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PROGRESS. TJic Life of the Land is Esiablislua in Righteousness. HONOLULU, DEC. 15. 1893. TOPICS OF THE DAY. Tne btar ot yesterday evening contains an assertion that the Provisional Government has prepared an ultimatum to be handed to' the U. S. representa tive in case he announces that Lis government insists on replac ing government affairs here in the status quo ante January 17th 1S93. This ultimatum it is as serted will defy the United States aud its forces, and announces the unalterable 'determination of the P. G. to stick to its guns and its salaries. Can any one imagine au'thing more idiotical- iy uomoasuc man tins an nouncement? , Fancy! Eighteen shopkeepers, attorneys, and graziers, announce that they and their 150 men in buckram hired from amongst the lowest scallawags in the float ing scum of the Pacific will bold ly stand up behind their sand bags under the direction of the valiant Col. Soper of bricks a'fld straw notoriety, and the Southern California land spe culating Attorney General (learn od in the law) W. O. Smith, and dofy the military and naval forces of the greatest Eepublic or ear th. To Gods!! Aiax defvinrr sj tuo iigiuumg isn t a circum stance to it. Just picture to yourselves the gallant (if thick headed and acquisitive) Colonel, and the intelligent f if unsuccess fur) V. O. boldly secreted behind a double pile of sand bogs and yolling "go on, my bravo men, wo, your gallant loaders will remain behind these bags and plan how to escape if you aro unsuccessful in annihil ating uncle Sam s troops. "Wo will pray for your success and so will tho other old women of tho party. Remember you aro get ting $40 a month and grub, to got shot at, and go and get shot. Wo stay here. Our most brilliant flights of fancy fail to carry us any further except to imagine the only Stellar, and his "prominent physician" embrac ing each other as closely as their protuberances will allow and. woepingly confessing that $40 a month on such terms would be too great a reward even for their cowardice to accept. Tab!!! the picture is sickening. ' The Advertiser states this morning that the friends of the P. G. must "stand by it" and "meet tho crisis.". One of them yesterday whose money-raising schemes tho revolution defeated declared "he was sick of it, no more for him." Another who had his traveling expenses paid "by it said -'that settled him, no more annexation to tho United States for him." Many more of them aro of tho same mind Their hired men are willing to dr&w their pay, wear out their clothes, and eat their grub, but thaFis all. Life is sweeter than tho memory iu another world of having drawn $40 a month and getting shot by the U. S. forces for not surrendering on demand. The only friends (if you can call them so) that the P. G. has are those -who realize that while "dressed in a little brief author ity" they have behaved them selves so as to feel in their own minds incapable of ever being pardoned by the victims of their cowardly spite and babyish tyranny. Tv"o nlwnvs ndmiro newsDaner enterprise, and we have certainly nothing to say against the Star for securing the papers which contained the message of the President from the Eevenue Cutter Corwin; but we are inclin ed to think that a very irregular course was adopted by someone on board Ithe cutter in allowing a paper to be given to a political local journal, and at the same time refusing any information or any paper to be handed to the local journals of an opposite political stripe. The paper from which the Star printed the Presi dent's message was dispatched in a private boat from the Corwin to the Philadelphia by a sailor on board the Cutter and was then taken to the Star office. A spec ial dispatch-boat should not be a mail carrier but we have no doubt that the Admiral will in vestigate and properly punish those connected with this matter. Mr. J". L. Stevens the dilapi dated journalist from the hamlet called Kennebec who, because he was a schoolmate of Mr. Blaine, was rewarded by political ly offices, and succeeded in making a frightful mess of overy tin" nir is nnf in nrinf, in n fAohla i a r- " attempt at answering Blount. It is a great pity that the Star does not take courage, and print in full the evidence of Mr. J. L. Stevens which is to prove the "disreputable character" of J. F. Colburn, C. L. Hopkins, A. P. Peterson and Dr. Trousseau. TYe pray the annexation organ to come out with everything which tho old duffer has said against the .men mentioned, and we are prepared to guarantee to the organette all immunity from libel suits or arrest from any of the persons slandered by the man who has proven himself a taiiure wnen he represented America in Buenos Ayres, a