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How the Inmates of This Government
Protected "Industry" Are Houvsed and Controlled. Has Become, a Show Place of Lewdness and Infamy, Debasing to the Spectator and De- grading to All Question for Today. HERD are dames in the community i whom the stockaded brothel at Iwilei is only too familiar. The major portion and the better class of the people of Honolulu and of the Islands hare, however, only a has? idea of the character of the place which is there maintained by the Territory of Hawaii to the Jtroit of a few prominent citizens of this city and the propagation of sin and disease under the spacious plea that It is "a public necessity." Pot Die benefit of the latter class, many of whom have been following the exposures of this horrible place !u The Republican from day to day, a few views are herewith presented to illustrate a plain descriptive article of the establishment. L'n fortunately these views had to be taken in the day time, . .i "t,m n3BMfifTiMr' ftiT tt "fcJ' '"" ."nfe 3' " ".' i 4 BslBB BbhHMSs i S $ i? sSbBEKuIE'jSuRe :X599IBBBBBBBBb j IBhi jL "mmfSHBBiBEf t3mff?Si&i -. 3iBB1BBBbEbBEiiBmBBBBBBBBW! t" "2fjM NO.1 ONE OF THE GATES TO THE IWILEI PEN. when Iwilei's pen of vice and corruption is practically dead. Snapshots an so large a scale were found not practical, and, therofore, the reader must in his imagination place within this stockaded den of vice the moving figures, which number froj one to ilvo thousand persons, who nightly congregate there out of curiosity, as sightseers or for the purpose of gratifying their coarse, brutal passions. The government of Hawaii's public den of infamy is located in the district of Iwilei, on the reef beyond the walls of the penitentiary, about one mile from tho business center of Honolulu. The portion enclosed by tho stockade comprises from one and a half to two acres. Tho stockade consists of a hqavy board fence from ten to twelve foct high, surrounding the entire ground, making it practically a prison. pierced only by four gates, the character of which Is shown by eugravlng No. 1. Within are located a series of housoe, five in number, constituting streets within tho area way. These buildings are of one story in height, built of frame, and each divided into from forty to fifty rooms, each room measuring about 10x12 feet Each room is provided with a window and a dour, all facing upon the main or longitudinal streets. In all there are 240 of these cages in which the women who here prosecute their crimes, expose their charms of person and labor assiduously to ensnare men and boys fir their Illegal and disgusting purpose. Tho so-called rooms are cheaply furnished, each containing a bed and the usual furniture of a bed room, and 16? of them are at the present time occupied by the fallen women who are here authorised by law to practice what is called "their trade." Under Government Sanction.. This pen of Infamy and sham was erected by the sanction of the authorities of this Territory for the sinful purposes to which it is now devoted, with the full knowledge that it was to be put to such use. More than chat, after its completion the women were notified by the authorities that they would have to resort to this pen if they wished longer to enjoy Immunity from the law. The "masters" of these women received the same notice and It required no urging for them to remove their slaves from former and perhaps more healthful quarters to this ugliest and darkest spot on the fame of Hawaii. The rooms to which reference has been made, as being occupied by the women, are rented at a uniform monthly rental of $15 each. It will thus be seen that 'when pest spot Is fullv occupied the monthly Income would aggregate $3,600, or about $13,-000 a year. With the present of the place the income is 2,430. or nearly 530.000 a year. This is the blood money extracted from1 the fallea 1 Japanese and French women to the enrichment of men who pretend to stand high In social, church, business and even in official life in Hawaii. The plea that a business of this sort is a public necessity scarcely enters into the discussion. Upon that question there is and always 'will be a wide divergence of opinion. If it be a public necessity it will be hard to convince the public that it should be made a monopoly for a few men