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The Fourth nt the Hotel.
Tlio Hawaiian Hotel had been decorated with
festoons nnil wreaths of greenery, n platform vnn
ready on tho mniikn hIiIo of tho hand-pavilion
with chairs for tho President of tho day, Dr.
McOrew, (Jun. Comly, tho U. S. Minister llcsident,
Air. S. It. !)olo nml Mr. J'. 0. JoneH, tho principal
speakers. In front of tho platform wrro placed
on thn grass a l.iro inunhcr of chairs occupied by
' ladles and chllilron who could boo and hear every
thing with comfort. Tho verandahn of tlio Hotel
were well occupied, and n considerable crowd
htood or walked aliout tho drivo in tho Hotel
grounds. At 10 o'clock Gen. Comly called Dr.
Mctlrow to tho chuir miking n few prefatory
tcmnrkn. Ho Raid :
" llcforu wo enter upon thn regular progr.inuno
of exercises, Mr. Chairman, 1 wish, on behalf of
my countrymen, to thank the young gentlemen to
wfiom wu iiruiMj lunch Indebted for this beautiful
tialcbratioii of our country's birthday. I think it
niny lit) culled, awaking in tho most dispassionate
manner, a highly successful alT.iir. It warms tho
heart to find in thin far ofl beautiful country such
warm Hcntiuieutfl of regard for our nativo land.
Wo remoiuber at tho same time, to pay duo res
licet to tho memory of tho eminent citizen whoso
Hid and painful death has so recently nhockcd tho
entire Kingdom. I liavo lo announce to all pro
sent that, whilo these public exercises do not seem
out of place, I do not feel that it would bo proper
for mo to go on with my reception to-day, and all
iiivllitioua liavo beon accordingly wltlidrawn."
Dr. McOrew next roso and said :
r'rltaw Countrymen, L'ltheiia of the noilil nml
Frieiult of America i Tho Fourth of July
il twill upon us oneo more, and wo Ntaiiil hero to
coniincinorato tho lO.ltli Annivcrsiry of American
'I'hm Is it d ty of glorious recollections nnd sacred
memories and is joined in by our countrymen
throughout thecivilicd world; tho same sentiment
.-Hid enthusiasm, animated by the Kami! " Patriotic
Spirit," kindled at tho sanio Hhrino, and burning
u k hi a common altar, pervades tho heart of cury
true American, wherever ho may bo found.
I will nay to tho young gentlemen who liavo se
lected mo to prcsidoou tuisoccasioii.that I fully ap
preciate tho compliment and feel honored by tho
selection. It is on the young men, especially, of
tho rising generation, that our holies lire centred,
for tho future of our noble land, America, they aio
to bo tbu iiiaster-buihlers. Let then tho spirit of
the mighty iloatl in tho conflicts of tho pastVand
which this holy day commemorates, animate, them
always. Let their deeds and their ciampIeH simr
litem on to emulation, and to imitation, aim so
may they live and grow iimru and more worthy of
tile proud title, as they exclaim,
After it short piece by tho Hawaiian Hand, Mr.
(!. K. Miller read thu Declaration of Independence
in the costume of tho period, and next Mr. Haru
tlcu led tho "Star Spangled Humer," which was
followed by the most important speech of tho dty
dclitorttl by Mr. S. 1!. Dolo who, with n pleasing
oico and in excellent style, added to well arranged
and important matter, historical and social, wan
most attentively listened to throughout, and loudly
applauded at the closo :
" After a century of Fourth of July nddresses it
may bo supposed that the resources of tho subject
are pretty well exhausted. It is not so much Unit
u spj.tUer on this day cm say anything new that
his utterances aro listened to, as that Ainericins
like to bear from time to time what tbey already
know about their country's grsntness, and that
generations of young Americans are over coming
on to whom the old story is fresh and inspiring.
Tho discipline of the lata Civil War in America
has been fimtrablc to the development of the na
tional character. Kxperienco has given dignity.
Spread-eagleism as it is called is less conspicuous
tliiin it was before tho war. It is said that every
cat carries its tail erect and proudly waving in the
air until it has caught its llrst rat, after which
" event that appendage is lowered and trailed near
I lie ground; now the Civil War may be said to
h ivii lice u America's Hist r.it, which brought with
it tho resulting niudesty of demeanor.
