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S3TA8U80 JUL! a.
VOL. XLV., NO. 7650.
HONOLULU, HAWAII TERRITORY, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1907.
GAMBLERS WOULD BRIB
' " PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Chinese Hul Offers Taylor Fourteen Hundred
Dollars a Week for Protection
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"Fourteen hundred dollars a week, for
-every week, has been offered A. P. Tay-
lor, chief of the detective bureau, to
w allow a certain Chinese hui to open
' l: .gambling games under his protection In
the city of Honolulu and to guarantee
' them a monopoly of the gambling busi
ness. This offer was made during the
vast two weeks, the proposal of the
bribe offerers being that they were to
be allowed to open two pakapio banks
now, for the protection of which Taylor
was to be paid one hundred dollars a
day, payment to be made every night
after the lottery drawings. Later,
within a few days, two che-fa banks
were to be established, the price of pro-
teclion for these to be four hundred
ioIlars a week, payable at the end of
every three- . days, and two fan-tan
games, for which to bo conveniently
blind the head of the detective force
would receive three hundred dollars a
week, making a grand total, as soon
as the gambling business of the hul
was flourishing through the suppression
of all the Independent gambling houses,
of fourteen hundred dollars every
In addition to this amount of money
l. the hul offered to supply Taylor with
a list of all the gambling houses and
V games in Honolulu and the vicinity and
" put at his disposal a force of Chinese
jPw detectives, whose business It would be
to ferret out all the games being run
outside of the ring and to act as in
formers in securing the arrest and con
viction of the players and proprietors
of these games. This was to serve a
doable purpose, to allow Taylor to
"make good" in his crusade against
the gamblers for the eyes of the public
r and also to force out of business any
?. opposition to the hui's banks and
According to the proposition made by
the Chinese go-between, the game of
pakapio was to have opened last night
and the amount of hush money for the
first three days, three hundred dollars.
was to be paid to Taylor on Saturday
night. As a proof that business was
meant the eo-between advanced to
Taylor on Saturday night last fifty dol
lars in gold, or one-naif of the first
day's receipts. This was to bind the
To these proposals and to the accep
lance of the advance of fifty dollars
of the bribe money Taylor submitted,
acting under the advice of Attorney
General Peters, Sheriff Iaukea, W. A.
Kinney and Walter Q. Smith, to whom
very move made in the whole pro
1 ceeding was submitted. The intention
f hal been to see to what lengths the
audacity of the Chinese gamblers of
.Honolulu would carry them in their
efforts to prevent Justice and bribe the
public officials of the community. Now.
still acting under the advice of his
chief and friends, Taylor has resolved
to expose the conspiracy and the at
tempts made to seduce him through the
offers of large sums of money from the
path of his duty, bribes offered with
the assurance that hitherto other offl
cials had accepted equally large sums
of money under the same conditions.
Th first advances came to him
through a. newspaper friend, then
through a member of his family, in
both instances the movement being
made in such a way that while a lot
was Intimated nothing incriminating
was actually said. These advances
were reported by Taylor to the ones
mentioned above and he was advised,
as stated, to carry the matter as far
as it would go.
Acting on this advice he had a meet
ing arranged, being taken to the store
of Yuen Chonsr. on King street, between
Maunakea and Smith streets, where he
was introduced to Lee Tong and Lee
Let, two of the leading Chinese mer.
chants and business men of the city.
After some desultory talk Lee Tong
withdrew. leaving Taylor and Lee Let
alone. Then the direct bribe was of
fered, Taylor pretending to fall in with
the scheme of the briber. Lee Let ad
mitted that he had been familiar with
the big gambling hul which had before
I operated in the city, naming the eon-
dltions under which they had before
been protected, some of the conditions
being that the bribed official had not
only to let the games run free of mo
lestation, but was pledged to use his
Influence with the prosecuting attorney
and the magistrate to let any protect
ed gamblers off as lightly as possible,
to pay their fines and legal expenses
out of the protection fund and to pay
$ 700 a Week
....... 400 a Week
....$1400 a Week
whatever hush money was needed to
silence other members of the police
force who might get wise to the pres
ence of the protected gambling houses.