of political influence as is the case now. Recently when an independent business man attempted to duplicate Iwilei he was informed that he could not do so. Thus 4 Iwilei has not only a monopoly of this business, but the active encouragement and aid of the Territorial authorities in maintaining it. The argument of better sanitary measures at Iwilei's pen would scarcely be satisfactory to a sanitary engineer. The sub-soil about is porous; there is no sewerage and the buildings Vare set flush down upon the ground. In a moist climate like tills, with floors almost touching the soil, a room of such dimensions can scarcely be fit for human habitation. Surroundings of tho Pen The surroundings of the Iwilei pen are such as one would expect to find adjacent to such an establishment There are rows of one and two-story buildings, the lower portions of which are divided into small stores, devoted to the selling of soft drinks, peanuts and the general supply that one finds adjacent or inside of a traveling cir- ' , lct' nTff7aMass MIM IBMKHlBBBBHlBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBHLdift r NO. 2 OKX cus. The upper portions of these buildings and some of therear portions of them are occupied by the women alter the hours for plying their business within the inclosure have expired. Her they meet and yield up their gains to their "masters," If Indeed they hate not already been compelled to do so within the inclosure. Another argument advanced by tae advocates and owners of this jjlace to the effect that it Js better to this evil and keep the womea off the streels falls whea It is j hexed that the woaaea are withla tats "baU.pea" oaly frojM B.sa. to 2 a. a.. NO. 3 -GENERAL ! and that while they may do so, com paratively few of them live in their rooms within the enclosure. The contention which The Republican is making-'against this place is that it is productive of more harm a thousand fold than if the women were permitted to exist in homes of their own in any particular section of the city away from the business and residence portion, where special police supervision might be exercised over them. nrevails all the Eu- I This svstem . in . . t ropean and American cities nnd works i with entire satisfaction. Such an in- j stitution as the Iwilei pen would uot ' be permitted to exist in any city on the ! ' mainland for twenty-four hours. If the authorities of any other city in-the United States were to in this way in- suit the moral sense of the people and brine shame and dissrace unon their ' government, the people would rise and despite the authorities would tear down the stockades and destrov the buildings. It Encourages Vice. Iwilei is objectionable because it has the sanction of the authorities and be- . cause it has encouraged vice and lot- j tnorality by making t a show place Strangers coming to Honolulu, intert , . ,. .J , , , ... ... on seeing all the sights with which they are not familiar at home, as urally visit Iwilei as they do the Pali, ynnnlihnwl nr Trmrriliis Tttn (wu rooms, and nevar to allowed to 5inn; tney carry away can nnlv ue 1 . airai th eh usi nC3satth oroadoide. imagined, tor coarse and brutal vice the place has not an equal upon the earth; it is the very depth of indecency and infamy. As already remarked, all its surroundings are those usually attendant upon a circus; the streets outside are nrr.TL;laA trt, Tn r,nA l.onTrc X..StTU1M AVU AA.W.A 1.1AU fUUA.U, UMI..I.J lnctla aar1i rto Jtr nnimnw! tn TiMrl waiting room for their fares; Oriental "spielers" dwell upon the excellence of their wares and the scene .is one of light and colors and gaiety that ell belong to the circus in short, this awful place, which it is pretended has been set aside as an amelioration of the social conditions in the half world, has become a permanent exposition of all that is degrading and debasing. Hacks are compelled to drive in over one street and out through another. Outside of the stockade specified places are assigned to them, and when their fares are ready to leave, their hack numbers are called out as they would be at a theater or on the occasion of a state ball. During the hours from 4 p. m. to 2 a. m. the pen is thronged by men of all races who pass from street to street assssss bspwi M u ,! MMMMBBMBH IBiOBBtWITP iP rissWTOsWMii 1 HEVsBBslBBBBBBBBBllH ISSPBlBBBHBBHBBBBBBBBBBBBHBPM9BrIS IBHBBBBBBB'tfiliMlS ''' .' t'. 