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The Pacific commercial advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1856-1888, April 12, 1884, WEEKLY EDITION, Image 6

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Editorial Articles.
FHuM ii u: I'M ly r
ift':rlfi liar fit! ljrii info two of
its charaeteri-tie mistake, in a -ingle
article; oik: an iinaginuti v- mistake
&nd the other a floundering among
tigures. The imaginative one is the
HUpposition that our 'ommrmTeial j
reporter spoke f . cent per lb a- the :
total fall in the- prie of -sugar in the ;
quarter just ended, when he was only j
illustrating the eriou results to the ;
country of the repeated falls in price
whiMi wr bnve been called IHJOIl to j
, -it i ;.wri. '
rhronicle, by showing that a. single ;
fall of J4 cent per lb on one quarter's j
exports represented nearly $100,000. j
The second in in his own calculations j
of what the fall in sugar has been dur- j
ing the past year, in which, after
stating that )i cent per lb Is equal to
$o per ton, he makes one and a half
cents per lb to be equal to $2." per ton,
and one and three-quarter cents to be J
$27 o0 per ton. Somebody in the Ga- '
ztttc oflice evidently needs to go to j
Hi. Alhan's College to learn ari thine- j
tic. '
Communication is interrupted be- j
tween the old semaphore station and j
town and the shipping intelligence j
usually obtained from that quarter is i
no longer forthcoming because there j
is now no one sufliciently interested j
in the line to undertake its repair.
Originally constructed as a pri- j
ate enterprise and subsequently paid
for by .subscriptions raised from our
business men, this line to Telegraph
Hill has for a lengthened period been
;ared for by a firm no longer in busi
ness whose public spirit probably
brought them but little pecuniary ad
vantage. It i time now that it should
he taken in 'hand by the Government
to whom, we feel no doubt, ul! those
entitled to a say in lhe matter will be
willing to see it confided. The news
vbicli it is especially intended tocon
uey is of interest to the whole public
and not merely to a few mercantile
Firms and the line is in consequence
a very proper object of Government
care. This fact has all along been re
cognized by the Legislature which
has provided regularly for the sal
ary of the signal station keeper since
the line was put up. The further ex
pense which the maintenance of the
line and the publication in town of
the shipping news conveyed by it
would entail cannot be a very serious
matter. If a private firm could un
dertake it for so long it is surely not
much to ask of the Government that
the service should be now taken up
for the benefit and provided for out of
the public purse. We have become
so accustomed to have regular ship
ping intelligence from the signal sta
tion that it has become quite a neces
sity and it will he a very poor sign of
the progress and enterprise of the
chief port of the Kingdom if this ser
vice is now to be abandoned.
AVE are informed by Messrs. If.
Hackfeld A: Co. that in future the
steamers of the Pacific Mail S. S. Co.
will not carry either passengers or
cargo between this port and San
Francisco. This new policy is to ex
tend to the steamers which occasion
ally call here on their way from China
an well as to those which run
from Sydney to San Francisco. The
arrangement is presumably the result
of a negotiation between that com
pany and the owners of the eompet- !
ing line. It is a shade bettor in its
treatment of this country than that ;
we heard of as being proposed some;
few months ago, viz.: That the steam
ers carrying the mails between Ails
tralia and California should ei-ae al- j
together to call iiere, thus cutting us
off from ail connection with the Colo
nies and diverting lroiii our .-bores
that stream of tourists and business j
men which has done so much to make '
this country known throughout the!
world and which, from month to '
month, has left behind so many dol- j
Jars in return for sight seeing anil for ;
the products of the land. It is never- '
iheless a vexatious interference with ;
That ought to be the rights of the peo- !
pie of this country. No merchant ;
vessel should be allowed to call regu- j
larly in our ports and refuse to re- '
ceive either pa-seng?rs or freight ifi
she have room for them. .Such a I
thing is absolutely contrary to law in !
ome countries and if it is not so here !
it ought to be. The Pacific Mail
Co. may be indill'ereut to the trade
they have thus, for some considera
tion or other, thrown away. Rut for
the Oceanic .Steamship Co. who may
be supposed to have secured the ar
rangement in the hope of benefitting
by it we consider that it is a very bad
stroke of policy. U will seeure for
them the profit on a certain amount
of passenger and cargo trallie for the 1
present moment but they are sun to !
find in the end that such an attempt j
to contine a trade which is free to all j
carriers within a ehannel prescribed
for it not by natural laws, but by an
individual will must fail in the end
with probably u greater loss than all
the original gain. Another well
equipped and more wealthy company
. 1 11 . , . ,
has cast envious eves on this trade
for some time past and if a monopoly
is established for a little while in the
steam carrying trade between here
ami .San Francisco, we should not beat
all surprised to see it broken in upon in
a manner disastrous to the interests
of those who establish it, and from I
what may probably be to them
a quite unexpected direction. We
very much regret to find ourselves
called upon to make these remarks.
