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THE PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ABVERTISEK, AUGUST 19, 1884 CHINESE GORDON. Gordon's career has been feimply that of a restless and eccentric wan derer, seeking employment as fancy prompted him in different parts of the world, but achieving nothing "worthy of remembrance. Family influence, and a sort of Bohemian indifference to money, coupled with a reckless love of adventure, have made him popular with the aris tocracy, and opportunities have been readily afforded him for gratifying his love of change without severing his connection with the British army. He has. been successively a com mander in the service of the Chinese Emperor, a pasha in Egypt, an ex plorer in Central Africa, and an in vestigator of social problems in almost every country in Europe; but we cannot rememuer a single important achievement of his during the whole of his career, except the defeat of the Taeplngs. It would be misleading to describe Gordon as a fanatic. A fanatic must be necessarily devoted to the promo tion of some cause ; but it is difficult to see what has been the mainspring of Gordon's career, except loVe of ad venture unrestrained by any feeling of human life. His famn&icri in China was simply an interference in a domestic quarrel in which neither his own religious nor patriotic feel ings were in any way engaged. Anf anecdote, which is told by an admir ing biographer, illustrates the, respect for human life entertained by Chinese Gordon. Ilaving stormed L.oochow for the Imperialists, the Viceroy pro ceeded to use the victory in Chinese fashion by executing a number of the captives. Gordon, who had vol untarily put himself under the orders of the Chinese Govern mthi't, took ex ception to the proceeding, and hunted up the Viceroy with a revolver with the avowed purpose of shooting him. Eventually, however, he was satis fied with an apology, and went on with his own work of re-establishing the latter's power to immolate fresh batches of victims. On one of his ex ploring expeditions in the Central African wild3 a native wizard was audacious enough to appear On the top of a rock near the river on which Gordon's vessel was passing, and to - 1 X 1 41 express oy gestures uis iiuixuu n me stranger. The heart of the enemy of slavery was moved. He quietly called for a rifle and dropped the reckless scoffer, with the remark that he thought the rock was an un healthy place for him. Gordon tried the experiment of making himself an English Sultan, as a rival to EI Mahdi for the allegiance of the Arabs, but the English garrison at Khar toum, has shown as little inclination to fight under Gordon as under Hicks or Baker. NEW STEAMSHIP LINE. The proposed line between Mexican ports and Japan and China forms the subject of an actual contract between a company and the Government of Mexico. This was entered into in March last, the persons to whom the contract was given being Luis Lanaza, E. G. Vogel and Salvador Malo. There was no talk of including Hono lulu in their route. Their steamers &retocall at all the principal Mexi can ports on the Pacific; and the main lino is to run to Yokohama, Hong kong, Canton and Manila once a month. A handsome subsidy is to be aid by Mexico $19,000 the round trip, and $2,000 per trip to any steam jrs that may be pat on to connect Ibis line with Central American ports rwith those of the United btates. Certain limits are fixed lor rates oi Massacre anu ireiiruu xuv bicuixiciw ut i m t. a. mi i . e tJie-main line are not to be of less ttian 2500 tons, but higher speed than tin knots is not stipulated for. As the final port of departure from the Mexican coast will most probably be either Mazatlan or La . Paz these Islands will not lie in the direct route for Yokohama. The divergence, how ever, would be much Ies3 than in the case of the steamers running between San Francisco and that port, so a comparatively light inducement will -erve to make them a call at 4,uf port. A great interest is taken in this line by the business men in Mex ico, who are at present almost en tirely supplied with the wares of China and Japan through trans shipments from European ports. They look forward to the establish ment of this line, and the completion forces to establish branch houses in China and Japan for the purpose of establishing direct trade both ways across the Pacific. We think it is about time our con temporaries understood that personal journalism is not acceptable to this community. If these newspapers of the railway City of Mexico to Aca pulco as the means of reversing this, and it is reported that several large importing houres are joining their gave less attention to the affairs of their neighbors, and devoted them selves to the promotion of the interests of these Islands, they would be much more acceptable to their subscribers. It is positively scandalous that day after day their columns teem with these disgusting attacks. This is not proper, and offends the fine sense of the respectable element of the com munity. Even our intelligent and usually conservative contemporary, the Hawaiian, has gone to the extent of applying the term "sewer" tothid journal This is shocking and hurtful to the feelings. It is cruel irony, and beneath the calm, elevated and intel lectual tone of our esteemed contem porary. We can let it pass this time, but if it occurs again we shall