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A LUAN OF PERPETUAL SUMMER
Miss Ham Points Out a Way for Americans to Enjoy the Greatest Beauties of Nature's Most Attractive Sea son-Think of Mid-Winter Bathing Parties. Written for the Sunday Standard. Now that the summer season is over here it is comforting to Americans to know that when they get rich enough to extend-the season and indulge in a second 'summering there is an ideal spot that for beauty and attractive ness surpasses any holiday resort in the world. Waikiki beach, which I have Just visited, is the Mecca of every resident in Honolulu and of every visitor from the outside world. It has no counterpart upon the globe. Alongside of it Coney Island, Long Branch, Rockaway, Newport, Bar Har bor and Nantasket are utterly insig nificant. The great roadstead south of the Island of Oahu is traversed by an irregular coral reef which prevents the larger billows of the ocean from reaching the land. Between this sub merged reef and the shore the water is practically a superb lagoon, clear, clean and warm. The bottom is hard sand made from the erosion of coral rocks, lava and other volcanic sub stances, which compares well with the famous white beaches of the Mediter ranean. The slope is gradual, and no where are there pits and hollows or undertow in which the unwary bather or the ignorant visitor risks life or limb. The shore line extends for miles and was originally dotted with many vil lages. Of these Honolulu and Waikiki were the two most important. Wai kiki was the more beautiful, but Hon olulu was the more practical because the channel in front of it which leads to the ocean beyond was broader, leep er and safer than all the rest. Tnus Honolulu grow while Waikiki remained stationary. Long ago, before the wharves and piers were built, the beach was as at tractive as that of Waikiki, but com mercial necessities have played havoc with its original loveliness. Sheds, bat tered hulks, shipyards and storages have utterly changed its character and made it as dull and prosaic as the average seaport the world over. The village has become a great city and its population, native and foreign, .now patronize Waikiki., which is practically a suburb and a pleasure resort of the community. No matter how approach ed, Waikiki is of extraordinary beauty. Back of it are high mountains com pletely covered with vegetation. To the C~1uv ... MIh rr / Q~~ ·· east the beach terminates in a massive bluff known as Diamond Head, which is really the place where the moun tains themselves go down into the sea. Between the mountains and the shore are fields, splendid forests, cot tages, mansions, flower gardens and marvelous lawns, beapti(ut, roads, thatched cottages and a strange mix ture of the civilizations of the tem perate and tropical zones. The beach itself lies a polished white floor never less than a hundred yards wide and beyld it is the lagoon, whose color v~aies from minute to minute according to the time of the day, the cloud in the heavens and the winds, which ripple its surface. The physical configuration of. the place Is unique. The high mountain wall stilts 'off the winds and storms of the north and catches two-thirds of the rain which is brought down by the atmos pheric currents from far off seas. The rain fall on the north side of the hills is usually twice what it is on the south side. Not that the benefit of the rain is lost, because much is deflected by the chasms and valleys and flows southward in rills and streams.unnum bered. The dews are remarkably heavy, so that there is never any need of water so far as the vegetable world is con cerned. Everything grows in aston ishing profusion. On the other hand, the very formation prevents the col lecting of water in pools and the decny of organic matter. There is no marsh nor wet land, no malaria, and none of the living forms which abound under these conditions. This applies to all of the Islands. There are practically no reptiles and very few insects, birds or mammalia which are found in marshy habitats. The drive from the city to the beach I shall never forget. It is along a road equal in beauty and excellence to the magnificent thor oughfares of the national capital. But the few trees and the little yards and parks of Washington would not alto gether equal the vegetable wealth of the grounds of a single merchant In Honolulu. Palm., banyans, bamboms and Norfolk pines are so numerous as to make veritable living walls on either side of the road. Every here and there is a break in the foliage, through which the passer by obtains glimpses of wonderful at tractiveness. At one point it is a vista of mountains, at another it is a long expanse of gardens gleaming in iloral color, at ' third it is a tunnel in check ered light and shade between the trunks of mighty trees festooned to gether by trailing vines, while a fourth gives a long avenue through trees and flowers, ending in the bay and the ocean. When you arrive at the beach there are always people upon the sand and on the