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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.-
Japanese Dicing Women.
Over 100 Japanese women, following the
hazardous profession of divers, are found
along the coast of Corea. They are divided
into four batches, and their age ranges from
17 to 30. They come almost exclusively from
Shima, Miyu Ken, a noted fishing center in
Japan. Their earnings are, of course, not
uniform, as they are paid according to the
amount of their work, which consists in
diving for agar-agar (sea-weed), sea-ear, sea
cucumber, and so forth. But on the average
they get from 6 to 18 yen a month, besides
living at the expense of their employers. A
usual haunt of these sea-divers is the vicinity
of Ul-san, a place of some historic lme on
account of the heroic siege which Kyomasa
stood on the occasion of the Corean expedi
tion of Hideyoshi about three centuries ago
Build off the Japanese.
An officer of the British Indian army, who
inspected some Japanese troops, said: "The
Japanese are built in much the lime mold as'
the Gurkha Their lower limbs are most
powerfully developed; the calf-development
in some cases is simply phenomenal. These
men, at the end of a day's walk of, say 25
miles up hill and down dale, will just romp in
at the finish, apparently imperv ious to fatigue
or exhaustion. A corps of men, who can run
about all day, dragging behind them on
heels a w eight of from 200 to 300 pounds,
ought to be in coidition to march with any
troops, certainly any civilised troops, in the
Moslem Architecture in India.
The Moslem architecture at Agra and
Delhi, so splendid, jet so short-lived, is so
distinctive of a dynasty, and as to be chiefly
significant of the influence of the Vet on the
East, and stands alike in its permanence and
in its feeling or ideality in remarkable con
trast to all that was before it, is around it,
and has come after it. It is, indeed, curious
how young India is in art, how old in her
literature, her customs and her social frame
work. There is no social institution surviving
in Greece or Italy that can, in respect of age
or of interest, compare with the Hindu
castes ; and there are no builders or monu
ments in India that can bnast an antiquity
equal to much that can be found in the Latin
and even in the Teutonic countries of Europe.
Only a few of the ruder and smaller rock
temples go behind the Christian era, the
greater and more elaborate belonging to a
more recent date, and it is but what the latter
history wruld lead us to expect when we find
as regards some recently recovered Huddist
sculptures that a sense of form begins to
appear just as Greek influences becomes ac
tive in India, though the limitations stand at
an immense distance from the originals,
Gold Dust in Korea.
Gold dust const tutes one of the chief pro
ducts of Korea, but, though no definite infor
mation on the subject is obtainable, it is
considered that the average annual output
may be approximately valued at 150,000 yen.
Formerly the trade in the precious article was
almost monopolized by Chinese merchants,
but we are informed that a few Japanese now
also take some part in the business. These
Japanese initiated themselves into and are in
the business since April last, backed by the
Seul branch of the First Bank. They at first
estimated -that- they could- secure 200,000 to
The Oahu Railway iligAS3r-,r ""'"
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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 rnd there d;ep valleys,
guarded by high mountain
sides almost perpendicular,
give sun and clouds an op
portunity to display wonder
ful combinations of light and
shad w on the v riecf greens
and browns of the landscape.
Along the line are situated the
most productive sugar planta
tions in th? 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. Dcnison,
F. C. Smith,
Gen!. Pass & Tkt. Agt.
300,000 ) en worth of gold in a year j but this
expectation proved happily to be loo modest
and too moderate ; for the quantity of gold
which was purchased by them and sent to
Japan during the five months ending August
last has been valued at no less than 300,000
Germani and the Chinese Trade.
A Berlin telegram of the 2d inst. says:
Germany is slowly but surely advancing her
efforts to acquire trade in the Far East Her
present policy is to obtain local and coasting
trade, bringing it to ports where great steam
ers call. It is now announced that she will
make a bid for the trade of the Yangtse
Kiang, hitherto exclusively in the hands of
the English and Chinese. Eight first-class
steamers of the stvle of the new Mississippi
boats are being constructed. They are of
steel, with powerful engines to obtain great
speed, of small draught and thus capable of
service on the river throughout the year.
Hitherto Yan Kan (I'ankow), 080 miles from
Shanghai, has been the utmost point reached
by steamers. The Germars intend to ply
regularly to Chung King, lfiOO miles up the
American Prestige Abroad.
A little incident that points to the growing
prestige of American goods in the European
market is told by a noted manufacturer of
various kinds of hand tools in England. A
year or two ago he introduced a new pattern
in a tool largely used in the building trade.
Although the most useful pattern he had ever
made, and a distinct improvement, buyers
would scarcely took at it. One of his cus
tomers advised him to call it an American
tool. He decided to try the experiment.
Giving the article a finish similar to that of
American goods, and describing it as the
"latest American. novelty," he made a second
trial. To-day that tool is one of his most
Theo H. Davies & Co., Ltd.
Importers and Commission Merchants.
Castle & Cookie Co. Ltd.
Commission Merchants and Sugar Factors
Aukms roR The Ew a Plantation Co. The Waialua Agricultural Co., Ltd. The Kohaa
Sug r 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. lilake Steam Pumps. Weston's Centrifugals- The New England Mutual Life
Insurance Co. of Boston. The .3itna Fire Insurance Co , of Hartford, Conn. The
Alliance Assurance Co , of London,
H. HACKFELD & CO., LTD.
HONOLULU. H. I.
Importers, Sugar Factors and
General Commission Agents'" """"
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 Packet!,
Trans-Atlantic Fire Insurance Co. North German Fire Insurance Co. A. & W,
Smith & Co , Engi leers, Glasgow.
MUMM'S THE WORD!
Imports of Champagne into the United States
from January 1st. to Oct. 1st, 1898. . . .
G. H. MUMM& CO.'S (Extra Dry.) 57,910 cases
Moet & Chandon ,. 24,103
Pommery & Greno .'."...... 19,226
Heidsieck & Co. (Dry Monopole) 8,830 "
Louis Roedoier 5,451 "
26 other brands 34,960
Macfarlane & Co., Ltd.