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l i 5$ . vrt' T &. ?s Av THE HONOLULU REPUBLICAN. VOLTDfE I, XO. 151. HONOLULU, H. T, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1200. PRICE FIVE CENTS Y WORKING OLD LEADS MINER DIVORCE Pay Rock Now Appears Completely Exhausted. TAILINGS BEING WORKED OVER DOCTOR MINER ON THE RACK AND SHAKEN UP BY MILL- MAN SILLIMAN. The Not Altogether Pleasing Story of the Domestic Life of the Miners Told What of the Rebuttal Today7 The Minor trial was of rathor a mild charactor yesterday. There wan but one feature of the case that was specially worthy of consideration. That occurred at the closeof the morning cession. Dr. Minor told how. sin'e the trial had begun.that he had been deprived of seeing biB daughtor, at the command of his wife, as he said, and gave a most pathetic story in reference to their last meeting. "Do you want to see your child?" said Judge Humphreys. "Do I?" responded Dr. Miner, in a key he had not touched during the trial, and in tone inaudible to the reporter, but one that must have been heard by the court, for Judge Humphreys said, feelingly: "The court orders that the chila be taken to Dr. , Minor's home every evening from ft to U, during the progress of this trial. ' It was rather a pathetic scone, though clearly it was not promedltatod. At the oponing of tho morning session Dr. Miner took the stand. On direct examination he said that he had nevor boatcn his child In a brutal or any other manner; 1 have pun'shel her, but only when she dosorved it,, I have-no recollection of the last time whon I punished her; it was several years ngo. Ho said Gladys had assisted him on the automobile, but tho lifting was lu&ignilicuni, and instead of regarding It a hardship, slic seemed to take pleasure in it and seemed to be pleased to holp mo. A series of efforts to prove the fam ily relations of the Miners were n- tored into, without developing niiic'i point, savo that when tho doctor was Hick she did for him all ho asked, but nevor oITereil to do anything; sa:d he uever saw any change in G lady's conduct until now after the divorce proceedings wore entered upon; said he had watched the development of his child, notably her mental development, and to illustrate her letters to her father wero introduced, from the time she was four or live years did. Thoy were read, these Immature, childish epistles to her father, arter having been read by all ttio lawyers. Then tho judge read them "he win was rated all right by the brilliurt Gladys and in consideration of the author ho admitted them, "In violation of the well-established rule of this court not to recognize foreign Influence of the Child. "What effect would it Lave on yo i if tho child wore taken away iToni you and from this country?" asked Mr. Magoon. "It would ruin my life," said the doctor, slowly, but with pathos. There were a series or questions as to what he (the husband) had done for the happiness of Mrs. Miner. For six or seven years, he said. I spent all I eained to establish a home for her and mo and whatever God might send to us, and to make her comfortable. He related how he had spent $2,500 to Improve his home Tor her health's sake, gave her a horse arid carriage, a two-seated surrey ana said that when she left him ho had ordered a new surrey and phneton; he countermanded them, but the phaeton anu been shipped. He said they had planned to go to tho Volcano House, a trip to the East in the Spring, with a possible trip to Europe; the latter had not Iwen decided upon. Everything was pleas ant until we began to prepare to coue to Honolulu and then she objected. Onco more there was a return to Mrs. Miner's private fortune, the size of which, as developed by the examination, seems to be a brut 2000 or 510,000, netting her ?27.50 a month. "I never used her money nor her income," said the doctor; it seemed that sho used it for her personal adornment. Witness said that Mrs. Minor was offensive to patients, which, was injurious to his business. Samples of the wife's jealousy wero given In detail, with names of respectable ladles who happened' to be the doctor's patients, but whose n&mes could not be definitely distinguished b the reporter sitting fifty feet away. The wife's jealousy or Mrs McUrew, Mrs. E. C Damon and others was and Its utter lack of founda tion .exposed. The letter of Mrs. Sprowe, the English widow, -was calls- lactoruy explained. The Mannish Mrs. Hamilton. Kven the mannish .Mrs. Dr. Haraii. ton, she of Salt Lake, brogans, cane and derby hats, fell under the suspicion of Mrs. Miner, accordii.g to Dr. Miner. The latter had attendee the lato Dr. Ham J" ton and from that social relations followed. Mrs. Hamilton is a smoker act of cigarroe, but of cigars. She said sho " ji acquired the habit in "protecting" her husband, the doctor, ho was an Inveterate smoker and had "a tobacco heart-" Once on a visit tn Dr. Jliner s j house Jie latter passed the cigars, not ! necessarily for smoking purposes, but j as an evidence of gooii fai'.'i. At that ; time or at anotner ae nrany ieu uraa when his own wife accepted a cigai j "and smoked it from to end and "never got the least bit sick. On their trip East they looked for Mrs. Hamilton, but found she had moved to Chicago. There they visited her and the doctor and Mrs. Hamilton smoked; the latter insisted. Mrs. Miner felt Insulted, (not smoking on this occasion), and there was a jaw ail the way home. He swore ne did not strike her on the way home nor on arriving there. The perjury committed up to date is left to the court to determine. Then there was poor Viola Gillette, choir and concert singer, actress and all 'round good fellow. She came out here with Hoyt and McKee's Company ana was taken 111. She was sick about ten days and one morning Dr. Miner