really be compelled, in self-defence, to make some severe remarks about the Ha waiian. The luau given by the Honolulu Rifles and the King's Own, on Wed nesday evening, to the members of the Legislature was, in every respect, a most remarkable success. The com mittee, whose care it was to arrange the illuminations "of the grounds, proved themselves gentlemen of rare taste, promptitude, and energy. The approach to the feast was really a fairy, scene a wilderness of lights. The tables were superbly arranged,! and here the indefatigable George Fassett, who is equal to every occa-1 sion, and who not only caters in ' princely style, but makes a symphony in the viands, is entitled to the laurel crown. It was the personification of abundance. There were speeches, songs and music, and had Dull Care but come within earshot of that merry crowd, he would have fled, shrieking into the darkness in dis may at a healthy forgetfulness of the bitter burdens of life. We understand that the Chinese stockholders of the Dismal Bladder kick like mules against assessment, No. 7. We observe in our contem porary columns that "at a meeting held Saturday evening, August 2nd, it was decided to sell 500 shares of the Company's stock." It cannot be done, neighbor.. Chinatown is already glut ted with stock, and we imagine it would be difficult to give away those 500 shares. The idea of selling them is altogether out of the question. Hard times has got a tight grip of our neighbor. So far there has been little or no spirit of retrenchment shown by the members of the Legislature, the sala ries of the Ministers only having so far been reduced, and this only to the extent of $4,000, or 1,000 each for the biennial period, His Majesty's Privy Purse and Royal State has again passed at $50,000, the salary of His Majesty's Chamberlain has been placed at the original figure, as also have the salaries of Civil Engineer, Postmaster-General and several other individuals whose salaries it was pro posed to reduce. The Royal Message had the immediate effect of organiz ing a torchlight procession at a few hours notice, and permitting the 4 ' Loyal Opposition" tb indulge in a little outdoor oratory, inspired with a feeling that the milenium had come at last. The rowcrof Music Living in the suburbs as you do I should think you would find it necessary to keep a watch dog," said a well-known Honolulu gentlemen to a friend. "I have tried it several times," was the reply, "but they won't stay about the house. I can't keep a dog without chaining him up, and that interferes with his useful ness." Just then the gentleman's daughter began singing the passionate melody, "Wait till the clouds roll by, Jennie," and as the first speaker hurried away ho muttered under his breath: "No wonder the dog won't stay about the houre." EN ROUTE FOR THE GILBERT ISLANDS. (A friend of the writer, after reading the Article published under the above title in the P. C. Advextiseb, a few days ago, in quires " Who is Tasmania, and 'Billings,' and where were you going with 'Gilbert Islanders' " questions which may be an swered somewhat as follows.) The first purpose of the voyage of the Julia was to take back to their homes in the Gilbertlslands, formerly known as the "Kingsmill Group," something more than two hundred natives of the group whose terms of service of three years on plantations in the Hawaiian Islands had expired. The main hold of the Julia was comfortably fitted to carry the natives, men, women and children, and a neat cabin had been built on deck for the accomodation of the officers of the vessel, two passengers and the writer. The first two or three days out were passed in arranging the many and miscellaneous articles that had been placed on board at the last moment, and in re-arranging the internal econ omy of those of us to whom the ocean was antagonistic. Upon this episode in the voyage I do not care to dwell. It is all over with now, past and gone, and its details, like its substance may remain "in the deep bosom of the ocean buried.'' Soon we began to get acquainted with each other. There was the Cap tain, of portly presence, genial and hearty, of many years' experience in the Arctic and the South seas, and still a young man; the Mate, still younger but of the sea, salty; Nantucket born, ocean bred, active and snappy; Smith, second mate and carpenter; and fin ally, Loui, the Chinese steward, born not made such, combining all the good qualities of his race with a low, soft whistle borrowed from Yankee dom. For sailors the Julia had six natives of the little island of Rotomah, which lies just north of the Fiji group, who were rather more at home on the ocean than anywhere else. Our two passengers were as diame trically opposed to each other as two men could well be and live in the same state-room for weeks without a difference. One hailed from way down East, the other from far-off Tasmania. The Yankee was extraordinarily long and lank of limb, with a shrewd, keen, pain-worn face he was travel ing for his health and a fund of queer stories with which he often enter tained us. We called him "Billings,'' and he called himself 'Josh," which was just as good better, in fact in the estimation of our Chinese steward. The Tasmanian was of a different stamp. He was always quoting from the Decameron, Ovid's Metamorpho sis, Shakespeare's minor poems, and Byron's Don Juan, and had embarked on this