Our earnest and honest support and
applause has been given to the Oce
anic Steamship Co., as one of the
most valuable institutions connected
with the trade of these Islands. But
we are convinced that if they are
responsible for the arrangement we
are discussing,they have taken a step
which must, in the end, prove injuri-
; ous to themselves.
j How inopportune a time too has
i been chosen for the announcement of
J this compact. The companies engaged
! in the steam carrying trade between
this count ry and San Francisco, have
been enjoying subsidies from the Ha-
wanan uovenimeiit as a consiuera
tion for the accommodation they af
forded to the public. With what face
can either of them ask a renewal of
the bonus hitherto granted if they
mutually arrange to reduce,instead of
increasing the accommodation of
which it is a recognition ? The public
cannot view with complacency, a vote
of public funds to a Company which
refuses to carry cargo and pas
sengers between this port and San
Francisco, or to a Company which
uses its influence to deprive the coun
try of facilities which it has long en
joyed. We confess that we are entire
ly perplexed to understand how
shrewd business men can have con
cluded that such an arrangement as
this can prove ultimately successful as
a scheme for profit. We can only as
sume that the success with which cer
tain corporations engaged as public
carriers, have for years past oppressed
California, has blinded their eyes to
the fact that the carrying trade of the
open ocean cannot be monopolised
except by treating it so liberally that
competition ceases to bo desired.
San Fkancisco, March 31t. 1884.
There is no doubt that the newspapers did
a great deal to bring about the state of pub
lic feeling that in turn brought the pressure
to bear cm Governor Stoncman to induce
him to eall that extra, session of which this
is the sixth day. Thee are the days when
it is no fur. at al! to be u Governor ; for no
matter how deep the machinations of the
railroad are; no matter how rich a senatorial
reward the Governor is to reap for his stead
fastness., it is trying to hear the epithets,
knave and fool eonpled with one's name with
the tireless a-siduity that tacks them to
Stoncman's. In the 1- tier of Attorney-General
Marshall, the abuse was something
woie. and being presented with the force
and significance of a State paper, was in
tensely deplored and regretted bv Marshall's j
friends, for it bore a bullying, challenging, j
duelling asp-: widen is becoming more and
more repugnant : m n's feel in;:
The railroads -dipped out in the tax ca.
through the non-eorres-.. .ndence of the Statt
with t)- Federal law. The New Coustitn- j
tie'ii made irs di-viiminatiou in favor of pri- j
vate indiidaais and specially providing that i
railroad eoi'p 'rations -Lould have both their
property and the mortgages nn that proper
ty taxed. by a : 'g; 1 technicality cor
porations are persons and '.he attorneys for
the San Francisco corpor tions e0t their
principals on tax free. Pul'i'e opinion raged.
Stoneman is a great
ldier but no states- i
man at all. It was thou; . . that he was i
gracefully and dutifully ir. railroad leading '
string-, but this extra essjor, eaper i- most 1
amainglv contradict. rv. lb- is a vaeiilatiii" i
man. m.i much the wor-e v the State, and 1
while i: is soothing to thinl. tht the extra
session will devise a mean- for reconciling '
the discrepancy between the-State ami Feder- !
al luw in such a way as to bleed tie- plethoric
i Pint
uses of tie .
P. 11.. it blunts the full
force of the situation that while the hand of
Esau" Stoncman appears in the message to
the Legislature in extra r-e.ioii, the voice is
the voice of .Jacob"' De-lmas. the anti
railroad attorney, urging recognition from
the State to the amount f a 50,000 fee for
services rendered by him in the same immor
tal tax ea-es. The extra session is dull and
! no ono knows how it will turn out. The rail
road commission is to be investigated when
all the members who are bored and consider
it a perfect farce, will resign.
