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THE PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER: HONOLULU, DECEMBER, 2S, 1S98.
THK PACIFIC Coannerclal Advertiser. W. N. ARMSTRONG EDITOR WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28. CONTEMPT OF COURT. The tempers of lawyers are like those of horses. Some are mihl ami serene. Some are wild and restless, and can be held only with a strong bit and a tight rein. And there are ether lawyers who are like vicious horses, who kick over the traces, lay their ears back and nip at their masters. The judges are the drivers appointed to hold the reins over these legal trotters, and guide them to the goal of justice. But the great majority of the legal trotters don't wish to be driven to the goal of justice, but to the goal of vic tory, which is, in one-half the cases, in an entirely different direction. The result is that they crowd each other off the highway and into the ditches. In these struggiing3 "with each other, the judges pull the reins or check them up, and then they let their heels fly into the air, or try to get the bits out of their mouths. The patience of the driver on the Bench is sorely test ed. For if he loses his temper, and sometimes he does, the entire "outfit" becomes a ridiculous affair. Counsel have the usual infirmity of men, in the faith that the cause which each one advocates is. the right one, and the cause which his opponent ad vocates is the wrong one. Admirable and honest zeal for the client creates this fault. But it leads to friction in lawsuits, and resentment of judicial control. The power to punish for contempt of Court is absolutely necessary in order to preserve the dignity and adminis tration of justice. It is u power which judges rarely use, unless contempt is marked and inexcusable. Frequently cases of mild or inadvertent contempt occur, which are overlooked by patient judges. But experience shows that if the judges permit, through kindness, and a willingness to overlook infirmities, the ton, of the Bench is lowered, and the tone of the Bar is lowered, and the best administration of justice then falls. The weakness of some judges permit. i their court rooms to become bear gardens by failing to keep a tight rein on the counsel. The judges must have the power to punish summarily, because he has the evidence before ihim of the offense, and requires no testimony about it. The judge may be in error, in stating the law, which provokes the offense of contempt. The question of his error can only be reviewed by appeal to other judges. For if the lawyer on one side may denounce him for error, the lawyer on the other side may do so when he, in turn, is over-ruled. The captain of a ship may be in error, but the crew must not mutiny and take the command out of his hands. The Anglo-Saxon communities stand by the judge. As justice is the great standing civil polity of mankind so the judges are regarded vwith respect and fully sustained in protecting the dig nity of their courts. AN OLD SUBJECT. Dr. C. M. Hyde recently discussed in the columns of this paper, the temper ance question. In one sense it is stale, in another, and the best sense it is one of the most important that is before men. For neither national prosperity, nor expansion will compensate for the infinite evils and suffering that arise from intemperance. But the temperance, and the total abstinence, and the prohibition men will be gradually driven to consider the subject from an entirely new standpoint. It is quite enough to put these per sons on their inquiry after new meth ods, by referring to the recent wail of the Maine Prohibitionists, who have solemnly declared that after keeping up a legal wall of prohibition around the State of Maine for fifty years, the plan has substantially failed, although it has no doubt, done some good. The day of "talk" should close. The evils of intemperance cannot be preadied out of existence. The litera ture on the subject is stale. The masses of men do not read it. A crank asked the editor of the N. Y. Times to print the ten commandments every day at the head of his editorial columns. -No," he replied, "but I will always publish the account of any plan that effectively removes the suffering and pain of mankind." The temperance question is still in the clouds. It has not been brought down to the earth and will not be until it Is tackled as a social and pathologi cal problem. Intemperance is largely the result of social conditions. The children in Germany and France drink "beer and wine, and they are not drunk ards. Wherever one finds unnatural, strained, unjust social conditions," there is found intemperance also. Goldwin Smith gets close to the heart of the subject when he says "a cold home, the friend of the saloon." Men who live in warm houses, with