To get positive evidence of the at
tempted bribery, Taylor asked for an
advance fee and a time was appointed
for him to call at the Yuen Chong
store and receive it from Lee Let. In
order that he would have proof that
this money was actually received in
this way, Taylor submitted to being
searched by Sergeant Aea, et the po
lice station 'on the night of Saturday
last, the search being made in the
presence of an Advertiser reporter, who
is also a special police officer. This
reporter accompanied Taylor to the
store mentioned and watched the door
until Taylor reappeared. He kept Tay
lor in plaid view until he joined him
on Nuuanu avenue, accompanying him
T6 the police station, where Sergeant
Aea again searched him, finding the
fifty dollars which he had received
from the Chinaman, This money was
placed in an envelope, initialed by the
Deputy Sheriff, Taylor and the report
er, and placed in the receiving clerk's
On Monday, Taylor, accompanied by
the same reporter, visited the Chinese
store again, both going in, the object
being to force Lee Let Into committing
himself in the presence of a witness.
Lee Let, however, was not in, but a
note from him was handed to Taylor,
The note read:
"Answer you everything this after
noon p. m, 3 o'clock, Monday."
The note was signed with the ini
Taylor and the reporter paid another
visit to the store yesterday afternoon,
being met at the door by one of the
Chinese clerks, who Informed them that
Lee Let was holding an important
meeting, but wanted particularly to see
Taylor, asking him to return at 6
o'clock. This hour was finally changed
to 7 o'clock, at which time he and the
reporter again went to the place, only
to find the store shut. Lee Let was
either away arranging for the opening
of his pakapio bank or had smelt a rat
and was keeping out of the way. . An
inquiry at his residence on Vineyard
street failed to bring any information
as to his whereabouts, the Chinese
there saying that he would probably
be back around midnight.
Taylor had made up his mind thai
the business had gone far enough, au
thorizing the publication , of the facts
as given and the further publication of
the statements as dictated by him day
by day to the stenographer in the of
flee of Sheriff Iaukea, copies of which
were filed with the Sheriff, with the
Attorney General and with the editor
of the Advertiser.
Now that the public has an oppor
tunity of learning plainly what the
gambling situation In Honolulu is, what
sums of money are involved in these
'"small" Chinese games, and. with what
impudence the chief gamblers propose
to violate the law of the land with the
connivance of bribed officials, it is to
be supposed that the determination of
the police to pursue a relentless cam
paign against the gambling evil will re
ceive even more than it has the back
ing, of all the law-abiding citizens of
the. community. '
Following are Mr. Taylor's signed
statements from day to day, which he
is ready to put into affidavit form for
the use of the grand jury: .
STATEMENT OF A. P. TAYLOR.
Taken at Police Station, February 5,
1907: On Wednesday, January 29th,
1907, while I was about to enter the
officer of the Hawaiian Gazette Co., H.
M. Ayres, a reporter for the Advertiser,
spoke to me, saying in substance:
"Suppose a hui of Chinese offered you
a certain sum of money to permit them
to run a game of paikau, say for in
stance, for a week; and suppose you
accepted that offer, would you pinch
them at the end of the week?" I re
plied, "Why, certainly, I would, just as
much as I would at the beginning of
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On Saturday. February 1st. 190., I
went to the Queens Hospital to see
Ayres who had been taken there the
night before at my orders to have some
scalp wounds attended to, such wounds
having been received by him In Pala
ma. On the way back to town, Mr.
Ayres accompanied me in a hack. He
approached the subject of protecting
a gambling game again. He said, "You
remember that matter that I spoke to
you about; well that is a go I believe.
There is a hui which wants to play
paikau and they came to me instead of
direct to you (Taylor), because they
thought that they better not go to you
directly. Now this hul is willing to
make an offer. If you want to look up
on it as bribery, there is a chance for
you to make a record for yourself. I
think that a meeting could be arrang
I replied: "It .certainly is a good
chance to make a record. You . go
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Many Pay New Year Calls on
Official Representative of
For several hours yesterday the
rooms of the Chinese consulate were
thronged with guests at the reception
given by Consul and Madame Chang
Tso Fan in honor of the Chinese New
Year, many of the prominent citizens
of Honolulu paying their respects to
CHANG TSO FAN, CHINESE CON
the Chinese representative. The call
ers Were received by the Consul and
his wife, assisted by their daughter;
Miss Chang Amoy, and by Princess
Theresa Wilcox. Both the Consul and
Madame Chang Tso Fan were dressed
in rich Oriental costume, Miss Amoy
wearing a simple American dress suit
able to her years.
The rooms of the consulate were dec
orated in Chinese magnificence, while
in each room a table was set, f from
which Chinese sweetmeats were served.
During the reception the Hawaiian
band,, stationed in the grounds, ren
dered appropriate music.
ahead and arrange for any meeting,
the sooner the better. I want to go to
the bottom of this business." Mr.