water. The Hawali.ans are !rue amphibla. Left to themselves they would spend as much ,f their activel Ife in the water as on the land. The Eu ropeans who have Eettled there have unconsciously contracte:i the same hab its, and the cleanly Japanese I ractice in Hawaii what they do in their own empire. This love of the sea manifests Itself in many curious ways. Very often at balls and receptions the guests will re pair to the bedrooms of thelir host's residence at Waikiki, there remove their clothing, put on bathing suits and, by the light of the mo;m or stars, run over to the beach and mace the night muo iral with splashing laughter and con versation. Bathing parties, swimming parties, surf-board parties, canoe parties and f)shlng parties are ati much a feature of social life in Hon',loll as are dinnersJ and receptions in the colder climes of America and Eng'an 1. Everybody goes in swimming onre a day. About one-half the people go in twice a day, while an appreciabljn number seem t: regard the mermen and the mermaid as their model, ant indulge in aquatic t:easures more of'en. The swimming is very much the same as on the beach es in our country, but there are differ ences which are soon recognized, all of which are in favor of the paradise of the Pacific. Thus the air i' never celd nor the water eith ,r. The lagoon for mation makes the water near the lend still warmer than that of the tropical ocean outside. In winter the water seems warmer than the air, and the air itself is at a temperature where super fluous clothing may be omitted with de light. In summer the water is a trifle cooler than the air, but is never chilly enough to make the lips purple or to produce that unpleasant symptom of discomfort, goose flesh. It is always deliciously tepid. Dame fashion has Invaded Walkiki. and here and there one can see bathing suits which would be a credit to Nar ragansett pier or Dioppe. On the oth er hand the average past is not entire ly forgotten. Sturdy young natives may be occasionally noticed flounder ing in the water in a condition of beauty unadorned, while In the night time both natives and foreigners yield to the temptations of swimming with the body unhampered by woven tis sues. Of course everybody swims. The very air invites the bather to use her muscles. The surf is never strong enough to terrify you or to shock nerv ous organizations, and neither air nor water produce the chill which sends bathers flying to the shore. Here the natives show their matchless natatorial skill. They swim with a grace and abandon and strength that are ever al luring. They float in seeming sleep up on the wave, they imitate the swimming motions of every animal and indulge in freakish modes of propulsion that are grotesque one moment and graceful the next. Sometimes they imitate the seal. All that you see is a cluster of motionless heads and long blue black hair gleam ing with the sunlight reflected on its wet surface. Or they may play dead, when to your horror and half amaze ment, a dozen well built men and wo men will suddenly cease all movement and float along face down upon the bosom of the ocean, looking for all the world like the dead of some storm or accident at sea. There can be no doubt that the won derful physique of the Hawaiian is largely due to the swimming habits of the race. The broad chest, tha great expansive power of the lungs, the su perb shoulders and arms are the result of centuries of swimming and lioating. If you compare the natives and for eigners in the waters of Waikiki you see at a glance that the Kanaka is more buoyant and Ibtats higher out of the water than the Caucasian. He swims faster without losing his wind, he stays longer under the water when diving and he performs more aquatic feats than the men of other races. MARGHERITA ARLINA HAMM. DINED IN A WINE CASK. One Hundred and 1Fifty-Four Guests Did This at Nancy, France. Speclal Correspondee of the Standard. Nancy, France, Sept. 7.-I have dined in a wine cask. Furthermore, I have dined in the biggest wine cask ever built in the history of either wine or casks. It was the event of a lifetime. It was immense, colossal, magnificent. Who could fail to have an appetite un der such circumstances? Not an Amer ican surely, for mammoth things co:nme to him as natural as nature and not as a surprise that stun. the appetite. So I took with me to the greatest cask ever built a good, healthy hunger that I only lost after the splendid spread prepared for the especially invited guttests who were admitted to the in terior of the monster cask had been done full justice to. The great tun, which is to be one of the sights of the Paris exposition, was made to the order of M. Fruehinshole, a wealthy wine merchant of this city. Its construction occupied the entire working time of 151 men for a whole year. It is twice the size of the famous tun in the cellar of the castle of Heidel berg, which is 36 feet long and 24 feet high, and holds upwards of 50,000 gal lons. Some idea of the size of this tun at Nancy can be gathered when I state