Tho United States have had hard lessons to loam
and they liavo not yet learned them all. 'I hey ha vo
great lessons to teach as fast as they could get
llieni by heart themselves. Tho dogma of equal
lights to all, though it was set forth in their de
claration of independence, is not oven ytt fully
learned; slowly and painfully through yearn of
sliamo and oJst and h icritlce did thoy at length
tlud out that it negro was it man ; but this great
discovery did not illuminate the national mind,
and to-day fifteen years later, no one in the United
Slates knows whether tho Indian is it man or a
wild animal. Neither have Americans, securely
settled tho question whether or not tho authority
of tho general government is sovereign over tho
statu governments. At tho present tinio tho ayeB
h.tvo tt, hut no one knows how soon a reconsidera
tion of the question may bo called. Tho century
has nut been long enough, tho Civil War instigated
to prove the negative of this question was not
severe enough to convince the wholo peoplo that
the republic is it government and not a confedera
tion ; and now, what war was powerless to accom
plish is attempted through tho regular avenues of
Hut although the nation has not mastered all tho
questions of government by tho people, jet in her
lnlations with other countries she has learned
Homo of tho most dinicult lessons that govern
ments have to moot ; she has demonstrated that it
is cheaper to acquire torritory by purchase than
by conquest, no war of conquest or of ambition
stains tho annals of tho republic. She purchased
Louisinn t and its outlying torritory from France.
Florida was lKiugut of Spain. Tho annexation of
Texas in lKiu brought on tho Mexican war which
turmin tted in tbo triumph of tho United St lies
armies, and then in tho moment of victory, in
possession of the enemy's cipltal, instead of col
lecting tho expenses of tho war from tho conquered
country and slicing off portions of its territory,
tho victors negotiated a purchase of tho disputed
ptrt of Texas as well its of a largo section lying
north of Mexico, paying therefor $15,000,000 be
sides $1,000,000 of claims of United States citizens
against her. Later, Arizona and tho Mcsillit Val
ley were purcumed from Mexico and Alaska from
Uussitt ; so that now tho territory of tho United
Suites is eight times as great as that of thu thirteen
original states and tho wholo of tho additional
area wits acquired by negotiation and purchase,
instead of by the historio methods of war and
America has also shown a better way of settling
international difficulties than by fighting. Tlueo
boundary disputes with Great IlriUlu have been
amicably settled by arbitration ; and tho great
Alalwuim ctso and tbo Newfoundland fishery case,
which with tho old International principles would
easily have become causes of war, are fresh in
your minds. Not that I would claim tho wholo
credit of these submissions to arbitration for
America, for not only had tho two nations pre
viously thrashed each other into a mutual rospect
favorablo to a peaceable settlement of differences,
but their iutiuiata relation to each other iu blood
and language has removed tunny of the obstacles
to suoh settlements. HUH America has mode the
principle of arbitration, instead of war the estab
lished policy in her foreign relations, as no other
nation lias ever done or thought of doing.
In financial administration she is working on the
same problem that perplex other nations and has
not greatly distinguished herself in the solution of
questions of coinage and currency, but In tho mat
ter of national indebtedness sho has adopted tho
aKislolIc principle "owo no man aliyihing."
Sown find that In her short century of growth,
from tho position or learner in tho ncienco of
government, bIio has como nt length to occupy tbo
placo of teacher, and theso several answers olio
gives to tho leading problem which sho has grap
pled and mastered beforo tho eager gaze of all tho
world that wars of conquest aro unntcessary ;
that tho attempt to sottlo international disputes or
to collect national claims by lighting is as foolish
and disreputable as tho ""lllement of privato dif
ferences by duelling; that debt is no more bene
ficial nor necessary for n nation than for an In
dividual) that government is for tho eop!o and
If It is to ho good for anything by the in'optc, nml
that tho right and duty of revolution when nil
other means iu obtaining nml maintaining popular
rights, belongs to all communities. Theso aro the
conclusions tho republic has made and acted upon,
and tho nations are watching not merely as specta
tors but as learners.