'n V tTWF -.' iI!bBbB - jsy::yi I? SsHH BSBbHIbbH -- f jES1Vvi5' ti. X& - 'flBBBBHi - tJr. iW ji? V4i Ml- LJSHsHsSBiBBBBBBBli JHH iBBHBHBBHBHBBHSi'WlaHBiBBH ," ; j1BbbMBB OF THE "STSESTS" IN THE IWIKEI PEN. and from wiadow to window, sizing up room. The buckets which are ssen the women oa exhibition there as they j setting along- the avenue are the the animals at a cattle showl veyances of the sewage. These are The streets swarm.- especially alter 9 gathered up every morning' and with visitors tied oy theemployes of the company, aad sightseers, although the biggest. Cat'NqT2 gives a larger ami! better crowd las abt arrived on the- scene? of one of ,the streets ol this ter-until after 11 o'clock at night 1 rible place, showing more clearly how i Its Influence On Homes. , Iwilei lacearse aad brutalizing: lis ialueace for.eTil is, Jmmense aad widely extwded.' Tits show character aids to tais greatly. -While the scene withla aad witaoat this Infamous place it lively aad fay after nightfall. It is J VIEW OF IWILEI PEN FROST WITHIN THE STOCKADE. yet more evil and disgusting. At the risk of shocking some good people who may not De familiar with the subject, The Republican feels it a duty to warn the public that the establishment and maintenance of Iwilei does not Isolate this phase of crime. The women who here "ply their trade' as the authorities put it, come from all .portions of the oity of Honolulu, many of them living far up in the Punchbowl region, whence they go as soon as their night's work for their "masters" s completed. Of the 162 inmates of j T 1 IV t wuex pen some iorjy oau are saia 10 he vfcry fair servants the next day in the honns ofsome of the best families, These slaves arothus compelled to lead a dual life to please and enrich their owners. fci Gut No. 1 herewith presented is one cf the three gates to the Iwilei pen opening from the road leading there. Ite cross bar represents tb$ height j d "-lie stockade, the small- fmme at- . nea to tne cross oar is tne setting or the rules of the establishment printed ; in Japanese characters; these rules ae ; found ir; five or six places ajjout the I Institution, two of them being placed i upon the outer gates. A gtntleman TtlfV TnniTidco lnnfTunerrv i haskindlv tnmslat?d these" official and 1 authoritative regulations for ?The Re- ? publican. They react as follows: i . ' "Eepulations or tt.e Iwilei PoivOfilce.! - Eourg rf'pccpation,fr5i4p.m.;i SM0S wU1 be dur" ulthoTo'lfol 'It I - "J. Tim irt'ji!'j. '-3. Prostitutes, It they wish to, may remain all night in their rooms. They may also coino in and go out at any time, tut they may not ply their trade after tin said hours. "4. The masters of prostitutes, or their parasites (short no isoro', are not allowed to remain inside the fence or to sleep with their prostitutes throuph the night. . " """" " lJXUUiUil.t.1 iJTUili , . H ft fi?, I fnsTl Tfl. ' 6. A policeman shall remain -within the court from 4 p. m. to 6 a. m. Their hours of duty arc as follows: One policeman from i p. m. to IS m. One policeman from 12 m. to 6 a. m. These policemen will he changed, taking- their turn at the end of each week. " "7. The duty of the police- will be to quiet any disturbances that may occur, and to preserve good order in tho place." Officially Recognized. Here is an official recognition of the vile slave holders as "masters of the prostitutes" and as their parasites. In addition to these rules the slaves and their masters have all sorts of promises and guarantees of protection from the government in their mode of life If continued at this place. Through the gateway is obtained a . glimpse of the second street in this pen of iniquity and death. The doors which are outlined in the half-tone each open into a j j I the place has-been built and, the man- ner injFhleh the, jjvamea ply their ; "trade" la the day timeiVhen the pea is nracticallr deserted. In. the stance Is the gateCof exit, with a view of oae of the frame buildings located on the outside of the stockade. The figure explains itself and .will give the i, - - ; - , average citizen a fair idea, of the whole institution. Figure No. 3 gives an idea of the height and character of the stockade, the character of the buildings and the order of their locations. The main buildings are practically