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HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1917.
BIX RILEY H. ALLEN EDITOR THURSDAY. DECEMBER 6, 1017. An Explanation and a Pledge Their ifKi'Oiisihility t the American communitv in which they reside hes been recognized by the two Honolulans on trial in 8an Francisco George Ro diek and II. A. rVhroeoVr. The statement which they made to the court yesterday is published in full br the Htar Bulletin tudny. having leu cabled here at the instance of the two defendants. The community ha no winh to pre judge them nor unduly to hold against them actions investigat ed by the district attorney at San Francisco and by him evidently UMicved to have extenuating circum stances. In fact, long afrer Oernian consuls and consular oflices elsewhere had been directly impli cated in gross violations of neutrality; after the trail of intrigue, corruption and plotting had led directly up to the highest German office in the United States that of tin; German ambassador the disposition in Hawaii was to hope and perhaps in most cases to lelieve that the German consulate Jiere had kept clear of any such pernicious activ ities. The two defendants. Mr. Kodiek particularly, had leen vajued menders of the business commun ity, with wide acquaintances and friendships. When, therefore, news was made public of their indict ment for connection with the Hindu plot, the re action of resentment was the more severe That the district attorney accepts a plea of guilty emphasized as a plea of guilty to a technical vio lation of the neutrality law alone and that this is accompanied by the statement published elsewhere today, is a development which will be viewed not only for its own importance, but in the light of the defendant's closing statement: "They intend by the future conduct and future residence in their Hawaiian home to confirm the respect and confidence of their neighbors and their right to fellowship with American citizens," Denying in detail any connection with the India - conspiracy, and offering a lengthy written state ment statement In defense of their actions, Messrs. , Georg Rodiek and H.VA. chroeder have made ex planation of dealings with the mystery ship Mav- ' erick. The explanation is that their relations with the Maverick were purely i.-ommercial transactions. - There is'one incident ol more. recent date which still awaits explanation.: ; That is the 'disabling of the cruiser. Geier and of German refugee vessels in the harbor of Honolulu. f '3 V5:tSi-' - of this territory there; is the stenographic report of ; a cpuremnqn. ,or Aiarcu e, VJUK petweeu ; bnperin - tenden F W. Klebahn the Tatter.belng the manager of the shipping depart ment of Hackfeld & Company.- The conference was ; ijpoja the proposed moving of German vessels lying at Honolulu docks, wnose presence wai reit- to oe a k "menace because they might be blown up or sunk at thcirmoprfngs by the Germans. :0? i damage (then already done) to the ships Pommern ' and Setbs. Thie following conversation then ensued, according to this stenographic report: ' '.Mr.. Klebahn "(answering Jnqulry as to cause, of ! w damage) ; X do not know, f lmpy. know the dam age, is . done ind there, will be" no turther damage to the vessels. I can only repeat this and give you the " ' same assurance as I gave the governor over the tele- . v phone t 7 p. m. last Monday, that whatever damage - there was to the, vessels had been done and nothing. 1 ' further would happen to these vessels. . " MrV Forbes: "DoT'you guarantee thatr Mr. Klebahn: .fThat is my. personal assurance V Mr. JiieDann a Biatemeni, inai ne couia give nis personal assurance tnat tnere would be no further , - damage to the vessels raises the question as to how :. he could give this, assuraicel From what sources did his information 'come' that there would be no further damaee? vFrom what sources arid bv what , medium were the orders for ; crippling the vessels transmitted to the German ship ofacers? , ; In his statement to the court at San Francisco 1 yesterday, rMr. Rodiek1 declared that his patriotism, : und affirmed that he expects to enjoy the confldence ' of his neighbors and the rights "of fellowship with American' citizens." He said also that the state ment was made in fairness to themselves, and to t Americans' in Hawaii. . -'S: y:' ' ' Americans in Hawaii cannot help but feel that in " fairness to the cititens here resident, there be ex plained the exact circumstances under which the officers of the German ships here' received their or- ders to disable the vessels. That would clear the atmosphere of one cloud as the San Francisco trial is clearing it of another. :.' It will not do to be too optimistic of the future on the Italian front. The beating . wlUch r Gen, : CadornaV army" recehed on the Isonzo front has - are making a gallant stand on the Piave-Brenta line, there is no assurance they can hold out against the ' terrific iaramering to which they are subjected. If they could not defend the natural mountain barrier - above the plain, their chance is none too good of standing fast on the plateau. America must be pre- - pared for the worst that can happen to both France . and Italy, v. . - . .... , . . ' , Berlin; is now ... intriguing for a separate peace with Rumania,; Whether or not the Rumanians will fall prey to the wiles and false promises of the kaiser's corruptions." the political maneuvers must "be reckoned ith, just as are the military maneu - vers. - " The Four-Minute Men The success of the Four Minute Men is assured I here, and thVir opportunities for usefulness are not restricted to patriotic speeches in the motion picture houses of the city. They have a far wider field where their utterances should be valuable. A Four Minute speaker appears before the pub lic as an authorized representative of the govern ment. He adheres to the subjects and to the man ner of approach of these subjects as outlined in the "Budget of Material." He selects from the budget that material which is backed by his strongest con victions; his presentation is all the more force ful. Extraneous comments, however, and personal viewpoints of sjeakers supplementary to those given, are not expressed on an occasion when the speaker is publicly announced as a government rep resentative. The attitude of fhe seaker toward his audience is that he is privileged, as one of th ecommunity, to present a message of national importance upon which the government deems it wise that the public should be informed. By their direct contact in Washington with all branches of the government the Four Minute Men are in a position to obtain correct information on war plans and policies which the public is entitled to know. The speakers volunteer to render a national service by conveying this information to the public. The speaker has a right to assume that the people in his audience are eagerly interested in the mes sage which he brings them, and are loyal Americans ready to respond to the needs of the nation so far as they may be able. He never takes the attitude that he is intruding upon an evening's pleasure at the theater and must beg their indulgence. He. has a supreme right to be there and feels this to the ut most. Under the definite agreement with the motion picture industry, that right expires in exactly four minutes. The topics spoken upon by Four Minute Men are matters of national importance connected with the war plans of the government. They are assigned to the speakers by the director in Washington for a given period of time usually from one to four weeks. The topic to be used at any given time is determined by a consideration of what is upper most at the time, and represents an agreement be tween the director of the Four Minute Men and the various government authorities who may be con cerned. At the beginning of each new topic a bulletin of Jnstrnctions is issued and sent to the chairmen in quantities tc cover the list of speakers. These bul letins are immediately distributed to the" speakers in ample time, to allow ?for thorough preparation; Accompanying; the bulletin of instructions is a budget of material containing' the facts necessary to the preparation of an effective speech upon the topic, and an outline of the essential points which the sp$akeris expected to establish in the minds of his audience. - t It is said that Congress will tackle nothing but ( rar legislation this session. In the line of making - ;hek country, safe t for , demderacy, a prohibition . imendment 'certaJnly ress ouht ' to get ; to this, and probably "will . ; v! Y.W.CA. In a'War Year In asking for a budget of $45,000 to be raised by local campaign, the Y. W. C. A. of Honolulu directs public attention once again to the fact that the United States is on a war basis. The Y. W. C. A., like every other American insti tution animated by a patriotic desire to serve, is also a war basis. Last year the budget needed was much less in fact, it was well under $20,000. The hope of the association had been that it would not be necessary to ask for more this year than last. The fact of a world at war a war in which the United States has a signal part; and the further fact that the Y. W. C. A. has grown and is growing even faster than expected, mate the hope futile. After weeks of cutting, pruning and revising, the association can get no lower on the budget than $45,000. , By the middle of December, the Young Women's Christian Association will need four million dollars for special work among the women of Europe and he United States. The local Y. W. C. A. will con- BrjDure us snare to tnat fund, and m addition must secure its own finances for next year. -During the next few days the association here will, through organized publicity, place its case in the hands of the public -explain the reasons for its appeal. The facts to be presented will