Prophecies liavo been tittend and fears enter
tained that us the nation grows iu numbers it will
becomoat length too laigo and unwcildy for its
own political system and will finally di-solvo and
fall to pieces by Its own weight. It will take a
wiser head than inino lo forecast tho probabilities
of tho American experiment in government, but it
seems to mo that tho fathers of tho republic buildcd
better than they know, and that this wonderful
organization which tuey Bet iu motion with its ud
mirablo arrangement of checks utmn tho acquis!
lion of unduo nowcr bv President. Connrnuu or
State Governments is oven better fitted ftir tho
administration of tho affairs of n nation of fifty
or a hundred millions than of one of three millions
only. I do not wish to Beo or to liavo you seo these
things In tbo glory and glaro of a false light. Tho
American Bystein of government is not icrfeot in
theory and still less so iu practice. There is fraud
in elections; there is bribery and wicked lobbying
in Congress; thero is occasional cheating iu tho
departments ; there is corruption iu state and city
governments; thero is the tyranny of monopolies
and tho sectional rivalries of tho North mid the
South and the Hast and tho West. There aro de
fects and dangers still, for tho most perfect system
must 1)0 administered by humanity as wo mid it,
and we often find it made of verv poor material.
Hut recognizing all of tbo blunders and tho wrong
management, I still say there is ground enough
troin the story of tho hundred years of tho repub
lic for the faith that sho will continue indefinitely
to develop in justice, and strength. Americans are
ns proud of the ir country now as ever, and the
growth of unselllsh patriotism is as real iih in
those nations that count their time by tho thou
sand years. This day tho world over, where over
Americans aro found, is being celebrated without
doubt, with a joyous enthusiasm significant of an
affectionate loyalty that refuses to contemplate
disunion or disintegration.
It teems peculiarly appropriate that the anniver
sary day of tho great republic should bo rt cog
nized iu theso Islands us it is to-day ami as it has
been commemorated hero for more than n tpiarter
of a century. It is fitting that this littlo kingdom
Bhould rejoice iu tho prosperity of its great neigh
bor who was lirst to recognizo it as ouu of the
nations of the earth, who has never by act or
word threatened its inilepiiclencc, whoso citizens
were first to como with tho frco gifts of light and
civilization iu their hands to tho assistance of the
newly awakened people, and who now is bound to
them by nit alliance which is favorable to Hawaii
an prosperity and independence and to tho mutual
friendship of both countries.
And now ladies nml gentlemen, citizens of
America, lovers of her institutions and Btudentsof
history, ns we celebrate the birth day of the repub
lic, let us lemembcr and hold fast to the key note
of her success, to tho sentiment which she has
moulded into constitutions and laws, which is now
fast becoming the creed of tho nations, and which,
while sho was struggling to build a government
upon it, tho ploughman singer under alien skies
but with n kindred heart, sang as ho ploughed, to
mo uoous ami nnis, ayo ami to tlio wliolo world :
" A man's a man for all that."
Mr. W. W. Hall then led tho song "Ilally Hound
tho Flag," which was received with loud applause.
Mr. 1'. C. Jones then roo and said :
Mi: I' result lit, Ltulles nml (Iriillrnini: I feel very
much liko a fire-cracker going off after u hundred
ton gun. Thu tirst intimation I had that I was to
make Homo "appropriate remarks" on this occa
sion was when 1 read it iu the programme which
was sent mo with an invitation to this entertain
ment. 1 am quite miro yon wcto oil ns much surprised
as I was, for most of you know I am no public
1 have in former years appeared in public as a
' gorilla" in a dumb show, as one of tho " Dabcs
iu tho Wood" iu pantomime, and again ns com
mander of tho first " Antiques and Horribles," but
1 nuver expected to rise to tho dignity of it Fourth
of July speaker, and had I been consulted, should
have peremptorily declined.