that I found on my arrival covers laid for 154 guests who had been invited to the feast, To reach the interior of the great cask the guests walked up a shallow fitght of stairs extending from a plat form. At the bottom of the cask a floor had been laid, and the interior looked very little different to the interior of an ordinary building, except for the curv ing formation of the roof and sides. Tables were laid down the length of the flcor, the big cask was electrically light ed and the waiters were busily moving among the tables getting everything in readiness for the guests. Gay bunting and fl.a4s of all nations t'ecorated the walls and waved front the roof and the scene was certainly no. lacking in brightness when the guests had all assembled and the pre siding chairman of the occasion, M. Frvehinsholz, our host, made a little speech of welcome, ending by inviting the guests to lose sight of their queer surroundings for the time being and concentrate their attention on the viands. The dinner was an excellent one, wine flowed freely, as it should do when a dinner party is given in a wine cask, and the odd nature of the feast kept everyone in a continual flow of good spirits. Then came the speeches. M. Frue hinsholz Qid me the honor to observe in the course of his remarks that my countrymen who visit the Paris exposi tion would be forced to acknowledge when they saw the ltre.ttest wine cast ever built that America had not a m, nepoly of the biggest things on carte, as was popularly supposed in Europe. So far as my knowledge goes, there is rothng to equal this cask in the Unitrd States, so I was forced to acknowl'-t·e that for once France had distanced us. hlut the admission of the justice 'f America's claim on the biggest things of earth was flattering to my patriotic pride. Speeches were made by the president of the local chamber of commerce and others and Nancy patted herself on the back for that she possessed among her citizens so public spirited a man as M. Fruehinsholz, the wine merchant, who had, at his own expense, built a tun in which 154 guests could sit down to din To what use the tun could be put ex" cept to be used as an attraction at the Paris exposition I failed to gather from the speeches. Subsequent inquiry of M. Fruehinsholz showed that it was not intended to be put to any practical use. So I had my opportunity to make the retort courteous when I rem!nded him that the United Statet, while a country of mammoth undertakings, never con structed anything of colossal size for the mere sake of claiming the biggest of its kind on earth. While we had un doubtedly the biggest of almost every thing within the borders of our coun try. it was only because mammoth structures and undertakings of unusual size were the most suited to our wants. If we had need of such a great tun as that built by M. Fruehinsholz, I pointed out, we should build one. but It would be for the purpose of holding liquor and not of serving as a dining room. To hold liquor! Even the wine mer chant raised his hands in amazement. What a gigantic jollification this enor mous vat would contain material for. Drinks round for a nation of Bacchan alians and plenty of lees left. This was the thought in the mind of more than one guest who unsteadily groped his way out of the great cask at the con clusion of the feast. MY OLD WOMAN AND I. We have crossed the bridge o'er the mid die of life My old woman and I: Taking our share in the calm and strife, With the travelers passing by. And, though on our pathway the shad ows are rife, There'e a light in the western sky. Some losses and crosses, of course, we've had, My old woman and I; But, bless you! we never found time to be sad. And a very goo,' reason why- We were busy as bees dad we wern't so mad As to stop In our work to cry. On our changeable road as we journeyed along, My old woman and 1. The kindly companions we met in the throng Made our lives like a vision fly: And. therefore, the few that imagined us wrong Searcely cost us a single sigh. The weak and the weary we've striven to cheer. My old woman anl 1: For each of us thought that our duty while here TWas to do as we'd be done by, In the hope to exhibit a balance clear When the reckoning day is nigh. CANNONADEDTHE EARTH FROM BALLOON Written for the Sunday Standard. in character. Each explosion occurring London, Sept. 14.