voyage in the hope that in the isles of the South Seas he might realize the delights of a life free from the trammels of civilized convention alities. As far as the strict rule, en forced by the Captain, of keeping the two classes of passengers, the natives and foreigners, apart from each other would allow, Tasmania made the physical peculiarities of the Gilbert Islanders his special study, and often dilated upon the subject at great length. Of course, in the crowd of two hun dred and twenty there were some characters," but the fact that there was but about one-fourth of one per cent, of the whole that displayed any originality went far to prove how common-place the greater part of humanity is. Amongst the "originals" was " Moses, the Patriarch," who was so named on account of his immense shock of white hair and full beard, the last an uncommon thins amongst these people, and a habit he had of laying down the law from the vantage ground of the top of the cook's galley, on which he camped night and day. There was " The Daddy of All," who always had a crowd of children swarm ing over hiroy hauling his old felt hat about his ears, doing wonderful things with his legs in the way of improvis ing them into hollows and angles of repose, crowding together within the circle of his arms, and eternally squabbling and fighting over him. There was, also, "The Princess," a haughty-ey.ed young girl who rarely spoke to any one, and when she did 'twas imperiously. She bad her fe male attendants always about her, dressing her glossy hair or caring for a little naked Cupid about a year old, whom she claimed as her own. As the daughter of a chief she had se lected a snug place on board as far aft as the rules of the vessel permitted, and now that she was nearing her home again, after a three years ab sence, re-assumed the dignity proper to her exalted station in island life. There was the "Merry Andrew" of the crowd who was always playing jokes or having them played on him. He it was who was the most skillful performer on the jews-harp, the most dexterous amongst the men at "cats cradle,'' could beat even Billings no mean player at draughts, and cheat at cards in the most innocent manner possible. Then there was that scourge of the Pacific and elsewhere that terror ot the village, that destroyer of peace, "The Scold!" She of the snappy eyes, sharp and snakey, thin elf locks widely scattered about, and a lean tough old throat, in which, when she breathed hard, could be heard a rattling as if the teeth that were missing from her jaws had lodged thee when knocked out, as we con jectured, by some despairing husband before he made away with himself. She it was who established herself on top of one of the two large wooden water tanks that stood on deck lashed to the mainmast, and while she braided long lengths of hair cord, or mechanically plied the shuttle and knotted the meshes of some hand nets, found fault with everytbing and everybody until the clattering chatter of her tongue was temporarily checked by the threat that she would be sent below and "made fast" unless she kept quiet. Besides these leading characters there were many supernumeraries who filled up the gaps in the play, as it were. Moses had an. audience who listened to his dogmatic utterances in the spirit of the Athenians of old; some scoffed, and others said they would hear him again on those mat ters none really believed in him. The Daddy was never at xeace: for when he was not monopolized by little children, he was surrounded by a bevy of older girls, at which times the envious Tasmanian used to compare him to Selinus decked with blossoms, and they tormented the old man de lightfully. As for The Scold her shrill monologues were often supplemented by a chorus from the hold, where a group of old women generally basked in the square of sunlight beneath the open hatch. Three times each day, at breakfast, dinner and tea, an erup tion of tin pots, pans and spoons broke out over the whole ship, raging with the greatest violence about the cook's galley for a while and then subsiding. It is, perhaps, needless to say that noise was the one pervading feature of the sixteen days run to the Gilbert group; but as it was of a good natured character, it did not alarm so much as annoy, and even this feeling after a while passed away and as boiler makers sweetly slumber in the din of their shops, so we secured rest in spite of the racket around us. POPPING TIIK QUESTION. A Few FactH from lIiIIosojIier Who Wonltl Pop. Popping the question is a strictly mas culine institution, though it involves the presence of a woman.l If a man popped all alone and no woman to catch on to his pop, he'd be a blamed fool for his trouble. Men have been known to pop at all times and in a variety of places, but thoso who have been there say that a good solid pop over a garden gate lays over any other sort of a pop, and is the happiest kind of a pop. All women like to hear a man pop his poppiest, and have been known to get mad if the pop was a werk, sickly kind of a pop, without style, self-respect or force of character. Men get off the best kind! of a pop when they have both of their girl's hands in their own, or have one of their arms around her waist. This action gives tone and force to the pop. Helps to hold the fellow up while making it. Some fellows take naturally to popping and are going off all the time. To others it