I am nt a loss to know what I am to make, " ap
propriate remarks" upon whether ou tho piece
just sung, "Ilally Hound tho Flag," or as a
Uostoniim for in tho noto accompanying my invi
tation it was said ns a llostoniau 1 would bugladly
heard, by remarks appropriate to the day wo cele
brate. As a Uostoniiitt I nm proud to say I came from
Ilostou. 1 don't menu by this to hay that Boston
is a good place to leave, nut that 1 hail from the
old tri-inountaln city; and I can say with old
Captain lien Snow, who will bo remembered by all
old residents of tho fifties and earlier us a most
duvutcd, patriotic American, " I thank God every
4th of July that I am an American, every mouth
that I belong to Massachusetts, and every day that
I was bom in Ilostou." 1 do feel proud that I am
an American, and that I out boast of having been
reared under tho shado of Hunker Hill; that my
children can boast of being the great-great-grandchildren
of tho i'c man who fell on tho battlo
llold of Hunker Hill gallantly defending tho re
doubt against tho enemy, Captain lsaao lialdwin,
who died with his face to thu foe, and who felt iu
his heart, though ho may not hatu expressed it iu
words. " Duke tt iltcoriim ttt pro Kilna morl,"
I believe iu being patriotic, and ventilating our
patriotism ou this day above nil others. For to
day wu celebrate the anniversary of the Declara
tion of Independence, signed iu Philadelphia on
tho 4th of July, 1770. Uu that day was laid the
foundation of it mighty ltcpuulic the grandest
thu world ever saw that hits stood now for more
than one hundred years, and which 1 believe will
stand, increasing in power and prosperity, until
the end of time. America to-day is more prosper
ous than cur before iu her history. She is at
IHMtco with nil thu world, and commands the re
spect of all. America is the best friend Hawaii
ever had. She it was who 11 1st bent thu gospel to
this peoplo, and though tho missionary fathers
have mostly passed away, yet their names are not
only dear to nil Americana, but to all Ilawalians
as well. She was tho first to recognizo the inde
pendence of Hawaii, She hiu given us a treaty
that is pouring wealth into this land, ami which
has also increased Hie trade with other nation.
As an illustration of thisi The import from
Great Dritalu into this country for four years pre
vious to tho treaty iiiuounUxl to (410,000, while for
tho four years since Its passage they have increased
from that country to over I'JOO.OOO.
There aro those who beliovo that America is
anxious to annex these Islands ; miiiiy Ilawalians
have the idea that this is a foot. Let me calm
their fears by assuring them this is not so. It is
tho policy of tho United States to keep this an in
dependent, nation. Hue will neither take these
Islands herself uor suffer any other nation to take
them ; and so long as Hawaii is capable of self
government so long will America sustain Hawaii
In her independence.
llut llmo passes. I will givo this Bontlmcnt, in
which I nm sure you will nil join, "Tho Union"
" The Union! Tho Union' The land of tlic fret .
Ilowfoe'er r may illtTcr, In lliln we agree
Our glorlmu limincr no traitor nlinll innr
11 ituciiig ii utrlpc or ilcntroylng a ntnr
UlMiulonl Nn. never! 'I lie I'nlmi lurrvrr,
And corned lie the hand Hint our country would netcr."
Mr. Jones sat down amid great applause
A number of popular airs followed, after which
Mr. llariulen took his placo on tho platform, nml
Dr. McGrow roso and Invited ths company lo rlso
for tho song " America." Thonudienco roso lo their
feet and joined in tho song, Mr. Harden leading.
Hvorything went oil smoothly and Joyously, nml
tho rest of tho day wan spout In picnics and other
social festititles indoors and out.
The Lritu Chief Justice aruTthe Bar.
Tho members of the Har of this kingdom, at tlio
olllco of the Attorney General, on M'ednesday, Hip
fith Inst., offered tho following resolutions of
respeetto tho memory of thu latu Chief Justice,
Charles 0. Harris, which weru euteied upon tho
records of tho Supremo Court.
The i Har of tho Supremo Court of tho Hawaiian
Islands being assembled ut tho ofllco of tho
Attorney General of the kingdom this sixth day of
July A.D. 1881, in respect for tho memory of His
Honor tho lato Chief Justlco Charles C. Harris, do
Jlrmlre : That by tho death of Chief JuhIIco Har
ris tho interests of tho Hawaiian Kingdom hato
sustained n great loss :
That tho members of this Har do respectful v
tender to Her Hoyal Highness the Princess Itegent,
nnd to tho relatives of tho lato Chief Justice their
sincere condolenco :
That thu members of this Ihr do wear a mourn
ing badge upon the left breast during tho present
July Term of this Supremo Court :
That theso resolutions bo presented in oiicii
Court with tho request that they bo entered upon
tho records of tho Supremo Court.
