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HOXOLULTJ STAR-BULLETIN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1917.
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RILEY H. ALLEN
THURSDAY". DECEMBER 6, 1917.
An Explanation and a Pledge
Their rrsixniihility to the American immunity
in which they reside has been recognized by the two
Honolulan on trial in Pan Francisco Georpe Ro
diek and H. A. Kchroeder. The statement which
they made to the court yesterday in published in full
by the Star-Bulletin today, havinp lvu cabled here
at the instance of the two -defendants.
The community ha, no wish to pre -judge them
nor unduly to hold against them actions investigat
ed by the district attorney at Ban Francisco and by
him evidently Mieved to have extenuating circum
stances. In fact, long after German consuls and
consular offices 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 Htates that of the German ambassador
the disposition in Hawaii was to hope and perhaps
in most cases to believe that the German consulate
here had kept clear of any such ernicious activ
ities. The two defendants. Mr. Kodiek particularly.
l?ad beeji valued members of the business commun
ity, with wide acquaintances and friendships. When,
therefore, news was made public of their indict
ment fpr 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 fta own importance, but in the light of the
defendant's closing statement :
"They intend ly the future conduct and future
residence in their Hawaiian Home to confirm the
respect and confidence of their neighbors and their
right to fellowship tcith American citizens."
EDITOR
The Four-Minute Men
r Y Denying in detail any connection with the India
conspiracy, and offering a lengthy written state
xnent statement in defense of their actions,' Messrs.
Georg Rodiek and H. A. Schroeder have made ex
planation of dealings with the mystery ship Mav
- erick. The explanation is that their relations with
; the Maverick were purely' commercial transactions,
: There is one incident of 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. Ji''
In the records of the department of public works
; 6t this territory there is the stenographic report of
. ' a conversation of Majcfc 6;: 1917, between Superin
; tendentFofDes, J..FC.Hagens and F. W, Klebatin,
' the latter being the manager of the shipping depart
. ' - ment of Hackfeld & Ck)nipany: The conference was
, 'vpo,nthe proposed fmbring of German vessels-lying
. .at Honolulu docks, whose presence was felt to be a
V menace because they .might be blowif tip . orsunk at
; their moorings by the' Germans. 5 : - ; . Y 1
Superintendent Forbes Inquired the cause of the
: 'damage (then already done) to the ships Pommern
'qnd Setos.; The following conversation then ensued,
. According to this stenographic report :
: - ! v Mr. Klebaha (answering Inquiry as to cause of
V-damage) : .... 1 dq. not know.. I simply know the dam
.; is done and there will be no farther damage to;
- the vessels I can only repeat this and give you the , ,
. same assoranee .as I gave, the governor over the tele:
' phone at ? p. m. last Monday, that whatever damage '
-' there was to the vessels had .been done and nothing :'
i - . farther would happen to these vessels. .
- Mr. Forbes: "Do you guarantee that?"
Mr. Klebahn; "That is my personal assurance." ;
; Mr Klebahn's statement, that he could give his
' personal assurance that there would be no further
damage to the vessels raises the question as to how
he could eive this assurance. From what sources
did his. information come that there would be no
further, damage? From what sources and by what
medium were the orders for crippling the. vessels
transmitted to the German ship officers? : , ?
? r ' In his. statement to. the court at San Francisco
yesterday, Mn Rodiek'declared that his patriotism,
- It and affirmed that he expects to en joy the, confidence
of his neighbors and the rights of fellowship with
k. American citizens. He said also that the state
' ment was made in fairness to themselves : and to
;. "( ' Americans in Hawaii.: ; :: wVw. ) -,.'V:i"
: I C Americans in Hawaii cannot help but feel that in
, fairness to the citizens here resident, there be ex
,'i 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
; i atmosphere of one cloud as the San Francisco trial
j Is clearing it of another. "
The success of the Four Minute Men is assured
here, and their 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 . speakers supplementary to those
given, are not expressed on an occasion when the
speaker is publicly announced as a government rep
resentative. The attitude of the speaker 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 portion 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
Bupreme 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-
kerned..;
"At the beginning of each new topic a bulletin of
Instructions is issued and sent to the chairmen in
Quantities to 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 iof material containing the facts necessary
to the preparation of an effective speech upon the
topic, and an outline of the essential points which
the speaker is expected to establish in the minds
of his audience.