of the sa.ne general order of architecture and "construction. They are built in echelon, lapping over on each other; that is, obliquely across the lot, so that the end of one building extends out beyond the preceding one, so that any person looking for any particular , man may recognize her building, they bemg lettered instead of numbered. Aside from the fact that Iwilei his become a show place, one of its contaminating influences is that the gates are always open, especially during the busy hours of the night, and that young men and young women passing that way must of necvsitv become iar with the Titer vf thf place and perhaps with the crime. The wo men are constantly parading in their scant attire and their patrons do not seem to have any mere sense of shame than have the prostitutes themselves. TooS & Sdmg to Describe. whfllA tznartn ?c tnrx itffnrlr tl and degrading to be described as it realIy is. Woraen old ,n crime and de . , - . . bauchery are penned up here alongside .., . . . , . nf ,,. ;,,, ot .,0UQfa S'.rls cnlj just m their teen- a11 a,iko catned by ..the mas ters of prostitutes or their, .parasites and these in turn controlled-by-the-police and Territorial officials of the new Territory of Hawaii. And for this protection these same degraded women and their parasites pay a weekly tribute of two dollars each, or a total at the present time of ?324 per week. Whose pockets this money ultimately goes into cannot be shown at this time. It is paid over, however, to the lessees of the Iwilei pen, Messrs. Sullivan and Masuda, and these in turn, it is said, arrange with the polict authorities for the payment of the salaries of the officers on guard at Iwilei. Possibly there is nothing demoralizing or degrading to honest high police officials to be thus trading with and conniving with vice, but if there is anything more demoralizing to a police force than such a state of affairs as this, it is yet to be learned what it is. A question of greater moment than any other for the people ot Honolulu on this beautiful Sabbath day is how much longer the government of Hawaii intends to continue the maintaining of this den of vice and disease under its protecting arm? How much longer are men to continue to occupy high social and official positions who re par'ticeps criminis in this terrible place? How much longer are men who Tcriv income from the debauchery and c;t of hoth men and women at to be welcomed Into homes where 'here are young girls pure and unsullied and welcomed into official conferences with the highest officers in the Territory? "Will Be Closed Labor Day. The following dry jroods houses will be closed Labor Day, September 3d. 31. Brtsh & Co. T W. Jordan. Whitaeviilarsh. I . B. Kerr & Co, Ltd. B. K Ehlere & Co. The White Honse. X. ?. Sachs i Co, Ltd. REPUTED rTAHTJN'A JAILED. Tries His Art While Locked in a Cell Witnont Avail. . .. -v 1 l Tr i'oosapu. a very poruy Hawaiian, was locked up at the. police station last night and held awaiting investigation as to bis sanity. He is an old fellow and is reputed to be a very powerful ufcahaca." When searched at the station a small billow stone, which it is claimed has many virtues as a talisman, was found on h?s person. He objected very strenuously to being deprived of bis treasure- Jseddes the stone he had a bundle of 8sh hooks, some fishlincand two highly polished human bones, that go on the iL?bline and sr? warranted to draw mullet by the score. As" the old man was put sntoa ceil by bimself he bad plenty of opportunity of workinuepells ard InvoMuz" the aid of bisakuaa," and this be did for a long tisie after he was locked up. Ho asked that the the station honserumb!e and fail about httn. Ha also. prayedVfor the death of all the. parties coaascted with the station house, and especially dd,he work for the special destxaciiou. of tbe officer who arrested him.r ' IHHHBBnnBBBnMBanHH -- ' --W,: '&- - '- -'."; ,u'r:!?Jswf "sis'v4 ? -we ,JiT6,J?rti!,t; '--?Si,S - - . . . ipoi IAfuj 1 &&( feet. 0CIATfo THE HONOLULU REPUBLICAN VOLOrR I, 2fO. Ci. HONOLULU, IT. T SUXDAT, JsEPTEMBrll -', 1900 PRICE FIVE CENTS DESCRIPTION 8F THE STQCK4DED THIT MM UNIR PUKE IF PENS OF IE EXISTING IT MID. BIG MBIM PtMNITME. Did Board of Health Legally Set Fire to the Shacks? DECISIONS BIT JUOCE SILLNMN. THEY WERE RENDERED YESTERDAY 1ST TWO IMPORTANT