The opera insanity is growing .-lowly and
beautifully less. Colonel Maplcon and
everything that is his are on their eastern
way leaving us to gasp and get over it. It
has been a great time all round, an excite
ment, a stir. It is always good to have
something in the city's life that strikes
sparks, and the Italian opera has roused
eager controversy about the merits of the
two prima donnas, has been the cause of
much dressing and spending of money, and
of much real pleasure to lovers of music for
its own sake, of which there are more than
is known to tin; noisier talkers and clappers
and loungers. The New York papers, getting
eveiything wrong as usual, speak of Maple
son's arrest as if it were an advertising
dodge of Mapleson's own. A ludicrous sub
ject of discussion has grown up out of the
opera season. It suddenly crystallized into
a formula that Mike Do Young wished to get
into society, Everybody threw it into his
'discouse sooner or later, and the world
pricked up its ears. Mr. De Young is the
proprietor of the San Francisco Chronicle
! and as there is not that dignified imperson
ality about the press in San Francisco that
enters into one's ideal of journalism, people
began to scan the columns of the Chronicle
to see if haply they might not discover in
what way its proprietor would use his paper
to assist his recognition among tne. elect.
Then it took form that in some way Mr. Do
Young's social campaign was to comprise an
association with ovations to Adclina Patti and
he accordingly feted her a great deal, so that
j when Patti and Gerster were exhausted as
themes of conversation ono had but to say,
! -'Box A." the proscenium box occupied by
j Mr. De Young and Jus family during the
j season and smiles and chatter and the
formula, "He wants to get into society you
know," instantly burst forth. The illus
trated Wasp saucily caricatured these ru
mored aspirations in a series of clever car
toons, which elicited a broadside from the
Chronicle about leprosy, and the uselessness
of reciprocity in our relations with Hawaii,
articles which the reading public could not
possibly know meant merely that the pro
prietor of the IFitsp had interests in the Ha
waiian Islands. It robs thunder of a great
deal of its terror to see the sheet of zinc it
is made upon.
The death of Prince Leopold, Duke of
A lbany, has put a stop for a moment to the
fun that has been made for a month or more
of the Queen's new book on her Highland
holidays. Leopold had always been known
as a little prince without a skin; but now it
appears the valves of his heart closed weak
ly or insufficiently, he blood rushed into his
lungs, and it was ' Good-night. sweet
prince;" two German marriages postponed
and, perhaps, one English birth accelerated
by the catastrophe.
Charles Loysun, Pere Hyacinthe," has
been here, is here now in fact, and preaches
and. lectures at the different churches . His
j eloquence is of the most fervid description,
knocking over tne sman uesit on me uesk
upon the pulpit, and next sending an em
broidered cover tioating down among his
hearers. Either the piously and the cur
iously inclined have all heard him, or else the
fact that he speaks in French has become
known. Hut for some reason the reverend
man has exhausted his popularity all of a
sudden, and no one goes to hear him; where
as his tirst sermons so filled the churches
that many people were compelled to sit on
the floor. The Catholic papers are very
bitter in their reviews of him, and the Prot
estants think him neither fish, rlesh nor good
red herring, ecclesiastically considered, and
therefore, though eloquent and well-meaning,
not likely to accomplish much in his
self-appointed work of bringing all denom
inations into one church.
Latest Foreign News.
The Oceanic Company's S. Mariposa,
iv-it TTmv.) t-il Mrriv-il nil Tnpviliiv innrn-
; ing, i days, 19 hours and 20 minutes from
I San Francisco. She brings dates to the
j 1st instant. We cull the following news
items :
Cincinnati. March 2. Ten thousand
people gathered in Music Hall to-night in
response to a call by reputable citizens to
take action on the lierner verdict, lierner
having been convicted of a cold-blooded
murder and convicted of manslaughter for
which he was to-day sentenced to 20 years
imprisonment Strong resolutions were
adopted, condemning the verditrt and a
Committee on Legislation appointed. The
meeting was presided over by Lr. A. C.
Kemper, who made a conservative speech,
taking for his topic, " The Prevalence of
Crime Throughout the Whole Country."