drove her up Punchbowl, before breakfast. Subsequently Intimate social relations were established between the Miners and Viola, which eventuated in jealousy on the part of Mrs. Miner. -The doctor said he hadn't heard from Mrs. Gillette since, at which those intimate with Viola and who heard her eloquent opinion of a iU doctor bill, contracted within ten ays, were not Burprised. Black and blue spois and Mrs. Miner's improved health since marriage were then exploited. It was developed that Mrs. Miner had once written a let ter to her mother, which the doctor said was very beautiful, telling her she was very unhappy because the doctor had to attend female patients, but admitted that her husband was a good, kind-hearted and generous hus band. She gave the doctor a copy of this letter, but subsequently it disap peared from his safe. He didn't charge his wife with taking It, but said she was the only person who had possible access to the sate save himself. Love of His Child. Mr. Magoon then asked Dr. Miner about his child; said afnrst he thought he had no right to write'or attempt to see her; when he learned better he wrote her and got no answer; then arrangement was made o-see her at St. Andrew's Priory. He had one pleasant meeting, which at first was a little staked. Invited to cpuie. again, tho little one said Phe couldn't. by?' "Mamma won't let me," she said. "All right," said the heart-broken father; "do what your mother tells you to do." Later the doctor said, an' arrangement was made that ho might see her at 4 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, or at the Hawaiian hotel at any time. Day after day Gladys failed to keep her appointments. Meantime, the doctor said, he had heard that bis child alleged sho was afraid of him. or that her mother so claimed. Through the inliuence of the Sisters of St. Andrew's Priory they finally met. There was a plain Uilk between father and child, the father saying: "Gladys, are you afraid of your father?" "No, I am not," she said. "And from that time on she kept every engagement," said the father. 1 asked her to ride with me on the automobile and I'd take her home. "Can't," she said. "Why not?" asked the father. "Mamma won't let me." "I told her,' said the doctor, "that she wouldn't come to see me when III. She said her mother wouldn't let tcr come." Then the doctor told how the littlo one asked, with outstretched hands, that ..e'd let her have a horse to ride. "Mamma will not let you go." said tho father. "Oh, yes, she will." There was more of this testimony, all of it very pathetic and there was geucral cxpeitancy in the courtroom, whcrithe strong voice of the judge saying: "Doctor, do you want to see your child?" "Do I?" said the doctor in a few seconds. Ho said more, but It was inaudible to the reporter where he sat, but the judge, whose heart was surely moved, ordered that the child should be taken to the doctor's residence from 5 to 9 every evening, during the progress of this trial. The noon recess was then ordered. After luncheon Dr. Miner's lawyer's led him to explain what he'd do for tho child, if his wife's contention should prevail secure a remalc companion, provide a home and educate her, and not withdraw her from the jurisdiction of the court. The alcohol spilling incident and the coat-shield incident were further prosecuted. The doctor denied that in either he. had beaten, kicked or abused his wife. Also that he had no anlmoslty toward the. father and mother of Mrs-Miner. Cross Examination Begun. With an agility that was surprising Judge Silllman changed seats with Mrs. Miner, and with a smilo on his countenance that made his sphinx-like associate, Mr. Hatch, more saturnine than ever and it was not surprising that he left and allowed Mr. Sllliman to fight alone. Very little new matter was developed during the af ternoon. It was a thrashing over of old straw. The new developments di. not seem to pay for the effort. Briefly: Dr. Miner said he thought his "wife was responsible for the trouble that had arisen between the late Dr. Brodlo and his wife a case of meddlesomeness; there Teas some unimportant family history ana -on Fourth Page). HH DECISION DfflDB M Judge Estee's Ruling On Constitutional Question IS DISCUSSED IK WASHINGTON WHAT A PROMINENT ATTORNEY HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE DECISION. Cases will Soon Be Argued in the Supreme Court Involving the Constitutional Rights of Newly Acquired Territory. From the New York Herald. Washington, D. C, Saturday. linked States District Judge Estee's recent decision in Honolulu that the laws of Hawaii permitting conviction of defendants upon a vevdict of nine jurors were in iorce after the passage tho Hawaiian annexation act, and up to the time of the approval of the Hawaiian legislative act, is construed in various ways by constitutional lawyers here. Crammond Kennedy, a leading at torney, told me today that from the facts in the case available. Judge decision simply showed that the constitution had not kept pace with the Hag "The general principle is," said Mr. Kennedy, "that until the laws of an annexed country are replaced by the laws of the annexing country, they remain in force. When legislation is taken in respect of the annexed country, that legislation must conform to tho inherent principles of the constitution." Officials of the department of justice believe that tl question is only pha of the general question of the cons'tution following the ftai?. These officials hold that the principle involved in Judge Estee's decision will oo adjudicated by the settlement of the revenue cases to be taken up this month by tho United States Supreme CouiL. Great interest is centered ,n these cases, and their settlement "by the supreme court will end the controversy as to wluthei the