abundance of room, and with comforts at hand, do not understand the im pelling force to drink, in a cold home, with a single room packed with crying children and a worn out wife. Instead of theorizing on the subject the earn est, honest and devoted advocates of temperance or total abstinence should get at the facts. The majority of young men, earning little at first, are forced to accept uninviting rooms, or cold homes." When they step out of them in search of comfortable places the saloon, with a shrewd knowledge of the human instincts invites them to a comfortable place. Here, in these later days, the Y. M. C. A. which in ts ways, is the best applied Christian ty, steps forward, and beckons them from the saloon and many there be that follow its kindly light. Foolish and extravagant women drive men to the saloon. Men strug gling against adverse circumstances, the creation of unnatural social condi tions, go to drink. The club3 of the great cities are filled every day with professional and business men whose brains are overtaxed, and find tempora ry relief in the stimulating effects of alcohol. And besides these, is the vast army of workingmen who have no hope and find relief from the mono tony of toil in drink. When the younger Vanderbilt erec ted a great building for the comfort and use of the railway train men, he did more for the cause of temperance, than if he had distributed many mil lions of tracts on total abstinence. So the railway officials say. He altered the social conditions of the men, and gave them hope and decent surround ings, r When reformation is discussed on these lines, instead of merely denounc ing the evil, the world will see the real methods of meeting it, and will act on it. A reader of Harper's Weekly who believes in high license, and has been to Maine and seen how prohibition works there, suggests new definitions for Maine's next speller and definer: License the privilege of selling liquor, obtained by the payment' of money; Prohibition the right to sell liquor without any payment. THE PASSING 110 UK. The Sunday School people here make the Merry Christmas season last well. If President McKinley's name was Bryan, he would be accused of endeav oring to politically cultivate the South. A cry of distress again goes up from Armenia. Probably relief will be sent to that country, past Cuba, from here again. There is renewed consideration of Spanish trouble at home. This seems to have been the bother of the Dons from the first. As Minneapolis says no, it is likely that the flour trust will die in the in cipient stage. This is one of the bless ings of the later days of 1898. Now if the steamer people wil only allow the '99 schedule to stand a few weeks the Honolulu mind can have time to give attention to New Year resolutions. Lawyer Davis, whatever the outcome of the duello with Judge Perry can al ways have the flattering thought that he made a really eloquent address in the contempt proceedings. Those hot-headed Irishmen in Amer ica who sneer at Justin McCarthy and a British understanding with the Unit ed States are keeping up the reputa tion of their race for disagreement. Gen. Guy V. Henry (Fighting Guy), now military commander of Porto Rico, will not permit a little thing like a religious war to worry him much. Gen. Henry is a graduated In- THE BALANCE OF THE The Fine White Dress Goods OLLS ancS TREMENDOUS BARGAINS IN SAILOR IT ATS. hft Titftst Stvle. SI. TABLE LINEN AND NAPKINS at Ready Made CLOTHING, COLLARS Queen Street, Noar Fc dian fighter of the west and those nu:n are ever alert and positive. The Advertiser is pleased to have drawn a letter from the Rev. John Usborne, of St. Clement's. Rev. Mr. Usborne is a clear writer and makes plain some issues or conditions that the lay mind had failed to grasp. The Rector of St. Clement's is going at the business of making his stand per manent in a way that is skillful and vigorous. Atlantic Coast papers are urging, since the loss of the Boston S. S. Port land, with 200 lives, the strict mainte nance of a weather blockade. This means that the port authorities shall have power to hold any craft when the weather indications warrant the as sumption that a storm predicted will be dangerous. It should be done. As remarked some days ago, the stories of death and disaster come regularly from the New England coast when there is clearly a way to avert much of the calamity. A box of our candies makes a most acceptable Xmas present. NEW ENGLAND BAKERY. MESSENGER SERVICE. Honolulu Messenger Service deliver messages and packages. Tel. 378. To look at the finest and most com plete line of holiday goods ever im ported into the Hawaiian Islands? If so we shall be pleased to offer the ser vices of one of our obliging clerks to show you the goods. TIME NO OBJECT. The goods were purchased by our