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The Pacific commercial advertiser. [volume] (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1921, May 08, 1899, Image 4

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Commercial Advertiser.
MONDAY : : : : : MAY 8.
If the Chinese residents here are all
in accord with the Chinese merchants
who presented to the Chief Justice an
address of congratulation on Friday
last, it is a valuable guarantee of the
peace of the community, so far as this
race is concerned. To them the politi
cal situation is of little consequence so
long as there is justice in the adminis
tration of the laws. They will not agi
tato in order to protect themselves
when they are protected.
There is nothing that so clearly aids
" to enforce our claim to a high civiliza
tion here, as the even and exact justice
dispensed by our higher courts in pro
tecting at .all times the rights of the
Asiatics. Although the unjust and in
equitable taxation which is imposed
upon them, so far as real estate vAlues
are concerned, is an abomination, they
cannot and do not charge it to the
courts. When before them, they share
jn the inflexible administration of jus
tice which makes no racial distinction.
The immediate cause of the address
presented to the Chief Justice by the
Chinese was his decision which stayed
for the moment an act of gross moral
injustice committed by the Federal
government through the carelessness
and ignorance of its legal advisers. It
was the law on the Mainland in 1SG0,
that fugitive slaves should be restored
to their masters. But there were jud
ges who believed in the final reign of
the "higher" law that forbade it, and
they refused to sanction it.
Although the Supreme Court follow
ing a strictly legal interpretation of the
law, remanded the Chinese immigrants
to exile, and overruled the Chief Jus
tice, his decision, founded on equity
and natural justice, will give him rep
utation hereafter, because the people in
the long run, care little for laws which
conflict with the ideas of justice. . Ex
pedient as it may be, "necessary" as
it imay be, in the lowest sense, to en
force the shifting and inconsiderate
laws of men, there is no censure in
the end of those who struggle though
in vain to enforce the better law.
The indiscreet language of Admiral
Kautz and of Capt. Coghlan, regard
ing he conduct of the Germans at Ma
nila and Samoa recalls the venerable
anecdote of the parrot who repeatedly
scolded the dog, and after an unexpec
ted interview with him, at the expense
of his feathers got back on his perch
and shouted: "I've talked too
much, that's what's the matter."
Both of these officers caim that their
remarks, wb'ch the Germans pronoun
ced insulting, " were made in private,
and reached the public only through a
breach of confidence. Sailors are not
diplomats who "use language to con
ceal thought." Nor can they always
distinguish between a case in which
(offensive language is ooen to grave
censure, and another caso where the
same language would be regarded as
iiighly patriotic.
As members of the sovereign people
who. rule in America they have the
right to express opinions on all pub-
.ill UldttCi U U (, CIO I O KJ A. IUV
rnment they are under bonds to be
discreet and must surrender their in
dependence. The members of Congress
indulge in the most offensive language
in commenting upon the conduct of
foreign nations, but as they cannot be
"iield responsible for words spoken in
debate, foreign nations accept these of
fensive remarks as a necessary part of
the government by democracy.
Until recently, wiien John Bull and
Brother Jonathan fell on each other's
necks, and each tenderly said to the
other, "you are indeed my long lost
brother!" any oflicer civil or military
sealed his patriotism and became pop
ular by abusing the English, that is,
by "twisting the' tail of the British
lion." But since John Bull kindly
turned his back to the American sup
ply ships and shut his eyes while sup
plies for Dewey's fleet were quietly
smuggled out of Hongkong, contrary to
the law of neutrality, the pastime, of
twisting the tail has been suspended,
and offensive remarks made by prom
inent officers would be sharply re
buked. The Germans may say with Mrs.
Gamp. "I don't a mind your thinkin
mean about me, but there ain't no call
for expressing of yourself to my face."
No doubt the nation is a little out of
temper with the Germans for the mo
ment, but it will soon recover its se
renity and find that the Germans will
stand beside it in the march of prog
ress, because the Germans love liberty,
and are already a- large part of the
.bone and sinew of the American com
monwealths. The Admiral and the
Captain will be hereafter reserved and
frigid towards their Indiscreet friends.
