tkt. Agt.
There are considerable varieties in the
method of the "gentle angler" in diflerent
parts ot the world; and diflerent kinds of fish
are sought, but " post-box angling " is a
variety of the amusement with which we in
Tokyo have not previously been acquainted.
Yet we learn today on what we regard as
good authority that this peculiar foim of
sport is assiduously cultivated in the business
quarter of this city, and we surmise that
those worthies who indulge in it are not
animated by strictly honorable intentions.
They posses, however, the merit ol origi
nality. The instrument which they use con
sists of a thin strip of the outer bark of bam"
boo two or three inches broad, and rolled up
line the spring ofawatch with a small weight
atUched to the outer end. The outfit is com
plete when the weight is smeared with birds'
lime Equipped with this ingenious imple
ment the "angler" goes forth in quest of
booty, generally in the evening, when busi
ness men have finished their day's work and
sent their letters to the Post. Approaching
a Post-box our "artful dodger" will take a
post-card from his pocket, make as though
he were about to throw it into the usual re
ceptacle, but, struck, apparently, at the last
moment by sudden doubt, he will begin
reading its contents with an anxious expres
sion of countenance as if to assure himself of
the accuracy of the note before parting with
it. All the while his right hand is busy
manipulating that roll of fishing-tackle, and
cautiously feeling for anything that may hap
pen to be in the box. A miuute is amply
sufficient for an "expert" to fish up a number
of letters; the next minute and that particu
lar locality knoweth him no more. He
promptly departs with his epistolary spoil to
as quiet a nook as he can find, and then pro
ceeds to examine his treasure. He keeps
letters containing bills or giving an account of
business traiiNtctions; the others he is good
enough to put back into the nearest Post-box.
Some "chevaliers d'industrie" hailing from
Osaka enjoy the credit of inventing this sys
tem, which, we tear, will succeed in adding a
new terror to life, Japan Wifkly Tinws.
Handout Harry; " I wasted de hull mom
in' jesterdry readin' a piece in de papers
about how to get rich."
Traspass Teddy: "Didn't it tell hovvjer
could do it ? "
Handout Harry: "It didn't tell
" I ask";d little Jim the difference between
'inertia' and 'momentum.'!'
"Yes; he said 'Inertia' is something that
nn't Ktstrt. ntlfl ' mnmcntlim ' iV crmiplhinrr
won't start, and
that won't stop
' momentum ' is something
H. Davies & ICo., Ltd.
Importers and Commission Merchan.
Castle & Cooke Co. Ltd.
Commission Merchants and Sugar Faotors
Aoents for The Ewa Plantation Co. The Waialua Agricultural Co., Ltd. The Kohala
Sugar Co. The Waimea Sugar Mill Co. The Koloa Agricultural Co. The Onomea
Sugar Co. The Fulton Iron Works, St. Louis, Mo. The Standard Oil Co. The Geo.
F. Blake Steam Pumps. Weston's Centrifugals- The New England Mutual Life
Insurance Co. of Boston. The Etna Fire Insurance Co., ot Hartford, Conn. The
Alliance Assurance Co , of London.
H. HACKFELD & CO., LTD.
HONOLULU. H. I.
Importers. Sugar Factors and
General Commission Agents"" m"
Agents or the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Occidental and Oriental Steamship Co. Haw
aiian Line of Packets to San Francisco. Bremen and Liverpool Line of Packets.
Trans Atlantic Fire Insurance Co. North German Fire Insurance Co. A. & W.
Smith & Co , Engi leers, Glasgow.
Imports of Champagne into the United States
from January lit. to Oct. 1st, 1898. . . .
G. H. MUMM & CO.'S (Extra Dry.) 57,910 cases
Moet & Chandon 24,103 "
Pommery & Greno 1 9,226 "
Heidsieck & Co. (Dry Monopole) 8,830 "
Louis Roedoier 5 461 "
2u' other brands 34 oqo
Total 150,480 cases
Maefarlane & Co., Ltd.
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