He then spoke of the special prevalence of
J the crime of murder in this country and
the necessity of more certainty in the ad-
ministration of punishment for crime. His
remarks were not intended to awaken the
mob .spirit, but when the meeting adjourn-
ed, 'the people, by a common impulse,
moved down to Twelfth street, where
shouts began to be uttered, ''To the jail!"' j
and the crowd moved bodily in that direc
tion. On reaching the jail the mob com
menced an attack on the front door.
Cincinnati, March 20. 12:15 v. m.
The jail has been fired by the mob and
the crowd on the street say they will cut
the hose to prevent the Fire Department
from extinguishing it. The mob seems
to think a wholesale holocaust is the only
means of accomplishing its purpose.
Cincinnati, March 2S. The history of
the crime for which lierner was to-day
sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment is,
briefly, as follows: William H. Kirk was
murdered in his stable last February by
lierner, who stood behind the door, and
when his victim entered smashed his head
with a hammer, robbed him of $100, put
the body into the wagon of the murdered
man, hauled it off and dumped it into
Mill creek, where it was found two days
later. Joe Palmer and William Berner
confessed they did the murder and rob
bery. On the trial lierner testified that
Palmer did the actual murder, while he
only looked on to get a share of the
money. On Monday morning lierner was
found guilty of manslaughter. The ver
dict was declared privately by the Judge j
who tried the case to be an outrage, and
the jury, after leaving the courtroom, were
hooted hy the crowd, with a suggestion
that they should be hanged.
London, March 28 Prince Leopold,
Duke of Albany, the fourth and youngest
son of Queen Victoria, died suddenly to
day at Cannes, France. His death was
due to the effects of a fall received lsst j
evening at the Club Nautique. He died !
in a fit as he was on the point of starting j
for Darmstadt to attend the wedding of j
his niece, Princess Victoria of Hesse. i
The Queen received the news of the
Duke of Albany's death this afternoon and
was profoundly affected. The Prince of
Wales was visiting the Karl of Sefton and
received the news on the Aintree race
course: He returned at once to London.
London, March 29. The remains of
the Duke of Albany have been placed in a
coffin covered with glass, through which
the body is visible. The Gazette orders
the Court to remain in mourning until
May 11th. The same order applies to the
War Office and the Admiralty. The Duke
will be interred in the mausoleum atFrofj- j
more. The Cabinet sat nearly three !
hours. The Ministers were clad in deep-
est mourning. Gladstone will make a !
great effort to be present on Monday and j
move the resolutions of condolence him- !
self. The Prince of Wales has gone to j
Cannes to accompany home the remains !
of his brother. The meeting of the Queen
with the Duchess was most affecting. As '
she entered the park she wa unable to ;
restrain her tears at the sight of her son's j
desolated home. She was weeping bitterly I
when she met the Duchess. Delicate !
health prevented the Duchess from accom- j
panying her husband. Her accouchement
is expected in a few weeks. The Duke at
Cannes on Thursday signed a petition
against the proposed sale of tho island of j
St. Maguerita.
Iu consequence of the Duke's death the j
marriages of the Princess Victoria of j
Hesse and Prince Louis of Hatteuburg
and of the Princess Elizabeth and the
Prince of Anhalt have been postponed.
The Duke of Albany fell on the steps of
the clubhouse atG:30 o'clock on Thursday
evening. He was well enough .afterward
to write a dispatch to the Duchess, stating
he had had a fall and possibly would not
be able to leave for England to-day. The
Duke struck ou his head when ho fell.
Dr. Iioyle, who was sleeping in the Duke's
room, was startled about 2:30 o'clock on
the following morning by the patient's
heavy breathing. He approached the bed
side, saw the Duke was in a tit and imnie-
diately summoned Captain Percival. The 1
crisis was of short duration. In six min- !
utes the Duke expired in the arms of Cap-
tain Percival. His end was apparently i
painless. I
f Prince Leopold was in his thirty-first
year, having been born April 7, He j
was married April 27, 182, to the Prin- i
cess He-lene of Prussia, to whom a daugh- j
ter was born in February of last vear. The I
Prince was created Duke of Albany before i
his marriage. He was always in delicate
health. !
Washington. March 20. The President !
this afternoon nominated Aaron A. Sar- j
gent, Minister to Germany, to bo Minister
to Russia, vice Mr. Hunt, deceased.
London, March 29. The Berlin corres- !
pondentof the Daily New s says : Mr. Sar- j
gent will resign his post at llerlin hzxI
refuse the St. Petersburg mission. It is
evident Ids appointment -o the latter post
was only a previously arranged formality
to facilitate his recall. The Times say-,:
Sargent has resigned ami prefers to re
turn home.
