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Austin's Hawaiian weekly. (Honolulu [Hawaii) 1899-190?, June 17, 1899, Image 15

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Are Hawaiiansfrom Aryan Stock
The Rev. Herbert H. Gowen,
F. R. G. S., rector of Trinity
church, Seattle, Wash., was at one
time attached to Honolulu cathe
dral. He read recently a paper on
the "Hawaiian Language and
Indo-European Affinities" before
the Washington State Philological
Association, which is now reprinted
in The American Antiquarian and
Oriental Journal. Mr. Gowen
argues that the service rendered to
comparative philology by the dis
covery that the European lan
guages were descendants of a
common ancestor, makes it easy to
conceive that "if the borders of the
accepted doctrine can be so en
laiged as to take in, with Hindu,
Greek and Teuton, the scattered
tribes of Polynesia if it can be
proven that one branch of the
great Aryan family journeyed
ever eastward to meet at last the
relics of another branch which voy
aged southward and eastward, it
will be easier to-day to welcome as
fellow-citizens the dusky children
of Hawaii recognized at last, not
as aliens, but as long lost brethren
of the same stock and blood. That
the recognition of the Aryan origin
of Polynesian islanders makes slow
progress, is no argument against
it. Looking back at the older prob
lem, we. marvel at the slowness
which marks the discovery of the
unity of the Indo-European
tongues. And, perhaps, a genera
tion hence it will be equally source
of wonder that so many scholars
of to-day should have remained
blind to the fact that the material
now in our hands renders it imper
ative to class the Polynesian dia
lects among those tongues which
have an Aryan origin."
If any thing is proved by the
sciences of Philology and Anthro
pology it is the Hawaiian race
sprung from the Mesopotamia,
basin and are of Aryan Stock. They
are therefore kin to the Anglo
Saxon. A careful perusal of For
nanders' Polynesian race will bear
evidence to this. Mr. Fornander
may seem crude to many, but his
three volumes contain more facts
about Polynesia than anv book extant.
Dramatized at Last.
It is announced that "Ben Hur"
is to be dramatized under the super
vision of Klaw & Erlanger, the
theatrical managers, and with the
consent of General Lew Wallace,
who, for eighteen years, has re
fused to allow his famous novel to
be put on the stage. In a recent
interview General Wallace said:
"I have refused permission for so
many years because of the subject
of the book, which makes Christ a
character. I presume every Christ
ian reader felt the reverence and at
times the awe which I myself was
conscious of during the writing.
In the next place, there were
certain points in the nature of the
The Oahu Railway
Affords tourists and others an opportunity
to view an unequalled variety of scenery.
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Leaving Honolulu and pass
ing through rice fields, the
traveler skirts the great in
land waters of Pearl Harbor
in sight of charming distant
mountain views, often span
ned by many rainbows. The
mountains further on crowd
the railway close to the ocean.
Here and there deep valleys,
guarded by high mountain
slde almost perpendicular,
give sun and clouds an op
portunity to display wonoVi
nil combinations of light and
shadow on the varied greens
and browns of the lands cape.
Along the line are situated the
most productive sugar plant
ations in the world, each re
presenting an investment of
of millions of dollars, so vast
are the agricultural opera
tions, their pumping plants
equalling those of the greatest
cities, and mills producing
hundred of tons of sugar dally.
General Manager.
Genl. Pass&Tkt.Agt.
climaxes necessarily impossible of
rendering theatrically, except with
an outlay of money which few
managers would dare attempt, such
as the 'sea fight,' the 'chariot race,'
and the 'crucifixion.'
"A number of persons well
known in the histrionic world
have applied to me for the dramatic
privilege. Lawrence Barrett was
very persistent. I met him often,
and in no instance did lie fail to
insist upon it. The last time I ever
saw him was at the Fifth Avenue
Hotel, in New York. He had in
vited me to dine with him, after
which he took me up to his room
and spent the evening trying to
convince me that there was in the
book a theme for a great play with
out trenching upon any of the parts
made sacred by the appearance of
the Saviour. Still I declined. The
younger Salvini was also persistent
in his requests. He had the idea
that he would make an excellent
Ben Hur, and I was of the same
opinion. The Kiralfys had a pro
digious scheme, the main point of
which was the chariot race. They
proposed leasing thirty acres of
ground on Staten Island, of which
two acres were to be reserved, or
fitted up for the exhibition. The
privilege has also been asked by
playwrights in England and in
"I have acceded finally to the re
quest of Messrs. Klaw & Erlanger.
Their representation of their design
of production was altogether new
and attracted me at once. The
dignity of the story, as I conceive
it to be, was carefully preserved,
and due regard was shown for the
religious opinion of all who might
be induced to attend a performance."
THEO. H. DAVIES & CO., ltd. .
Importers and Commission Merchants
Kaaliumanu Street
CASTLE eg COOKE, ltd. . v j . .
Aoe.nts foh Tlie Eh u Plantation Co. The Walalua Agricultural Co., Ltd. The Koliola
SiiBiir Co. The uimeu Suear Mill Co. 'Hie Kolon Aerlcultui nl Co. The Onoraeu
SuuurCo. 'I he Fulton Iron Works, St. Louis, Mo. Ihe Standard Oil Co. TheUeo.
F llliike Steam Pumps. Weston's Centrifugals. The ftew England Mutual Life
Insurance o. of Hoston, The Xtua Fire Insurance Co , of Hartford, Conn. The
Alliance Assurance Co., of Loudon.
-Importers, Sugar paetors and
General Commission Agents
AOENT8 op the PaclHc Mail Steamship Co Occidental and Oriental Steamship Co Huw
nliaii Line of Packets to Sun Francisco. Bremen and Liverpool Line of Packets.
Trmis-AtUmtle Fire Insurance Co. North German Fire Insurance Co. A. 4 W.
Smith & Co , Engineers, Ctlu&gow
E. O. HALL fe SON . .
Houaahold U-tnlla,
Plairi-tai-tlori Suppliaa,
And Bloyolaa.
Corner Fort and King Street.

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