-A series of strange 125 feet below the car rang crisp and sharp, followed by a dead silence al and unearthly noises coming from the ways absolutely unbroken till more clouds have been astonishing and than sufflclent interval had elapsed for echo to come from earth, when with frightening residents of the metropolis startling suddenness a deafening roar of late. Men versed in astronomical arose, echoing away among the distant lore were puzzled; the workaday world housetops and booming on sometimes for 20 seconds like *thunder slowly that has no time to spare for aerial dying. problems confessed to being alarmed "Very careful readings made with dlif pp %4i 1 \ ' /: 7 "How,~1 \ ·1/ý I B Londo fo'r a -~- II "How I Bombarded London From a Balloon." without venturing to guess why. See ing that no harm came from the aerial explosions the toilers speedily lost in terest in the matter, hut the scientists continued to try and puzzle it out. It now develops that these mysterious sounds proceeded from an earthly agency temporarily experimenting in the clouds, and were caused by the fir ing of a small cannon from a balloon by the Rev. J. M. Bacon, a divine who it sufficiently interested in matters con nected with the region between earth and sky as to undertake to solve aerial problems at the risk of his life. I called on the reverend gentleman recently and obtained from him a detailed explana tion of the causes th4t led him to in vestigate in person th imysteries of thq upper air and the result of his curious experiments. "It was my purpose," said Mr. Bacon in beginning his explanation, "to de termine the penetration of sounds as cending from the earth. It has been evident that ,there is a mysterious something in the air that causes a very marked variation in the travel of sounds; also there has been noticed a subtle, almost indefinable, tension al ways present when thunderstorms are brewing. No balloonist has been ven turesome enough to investigate the mysteries of a thunderclap, but to du plicate the artillery of heaven for the purpose of experimenting on the origin of sounds front above occurred to me as being possible. Having this object in view, I made a balloon ascension, taking with me a small cannon mount ed in the car andl a supply of ammuni tion as part of the cargo. "Arrangements were made that would insure explosions taking place over London itself, and some also over open country; and shortly before sun set in the still heavy air of a summer evening the balloon rose to an altitude ranging from 2.000 to 3,000 feet. A dozen signals were tired the first hour and others from time to time. Many highly interesting and valuable reports came to hand in due course. A gentleman within doors heard, as he thought, rifle practice miles away. A little later he supposed they must be volley firing. Three minutes after his casements rat tled and he felt sure it was artillery; but the next report brought him to the window, where he saw the balloon in the air. The attention of another ob server was arrested by what seemed a cannon shot, short and sharp, and ap parently five miles off. Then came a second shot nearer, different in effect, and rumbling on like thunder. A simi lar difference in the reports was noticed by many. From one point they would always be heard as single hangs, from another always with reverberations, and this, no doubt, simply in conse quence of some peculiarity In the ob server's immediate environment. In some directions, however, sound was borne with peculiar intensity. As heard froul Hampstead Heasth one report, at least four miles off, was described as very startling. To a cyclist in the su burbs the explosions were as cannon sounding above the surrounding traffic. In another spot the shots were heard. not startling in themselves, but with a stunning after ttlunder. In Chelsea the furniture in the rooms was shaken, and scm, thought that heavy wagons were being discharged in the streets. "These are samples of a vast number of independent reports fromt the balloon itself the olbservations made were quite distinct, and at the same time uniform FILIPINOS FLEE BEFORE WHISKERS. Awful Beards of Our Boys in the Orient Too Marte for the Insurges nts. San Fernando, P. I., Aug. 27.--Ameri can heards are frightening the Fillipinos w\orse than American bullets. The na tives arc blessedly exempt from the razor, for they have no hair on thtlr faces. which fact accounts, perhaps, for the vigocrous way in which hair grows ulpright on their heads. With the Amier leatn volunter soldier it is different. Tit, hair on his faNe seems tind the tropeecs a suitable climate. if the magnificently awful beards that are to he seen on the faces of our boys are any criterion. This question of whiskers and shav ing is the first to force itself on the at tentoln of a man when he enters ih" army, and the soldier has to shave or grow a beard. No half-way measures will do. But when men are called up night after night and set t" "hikin" across country for four months. fight ing "niggers." pausing only hI ng enough to let the hard tack and tomatoes catch up and then off again, ferent instruments and checked by dif ferent obsect"ers were taken (1) of the interval of the return of the echi, (2) of the height the balloon had ascended, while the actual locality over which each cartridge was fired was also noted. "I can claim that the results are both important and instructive. The atm.as phere can certainly not be regard-d as always in such a state as r ',-fessor Tyndall pictured at the time of lit spe clal experiments 30 years ago. Unques tionably it is in the highest degree un certain and capricious, and if this :act were but more generally recognizel we should hear of