Ayres said: "Well, how would Monday
do?" (meaning Monday, February 3rd),
and I said, "Monday is just as good as
any other day; go right ahead."
And this projected deal I reported to
Walter G. Smith, editor of the Adver
tiser, and to Sheriff Iaukea, and dis
cussed the matter, and it was decided
that the best thing to do was to carry
the thing out and capture the bribers
On Tuesday I found the enclosed note
on my desk at the police station:
"February 4, 1907.
"A. P. Taylor.
"That matter is going through O. K.
A rendezvous is being prepared for to
morrow about 3-5 p. m., so keep un
engaged. Will see you here at 4:30
"(Sgd.) H. M. A."
(I append Mr. Ayres' original note to
me to, this statement).
VISITS FROM CHINAMEN.
On the morning of Tuesday, February
5th, before I had arisen from bed, a
Chinaman whose name, I believe is
Chung Soon, and is related to a former
Chinese janitor of the High School,
came to my house in Manoa Valley and
said that he wanted to see me very
much, to inquire, as it was reported to
me by Mrs. Taylor, about "informing"
about gambling games, that he wanted
to be an informer. And he wanted to
see me to see what I looked like so
that if he had any business with me
at the Police Station he would know.
at once who I was. He came into my
bedroom and there stated that he would
like to know if he could be an informer
or even go on the regular police force
if possible, but I told him that there
was no chance to go on the regular
torce as far as informers were concern-
j ed, and if he wanted to inform on any
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said that he wanted to know the law.
Then he asked in Hawaiian through
Mrs. Taylor as interpreter if we (mean
ing the Iaukea administration were go
ing to allow gambling to go on during
the Chinese New Year, say for at least
three days, saying that had always
been very accommodating to them in
this matter. He said that Lam Young
Hoo, (stating that this was the real
name of Ah Hoo), had always paid for
the privilege of permitting these games
to go on during the Chinese New Year.
I immediately came to the conclusion
that Chung Soon came to my house,
not to ascertain anything about infor
mers, but to ascertain for parties in
terested whether I was going to per
mit gambling to go on a a privilege
during the Chinese New Year. I told
him at once that I would give no such
privilege to any Chinese hul or to any
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Floral Parade Committee Talk
Over Main Features of
the Event. .
Everything points to the success of
the second annual Floral Parade, to
be held on Washington's birthday. At
the meeting of the general commit
tee held yesterday afternoon, every
report was of the most encouraging
nature and many of the details of the
final program and arrangements for
the parade and the inspection at the
baseball park were completed. Nearly
the whole committee was : present at
The pa-u feature of the parade will
be in nearly all respects superior to
that of last year, both in the numbers
ef those' in line and in the special
features to be introduced. For ono
thing, there will be a systematic group
ing of the different colored pa-us this
year, which will add appreciably to
the beauty of thispart of .the fiesta.
The pa-u. riders representing the oth
er islands, who will ; be accompanied
each (by a costumed escort and attend
ant pages, will also, be, something which
the parade of ; last year lacked. It
is now promised that every island in
the group will have' a fair representa
tive in the parade and a genuine rival
ry has been created; each island promis
ing to have' a fairer rider and a more
elaborate retinue than all the others.
Altogether there .will be nearly seventy
riders in the pa-u parade, Frank An
drade, who has that part of the pre
grant inn hand, reporting that horses
for nearly that many have already been
premised, while of riders there is no
Things are looking up, too, in the
automobile department, many owners
promising to have their machines in
line, although possibly the decorations
throughout ' are not going to be so
elaborate as were those of te first
parade. That is all the way along
the line, auto owners being asked to
have their machines out no matter
how simple the decorations. There are
going: to be some very elaborate and
unique turnouts though some promis
ing to outdo anything fiat has hither
to been attempted.
Money to the required amount will
be forthcoming, the committee report
ing very favorably as to the subscrip
tion list. The fact that the committee
know exactly what they want and are
limiting themselves to the amount ab
soultely necessary seems to be appre
ciated by those who are depended up
on to contribute.
The arrangements for the sale of
tickets for the boxes and reserved seats
at the baseball park will be completed
within a day or two and, the plan of
the grandstand will be ready for ticket
buyers to go over. It is probable
that there will be a rush for these
tickets as soon as the plan is out.
A Eopsevelt prize will be given for
the best family group in the parade, a
suggestion to this effect being heartily
approved of by the . committeemen.
