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The Life of the Land is Establishea in Righteousness. HONOLULU. SEPT. 23, 1S93 TOPICS OF THE DAY. The inconsistency of tlio an nexationists is sh-wn. in a remarkable degree by all the festivities, testimonials and tea pots, which are being arranged and presented to the different actors in the revolution of the 17th of January. Ths annexa tionists have persistently claim ed, that Ihey wore the men who accomplished the revolution and the overthrow of the Queen's government. They have asserted timo and time again, that John L. Stevens had nothing to do with the business, aud that it is simply a royalist iie, that Capt ain "Wiltso and his men were landed for the purpose of intimi dating the Queen's government, and in case of an emergency, support the revolutionary gov ernment. Tho Advertiser has 'eveu attempted to tell its readers, that tho Boston m m were not landed on tho lGth of January. ' and did not come ashore before the 17th, aud Serono Bishop and the rest of them have written and said, that the revolution was an accomplished fact, before the American representatives hero showed their hands, and that all, tbat.Mr. Slovens virtually did, was to acknowledge tho Provi- sronal Government as soon as it was in possession of tho govern ment building. '"Why then, may wo ask, all ' these testimonials expressing the gratitude of the citizens of Hono lulu tp Stevens, "Wiltse and the Boston, for having "protected life and property on the 17th of January?" How did life aud . property ever become endanger- ed on that day, or for that mat ter on any other day in Honolulu? "Who was it, who threatened the 1 Jit. Ui 1. 1 mwn wiiu uisuiroance auu war except the very men who now thank the Boston and Stevens for protecting their lives and property? "We know of no bettor aud stronger proof n corrobora tion of what we have contended all along, that the revolution was the worjc of tho American rep resentative and forces, than all the slobbering tbanks-givings, which nro taking place in all the different forms from making in scriptions on silver tea-pots, to iraating Portuguese to turkey and punch. The Star came ont last night in its most sensational mauner and "disclosed" to tho ast mished public, that Claus Spreckels had bought out the Pacific Mail Ho., and made a combination with the company which virtually gave him the monopoly ou tho t-mfno between Honolulu and Sin Fran cisco. This terrible "disclosure" had evidently thrown tho editor of tho Star into hysterics in his efiort to devise ways and means to -get the "stalwart "members (Messrs. Emmeluth and "Water housst?) of the P. G. to listento his cry of "Stop thief " By l&okiag into the details of the st-irtling "disclosure," we found that absolutely nothing new had transpired, but that the situation to-day was exactly the same as a year or two ago. The Star editor is a new comer, else he would have known long ago that tho Pacific .Mail Co's pas senger rates are larger than the rates of the Oceanic Com pany's, and that the first-named does not take any freight from this port. "Why ho worries over this we cannot understand. The rates of the Pacific Mail Com pany have never b'e'n smaller than tho Oceanic nor could it compete with the Spreckels steam ers as lone as the contract exists between the planters of Hawiii and Mr. Spreckels. All the sugar cnitivated here has got to go to Spreckels for four years yet. And what freight besides sugar is here which could mako it worth the while forany ste.imer line, to call hero and start to "cut" rates with a company which by contract has the trans portation of the whole sugar output? The Star has always advocated that tho P. G. Gov ernment should withdraw its subsidy from Mr. Spreckels, steamers. In the first place such step could not be taken before the 31st of March, 1894, because there exists, at least, an implied contract between the government and Spreckels which could not be broken without causing law suits aud damages, and even Mr. Smith can hardly believe that the pres ont government will be in power at the date of tho expiration of that contract. But if we suppose that the "stalwarts" in the gov eminent did listen to Mr. Smith's proposition and regardless of con sequences withdraw the subsidy from the Oceanic StearashipCo. , it would be well worth to look into, who would bo the losers and who would suffer the most, the Steam ship Company or the Hawaiian public. If the subsidy was withdrawn Mr. Spreckels would diminish tho Steamer service, or perhaps withdraw his Steamers altogether nnd ship his sugar in sailing vessels, and we would be back to the good