fewer disasters, such as that of the Stella or the Mohegan. In stead of laying down for the guidance of mariners that certain definite condi tions and properties of atmosphere ex ist, it would be wiser and nearer the fact to point out that conditions are in finitely diverse and cannot with any confidence be predicted. "That still moist clouds overlying the face of the country greatly aided the aerial cannonade there can be no rea sonable doubt; but to assume on the strength of certain isolated trials of a generation ago that all fogs aid sound. is to open the road to just such disas ters as of late we have had occasion to lament, and happily among practical men it will be found that this fact is now pretty generally admitted. A bank of fog rolling up may be the cause of most perplexing results, as also will vortices or cross-currents of air f dif ferent densities such as may be ex pected constantly, say in the channel, or as may be found any day above the London housetops. We had good poof of this. In one quarter the thundering signals overhead penetrated like can non shot, while hard by they were scarcely noticed, save by their echoes. Again the directions in which the ex plosions were heard farthest wire dr. termined apparently by invisible ave nues in the air far more than by drift of wind. Some authoritative state ments. based largely on theory, have, it would seem, done duty all to long and must inevitably be modified. Pro fessor-(almost our latest authority) lays stress on the peculiarly fitful hear ing of the Westminster clock in fog across Hyde park. But could a more unsatisfactory ground for experitnert be chosen? Was he not testing not so much the effect of London fog as the fluctuating and distracting noise due to the traffic of a hundred streets and the aerial disturbance of 10,000 chimneys? "At any rate the hearing of an .a"riql. that Is an unobstructed source of sound over a district of the peculiar nature of London and the suburbs, has now been teested at the hands of a mul titude of witnesses. Mr. Bacon informed me, in the con cluding explanation of his experiments, that it would be necessary to repeat the tests on a larger scale to arrive at a thoroughly satisfactory result. "Let a signal of vastly increased nraportion," said Mr. Bacon, "a true artificial me teorite, be fired at a yet greater height so as to be capable of being heard over say. not 20 miles only. but 100, and let it be within earshot of sea as well as land. Further. let the time of firing hbe kept strictly secret, and let observ ers state with accuracy what they hear. and when. That such would prove a fruitful as well as interesting experi ment there can be little doubt. and that it will he carried out in the imme diate future I may ventulre somewhat confidently to predict." there Is no cholce for men old enough and able to grow beards. They must let 'em grow. Such biards as grow during thle reek ing heat of a fierce camn pa g itn the tropics are fearful to contemuplate. A regime'nt of perspiring, red-faced, hearded men with their clothes ptas tored with the soft mud in which they hate be"n lying, with powdter and dirt ground into thtir faces, colning yelling down ont a trench full of insurgents, is a sight to make any native "thike." iKansas leads in th. matter of earl cature Ibards. Perhaps it is herause the' little hi.r,' that the Kansans dote. on, the orstwhile c'olonel. no.\' '.eneral Funsttn,. w' "te a elard and set the fasih ion, tir it may he the "deactin" who roused their enlthusiasm, for the "dea con," though one of the swearing, drawling hunmorists iof the regiment. earned his namnel by shaving his upper lip one' day. Tills started a rage fir "c.haracter b~eards." with the result shown in this sketch. The idea spread along the line and the army division that (General MacArthur commtnands is a fearful sight to the Amlnigos who watch them pass by on the march. FAIR FACES 'Preserved by iuUcur1 It removes the cause of disfiguring eruptions, loss of hair, and baby blemishes, viz.: The clogged, irritated, inflamed, or sluggish condition of the PORES. CUT! CURA SOAP combines delicate emollient properties derived from CUTICURA, the great skin cure, with the purest of cleansing ingredients and most refreshing of flower odors. 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Also howl niu It variety it is tlos$ible to put in:' tl trimnming of whiskers. It is :a c. ntIi subject for general joking. It 'cull0 the leisure thoughts of the men by day l:t~ I y h\ n ) (piught to be wooing aleep t' had ty's marching lay awake i kinl Ili.nllg hmw th"y c'an surprise :he.t nl.-ltintlg comrades in the ttýnine by applteting with a new for i tti f, hiskors that will be more far:'fll in ficthin than anything that hI t ,"n ii t li¢n parade. When inspl -aii c sa the scissors are seized and i ll tthre emerges from the tent a Ir) ,ul anli happly ttan with the molt oginnalty desigivd whiskers ever seen in thi army. That man is the envy of thie egilnltlc until the advent of a till trine fearful whisker.