CASES. Clauses in Policies Which Compelled' Different Interpretations of the Law by the Jurist. Yesterday Judge Silllman rendered two important decisions wherein the Yee Wo Chan Company was the plaintiff. The first was against the Madge-bury Fire Insurance Company and the second against the Transatlantic Fire Insurance Company. In the Transatlantic Fire Insurance Company the policy contained the following clause: "This company shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by means of invasion, insurrection, riot, civil commotion or military or usurped power." The judge holds that the loss did not occur by means of any civil commotion and that the risk was not within the excepted wishes of the policy. The decision in the case of Yee Wo Chan & Co. vs. the Magdeburg Fire Insurance Company is as follows: "This is an action of assumpsit brought upon a contract of insurance in which the plaintiffs seek to recover from the defendant the sum of $5,003, the amount of the policy. "I find that the plaintiffs are copartners doing business as merchants in Honolulu under tne firm of Yee Wo Chan & Company, and that the defendant is a corporation, incorporated under the laws of Germany, and engaged in the fire insurance business The evidence shows that the plaintiffs and defendant on the 25th day of October. 1S99, entered into a contract whereby the defendant insured against direct loss or damage by fire, subject to certain exceptions set forth in the policy," the merchandise contained in the two-story building situate on the east side of Maunakea street, near .King street in Honolulu, occupied by the insured1 as a store. "The policy contains the following clause: 'This company shall not be liable for loss caused directly or Indirectly by invasion, insurrection, riot, civil war or commotion, or military or usurped power, or by order of any civil authority.' "It appears that during the recent epidemic of bubonic plague which this city the board of health inspected the locality bounded by Kukul, Nuuanu and Beretania" streets, and the Kaumakapili church premises and a line drawn in continuation thereof to Kukui street, and passed a resolution on January 10, 1900, declaring that said locality was in an insanitary condition and infected by bubonic plague; that the Infection could not be removed by any means but fire, and or dering that the buildings within the boundaries be destroyed by fire. In pursuance with said resolution Dr. C. B. Wood, president of the board of health, on January 19th, issued an order to Andrew Brown, fire commissioner, directing him to burn said buildings, "Acting under this order the fire commissioner caused the fire to be started in one of the said condemnnd buildings by and under the supervision of the Honolulu fire department on the morning of January 20th. The fire having been so started accidentally spread to tlie Kaumakapili church edifice and thence through several blocks of buildings to the water front, including the store of plaintiffs and the goods Iherein contained. "I find that there was only a moderate breeze blowing at the time and that no new cause intervened between the setting of the fire under the orders of health authorities and the burning of the merchandise by the policy In question. "The original fire set near the. church as aforesaid was the proximate cause of the destruction of plaintiffs' property. It was, in the same fire. The plaintiffs loss was the direct result of the order of tte civil authority, I. e., the board cf health, and the acts of another authority, the officials of the fire department. "Counsel for plaintiffs contend that In order to avoid liability the defendant must show that the order of the civil authority was lawfully made: they claim that there is no evidence to show that the order of the board ot health was legally made, and further urge that the board had no to destroy the. said buildings it had condemned and ordered burned. "The evidence shows, however, that the board of health was acting In good faith in the premises' and passed the said resolution aad issued the said order In its attempt to stamp out tne epidemic thea prevailing, aad that the fire department acted in like good faith, in pursuance of said order. "It is sufficient that the action was taken and the order Issued boax fide, and witboet going back of the