be the best arguments that the need be promptly met. The size of th,e budget is unexpectedly iarge. but so is the field which the Y. W. C. A. is now filling. Not a businessman but would say that if the Y. W. C. A. needs $45,000 to continue its splendid work, the money should be promptly provided. This is a year when generous contributions to public causes constitute one method of proving patriotism. A system that removes the last possible excuse for failure to comply with the law regarding auto mobile headlights is a headlight-testing station it is proposed to establish in large cities of the main land. Such a station will give every machine owner, an opportunity to ascertain if his lights are within the law, and if so, a certificate to that effect will be furnished him. If they are not. he can cor rect them. With such an institution here, there woufd be no excuse for glaring headlights to be flashed with impunity. President Wilson is wiping out the memory of that phrase, "peace without victory' His war mes sase to Congress means peace to be wonx through victory complete victory ior the Allies... rv..... ENGLISH AS SHE IS SPOKE SESSUE HAVAKAWA. the Japan ese film star who is now in Ha waii, made up his mind at enc in his liff that the English an. I American languages wore two uiffer cnt tongues. Harakawa came here to arpe ar sftt ' Hidden Pearls." a Las Vy production, which is to te screen ed entirely on Oahu and Hawaii. When ?essue tells about his firs: puzzlement over the difference be tween the English and American 7'tecli. ho docs so with a sly grin, cvi whether at his own expense, or th English or American accent, he ccnceals. He recites his experience like this: "It was very funny when I first came to America. I thought I under stood English very well, because I had studied it very hard, and we havr in our classes English teachers from England. E.it when I listened in America I understood nothing at all. "I listen, and I say, I hog your pardon.' And I listen again, very care fully, and I say to myself. It is not English this one speaks. It is another language.' It was a joke on me. For a iong time I did not understand any one 8t all!"' Around his Oriental eyes crinkles of amusement deepened. "I wo 3 three years in this country before I understood words like your 'bucks.' Only last spring someone ex plained to me that when you play peker it isnot dollars you lose but 'bucks.' "But I could read and write very well from the first. That wa3 my reason for coming to America. I wanted to study the plays of Shakes peare here, so that I could translate them properly Into Japanese and take them back to my country.'' Instead of studying Shakespeare, however, he went into the movies and became a star. Meanwhile one or two of the num ber looked about for diversion auoa then they located the, slot-machine organ in the store at the junction. I Unconcernedly one of them dropped i a ten-cent piece into the yawning" I i mouth of th mArhliic and after con siderable groaning and burrings th .? organ blared forth its tune. And then what a change on the fuces of these strangers in a strange, town. The looks of loneliness disap peared liko magic. Everyone of them ! smiled and then they broke into laughter and applauded the squeak ing old organ. And it was not Iont before they were dancing about thv platform ar.d cheering like an Elks convention for out of the list of its tunes that organ couldnot have se lected a more appropriate on?. Thev t replayed it and replaved if. i hey missed several cars listening to that deciepit oid music machine blare its tune. For that song took them home, brick to their desks and their instru-i-ien's in the middle states. It was not the national anthem. It was not a love song but a ribald song that oice popular had passed from the. ken of all but railroad men. And that song that stirred their hearts was none other than "Casey Jones mounted to his cabin, etc., etc." SONG REVIVES MEMORIES THERE were nine or ten of them lounging about the little station at Pawaa Junction one afternoon waiting for an Aala Park street car Thoy were . members of the corps of American engineers and they looked rather lonely. Impatiently they wait ed for the car to appear, passing technical opinions on its delay. WILLS AND WILFUL THERE was a number of "the boys" of the various staffs of the city and county offices in the Mcln tyre building standing in the corridor at noon the other day discussing the question of which was the legal will of her late Majesty Queen Liliuokala ni. Finaly after everyone had had his little "say" about the wills and about the queen's personality and her au thoritative presence, Eugene Buffan deau, clerk to the board of supervis ors, came brushing past the group on his way to his office. He Just caught the last of the talk about the wills made by the Hate queen but the fact that he hadn't heard It all didn't stop him from "horning in" on the conver