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r.. . J t - 7! J I - T i -JL - ' f y s - : ) ii . i 1; If; !H .1 ; I Vol. XXX,No. 10. The Weekly Pacific IS PUBIjISHED EVERY TUESDAY MOBNING. Tovrn and Islund Subscriptions, when paid in ad vance, S3 a year; $2.50 for ebc months. Vceeixn Subscription?, $6.30 per year, Including poitagn. THE DAILY Pacific Commercial Advertiser,. Per annum ...... Ulr Mnn Vi a $8 00 500 ITU.. . - Per month Per week Daily ud Weekly together to one subacri 0 25 ber, per annum 12 uO 5f 80B8CEIPTIOKa PATABLK AI.WATS IJf ADVANCE. tCT Communications from all parts of the Ta clfic -will always be rery acceptable. rr Peraons residing in any part of the' United States can remit the amount of subscription dues for these papers by Postal Money Order. COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1S84. DROP THE CURTAIN. The Opposition gave its final wobblo Thursday morning, and then expired. It was a fitting close to its political history, an appropriate ending to a career where so much had been at tempted and' nothing accomplished. The Indemnity Bill was the special order of the day, but up to 10:30 there was not a quorum present. The gen- Tlomen of the ODDosition had con- eluded to stay away with the honor-I ahle exceptions of Nobles CR. Bishop, J. Mott Smith, and Representatives Richardson and Sanford B. Dole, who evidently did not coincide with the other gentlemen of their party in the belief that the public Hawaiian etiquette, and the cus business should be neglected because Jpms of all monarchical states, forbid tho Indemnity Bill was before the House. They took their seats, ana spoke and voted against the bill. The amendment introduced ny j. jioit . , , Smith was unanimously accepted, and the Indemnity Bill was passed. Now, if tho members of the Oppo- licly, bnt it re-acts by casting a last ;ition nartv had mustered and regis- stain upon the people." sition party tered their votes against this bill, we . are sure the gentlemen whose opinions they represent in this community would have had much more respect for them. Wo cannot imagine what they hoped to accomplish by neglect- in their duties to the people?. It - - was, to .-ay the least, a childish, sulky W1V o f flisnhiviii!? their animus. It v J tj rr placed them in an absurd light, and but confirmed the generally enter tained opinion that their fight from the beginning to the close was badly managed. The gentlemen who would not con sent to go on record as parties to Thursday's childish attempt, Messrs. Bishop, Dole, MU Smith and Rich ardson, aro entitled to all credit for their firmness and good sense. Throughout tne session Mr. Dole's speeches have been the most moder ate and most logical of any delivered by the active members of the Oppo- . .... I sition. P.ut araoncr that class were a - 4J lew iioi-ucaueu, viuiuui, uiuii ii"-"- j bers who never got on their feet with out injury to the cause their advocacy finally ruined. They called to their .aid a newspaper, into which every thing too malignant for the House was infused; they spoke through this paper; it was the echo of their senti ments; it was brimful every evening of the most biting personalities; the conservative members of their party deprecated the indecency of this warfare, but there was no stem ming the torrent of vituperation and .scandal. The Advertiser was in full sympathy with the Opposition at the start. Over and over again to HONOLULU. H. we declared that a good healthy liberal-minded opposition was a most valuable adjunct to good government. We deplored the personal nature of the contest, and showed how much more effective a fight would be made werfe the acts of the Ministry, and not the Ministers, assailed. But nothing under heaven could have de- terred certain members of that party, eggod on by gentlemen as malignant' as themselves, from neglecting the true issues of the work before them in their-efforts to pillory one man. And this is the result. At almost the last day of the session the fiasco is crowned with an abortive effort at political filibustering, for the tactics of Thursday's proceeding come under that head. King down the curtain, for we have seen the last act. Turn the electric light on the closing tab leau, and keep the boys in the gallery from making a noise. Let the audience feel about for their umbrella checks, for the play is over, and they will go out in the rain directly. It began as a tragedy, and the first scene was ushered in amid gloom and thunder. It ended as a farce, though the materials for the tragic were there, but the actors were deficient in their parts. Put out the lights, noil fliQ franllomanla naritorroo olmtrn bv-ui.muu Uvs.i, me bqueuKing iuuc siuueun iwuicn acted as the orchestra) into its green baize bag, and let us thank the .Lord that we have received our money's worth. THE KINO AND THE NEWSPAPERS Mb. S. M. Damon has written a letter to the Bulletin, which appeared in the columns of that journal last I Friday. Mr. Damon's theme was the attitude af the Bulletin towards the King, and the propriety of dis- cussing iis majesty in mat or any other newspaper. He says: ter tne newapaper arena and defend his reputation and his honor, which you so ruthlessly assail. , discuss His Majesty's supposed acts in the manner vour naner directs, is not only to throw a slur upon him pub- We perfectly and sincerely agree with Mr. Damon. AVe like the tone of his letter, which is manly, logical and straightforward. He places him self on neither one side or the other, but quietly and forcibly point out tho error of which the journal he ad dresses is guilty. Ho might have added that because the Chief of the State is forbiddeu to enter the news paper arena, to attack him is coward ly. But Mr. Damon, as a Hawaiian subject, simply criticises the act of tho newspaper without condemning the