?; It will, not do to be too optimistic of the future
V" on the Italian front. The. beating which Genu
: Cadorna's army received on the Isonzo front has
i greatly; disorganized the troops, and though they
i . are making a gallant stand on the Piave-Brenta line,
.there is do assurance: they can hold out against the
terrific hammering to which they are subjected. If
they could not defend the natural mountain barrier
; above the plain, .their, chance is none too. good of
il standing fast on the plateau. America must be pre-
j pared for the worst that can happen to both France
' end Italy.
'iv-. ')- W.v.;..i . ;:' ' . .
C Berlin is now, intriguing for a separate peace
with Rumania. Whether or not the Rumanians will
v fall prey to the wiles and false promises of the
fcaisers corruptions the political maneuvers must
V be ireckoned with just as are the military maneu-
': vers. - ': " ' " ' ' : '
i It is said that Congress will tackle nothing but
? rar legislation his session. In " the line of making
jhe country safe for democracy, a fjfmibition
tmendment certainly has Iegitimatehice. Con
: fress oufiht to get-tp this and probably .will , ;
Y.W.CA. In a War Year
"
, ' In asking for a budget of f 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 f 20,000. The hope of the
association had been that it would not be necessary
to ask for more this year than last,
l 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, make the .hope futile.
After weeks of cutting, pruning and revising, the
association can get .no lower on the budget than
145,000.
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
the United States. The local Y. W. C. A. will con
tribute its 6hare to that fund, and in 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 the budget is unexpectedly large, 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 f 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 everv machine-
owner an opportunity to ascertain if his lights arc
wunin ine law, and ir 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
would 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
sage to Congress means peace to be won through
victory complete victory for the Allies.
ENGLISH AS SHE IS SPOKE
SfcSLfc, tl A 1 aiva a. ir.e jbmiii
ese film star who Is no' in Ha
waii tnarfp i:n his mind at ' one
t:n:e in his life that the English an.l
American languages were two uiffer
cnt tongues. Harakawa came here
to appear m ' Hidden Pearls." a Las
ky production, hich is to be screen
ed entirely on Oahu and Hawaii.
V.'lieu Se66ue tells about his firs:
puzzlement over the difference be
tween the English and American
; teclu he does bo with a sly grin,
ct. T.-hether at his own expense, or
the English or American accent, he
conceals. 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 have
In our classes English teachers from
England. But when I listened in
America I understood nothing at all.
"I listen, and I say, 'I beg 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 at all!"
Around his Oriental eyes crinlcles of
amusement deepened.
'I was three years in this country
before I understood words like your
'bucks.' Only last spring someone ex
plained to me that when you play
poker it is not dollars you lose but
'bucks.'
"Eut I could read and write very
well from the first. That was 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 nun
then they located the alot-macaine
organ in the store at the junction.
Unconcernedly cne cf tiiem dropped
a ten-cent piece into the yawning
mouth of the machine and after con
siderable groaning and burrings th?
organ blared fcrth its tune.
And then what a change on the
fces of these strangers in a strange
town. The looks of loneliness disaj.
t'pnred liko mngic. Everyone of them
smiled and thtn they broke into
laughter and applauded the squeak
ing oid organ. And it was not long
before thev were daacing about th?
platform and cheering like an LIks
convention for out of the list of its
tunes tf.at organ cojld not have se
lected n more appropriate one. Thev
rftplayed it and replayed i. They
n'.issod several cars listening to that
decrepit old music nrachine blare its
tune. For that song took them home,
brick to their desks and their instru
ments in the middle states. It was
not the national anthem, it was not
a love song but a ribald song that
once popular had passed from th
ken of all but railroad men. And
that song that sMrred their hearts
was none other than "Casey Jones
mounted to his cabin, etc., etc."
SONG REVIVES MEMORIES
THERE were nine or ten 01 mem
lounging about the Httle station
T n Tni rt4j-Ti rr e aft nrvi rrn
tx x, anaa o uulliuu vuw .vv,wv
vaitine for an Aala Park street car
Ttcy were members of the corps of
American engineers and they looked
rather lonely. Impatiently they wait
ed for the car to appear, rassing
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 hi i
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 late 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. B. had been missing since.)
1
LETTERS
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 then-
thanks for your press notices In con
nection with the sale of the Reel cross
Christmas seals on Nov. 24.