fool and a ignoramus when he held the same office in Stockholm, Sweden, and an unimitisated scoundrel when he got a chance to get in his deadly work on Hawaii nei. And for each word which he may say against the men referred to in comparison with the three paragons Dole, Thurston, and "Waterhouse, we shall bring forward sufficient evidence to eternally damage them, and show .what they are. An esteemed correspondent has a few lines in this issue which can be read and we hope digest ed with some advantage by W. O. and others. Law firms of tho annexation stripe were busy yesterday making "wills and last testa ments" of their political friends. Owing to hard times we aro in formed that the charge for such loyal action has been reduced by 50 per cent. The Royalist law yers still keep up the old rates and the will business is rather slow. Perhaps j.the royalists haven't anything to; will. Sound the- Warning Note. This heading may seem to some of our readers rather mis leading, but we are going to refer to those -notes of the Government usually styled silver certificates. These are certificates that the face value has been deposited in silver coin in the Hawaiian Treasury, and that on presenta tion there the note will be re- I deemed in that com. Heretofore I under the much abused (by the Tims and Macs and the Mission aries) Monarchical Government, this question of whether the money was there in the vaults to redeem the notes has been the first duty of ever- Legislature through its Finance Committee to answer. bo far tor many decades the question has been answered in the affirmative. The public could rest assured that if the note was presented, it would be redeemed on presentation in coin. Now we hear that one of the wild schemes of the Provi sional Government when, after deolaring war on the' U. S. , they retire to the foothills, is to take the money laid by to secure these Treasury certificates and use it for the support of the crowd of hopeless bums, criminals, and beachcombers, whom they have hired to defend tho sacred pre rogative of the missionary rule in Hawaii. "We sound the warninc note (the treasury note) and let them know, even if Thurston counsels it and Damon endorses the policy, that such an act of embezzlement will do more to ruin them in the eyes of the pub lic than any other action of tyranny they have heretofore committed. THE SITUATION. The Corwin's arrival and the possible or probable purport of its dispatches continues to be the prevailing topic on the streets and in the business offices. Half of the P. G. adherents are deep ly weighing the significance of His Honor Albert Francis Judd's statement, "if wo do not all hang together we will hang separate ly." "We hasten to assure them that there is no unmitigated vengeance in the hearts of the restoration party. Those misguided but sincere men who honestly thought that they were acting for the benefit of the country have nothing to fear. But those who went-into tne rebellion to save their own positions, or to grab those of other people, need not grumble if they' find that in the words of tho Scriptures from them "shall be taken away even that which they had." But all honest men, however they may theoretically view tho form of government, which is destined to control these islands, will un doubtedly admit that any contest with the expressed will of the Government of the United States is simply folly, and means ruin to the country, and to the very peo ple who oppose what they are pleased to claim as their own government and nation. All the others need not worry. Political opinions differing should not cancel ancient friendships, or prevenfmutual working for the common benefit of the nation and country. HAMPTON COURT GHOSTS. Strange Nocturnal Appearances Osz of the representatives of a London paper, who has been inquiring into the stories circu lated recently of ghosts making nocturnal appearances at Hamp ton Court, writes: On my way to the Palace I dropped into a local baker's, and was regaled with buns and stories of blood curdling "ap pearances," which had been poured into willing ears by gos siping and excited serving maids. But it must be acknowledged that these stories were for tho most part incoherent and dis connected. The retailers of them had evidently been in dulgmg somewhat prematurely in Christmas literature of the good old Tule log type. Out of the confusion, however, there seemed to stand forth three figures. In the first place there is a lady, who, ignoring tho ethics of tho spirit word, walks abroad at night clothed in gar ments of sombre black. Then there is another visitant, whose sex is unknown, as its presence is recognised only sense of hearing; there is a soldier. through tho and, lastly, THE