sentiment, though the inference of the condemnation is plain enough. Again, he says: "One more answer to your ques tion, and tins is iocs not your ques tion, anil especially what follows your question, simply prove that the party to winch you belong has forsaken their principles, and the principles which guide all countries with a con- stitutional basis, when it asserts that the question of responsibility can be a. . r l c . i a . transferred from the representatives of the people and the Ministers of the Crown, to the throne? It would seem that you are willing to yield the very essence of liberal ideas." Mr. Damon gets to the very kernel of the argument when he speaks of the attempt to transfer the responsi bility from the Representatives and the Ministers to the throne. Now, let us see what the Bulletin has in re ply to this dignified and convincing argument. Magna Charta, that an cient apology for all sorts of indecency which has been handed down to anti Government newspapers from time immemorial. If the syndicate of lawyers, the bright glowing legal in tellects which stands behind this nasty v-tniimiiiinnj,,,, hmtm uiw"-nwi ininui iimn miiwimiiiiiiim i WEEKLY EDITION. L, TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 2. 1884 ! . I r little circular, editing it, advising it, j and dumping into it all their malign- ity, could make no better reply, we would not employ them to defend lame our arrested for vagrancy. We can adduce no stronger arguments against the course of this sour-brained publication than Mr. Damon has of - ferred. "Were I alone," he says, "in these ideas, I would not pretend to addresa you on this subject, but I feel that I have the support - of many of our sober-minded and intelligent citi- zeus of all nationalities, who would, in common with myself, deprecate all attempts to impeach the honor of the Sovereign." But the impeachment of the honor of His Majesty from such a source is a compliment. Praise and commenda tion would indicate that the Sover- eign of these islands and the Bulletin j syndicate are harmonious on some points, and this supposition would be the most grievous and unpardonable insult that Majesty. could be offered His " PERNICIOUS FOREIGNERS. A recent letter from Mexico con tains the followiner: "Mr. P. M. San- vjiIIp. editor of a Frnnh nanprcallod I . .... . Trait d Union, having, in several is- SIlpa of fhftt. nanfir. mad insultiiit? r- marks about the country and the President of the Republic, etc., was, as per Article 33 of the Mexican Con stitution, expelled from the country as a 'pernicious foreifrner.' He was taken a prisoner, and sent as such to the fort at Vera Cruz, where be was kept in close confinement until .the sailing of the American steamer for New York, with instructions never I to return to Mexico." The necessity of dealing with the "pernicious foreigner" seems to have been overlooked by King Ka meha V and his councillors. True ways and means have been found to rid the country of such people. The thing was easy and not uncommon in the old days of a despotic monarchy, ruling under the influence of such men as Bingham, and the custom in a modined form has descended almost to our own day. Only of late years it has been necessary to lay traps for the unwary feet of such for eigners as become "pernicious" in the eyes of influential people, such as har- - 1 A A assing tnem witn prosecutions on trumped-up charges and so forth. The old methods are, however, pretty nearly played out, and it might be well if the Assembly used the leisure which the King has afforded it to frame a constitutional amendment, modeled on Article33of the Constitu tion of Mexico. We mention this in the interests of tho Independent party, who tell us they are sure to come into power before many years are past. When that time ai rives they will want to get rid of some ot tne "pernicious loreiguers" who are plaguing them at present, and it will be well for their conscience if tiiese modern Binghams should have an "Article 33" available, instead of having to resort to crooked ways for the accomplishment of their objects, and, after all, the chagrin of failure added to their remorse. It is not probable that if we had this Mexican law here any foreigner would be likely to find himself in Mr. Sauvalle's position for the offense of making insulting remarks about the country and the King. In this highly developed community, it i3 reserved to the chickens hatched in the land to busy themselves with the fouling of the nest. The insufferable heat of the weather is seriously imperilling the immortal souls of this community. We have heard with grief some our most re ligious people use curse words when toying with their moist brows. 1 U Lin r o t t BACKING DOWN. j M. Ferry's demand that Chi na pay I an indemnity of $3,000,000 for the attack on French troops; at Langson, was outrageous. The attack was un- j authorized by the Chinese Govern- j ment, which offered a prompt aplogy j and a reasonable indemnity. But the French Premier affected the greatest indignation iu the presence of the Chinese Embassador in Paris, almost refused to listen to any explanation, and talked as though nothing short of the annexation of the whole celes- tial empire would appease France. Evidently he bad forgotten the time when Julius Fevre and Adolph Thiers pleaded -for mercy at the hands of Bismarck when the German armies were encamped within the walls of Paris. Although Bismarck had a thousandfold better reason for exact- ing the pound of flesh than M. Ferry, he showed an infinitely better temper, more courtesy, and more generosity and forbearance. France had been the aggressor. The great statesman only proposed to punish her and make her pay fhe cost of the war. In this case China is no aggressor. She is the victim of French ambition, and because she cannot help herself in I rn ; luu