Tho following resolutions by tho officers of tho
Supremo Court was also ordered to bo entered
upon the records of the Court :
H7m, in view of tho loss wo have sustained
by the decease of the Chief Justice of the Supremo
Court and Chancellor of tho Kingdom, and of tho
still heavier loss sustained by those who were
nearest nnd dearest to him, we, tho officers of tho
Supreme Court, would express our heartfelt sor
row at tlio loss of our kind and worthy master a
steadfast friend. Somo of us havo known him,
and been intimately acquainted with him in social
lire, as well as iu the business of tho Couit, for
over III years, and it is impossible for u to do
otherwise than fell the keenest distress at his sud
den nnd unexpected death. As it master ho was
unequalled in urbanity and kindess, nnd ns a
friend truly firm and sincere.
Therefore, bo it resolved ; That it is but a just
tribute to tho memory of tho deceased to say, that
in regretting his removal from our midst, we
mourn for unci who was in every way Vorthy of
of our respect and regard.
W. C. Paiike, Marshal.
1). Datton, Deputy Marshal, per J. K.
J. Ii. Haiinaiii), Clerk Supremo Court.
A. ltosA. Deputy Clerk Supremo Couit.
W. L. Wilcox, Interpreter.
The following addresses were also delivered by
members of tho liar :
Mr. Hartwcll's address : In unv remarks I iiinkt.
concerning tho lato Chief Justice Hnrris, 1 propose
to say nothing of him now that ho is gone which 1
would not liavo .said of him when living, for
uudiscriminatiug eulogy is not respect either for
tho memory of the dead or for tho intelligence of
tho living. Ho was n strong man, strong in having
it tenacity nnd forcu of will which never lost sight
of its objects nndwasuntiriuginthclrnccomplish-
nicui , niiuiin in iiniiu sioreu witn tno iacm ana
details in this country for over thirty years, with a
retentive memory which never failed; him ; strong
in power to discern tho weakness or tricks of
others. No ouo ever deceived him. Death has
laid this strong man low. Those who knew him
have long thought that this event was at any time
likely to occur ; but now that it has come, it seems
sudden. His const-less nctivity nnd marked per
sonality, ns well as his excellent common sense will
CMHe him long to bo missed. He never seemed to
me to bo n man of tact, but quito tho reverse. He
effected his purjioses by other means than by tact.
Ho was n man of high courage, moral as well as
Shysical. I think ho never feared man, and ho
elighted in physical strength nnd fearlessness.
It is not long sinco I heard him say of another,
"why, tho fellow was actually iifraitl for his oltl
twniM" Ilia sclf-reliaucowasanotherdistiuctivo
trait iu his character. He seemed to mo rarely to
Bcek tho advice of others in ordor to help to form
his own views. He oftener asked tlio opinions of
tithcrs iu order to hear what they had to say and
to try to dissuade thorn, or to -get their Coopera
tion; but I think he seldom changed his self-deter-iiilned
conclusions. And ho had wonderful iniwcr
ovtr them. In spite of n certain awkwardness, if
I may so say, in his way of discussing matters,
and of an evident nnd not conceale 1 desiro to con
vince others and carry them with him, in spitu of
n certain disregard or even contempt for opposing
views which he frequently showed, nevertheless ho
did carry others with him. I havo known men
who had been his violent opponents, who know
that ho had expressed contempt for thorn, who
wont to hint for advice in their perplexities, nnd
did what he told them to do. Notwithstanding
tho clabnraU) abuse which in political excitement
was lavished upon him, he lived down most of tlio
old enmities, and stood higher in public esteem
each year. Tho influence he acquired over others
was not only due to his strung will nnd personality,
to his liking to influence them nnd to his great in
timacy with affairs here : it was largely owing lo
his sound common sense, and to thocourago of his
convictions. His nature was sensitive to an ex
tent which few suspected. Whatovcr tho exterior
was, ho yet felt keenly tho expression cither of
fiulilio or of private censure nB well ns praise, but
io was too proud to allow others to seo this. It is
only a few weeks since I advised him to go East
for a change; "why." said he, " you lawyers and
tho newspapers would nt once raise it howl nt my
boiug absent," One of his pleasing traits was hia
fondness for children. Ho always noticod thorn,
and they nhvays liked him. 1 don't believe ho
valued many distinctions more than ho did tho
way in which tho littlo ones would tako to him. I
have often heard him say, " You see thu children
nre not afraid of me."