London, March 27. General iiraham
telegraphs this morning that last evening
and night were cool, lteveille was sound
ed this morning at half-past three, and as
quickly as possible troops were got iu
readiness to advance on Tanianieb. The
cavalry were in front and the infantry fol
lowed t)i echelon of brigade .squares. vr:th
guns between the brigades.
A later dispatch says the British advan
ced to-day to Tanianieb. and burned the
village. The Arabs lied. Fightiug i end
ed Suakim, March 27. The British force
began their advance? on Tanianieb at are
this morning. Firing commenced at 7:"0
and was brisk upon both sides. The reb
els were iu larger force than vesterdav.
The English cavalry and mounted infantry
led, and drove the rebels from the rocks,
dispersing tk'eui among the hills. There
were no British casualties. The loss of the
rebels is unknown.
Another dispatch gives these particular
of the brush with the. rebels : The rebels
tired on the British troopers from the rocks
on the left. The cavalry dislodged them
and advancied to within a hundred yards
of Tamauieb. As soon as Graham catue
up, with the infantry and guns, shells
were thrown among the flying Arabs, and
exploded close to them. On reaching Ta
mauieb men and horses made straight for
the wells and slaked their thir.it. After a
brief halt the cavalry moved out to tin
right and left of Vallege in pursuit of the
retiring; foe. The village loithwith was
burned to the ground. General Graham
will explore the regions in the neighbor
hood of the wells of Tanianieb and then
return with his whole force to Suakim.
The campaign is at an end.
The French Government has 2reeuted
the Queen of Tahiti with a gold medal in
memory of her visit to Paris.
London, March 30. It is reported that
on the ICth instant Gen. Gordon mad a
sortie from Khartoum with 3,0i'0 men, two
guns, and a squadron of Bashi-Bazouk
cavrlry, accompanied by three nteaiuers on
the river. The rebels were encountered
near Halfiyck. Sixty of fhe enemy's cav
alry charged tho Bashi-Bazouks, and put
them to llight, causing a panic among in
fantry, who also tied in great disorder. On
nearing the rebels Gen. Gordon drew up
his troops in the form of a sqraio, in which
they were kept until attacked by the ene
my, when the Egyptians turned and lied,
200 of them being slaughteied and three
guns lost. There are enough provisions
at Khartoum to enable the town to hold
out unil winter. ieu. Gordon has return
ed to Khartoum, and notwithstanding thi
check he declares that tho plant is quite
London, March 31. Later advices give
details of Gordon'seiic-omitcr near Halfiyck
on the ICth instant. The rebels pursued
the Egyptians two miles after the battle.
The confusion during the retreat was fear
ful to behold. The Egyptian regulars and
Bashi-liazouks kept shouting that their
generals had betrnved thein. Tho wound
ed r.-eeived no attention for even hours.
The troops had been cbunoiing thiee
weeks before them men the enemy. In
the early part of the encounter the enemy
were actually in full retreat when their
cavalry loade n desperate charge. Despite
this reverse the inhabitants itill icamin
staunch friends to Gordon. One Arab
sent Goidou 1.1)00, as his treasury is
empty. Another Arab equipped 2.(Mj
blacks tor him. Two black pashas ha?
been arrested for chaaging into the n-.nks
of their own troops, thus allowing the en
emy to enter tho gap they made.
Suakin, March 2lh. - The Tonth llur--sars.
the York and Lancaster regiment.,
and the Irish Fusileers have embarked for
England. Sheiks of the Samarar, Dani
lets and Scoorah tribes, who represent
o,000 people, living between Suakim and
Kassala. have come in and promised to as
sist in the capture of Osrnau Ding,
whose prestige has been destroyed.
Meeting of the Hawaiian Bell
Telephone Company.
A special meeting of the Stockholder iu
the Hawaiian Bell Telephone Company was
held at 12::i0 o'clock on Wednesday lat at the
Company'-- offices. Then- were present 31 r.
F. 1'. Adams ; President ) . (.Veil Broun. Y.
(), Smith. John Fna. Jr.. J. F. Cassidy. and
J. F. Brown (Secretary), representiii.:
The Chairman stated that this wa a spe
cial meeting called to consider the question

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