xouquiu matter, ai. rcrry pro- posed to take advantage of her weak- ness. Compared with his demands, those of Germany were the prompt ings of a benevolent heart. Fortunately for China, however. still more fortunately for the reputa tion of France, M. Ferry has decided to be less exacting. He will not de clare war or require the annexation of the Chinese empire he will be satisfied with the payment of an in demnity of 5800,000. This smacks somewhat of reason. While the sum demanded is more than enough to recoup France. China will probably His Majesty. This was totally un be quite willing to pay it. She has caIled for anu in decidedly bad taste. no ambition to become involved in a war with France, and to avoid it, she will be willing to submit to unfair ness. AMATEUR DOCTORS. This community is sadly given to the vice of amateur doctoring. A man afflicted with a boil or the prick ly heat, or any other disorder, no sooner mentions it to his friends than he is surrounded by a crowd of amateur medical advisers. It is curious when one comes to think of it, that people should be so exceedingly ready to set about the remedv of anything amiss in the system, either of themselves or tuose about them. It a man s kitchen clock wheezes and whirrs a little, and presently begins to betray a difficulty in getting along, he will admit at once that lie does :ot know what is the matter with the thing, and will have t he clockmaker ordered in to attend to it. If his watch gets a little mIow, and does not seem to be amenable to the regulator, he will not even run the risk of touching it here and there with a little sweet oil; or if his piano gets out tune iu only a note or two, he does no dream of investing in a tuning hammer and putting it iu order himself. He does not under stand the business, he will tell you, and might do more harm than good, But if his own internal mechanism begins to wheeze a little, and to show symptoms of running down, if he himself feels somehow a little out of tune, he will go to his friends and they will tell him all about it. Phy sicians are often charged with killing many of their patients, but it is doubtful if they kill more than ama teur doctors. The Bulletin calls us "a lone star of wretchedness in the vasty void of outer darkness." Ged help us. We feel as if we had been run over by John Brown's odorless excavator. 0 Wliole No. 1488. A MELANCHOLY RECORD. I When, some years hence, the mem- ber of the present Opposition are j seated in their lanais, and (heir chil- dren are gambolling about their ; knees, thoe worthy gentlemen will tell their offspring to amua' themselves by firing out a cabinet. With that concession of age to child hood, which is so touching and graceful, they will relate to them the history of the Legislature of '84. Tho sportive little ones will begin by fix ing up with their blocks a Finance Committee report. After citing their pluyfellows, who may be so lee tvd to represent the cabinet, to apMr be-fo-e them to answer for a misappro priation of chocolate cream, they will move a resolution of want of confidence, which will be voted down, the cabinet voting for themselves, and they will then adjourn for a grand torchlight piocession. But jesting apart, what a sad bungle the Opposi tion lias made of a good fight. All its self-glorification cannot obscure this fact. Its triumphs are purely imagi nary. It cliiims to have slaughtered n bank bill, which one of its promi nent members introduced, and whioh both parties sat on with the only feel ing of unanimity exhibited during the session. It assumed that a sensi ble and magnanimous message from theKing was aslapat the Cabinet, and It turned out with blazing torches and fooled itself most hiagnificently; We do not question the honesty of Its in tentions, nor do we doubt that some of its members acted from pure con con uictions. But it all went wrong, , and after the first month got an at tack of the dry rot which eat out all', its energy. Even yesterday Mr. W. O. Smith adopted his old tactics of attacking 11 &eems wnen some , or tne orators that faction grow tired of, jaomng away at everything apper- taining to the Government, they con centrate their abuse on its head. " ... . whose impartiality in tho entire struggle must be unquestioned. Wo have asked before what can they hope to gain by this policy? What have they gained by it, what could any party gain by assailing the indi vidual in whom the power of acced ing to their desire is vested? Tho record of their achievements is tho best answer. They have accomplished nothing, they have achieved nothing, and. fignting with such principles making personal animosity para mount to everything their record could wear no other complexion than that of disaster and defeat. Captain H. W. Mist has assumed editorial charge of the Hawaiian succeeding Mr. D. W. C. Ncslield, who has accepted charge of the local department of 1I13 Advektiski: -a position he is eminently well qualified to fill. However, Mr. Nesfield is too well known by his work in this com munity to need any praise from us. Mr. Brown, whom Mr. Nesfield suc ceeds, will act as head book-keeper and general business manager of the Advp:rtisei. This is about all the newspaper gossip we know, though there is a rumor that we are shortly to have a weekly illustrated journal which will take the vilest liberties with the names and pursuits of tho good business people of this com munity, and keep the lawyers busy with libel suits. The Gazette made a weak attempt last week to revive the Gordon con troversy. No use wc must find out something new. Gordon has been worn threadbare, and the Adver- tiser has, of course, triumphed. The verv latest European telegrams prove that our position was perfectly correct from the start. i M (I I ( i U v it si i! I 3 i! I 1 T I: I 1j . J' H '4 . V 4 j ! 1: I if ! ' -. I 1 . ) r.