In proportion to the amount of busi
ness done in these Islands, the bank
ing capital is totally inadequate ac
cording to the American standard.
There are many small places on the
Mainland where with a population of
five to ten thousand there are
four or more banks with more capital
than our banks have although the total
business of each town is far less than
the business clone in Hawaii. The to
tal number of national banks on the
Mainland in 1807 was 3,048, with a cap
ital of $044,073,395. To this number
should be added the State and private
banks, the number of which with their
capital is not here given. The total
banking facilities are much greater
therefore in proportion than they are
in these Islands. It is not the number
of people, but the value of trade and
commerce that really fixes the amount
of banking capital required. Hereto
fore the agents of the sugar planta
tions, with several banks have met
the needs of the industries, and have
furnished the capital required for our
trade. Conditions have changed. The
expansion of the sugar industry de
mands an increased amount of loan
able funds, and the establishment of
more banks will facilitate commerce.
One of the advantages of a National
bank is that it circulates notes, which
are virtually guaranteed by the nation
al government. While the government
demands from the national bank a de
posit of national bonds which secure
the redemption of the currency issued
by the bank, the income from these
securities as well as the interest on
the currency issued also accrues to
the assets of the bank.
More than all, these national banks
are subject to close inspection by the
government and with few exceptions,
the inspection is rigid. Inspection is
a whip in the hand3 of the government
that is held over the hank officials, anil
prevents, as a rule, although not al
ways, the wasting of the bank's re
sources, by incompetent men. Our
local banks have been singularly free
from dishonest management in the
past, but it is the experience of all com
mercial communities that the manage
ment of financial institutions must
change from time to time, and there
can be no perpetual certainty of good
management. The case of the Barings
illustrates the uncertainty of it, even
in the oldest commercial community
of modern times. There is at present
but one local bank in these Islands
subject to rigid examination. The
other banks are unquestionably man
aged with skill and honesty, but their
safety, so far as depositors are con
cerned, depends upon the high charac
ter of the management.
As a'll values here of land and of
merchandizing, depend upon the con
ditions of the sugar industry, the suc
cess of banks must depend upon the
condition of that industry. That is,
the banks as well as individuals have
their eggs in one basket. Diversified
industries would avert this financial
danger. There are none.
It is generally believed that 'banks
establish industries. It is not their
object to do so. They serve to facili
tate trade, and encourage manufactur
ing and commerce already established.
Where banks have undertaken .. to
"build up a place," they have, as a
rule, failed. These Islands furnish ex
ceptions to the rule. Banks when
wisely conducted are only pawnshops
on a large scale, mere money lenders
on a large scale and not promoters.
It is for the facilities they offer in
conducting the business of established
industries that they are of the very
highest value, and therefore a new
bank, conducted by intelligent men, is
an important aid to the commerce of
the Islands.
Davcy's Neat and Valuable iam
plilct on Hawaii.
"History of the Hawaiian Islands
and Hints to Travelers" is the title of
a booklet published by the Davey
Photographic Company. In i: are in
teresting and reliable articles on Ha
waii Geographical, Hawaii Historical,
Hawaii Healthful, Honolulu Hand
some, and an Itinerary of the Islands.
It concludes with a eulogy of the late
Princess Kaiulani. There are a num
ber of views scattered through its pa
ges including scenes at the Hawaiian
Hotel annex, steamships China and
Doric, and scenes along the Oahu rail
way. The advertising pages are well
filled. The first edition consisted of
10,000 copies and there is a hmeavy de
mand for it. The printing was done by
the Hawaiian Gazette Co.
IF YOU LOVE your wife take her to
the ORPHEUM tonight.
Kii Jul JL jLJiLiL
If the advice given in those three
words is heeded, good health will fol
low. City water is not good for many
reasons, principally, because it is con
taminated with vegetable and putrid
matter of all descriptions. A simple
analysis shows this to be a fact.