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The Oceanic S. S. Co. is to lay up
two of its through steamers. The "8.
S. Sonoma is slated to be laid up as
soon as she reaches San Franciseo from
her present trip from the Colonies, and
it is very probable that the Sierra
will be laid up when she returns to San
Francisco from her present trip to the
Xo reason for this announcement by
the company is given. It is thought in
some quarters, that it means that the
Colonial service mav be suspended in
definitely, pending some favorable ac
tion by Congress with the ship Subsidy
measure. Certainly there would be no
other reason for laying up the 6.
Sierra. She has just made the run
from San Francisco to this port in five
clays 18 hours and 45 minfttes, keep
ing schedule time, as formerly. She
is in need of no repairs. The Sono
ma has had about $15,000 spent on
her in repairs and, overhauling at Syd
ney and San Francisco so it seems
hardly likely that she should be laid
up for any overhauling.
Xo mention is made of the possibility
of laying up the Ventura or the Ala
meda. If the Sierra and Sonoma were
laid off, there would hardly be any
occasion to run the Ventura alone,
especially when she is not able to keep
schedule like the Sierra.
Agreement Between the President and San
Francisco Upon an Amendment to the
Immigration Bill Excluding Them.
(Associated Press Cablegrams.j
WASHINGTON, February 14. The Japanese matters at issue
with the San Francisco officials have been settled on the basis of an
amendment to the Immigration bill
entrance to the mainland from Hawaii. The matter will now be
passed over to Congress.
PLAYED THE COWARD
PROVIDENCE, S. I., February 14. The captain of the Larchmont is
charged with cowardice. Of the passengers 138 ' were lost and 19 rescued.
Seventy-one bodies have been recovered but scores are missing from the wreck.
. LONDON, February 14. Hundreds of women suffragists attacked the Hons
of Commons yesterday and many were badly hurt by policemen on gaUoplnr
horses. Twenty were arrested.
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WASHINGTON, February 14. The President has sent a message to Con
gress in which he advocates conserving all Government pasture and fuel lands
and public utilities.
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MANILA, February 14. The Pulajanes have burned two towns In western
NegTos, killing six of the constabulary.
THAW CASE MAY
NEW YORE, February 14. There is
ponement of the Thaw trial owing to the
JURY TO TRY
WASHINGTON, February 14. A jury has been obtained in. the Blnger
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AFTERNOON CABLE REPORT.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn., February 13. A shortage of $560,000 in the bank
of . New Britain has been discovered. The cashier is missing.
LONDON, February 13. Hon. James Bryce, the new British Ambassador to
the United States, sailed today for his new post of duty.
LOS ANGELES, February l3.--One man was killed and many others
wounded here today in a boiler explosion.
LONDON, February 13. The British battleships Albemarle and Common
wealth have been injured in a collision.
Bear Admiral Kautz died in Italy.
The Guggenheim interests will exploit Alaska.
New York, last week, was deep in snowdrifts.
Trains in Utah have been held up by snowslides.
Thirty degrees below zero is reported from Minnesota.
Olga Xethersole, the actress, is to become an American.
Earthquake insurance 'companies have been started in England.
Louisiana strawberries have . appeared in the Chicago market.
Plans have been submitted to Congress for a battleship of the largest type.
There is a general movement among all lines from Chicago to the Atlantic
Rush orders have been given at Mare Island to put submarines in com-
Richard Olney, former Secretary of
tion on the school question is sound.
In a riot on board the cruiser Tennessee the chief master of arms was
fatally wounded and two others stopped
The President stated to a correspondent of the London Morning Post that
the mobilization of the fleet in the Pacific
unfriendly act and might bring on war.
uch a war the President said that at the
There are 600,000 soldiers in Japan,
doing its best to control the turbulent
ple. It must move with extreme care, and it dare not make any arrange
ment with the United States that would look like a surrender of its claims
as an equal of any of the great powers.
While the Kaiser was automobiling in
in the face with a snowball. The boy who threw it stood aghast wnen ne
saw the missile, which was intended for another boy, burst on his majesty '
face. The Kaiser brushed off the snow, laughed and playfully shook a menac
ing finger at the boy, who, recovering from his momentarily paralyzing ter-
excluding Japanese coolies from
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Two American teachers are missing.
a possibility of the indefinite post,
serious illness of a Juror's wife.
State, declares that California's posi
would be regarded by Japan as an
While not doubtful of the ending of
outset America would suffer a great
fresh from war. The Government i
and warlike elements among the peo
Unter den Linden he was struck full