Mr. Austin said ;
If tho Court pleaso. What I intended to say has
been so well Bald nnd so fully wild by others, that
i ought perhaps to remain silent) but I feel that I
cannot let this occasion pass without laying my
slight tribute upon tho coffin of thu great Chief
In thu death of Chief Justice Harris the Ha
waiian Kingdom bus sustained an irreparable loss.
Occupying tbo most exalted position of any sul
ject, he was, by common consent, worthy to till
that position. No man could meet him without
feeling that ho was in tbe presence of a leader.
Tbo originality, the vigor, tbe simplicity, the
depth and sagacity of bis mind weroohown In nil
ho did.
He hod n oomprohaoKiveueai which made him nt
home, and highly auocutsful aa woll in practical
affairs as in the solution of legal problems, as well
in tho walks of literature its in dealing with the
most difficult questions of diplomacy and govern
mental actiou.
It mttv bo truly said that no important measure
of this Government for years has been taken with,
oat consultation with him.
Tho Government leaned utm him ns upon a
siiro slny and support. Thero is indeed nolxaly to
fill Ids place.
With it lovo for this country, whoro ho linriniient
ho greater part of his life, equal to that which bo
boro to America, tho laud of his birth, ho had for
ilB prosperity a brooding nnxiety which rendered
ovcry public net and Us lcsulfs a mailer of Intense
iiersonal interest to him. I do not doubt that his
early death may. In great part, bo ascribed to his
unerasing nnd tireless nsslduity for tho public
No nation ever had n truer or nioro cnpablo pub
lic servant than ho. His iiamo will bo remembered
wilh gratlludo as long ns tho national exislenco
shall bo maintained.
In priwite, Ilfo howas n noble, unpretending gen
tleman, with a quaint nnd genial humor and a
kind nnd friendly manner, which won tho hearts
or all who were fortunate enough to bo admitted
to social intercourse with him.
In his death I feel that I havo lost n ttcrsoiinl
friend whoso society and advico weru very valua
ble to me.
In common wilh tho whole community, I mourn
his untimely end.
, A,VV. J1"1"1 l,y l'i, recenlly.mnde grate, and
look into its depths, it is difficult to bo reconciled
to tho thought that wo shall eo his niajcstia fftco
and form no more. Witli unwonted forco tho ad
monition of tho poet conies to us :
" O lot the foul lit-r idiuiiliem break.
Let tliiitight lie tpilckened nnd nwuke;
Awiiku to ee
limy fuiiii flil life ! pnt nnd gone.
Ami ih-utli ciinie softly ftcnllnc on,
Hy W. It. Castle :
Mny it please the Court. It is nut a few years
smeo I became u member of this bar, having been
ndinltted early iu 1870. since which tiuio my iier
sonal ncqualutancu with tho laic lamented Chief
Justice dales. Hut my knowledge of his lifo ami
ilstory long nnlc-dntes my connection wilh tho
bar. His residence iu this country has been Mr;
nearly co-extensivo with my lifo time. My earliest
recollections recoid incidents wherein .Mr. Hams
figures; ut first as a lawyer, conuectid with
events of that day, and then figuring iu Hie po
litical arena. My early associations were chiefly
with thoso whoso political convictions weiooppii
sed to his, and among that largo class I learned fo
legard him as n dniigorous man, ouu whose i i a
was wholly selfish. I believed that with him tlio
end fully justified tho means, that ho was a i
sohiloly unscrupulous, that ho would ruin tno
country if thereby ho could attain his purpose.
Ho wns looked upon ns a man of unfeeling and
even brutal impulses. I say these things to-day
because I have tho greater pleasure in admitting
that I was wrong.
It was with mingled feelings that I returned
from the United States a few years ago to practico
beforo Jiidgo Harris. It was only then that I be
gan to know him, and then my former impression'!
faded away, to bo replaced by feelings of respect
and friendship.
