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STAR, TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, t 1910. v ' ftiun " ' - , 1 ! .f ' E i! DAILY AND SEMI-WEEKLY. eublished every afternoon (except Sunday) by the Hawaiian Stab Newspapek Association. THE STAR ACCEPTS NO LIQUOR ADVERTISEMENTS. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Local, per annum Foreien. ner annum Payable in Advance. Entered at Post Offlce at Honolulu. Hawaii, as second class mall matter, $ 8.0C 12.00 Subscribers who do not get their papers reoularly will confer a favor notlfvlha the Star Office! Telephone 365. The Supreme Court of the Territory of Hawaii has declared both THE UMiiiiutl CT-An n.t1.. -rJ TUP RPM iWEtKLY SIMM novyouawoi a of Qeneral circulation throughout the Territory of Hawaii, ('suitable for ad- verftlslng proceedings, orders, judgments ana) qccrco v. - (n the Courto of the Territory of Hawaii." tub uavamiam star should not be addressed to any in- jl.ij..,. with h nice, hut elmnlv to THE HAWAIIAN STAR, op to the Editorial or Business Departments, according to tenor or purpose. GEORGE F. HENSHALL EDITOR. TUESDAY JANUARY 4, iQio Having this BN.CK TO THE PARTIES. law and a spirit of non-partisanship in local politics has been watched with much interest ihire. the last election of a United btatc? Senator was a scandalous affair. It has been found that the direct primary system, doing away with party conventions, resulted in endless rnnfiisinu and the men able to fight their way to the top of the mess f i, din nnn-lit tn he there. The result now is genera return to the party convention system not the absolute straight tick- ct plan, but a system 01 pariy urgaiiizauuii. uii.u v 4. im crrp.nt nnrtips will fiffht us before. Without sticl a system, the better elements are almost certain either to split up into illifv nnp another's efforts, or to retire altogether in disgust. . Says the Portland Oregoman : Mm have a ritrht to associate in parties. right, they have also the right to use all honorable means 10 carry their purposes into practice and action. Men of sense and judgment can not expect, do not expect, to pursue each for himself, a separate and disconnected part. It is right, as necessary, therefore, to combine,- to come to agreement, for concerted action in the primary election. This is all that the ' convention or assemble means. Organization is indispensable to party action. Nothing can be effected without it. Here the representative system must come in. Here is demonstra tion of- the necessity of consultation before the primary. The primary, without the direction or guidance thus proposed, will split the dominant party of a State into its separate units. It will prevent or defeat all combination of men having general common ideas about the welfare of the State for the measures nccesary to preserve and promote them. Party is nothing, in itself, indeed but it is an indispensable agent and factor, for support of any sane and definite policy in government of the people, for the people, and by the people. The minority party in a State may pretend to think otherwise, but it will always hold together and fight for its purposes, nevertheless. One of its favorite methods while it sticks to its own party ideals is to pretend there is nothing i n party that should hold the allegiance or the attention of the opposition majority. Of vthis insincerity there have been exhibits in Oregon, enough to open men's eyes. In a free country there is no wavto effect any thing in politics except through party -organization. r Our office the Place is or where people furnished ished other seeking unfurn- cottages, and people having such places for rent, most often meet. That Is why our rental de partment Is always so busy. TRENT TRUST CO., ii ALAMEDA "T ALUS has hoen the S. S. 1U5 Tho following wireless received by the agents of Alameda: ' "January 3, 1910. "Alameda 8 p. m. All well G5 cabin passengers 15 steerage. 286 sacks mall and Wells Fargo express, tons cargo." DANGER FROM CROUP. A few minutes delay In treating somo cases of croup, even the length of time It takes to go Xor a doctor often proves dangerous. The safest way Is to keep Chamberlain's Cough Remedy In the house, and at tho first indica tion of croup give tho child a dose, Pleasant to tako and always cures. For sale by all dealers, Berison Smith & Co, agents for Hawaii. Fine Job Printing, Star Offlca. commercial News BY L. D. TIMMONS. Subscriptions to the Kaimuki observatory fund have been coming in fast. But there is more needed. Everyone, should try to help, no matter in how small a way, to give Honolulu a fine astronomical obscr- v'atory. A WONDERFUL HEAVENLY VISITOR'. , Halley, whose name is given to the comet now on its way toward this planet,- was the first to identify the comet which he sawand ob served in 1682 with that "observed by Apian in 1 531 and by Kepler in 1607, and he predicted that it would again swim into our ken in 1758, ' says the London Globe. As a matter of fact the comet reappeared in i7;o. and since Halley's time it has been traced back to B. C. n,re- r.nrrinfr at -intervals of from 7; to i-J. vears, and Cowell and .Croin- inelin have found themselves justified in adding to this table, backward, the years B. C. 87 (May) and 240 (May), with no identification possible for the immediate return in June, 163 B. C. though comets are vaguely mentioned in the years 166 and 165. Hind treated as Halley's a comet' which appeared in July, 1223, and was regarded as the precursor of the death of Rhilip Augustus, king cf France. In the April of the year 1066, the year in which the Norman conquest took place, a Remarkable comet attracted the attention of all Eur"t.e. In England it was sieved with especial alarm, and the s-.:e- "ft cess or the iNorman invasion anu me ueaiii 01 naroiu were aunuuieu account of the reign of the Emperor Constantinus Dutas (whose death occurred in May, 1067), describes a comet which was as large as the full moon, and at first was without a tail, on the appearance of which it (.which presumably means the head) diminished