sational meal with: "Oh, yes! The queen was a very wilful woman. A very wilful woman," he remarked. (Clerk, please call the roll. E, JJ. has been missing since.) LETTERS 1 TO RED CROSS SEAL WORKERS Editor Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Sir: The executive committee of the Anti-Tuberculosis League of Hawaii has asked me to extend to you their thanks for your press notices in con nection with the sale of the Red Cross Christmas seals on Nov, 24. The committee also takes this op portunity to thank Mrs. G. P. Wilder and her. able assistants, as well as the scoutmasters and scouts of Honolulu for the help given on that day. The amount reaMzed to . date is $4104.72, which; is $400 more than was received in 1914, which up ,to the present year was our "hlghi'water" mark in the sale of Red Cross Christ mas seals. Of the amount received Leahi Home will get $2000 and Fa Uia Day Camp $1600. The balance will go toward paying the expenses of the campaign and remitting to the Ameri can Red Cross their share of the pro ceeds of the sale. Personally thanking you. for your kind assistance in this connection, I am, yours' sincerely - JAMES A. RATH, Secretary-Treasurer. NO COERCION NEEDED Honolulu, T. H., Dec. 6, 1917. Editor Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Sir: In reply to . the unprovoked attack of the editor of the Advertiser this morning upon the loyal women of the community in regard to the sign ing of food pledge cards, I desire to invito his attention to the nrfnciple which our forefathers fought for, to- wit: "Millions for defense, but not a dollar for tribute.' President Wilson fully recognized and vigorously proclaimed that prin ciple as "the underlying principle of his administration when he declared that in the matter of the food conser vation in the home there would be no threats and no coercion, but that by a ramnaien of education the people would be brought to see and assist in the efforts of his administration. Unauestionably President Wilson meant what he said in his reaffirma tion of that principle to the extent of even summarily removing from office anv one who through ignorance oi otherwise should attempt to threaten, Intimidate or coerce the American housewives. Our local food administrators and their loyal committees have not at tempted any intimidation or coercion nor made any threat ; that role has been gratuitously assumed by the edi tor of tht. Advertiser. . There, fs an excellent reason svhy our local tood administrator should have cards J showing not only these who have Signed, but those who do not sign. For; with such data the co.n mission wjll be able to correctly tab ulate andjreport to Washington the percentagey of saving which may be effected in this territory, while with out such data a correct report would be impossible. Without such data a report would be at best a guess. I am not connected with the food administration in this territory in av Wayhut I am horoughly convinced that it is merely trying to carry ott the directions of the Washingon aJ minisration without thought or sug gestion of any threat or coercion.'' It would surprise th writer in no way were he to learn that some one with authority had ylsited the editorial of fice and requested the discontinuance of editorials and articles tending to obstruct and hinder our local officials In carrying out their instructions from Washington. Yours for strengthening the hands of the Washington administration. - AN AMERICAN Who has in his home a National Food Pledge Card. LITTLE INTERVIEWS i DAVID FORBES, manager ot Wdiakea plantation, Hawaii: Presi dent E. D. Tenney'a address Monday certainly hit the nail on the head. The planters ire workiig today as one and we all realize that it is up to us to help the government in every way possible and when we leave this- meet ing our plans for the work will be along those lines. F. M. ANDERSON", manager Pa'au hau plantation: We've got to cut ac cording to the cloth, and when I say that I mean everything must be on a war basis. The Dlanters will coon- erate with the government in every way, and all our future plans will be made with that : end in view. And when they take the national guard away, which they will, though our labor problem will be more compli cated than ever, we will have to main tain our production even if it is neces sary to Durchase morn marhln prv snn change about our systems of ralsingj vauc iu uicci me Buuuage oi laoor. GEORGE W. PATY: Many peo ple have commented upon the Thanks giving sermon delivered by Rev. L. L. Loofbourow at Central Union church last Thursday. Some people were very much surprised at the state ments made, and I have been ques- An Attractive H ome On Matlock Avenue. A very pretty bungalow. Two bedrooms, six rooms in all. Size of lot 50x90 feet. Ser vant's room. Price $3350.00 Guardian Trust Co., Ltd. Real Estate Department. TeL 3688. 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