Jndgo Harris was a man of a strangely sym
pathetic nature. Ho always bad a wortl of kind
ness for thoso who camo to him. Ho freely ad
vised all who sought his counsel, drawing from
his own rich experience therefor. Ho was n social
man and enjoyed seeing and conversing with his
friends. I well remember a recent occasion, it
was tho last day that I saw him at I ho Court Honso
waiting for a case. 1 went to his room for n so
cial call and halted at tho door, observing that ho
was engaged. Seeing me bo held out his hand
with n kindly smile and asked, " Can I do any
thing for you ?" "No. thank you," I replied, "1
only camo for n friendly call." " Ah, como ngnin."
ho said, "I always delight to havo my friends
come in." His was a gonial nature.
Thoro aro many lessons to bo learned from his
life; one which always impressed mo wns his un
failing attention to detail. In thn tmwl. illv nm
in probato or elsowher-, he bestowed tho same
thought and ciro on all matters of minutiie that
ho showed iu tho most imiwrtant trials. Ho took
up business nnd left it finished, thero weru no
loosu ends loft untied.
Hut now ho is gone. No moro shall wo seo hi
kindly face, never again listen to bis maxims of
wisdom. Iu tbo near future and in years to como
his wiso counsel can no more bo had. His loss is
great. Hawaii needs him, and it will bo hard tc
replace our dead Chief Justice.
The Lava Flow.
Tho following, concerning tho lava flow from
Mauna Loa, is from n privato letter to n resident
of Honolulu :
Waiakea, Hilo, Juno Hth, 1&81.
Deah Sir : Siuco tho last letter wns sent off to
you, tho llow 1wb come down nt least one mile mid
it quarter, nnd is now very closo to that spring of
water which C. and you went to measure when
you thought of getting water for tho mill if placed
up at the plantation. It is nut ytt down to tho
flat, and may not bo for some time.
It was on Sunday nboutS v. M. that this branch
loft the main llow iu the woods, nnd came down a
ravine from lfi to CO feet wide. It camo down so
fast that from tho verandah where wo
were sitting wo could seo it travel and,
as C. was here, wo Btarted off to it,
and a terrible stream it was of ., run
ning just like it river, making everything go beforo
it. 1 left at 1 o'clock next morning and camu
homo. Tho timu 1 wiib there it must havo moved
half a mile towards the sea or Hilo. Cleft next
A. M. at f, and reported not so active Siuco thou '
it has not traveled much probably a tpiarter of a
milo. Monday i-. m. C, Captain nnd 1 went right
from tho mill to see it and found it sluggish.
Tuesday it bad advanced a little. Wednesday,
not much advance, but very active nnd spreading
out and building up about 1,000 feet from the
advance point. To-night when C. and Iweroup,
tho notion wns back it good wayfrom tho front,
a regular river of piliorn 10 feet wiele running
and sprondiug out. When it arrives at tho flat
above us, it will tako somo time to fill up, but if it
is going to the sea, it must come down between
tho ulaulalton liouitt nnd tltlo. lam getting nil
ready so that if it Booms to start in earnest to fill
the flat nud looks as though tho actions were no
lo9s, then I will niovu nil 1 possibly can up the
railroad ns C. nnd I nre not sure which way it may
It oaiinot now git to tho cane-fields, no we aro
going Ito got Messrs. Hitchcock nnil Austin,
men of judgement, to go up with ns to look lit thu
lay of the land and near their opinion no that
nothing rash may bo done.
I am getting all things rondo looso so as to bo
ready. C's. opinion of the flow goes a long way in
Hilo. lie and I go up every nftemoon. C. does
not liko it he says too ranch action behind,"
Ho never haw such a night ns Sunday, I hope 1
never will again it was tniely awful.
There Is no fooling now in II Ito bnt the greatest
excitement prevails. C, and I think you should
ooino up you can surely get out in a case of thin
kind and bring two good machinists, so as to take
machinery down. If they aro not needed we can
tell Boon end a little expense for a week or two,
were they not needed, would not amount to ranch,
and if we have occasion for them, would help a
good deal in saving machinery. If It ktejit on, It
i.ikW com ttotcii in thru or Jour mtkt', of course it
may not come further than the flats.
June UOth. Tbo steamer Likellke just in. Tbe
last twenty-four hours the flow has made no pro
gress. Hio to-day has lost loitementl so I
leave it for yourself to decide how to act in regard
to coming np or sending two men. 0. feels differ
ent to-day, and so do nil around, I feel fifty
pounds ligbUr. 0, 0, K,

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