in size. This transformation accords with the Chinese accounts, wRich describe the comet's path among the stars, in Chinese fashion with great elaboration. The Chinese say that this object was visible for 67 day ;, after which "the star, the vapour, and the comet" all disappeared. . It seems fairly certain that this was Halley's comet. At any rate it was . . the immortalized in the famous Bayeux tapestry. The Chinese record two comets, one in July, 65, which remained '.. visible for 56 days, and the other in February, 66, which, remained visible 50 days. Hind suggestion that most likely the last named was Halley's comet, if the perihelion passage took place at the end of Janu ary, and Cowell and Crommelin 'have denfinitely confirmed this. Not improbably it was the sign recorded as having hung over the city of Jerusalem before the commencement of the war which terminated in the destruction of the holy city. 1 Josephus says that several prodigies announced the destruction of Jerusalem. "Among other warnings, a comet, of the kind called Xip hias, because their tails appear to represent the blade of a sword, was seen above the city, for the space of a whole year." Josephus rebuked his countrymen for listening to false jjrophets while so notable a s-'gn was in the heavens. A begli nlng was mndo yesterday In tie way of- actual sales of stock fol lowing the ' holidays, transactions in both Hawaiian Commercial and Ewa having bceii'put through. Of tho former. 35 sharesl'ound a buyer at ?38 which was an advance of a dollar over previous sales. This advance was due in a large measure to U16 official an nouncement of increase of dividends. At the close of the session ?37.75 was bid and ?38 as-.ked for the stock. Between boards 25 and 175 Ewa sold at 32.25. This morning on 'Change 5 shares changed bauds at $32.25. As this follow- hea'vy dividends the figure Is considered good. For the stock $32 was still bid and $32.50 asked. I BABBITT AT WORK. W. II. Babbitt, the new laborTustler of the Planters' Association, has es tablishes his desk inside the assembly' hall of tho .Association in the Judd building. This will be his headquar ters unil hist departure In the near future for Porto Rico, where he will go to enlist for the. cane fields sucli relations of laborers now here as may care to Come to these isianas. lur. Babblttt stated this morning that It had not been decided who would ac company him On his labor quests. is taken to mean that he will finish up his business this week. SAKE" CASES' LOST. Tho cable from Washington to the effect that the Supreme Court has de cided sake to bo a wine means that Tom Fitch and his local clients have lost their long-drawn out case. And it has been an expensive proposition Fitch and Johnson, the latter a cus toms broker, took this case years ago. They felt so certain of winning that they accepted the fight on condition that they be paid so much when vic tory had been achieved. But the case hung Are. Tho Supreme Court took Its time. Johnson died and Colonel Thomas needed money for expenses, Ho first collected nearly $2,000 and lat- ; Big Sale of "1910 Styles T 1 1 ' i , in Ladies I III Y -r . II 111 A nmn II 1 vv aiio 1 1 11 I W I 1 I JORDAN'S j BEFORE THE NEW YEAR fOnsllnued tm Page Flve.l Les t Yll Fill Get a Diary Complete stock of Excelsior Diaries, both office and pocket. Leather and cloth covers. Hawaiian News Company, Ltd., Alexander Young Building. 9 m The Alameda sailing Jan. 12 Is our next fruit boat. Isiat-d Fruit Co. 72 King Street. Phdne 15 POLLITZ TO RETURN. Ed. Pollitz slated this morning that he would return to San Krancisco by the Siberia sailing next Saturday. When he came down it was understood that he would' remain a couple or months, pnd the shortening of his stav ings, special investigations, etc.. to settle the' little sncstion of whether sake is a beer or a wine. There have been decisions-both ways by most learned authorities. The New York court of appraisers, naturally re garded as the highest authority in the land in tariff matters, unanimous ly decided in favor of the importers. The Supreme. Court of the Unit ed States yesterday decided the matter the other way. Such litigation, while decisive, is not convincing. No one need change his opinion 011 account of rulings arrived at in this way, there, is no assurance that justice is done. Suppose Peary had not reached the Pole, but had cojue back a year or so from now, or had perished in the Arctic, what would have been Cook's status? Might he not have passed into history as the discoverer of the North Pole? Butternut Bread f PEOPLE TELL US THE BREAD FROM OUR OVENS IS BETTER THAN IT HAS EVEN BEEN. IF YOU ARE NOT A CUSTOMER NOW IS THE TIME TO 'ENROLL, -wrrt 5 TT tc m -r-! in T7 .. i. 1 TT.. : T1 o i i & JC JaJLACH. SUr JC MZ , XJUIUIIII UU1U11. J. Il'JIlU Oil The Supreme Court of the United States, after ten years succession cf contradicting. decisions, has decided that sake is wine. It ought now to have time to give proper consideration to the treasury depart ment ruling that an oyster is a wild animal. No matter which wav it is looked at. Uncle Sam takes the riolar honors. He either has two discoveries, or one discoverer and the best ifake in recent history. ' . . ., ' The sake decision in Washington costs this community over a million dollars. The manner in which it was finally reached exempli r'ifies well the absurdity of our modern legal procedure. Volumes of .arguments have been pourned forth and vast sums spent in court hcar- , s FOLLOWING DIR.CTIONS. Hold still there! bad slst to ye! tho missus- said to stuff yo wll chest I More I The Ha Light ... and Less Current i Our new Gem lamps will give you 20 per cent, more light and ten per cent, reduction in current over the ordinary 16-cp lamp. Price $3.00 a Dozen We advise the use of these Gem 50-watt lamps ,in . place of the regular 16-cp lamps. aa awanan tiectric uo., In The New Year By Using An Ansco Camera Ansco Films and Cyko Paper And gee The Results F1LH5 at COAST PRICES GURREY'S FORT 'NEAR HOTEL 1 l nuts an' I'm going to do It If xe choke. ' '