is a painful and laborious proceeding only to be attempted once in a lifetime, and then only as small a pop as they can possibly get away with. When a fellow's pop is acceptable to a girl, it instantly involves a kiss ; when it is not acceptable, kissing is not involved. When a fellow pops he always pops at his best girl." No fellow ever pops at his second or third best girl. There is no ex ception to this rule. Popping is a very ancient and honorable institution and the girls like it. Agirlwho has never heard a pop never confesses as much. She invents a pop so that the other girls cannot get the dead wood on her. We believe in popping, and shall probably experiment in that direction some day. Winnipeg Sittings, IiSIANO NOTES. EoiiAZJi, August 14th. If the roads in this district are not soon put in repair some serious accident will occur. The bridges are actually dangerous in some localities, and the suporrisor says he can get no money to fix them. Wherever the fault lies it is a shameful neglect of duty. Less Supervisor-Generals and more work on this road is what we want. It wouid he qui to a convenience to the public if the Station Agent at Ilalawa would either stay at his post or else leavo his key where parties after freight can find it. It is not just the thing to oblige expensive excur sions for freight to be repeated several times in order to obtain goods sent by railroad. Planters have other work to attend to at this season of the year. A Queen Emma has been in town for soma time, and has received a great deal of at ten- tion from all nationalities. She was spe cially entertained by Messrs. Kynnersly, Kaai, Eekipi and Puahi. One of the overseers of tho Kehala Sugar Company was arrested for striking a Tortm guese boy about 11 years of age and was . fined for the fun he had had. The boy has ince been arrested for refusing to works when he claimed to be sick. Our Sheriff arrested a largo number of Chinamen a short time since for having more liquor of an intoxicating nature than was absolutely necessary for their health. The entertainment given at tho club in honor of Queen Emma by Messrs. Kynnersly was a brilliant and well attended affair in spite of the terrible night on which it was held, and the fine toilots would have done honor to a much larger place. A petition is being circulated and very thoroughly signed, asking tho Minister of Interior to encourage tho immigration of more Chinese. They are by far the most re liable labor we havfl, and much more peace ably inclined than any other class. The only objection to them is that the merchants cannot make so much out of them as of other nationalities, but it is cheap sugar that is the great question now in this Kingdom. We learn that in tho suit of Akiona vs. K. S. Co., tho former took tho stakes. It is full as well to deal gently with the erring ones" if you don't want to pay for the music. The Dramatic Hall and drug store haro been sold to the " Lock Shin Tong" society, and Dr. Thompson will move his olfico to his new residence in Makapala. We are told .that several Portuguese in the employ of the Star Jlill Company have been released from their rnt.rn.rt liv rnVlnv tit Judge Hart, on tho ground that they were not legally shipped to that concern. Mr. Evert appeals to Honolulu. A New Air General Ilussel Thayer, civil engineer and superintendent of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, believes that he has at last succeeded in inventing an air-ship that will make thirty-fivo miles an hour. As described by the Times, tho ship consists of two parts, tho part which enables it to float and tho deck. The buoyant part is made of strong silk and rubber, und is filled with hydrogen gas. In shape it is a circular spindle. It is 147 feet long by 40 feet in diameter midships. Below the buoyant part and securely biaced and supported from it is tho deck, where the machinery is placed, and where passengers and freight can bo accommodated. Op posite tho center of the ship is a lower deck completely enclosed and shut off" from the rest of the structure, in which are located the boiler and fire. From tho cylinder of the Hteel-air compressor on the deck a pipe leads all or part of tho force wasted in the production of motion to the rear of the ship, whero a nozzle fitted on a ball and socket joint permits the wasted forco to be discharged into the ail in gtny direction. This discharge steers the ship, and makes a rudder unnecessary. In the interior of tho buyant part of the ship is placed a large silk sack connected with the air compressor on tho deck Four cylinders filled with compressed hydrogen aro placed on the deck, and. these are connected with the buoyant part by tubes furnished with cocks. These appliances enable the ship to travel at any desired elevation above tho earth, and to ascend or descend without the use of ballast. By withdrawing hydrogen from the buoyant part uvQl forcing air from the compressor into tho silk sack within the buyant part of thejbuoyancy is diminished, while tho exterior form is not changed, and the reverse of this operation will restore the buoyancy and cause the ship to ascend. It is purposed to travel at an elevation of a few hundred feet only, sufficient to clear terrestrial objects. Greely is gaining strength. He ha3 been feted and banquetted by the leading citizens of St. Johns. The relief party will arrive in New York simultaneously.