The committee also takes, this op
portunity to lhank 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 realized to date is
$4104.72, which is 400 more than' was
received in 1914. which up to the
present year was our "high water"
mark In the sale of Red Cross Christ
mas seals. Of the amount received
Leahi Home will get$2000 and Pa Ola
Day Camp $1600. The balance will go
toward paying the expenses of the
camnalen and remitting to the Ameri
can Red Cross theif 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 foof pledge cards, I desire to
Invite his attention to the principle
which our forefathers fought for, to
wlt: "Millions for defense, hut 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
campaign of education the people
would be brought to see and assist in
the efforts of his administration.
Unquestionably President Wilson
meant what he said in his reaffirma
tion of that principle to the extent of
even summarily removing from office
any 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 the Advertiser.
There is an excellent reason why
our local food administrators should
have cards showing not only those
who have signed, but those who do not
sign. For with such data the co.n
mission will be able to correcfly tab
ulate and report to Washington the
percentage 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 aiv
. way y but 1 am horoughly convinced
that it-Is merely trying to carry out
the directions of the Washingon aJ
mlnisration - without thought or sug
gestion of any threat or coercion It
would surprise the writer in no way
were he.to learn that some one with
authority had visited the editorial of
fice and requested the discontinuance
of editorials and articles tending tr
obstruct and hinder our local officials
in 5arrying 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.
I. LITTLE INTERVIEWS
DAVID FORBES, manager of
Wdiakea plantation, Hawaii: Presi
dent E. D. Tenney's address Monday
certainly hit the nail on the head. The
planters are working today as one an4
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 Paau
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 planters will coop
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 purchase more machinery and
change about our systems of raising
cane to meet the shortage of labor.
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
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An Attractive
Home
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. Stangenwald Bldg
ilk
Wichman Gifts
Chime Clocks
Chime clocks of foreign and
domestic make, many of which
cannot be duplicated now, and
hence doubly to be valued.
There are small mantel clocks
and there are large hall clocks
of mahogany in the old Grand
father style.
H-EWcfmian &Co.
LIMITED.
Platinumsmiths and Jewelei
IN HAWAII SINCE 1870
tioned many times with regard to their
authenticity. Many ot the facts that
were stated in this sermon were de
rived from the little pamphlet called
"Defeat or Victory." This pamphlet
was forced to cease its publication in
England because of the strong opposl-
- tlon of those representing the liquor
iiaitii., urn, vwj.v.
lea' and are being printed by the
American Issue Publishing Co. Th
local Anti-Saloon League has a faw
conic and will supply any who wish
! to read this ery interesting book.
BARGAINS IN MelNERNY TRACT jva.
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investigate these
Investment
Propositions
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$20,000 -
UNIVEWITY Hofel &-
CLUB; Richards,
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;TMt piece of
realty bfftre a
splendid location
- for an apartmtnt st
11 hotel cfun" 'or!'
professional office ;
building. ft o w;f
netting a good Irv Uv
corns. Close -to-;
centsr. of .actlvk
'"ties. 7 ;V-:V::: ::
STREET
executive
ground;
$9,000 Pacific Heiahis
This property has not been advertised recently and Is
well worth looking into. Lot (a 10O by 228. View li
truly magnificent, t Garager etc i , j., -
$4,000 Royal Grove 5 J
A very attractive home on a let 60 by 120. .. Good at F
the price.
$13,000 Hauula
Completely furnished. ; ' "V ..JJ
$32,500 Well Located
Large building suited - to- conversion Into rooming-
house. So arranged as to make 24 rooms, or more.
Also 6 cottages now rented at $27.60 per month each. '
Room on lot for 8 more. The large building Is now
returning 6 per cent on asking. price, v '-:-Vt; :';;:
$10,000 Kixig Sti Business Property
in . a prospering oriental business section, y Almost
10,000 square feet. Good income producer,
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' RICHARD H. TRENT, Pres.
CHAS. G. HEISEFL JR Trees.
IRWIN H. BEADLE,, Sec'y.
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Home
Owners
in the
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Cool, fresh country air
Large lots
All city conveniences
Boast of the foUowing, ; t
advantages '
Finely paved etreeta . J
Proximity to a good carllne
Broad outlooks
Congenial neighbors
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A splendid location for yoting folks to begin
their lives together. r
Let us show you the attractions of
this tract. In MakikL Phone 5701
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