SOLDIER GHOST seems the most in explicable of the three. I was unable to find anv- jwujWkj.tuuAUUbUUlDUl bUO who had actually seen it. one inasmuch as the man who "runs" this particular apparition was off duty and was in bed asleep. The spot where the ghost appears was, however, carefully pointed out to me. It is at the end of the cloister, upon which open Cardi nal Wolsey's apartments. He who showed it drew attention to a mart on tne wall. It is the mark of a bullet (so it is said) which killed a man. Tho man was a sergeant, and his murderer was a soldier of his regiment who had a grudge against him. The soldier was on sentry duty at the time, stationed somewhere away down the long perspective of the cloister. The date of this tragedy is lost in antiquity, but the appearance of the ghost of the murdered sergeant is as recent as last Saturday week. On this nigni a watenman, wnose name was lurmsuea 10 me. was eomt? i i i i - his rounds, and upon arriving at this spot saw a soldierly figure leaning against the wall, just where the bullet mark is. The uniform was not observable, as 11. - C 1 me neure was wrappea m a lonr military cloak. The watchman w t O spoke, but received no answer, and the figure "glided" away into the darkness of the interior of the building. Under this cloister, it is said, there runs A SUBTEBRAXEAX PASSAGE away to the river's bank. It is led into by a. snall doorway un der a staircase. In tho case of the lad3 ghost, I was fortunate enough to find ono who declared she had seen her. This eye-wit ness is the maidservant of a lady occupying a suite of apartments in the Palace. She believes that wnai sne saw was a nona Pae 1 f 1 T . visitor from the region of spirits. iU.ore man a wees ago sne was returning through the gardens, and upon reaching the archway which leads into Fountain Court, A TALL FEMALE FIGURE IDT BLAOE suddenly appeared quite hy her side. She is positive that a moment before no one had been anywhere near, and not a sound was oven then observable. In her sudden fright she shrieked, but the dark figure took no notice, -and moved along by her side in to the court The girl stood still, hut the figure moved along the north side of the court, and disappeared in the direction of what is known as the haunted staircase. These are the two best authon ticated stories. There are others, but they do not seem to bear the stamp of genuineness. Another maidservant declares that peoplo have walked about her room when there was no material body there to walk, and a man felt a mysterious hand on his faco while walking about ono night. THE HAUNTED STAIRCASE v is a place to be avoided at night. It is a very handsome and mas sive, but uncanny. Yisitors will know it as the staircase which they descend on leaving the picture galleries. At the foot there stand generally two police men, and the night watchmen deposit their coats there when they come on dnty. Light i& admitted by tall small-paned windows. Descending the stairs ono looks at an enormous ' canvas filling all tho opposite wall. It sadly needs restoring, and all that can be made of it is that an li m .... lutoresng temale is being drag- Sed somewhere, while a number nuae persons aanco around in what, under the "circumstances seems to be indecent gleo. Bnt on the landing, before tho de scending the the stairs, ono sees two doors. The ono in tho cor ner deserves special attention. It is the door of THE HAUNTED CHAMBER. Nobody knows why, but this door has not been opened in the memory of tho oldest inhabitant. It is locked and barred ,and the keyhole, is stopped up with wood. It is a massive oaken door, of groat age nnd strength, and be hind it no one knows what mystery lurks. Ton could not tempt anybody, especially of lato to pass this door in tho night. Fortunately nobody requires to pass it, as there aro no apart ments in this1 portion of tho building. From what I learnt it would seems that tho panic is so really serious that several servants have civen notice that they will leave their situations. The watchmen go on their rounds in couples at present. AN ANNIVERSARY. Hon. James LDowaett celebrates to-day the 65th anniversary of his birth. Mr. Dowsett who is one of the most prominent citizens in Hawaii has never been absent from here for more than 60 days in succession dnrini? his life. . Our esteemed fellow citizen who is as hale and hearty as when he wa3 twenty years old has raised a large and promising farmily, and is one of the solid pillars of Hawaii. The Holomua, respectfully wishes Mr. Dowsett many happy returns of the day. NextTuesdayis the great day of celebration at the Kameha meha schools. All Hawaiian interested in . the . educational work of that school are cordially invited. ' ' ' "