old days when all communication with the outside world was uncertain, and spas modic, and wo believe that there wonld be a pretty loud howl against th,e "stalwarts" from the whole community: Mr Smith depends on the Pacific Mail Stonmers, and wants to give them a much larger subs dy than now given to the Oceanic Company, thereby inducing them to perform a regularmail service here with out getting the freight tnongh. In tho first place, the Pacific Mail Co. , couldn't give us so efficient a service as we have now, unless the subsid was made so out rageously high that it wonld burst our already depleted trea sury and secondly, we are sure, that a combination would very speedily be made between that company nnd Spreckels, aud Hawaii would receive a severe lesson in its attempt to monkey with tho great monopolies of the United States. Mr. Smith of the Star, has a grievance against Spreckels and he loses no opport unity to air" it. Wo doubt though, that the Provisional Gov ernment can be used to gratify the spite of the Star-man, and be induced to cut its nose to spite Spreckels. At the,- meeting yesterday of the Board of Health, Mr. Lan sing said, that as a business pro position, it wonld be "unwise to hamper the purchase of goods for the settlement store by call ing for bids as provided by law." As far as we can understand, this mean's that the supplies to the store at the Leper Sett'ement should not be furnished through competition as it now is accord ing to law, but that purchases should be made by the Board of Health, qr by the superintendent of the settlement according to their best judgment. "We admire the idea of Mr. Lansing the "business" member of the Board of Health, and we submit to the different mer cantile houses in town, if his propos tion isn't extremely sound, and disinterested. Mr. Lansing represents the hous- of Phillips & Co., and we suppose it might "hamper some body's business, if bids were call ed for to supply the general store at Kalawao. Unfortunately for Mr. Lansing and his "business" views, the law, as it stands, pre vents orders from being given out except through competition for any government supply whenever the amount reaches more than I $500. Now, the amount paid ! 3,eiirly for blankets and clothing, and hats and shoes for the 1,200 lepers on Molokai, exceeds by a very handsome figure the 500 which is the limit prescribed by the law and we suggest that the law demanding contracts for sup plies to be put up for "public competition is one of the most inst and iairest measures ever passed in a Legislature here.1 It is fair for the Treasury, it is fair to the tax-payers and it is eminently fair to the license-paying mer chants of the country. If Mr. L.tnsing or the. firm which he represents should find themselves hampered by th it law by all means have it repealed. The always-accoraodating Presi dent - of - the - Board - of-Health, with the rank of Attorn ey-General is ready to bring in a new bill before the Councils amending the law "hampering" Mr. Lan sing, but we- doubt that such amendment will pass unless there is a grand "divvy" "We cannot believe that "our stalwart" friend "Waterhouse or our milit-iry do. Bolte will allow the profits to be swallowed by Mr. Lan sing's firm without a kick, aud we say without being frivolous that Senator Emme luth will never allow the danger ous precedent to be established, which will delivor the supply contracts of tho government into the hands ofits political friends or its political necessities or in fact into tho hands of boodlers. "While we of course are sorry that any of onr friends should have lost money through being swindled by Mr. Von Berg alias Howard, alias everything, we must confess that we do not sympathize with them. If this was the first lesson given to the Honolulu store-keepers we should say nothing except to dep lore the aff ir, but, if it is the first, we will swear, that it is the hundredth or more likely the thousandth instance in which the very same trick has been per formed aud will be performed over and over again. To be a stranger here,., is a password, which gives you the entree to society, and the access to the safe and to the monev drawer "f the business man. They never ask for the stranger s letters jof credentials or his ante cedents. He sails right in, as long as he is well dressed and half-way decent in his behavior. He tikes a room at "some hotel, speaks in a genial manner to some bar-keeper at somo saloon. sets introduced bv him to some of the "town-boys," treats them a lew timtiS and uis. success is secured. He will appear at a hop at somo notel or Bsthing Estab lishment, cat- introduced