Mr. Barthrop, who has recently re turned from a tour among the lead ing makers throughout the United States. In quality and price we are leaders. We have a line of fine leather goods that embraces almost every thing useful made of leather at prices astonishingly low. IN CELLULOID GOODS our line will astonish you. FANCY GLASS BOTTLES. We lead our competitors. PERFUMERY is our forte. Our line of Palmer's, Lazell, Dalley & Co., Lund borgs, Colgate, Pinauds, Rigand & Co., Roger & Gal let, is complete. ARE YOU READY AND SEE 1 Great STOCK HAVING ARRIVED, WE ARE NOW PREPARED TO SELL AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES ds, sets, a yard; Fine Printed Nainsooks, ?cts. a yard; French Organdies, 10 cts. a yard; new patterns, iocts a yard; Fine French Organdies, 15 yards, $1.00; Victoria Lawns, 32 wide, 10 yards TOYS- At your own , EM ri t- 25 each. Bargain Prices. and CUFFS, NECKTIES and a Com 0 We Know By Experience Wise men use the experience of others and make it their own. Those who have taken Hood's Sarsapa rilla are the ones who are competent to speak of its merits. The testimonials of cures by Hood's constitute a vast mass of testimony which prove, the power of this medicine to cure a great variety of diseases. These cures often seem marvelous, yet they are perfectly natural and are easily explained. They are the necessary result of purifying and enriching the blood. 44 1 have been troubled with scrofula all my life, and it effected my eyes so that I was obliged to remain in a dark room. I began taking Hood's Sarsaparilla. Now my eyes are so strong that the light never troubles me, and my health is good." Mrs. Carrie Weeks, Lompoc, Cal. cod's Sarsa parilla la the One True Blood Purifier. Price f 1. Hnnn'c PilU sy to take, easy to buy, 1 IUUU 2 I'll id easy to operate. 25c. TIMELY TOPICS December 19, 1898. A FEW MORE HANDSOME GOODS. Last week we spoke of B & H Lamps. We are more than pleased with the sale we have had on these goods last week, as it goes to show that our efforts on behalf of our patrons is fully appreciated. This week we are desirous of calling your attention to a handsome line of ART MIRRORS, ART VASES, ART PITCHERS, ART CANDLE STICKS. These goods are without exception the most handsome line ever brought before the public of Honolulu. The Scounse Mirrors are the very best beveled plate glass set in the latest cre ation artists of the highest order can conceive and are of a large variety of designs. What we have said of the Mirrors also applies to the assortment of VASES : AND : PITCHERS. Within the last year or so the fad of using candle sticks is again in vogue, with the exception that at the present day the designs are much prettier than those used in the last century. It is no uncommon thing today to step into the best fur nished houses and find these Art Candle Sticks displayed in some cosy nook around the house. Our assortment of these goods consists of sev eral patterns. i nil lii fit Limited. 307 FORT ST. ycts. ah otner gooas at proportionate m. 000 price. The whole Stock must be cleared. TOYS being the very latest Styles ooo ( THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY OF 1 LIFETIME. EMBRACE IT. plete Stock of UNDERWEAR will be Honolulu, Oahu. BRUCE WARING & CO. Dealers in Lands. Investment Brokers. Fire Insurance Agents. CHOICE BUSINESS and Residence Properties for Sale. ELEGANT LOTS on Punchbowl Slope with fine marine view. A BEAUTIFUL MODERN RESIDENCE on Green street. TerrM grounds. Splendid view. Choice neighborhood. A CHOICE RESIDENCE AT PUNAHOU. Large grounds convenient Tram Cars. LOTS AND HOUSES at "Buena Vista," Nuuanu Valley. BUSINESS PROPERTIES Centrally located. Lots on Makiki street. HOME LOTS IN KEWALO TRACT. Houses built for purchasers on t36a Installment plan. STORES AND OFFICE, (single or in suite) in "Progress Block." RESIDENCE LOTS at Puueo, Villa Franca, and Reed's Island, Hlle. LOANS NEGOTIATED. Insurance Written on Residence and Mercantile Risks. We invite inspection of properties. BRUCE WARING & CO. Offices: 7 and 8, Progress Block; Occident and Orient I ooo BOTH ENDS MEET AT HOLLISTER & CO TOBACCO OOO avana and Just Received and Australia Corner Fort and For a Christmas Gift Select Maile : Colo (WITHOUT A RIVAL.) miTn nnnnnnnri m att nrn ii inn mil i n i i i ii'iiii iii-ii i ii i mil From American, French and English Makers. B enson, Smith & Co LIMITED- Fort and Hotel Streets. Goes selected from a fashionable ) TOWELS, BEDSPREADS AND j SHEETINGS AND PILLOW CASES cleared at any price, as tts are going Pry Hilo, HftWftii. STORE. Manila Cigars ex. Stmrs. Belgic Merchant Streets. nnmn mnir nm itt i mnnm i ii 'i i" a i Heavy Flannelettes, inch and DO Regent Street. London, Stock BLANKETS, must be sold at any vrbo. will be sold at a sacrifice. out of the business. gne On. o c0