Our doctors are busy treating pa
tients who are suffering from com
plaints, more especially malarial dis
orders, which will be materially bene
fitted if they drink a water that is pur
and possesses curative features, as does
Bartlett Spring Water.
Ask your family physician about the
water, and if h8 is honest he will en
dorse its use.
All who have drank the water speak
in the highest of terms for it.
This climate demands the use of
such a water and you cannot afford to
be without It.
We will serve free of charge a glass
of this wonderful natural Spring
water at our Soda Counter to all who
care to ccme and test its virtues. We
deliver the water to your home in cass
lots at ?6.50 -for 50 pints, ?9.50 for 50
Aimost Blind
Scrofula Affects the Eyes Little
Boy Treated b an Oculist With'
out Relief But Now He Is Well.
" When my little boy was three months
old his eyes became very sore and he wai
almost blind. I took him to an oculist
who treated him for six months, and left
him as bad as he waa at the beginning.
Finally Hood's Sarsaparilla was recom
mended and I began giving it to him.
In les3 than three weeks he wa9 ablfc
to go into the sun without covering
his eyes, and today his eyes are perfectly
well, and his ears and nose, which were
badly affected, are also well. Hood's
Sarsaparilla has certainly done wonder!
for my boy." Mrs. James II. Painter,
Amador, California. Remembef
Sarsaparilla -
Purifier. All druggists. Sl.six for $5. Get Hood's.
w ra are the only pills to take
rlOOU S PUIS with Hood's Sarsaparilla
April 1 2th, 1899.
The cool weather we are having now
won't last long, all probabilities are
that after this cold snap is over we
may have hotter weather than ever we
had before. If this is the case, we
would advise you to secure some means
of keeping your butter and vegetables
fresh, and at the same time making
your ice bill a small item of expense.
If you are open for suggestions let us
mention a few things about our
Lot sl I 51 , I
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These finely improved Lots for sale.
Location excellent. Lots planted with choice trees
and shrubbery, Prices reasonable. Terms easy.
Inquire of
i lift.
We can honestly say it is the best
constructed ' refrigerator ever put on
the market. It will keep provisions
longer and use less ice than any other
The inner frame is made from per-1
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zinc, polished as bright as a mirror,
presenting a very clean and attractive
They are also supplied with Patent
Syphon and solid metal shelves.
Our space will not permit us to say
anything more in regard to this article,
so we would like you to call and in
spect them yourself. "We have them
in all sizes and are from $15 to $500.
If you get more ice than your re
frigerator will hold we would advise
you to get one of our
Ice Chests
We also have them in all sizes, from
$8.50 to $25.00.
We have just received
some very
These coolers have wrought iron lin
ing, with pure agate : enamel, preserv
ing the water and freeing it from me
tallic mnde. which is imDOSsible to
avoid" with ordinary lining. Sizes are
. .
2, 3 and 6 gallons, and range in prices
ill ! i
Bruce taring & CO. PBCKi
There is Just Enough Moisture
In the air now to cause Severe Coughs, Colds, Grippe
and Rheumatism
Our COMPOUND COUGH SYRUP cures your coughs and colds.
Try our GRIPPE CAPSULES (the kind that cures.)
Our RHEUMATIC LINIMENT stops all your Aches and Pains.
Honolulu Drug Co.
Von Holt Block.
- - Kin of Street.
P O. BOX NO. 679
Will Drive Mosquitoes Away
Cures the Bites!
Brings Comfort!
Benson, Smith & Co
Fort and Hotel Streets.
ead tlie Hawaiian Gazette
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Will be Commenced TODAY, and will Continue
A Reduction of 25 Per Cent will be Made in All the Following Lines:
Muslin Underwear, Napkins, Sheetings, Table Linens, Pillow Casing, Umbrellas, Parasols,
and our entire line of . , .
I in poirte cl ill: s
50 Per Gent Reduction in Our Entire Line of Shirt Waists.
These Goods are all NEW and were Carefully Selected, which insures Greater Bargains as nothing
will be reserved. The early patrons have the choice.
Queen Street,
Dry Goods
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