to some of the 3-onug ladi whose ancelic feathers are of a rather "goosey" color, please them (through being a stranger) and, subsequently, be asked to "call." Then there is a call, a drive, a geneial appearance at ba ds and concerts, and Ills credit is established. The Hotel man, the stable-man the jeweller aud the rest will all be paid when the remittance comes (always by next steamer) and the butterfly in the me.m time enjoys life then disappears through the aid of men who finally get asham ed of owning up. that they were duped, and the creditors mourn, and the girls pout and say. "we always thought that he was nasty." When the next stranger arrives and the story is repeated. After all we have no sympathy for the victims of these speculating birds of passage. Nobody cr n . see the object of the present government, or of the annexationists to wantonly create "scros" the results of which are simpby a great annoy auce aud trouble to the naval men in port. "We are credibly informed, that word came from "headquarters" to Admiral Skerrett, that the "royalists" would make a distur bance, and probably an attack on the palace on the night of the ball. No one doubts the wisdom of the Admiral and his disbelief in such an absurd rumor, but as a matter of fact he did not like to take the eventual responsibility arising flora turning a. deaf ear to the absurd yarn. The consequence was that a num ber of officers were confined to their ships on the night of the ball, and that 20 rounds of am munition were handed out to each man. If the government and the Admiral would publish the names of the men starting aud circulating these sensational rumors, they would be re-assured in a moment and it would he pro ven that their informers would not be believed by" any average citizen, tinder any circumstmces eveu under the most- solemn oath. District Court. Two Chinamen . for violating Section 5, Art. 21 of the P. G. laws, plead guilty, and were fined each $15 and $1 costs. One Chinaman for having opium in possession, was lined 560 and $1.30 costs. 1 Native for violating, Chap. 64, Laws of 1892, was fined $10 and $1.25 costs. Too UaaaiBeas. Htuband "Your jealousy of that woman is wholly unreasonable I haven't seen her far a month!" Wife "I happen to know that you write to' her everyday though." Hniband "Humph! I'm merely declining hue invitations.1 Judge. Mode of Collecting Taxes. Complaints are heard of the manner in which the tax collec tor is increasing the revenue from that source. Ifhas been report ed to us, thatrvisits are mado to the houses of natives Portuguese and Chinese, and the inmates questioned regardiner the number of pigs, poultry, and tho amount of ruone- they have in their pos session. The following instances have beeu mentioned: Two old natives, a man and a woman, living in Manoa, who own taro patches and who have been ex empted from taxes nndor tho $300.00 clause, will be compelled to pay taxes. Chinese have had to pay two and a half dollars a dozen on their poultry. Mattrass es have been taxed fifty cents, two or three saucepans twenty five cents, five , or six plates twenty five cents. At tho houso of a Portuguese tho other day; in reply to the question regarding the amount of money on hand, the collector was asked "if ho wanted an v." Epitaphs. Pat's nose waslike Longfellow's poems, 'tis said, Because it was always extonsively redj He stole some champagne and drank it so fast That his paiu wis no sham when ho murmured his last. Sweet Jane to books applied her self in youth, And oft applied her hand .to tho unwise. 'Tis said the thing sho loved the most was truth, And yet you now see how the woman lies. Fair Susan died with water on the brain; She didn't know she suffered any pain. "When asked if codfish-balls 'she liked, replied: "I've ne'er attended any." Then she died. Judge. HO YEN KEE & CO,, Tinsmiths and dealers in Crock ery ware, Glassware, etc. Water Pipes Laid and Repaired Plumbing Neatly Executed. No. 41Nuuanu St., between King and Hotel Streets, Asen Building. WING WO & CO., Manufacturers and Dealers in Ladies', Gents' & Children's Boo$,$joelj&feg No. 35, Honolulu, Nuuanu Street P. O. Box 198 Boots and Shoes made to order in Best Style, at "Wholesale and Retail Prices. WIH6 W0 TA! & Co., No. 2U NusdnaStreet, COMMISSION MERCHANTS. Importers and Dealers in GE2TL MERCHANDISE. - s FinpsManila Cigars, Chine-so and Japanese Crock' ryware, Mattings, Yases of all kinds, Camphorwood Trunks, Hatian Chairs, -a Fine Assortment of Dress Silks, Best Brands of Chinese and Japanese Teas of Latest Importations. Inspection of New Goods Re spectfully Solicited. Mutual Tel. 266, P. O. Box 158.