order, to ascertain wSifeer or not the board of health was actfag withla the scope vt its legal authority In making the said1 order, I hold that the loss was the direct resaltof the order of the civil authority withla the raeanlag of the above quoted clause of the policy. "Let jodgaieat be eatered for the How a Woman Was Answered Who Telephoned to Station wmteo waum m mm man TOLD THAT CLERK WAS TOO BTJSY TO BOTHER WITH HER REaiTEST. George Hubbell Was the Clerk On Duty at the Time, Who Ufa 'e the Impudent Reply. Another of those shocking Instances of police cruelty and Indifference tc the requests cf the people, the real masters of the police, came to light yesterday zifternccn away out on south Beretania street. Shortly bef'vre 2 o'clock a Cnlnaman named Kong Lee was walking along Beretania street when he was overtaken by a heavy stone wagon belonging to the si'vernment, the bolug known as No. 3. Oa the wcgim with the Portuguese driver were two boys about sixteen years of age, who, as soon as they came within throwing distance of the Chinaman began throwing rocks at him. Presently the driver joined In the throwing of rocks, all three indulging in the fiendish sport, laughing and hallooing at the Chinaman's discomfiture. , In order to- avoid the rocks, as he thought, and to seek safety, Kong Lee stepped in front of the cart. As he did so the driver suddenly turned the horses and before the Chinaman could get ou,t of the way one ot the wheels of the heavily loaded vehicle passed over his right foot, crushing it to a pulp This was at thc.corner of and Alexander streets. The neighborhood Is inhabited en the mountain side by some ot the best white families In the city; people who belleye In humanity. A number of men and women were immediately on Ice scene, one of the.youngwotnen as- sisting to bandage the foot of the unfortunate man.- Anifthpp tt'hJfo xenmnn nf ift borhood Jumped on her bicycle and rode over to King- street to telephone to the police station to ask for an officer to come out and arrest the driver of the cart and the boys with him and also to send the patrol wagon for the wounded man. Aaother woman roJo up Beretania street to hop-,-' mg to find a mounted officer oaf the - last named street. ' After more than half an hour a policeman was sent to the1 scene on a bicycle to Investigate, while the China-" man was allowed to lay there in the sun suffering from his wound. About the time of the arrival of the officer on the bicycle the woman who had first telephoned asking that the patrol wagon be sent out to take the Injured man to the hospital went to the telephone a second time and called up tbe police station. In answer to her request for an officer to arrest the driver and for the wagon the following reply came back over the 'phone: about the Chinaman you telephoned in about awhile ago? Oh. don't bother us about that; we're busy." and that was all the satisfaction she could get. Finally a few minutes after 3 o'clock the patrol wagon arrived, more than one hour after the case had been re-ported to police headquarters. Inquiry at police headquarters last night developed the fact that tbe clerk en duty when the call for the wagdtn and an officer to arrest the "man whoi. I bad run over the Chinaman was made was George Hubbell and it was he who gave back the insulting answer that he was too busy to be bothered when telephoned to the second time to know why the wagon had not been sent out. Evidently Clerk George HnbbeH of the police department believes that the police are masters of the people and not the people masters of the police. LABOR DAY PARADE. Line of, March for Tomorrow- Xora inffKaraes of Speakers. Tbe preparations for tbe first celebration af Labor Day in Hawaii are bow all complete. Tbe principal event of the rday will be tae parade, which will baa. very flnej tnmont. The lino of, march -aril! be a follows:. Parade starts at the driBbed at 9, o'clock sharp. Frost, drill shed to HotsL to Kis. to Fort, to Vineyard,, to Emma, to Alapsi, to Kinavaad alosg Kinx to tbe Caaitsl groaads where the parade will dkbaaAi. ' The apfijafei of tbe day will be from the band's&Ed in the Capitol grounds . arieVwill be- by- the' 'fellowiag gentle- aaea: VOnitad States Attorney Joha Cr Baird, George A. Para aad i ,f B . Si. '''. .- fct. .v . ty. a. ; k, - t , 5 ri im .........m..