Porto Rican tariff act is constitutional, and whether the Philippines can bo governed 'is a dependency. Some of the most eminent constitutional lawyers have been employed to argue the cases belure tho supreme court. Tho first case is entitled Gootz against tho United States, the counsel for Goetz being J. C. Perkins and Comstock & Brown of New York.' niis case involves the right of the United States to collect dues on goo'!1: Imported from Porto Kico. The court has set the case for hearing on November 12th. The Pepke diamond case will also be heard on that date. This case .involves the right of the United Stat-s to collect dues on goods from the Philippines, and will be argued by former Solicitor General Charles H. Allen f Chicago. Coudert Brothers of New York have a case involving the Porto Rican tariff question on January 7th. It will be argued by Crammond Kennedy John " will appear in some of tho cases. " Commenting editorially on the above the Herald says: Const:'.!. A.ion Must Follow the Flag. Another of the many conflicting decisions to throw into doubt and confusion t'i2 constitutional status of the nats n's - ewiy acquired possessions has lv en rendered by United S'ates District Judge Estee of He takes the view of those who conic-id that the constitution does not tho flag. He holds that a prisoner may he lawfully tried and convicted by a jury of nine, because such was the law of Hawaii beiore annexation. And which he decides is still in force for tho reason that congress has not yet changed it The constitution declares that in all criminal proceedings the.accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and puolic trial by an impartial jury universaliy conceded to be a jury of twelve men. Tnis and the provision that no person shall be compelled to be a witness against himself, that cruel and unusual ounishments shall not be inflicted, that the writ of habeas cor;iis shall not be suspended, etc.. arc the bulwarks of personal rights and liberty guaranteed to every person under the government of the United States, and which put the American trial system in the vanguard of civilization. The constitution further declares that slavery shall not exist within the United States. The supreme court has ruled that polygamy is a crime against civilization, repugnant alike, to th3 spirit of the constitution and the sentiment of the American people. The constitution applies to every foot of the national domain, wherever situated, it is tho supreme law of the land? wherever the American flag' floats over an American possession. It attaches proprlo Tigore to all territory acquired by the nation Its fundamental guarantees and principles are equally potent in alL Hawaii and VortQ Rico are now. and the Philippines will ire. when pacified, as mnch a part or the national domain and as teach subject to the supremacy of the constitution as ire the western territories. To hold, as Judge Estee does, that the constitution does not extend to them until expressly applied by congress is to hold that congress is above the constitution it is to hold that in places belonging to the United States and under its government the jury system may be changed or abolished, American trial, procedure aet aside, the writ of habeas corpus suspended, slavery exist and polygamy be lawfully practiced In other words, that barbarous practices expressly prohibited by tie constitution may rightly flourish under the government of the united States. e do not believe that the supreme court, when it comes to pass upon the question, will sanction any such constitutional theory- ACCOUNTS OF COURT ROOM. Echoes Try i ne Nerves In Judge Estee's Department. The federal court room in the Judiciary building is a very poor place to hear. The voice resounds and echoes back and vforth so much that it requires the closest attention to catch the words of persons speaking. This defect in the acoustic properties of the ceiling and walls is a difficult one to explain but it is claimed on the best of mechanical authority that it can be easily overcome by the use of drapery properly arranged- at small expense. So annoying is tne difficulty that person standing less than six feet away must often repeat his words before anything can be understood. The effect on the ears is annoying as well as unsatisfactory and upon the nerves of the hearer is the most noticeable enect of trying to distinguish these inarticulate sounds. The circuit room immediately above that of Judge Estee has a slight touch of the same malady. From Seattle. Mr. Finck, agent for the Capit-'il Brewing Company of Seattle, and Mr. Young, a capitalist from Juneau, Alaska, were passengers in the Elihn Thomson yesterday. s. ? THE HIGH SHERIFF AS A LEGISLATURE Judge Wilcox Wants to Know Why and How Permits Are Given To Violate the Laws. Yama, Murasigo and Ishikawa, three Japs, were in police court yesterday for breaking the Sabbath. They were doing carpenter work on a house they arc2 building on lalihd street. The three defendants plead guilty and were discharged by Judge Wilcox. The court cited numero'us instances where white, civilized, Chris tian people are permitted to work on Sunday without molestation. He refused to impose a penalty otf the three Japanese, who were building their own house and who were not supposed to know a great deal about the sacred-ness of the Christian Sabbath. The Judge said: "It's a mystery to me how these permits to work are issued. 1 don't see how tlie High Sheriff can issue a permit for anyone to violate the law. if he can issue a permit for anyone to violate the Sunday law, perhaps he has tne right to give permission to break the burglary law and all the others." Sheriff's Inspection. Cmoplaints about the condition ol the jails In outside districts of this island took High Sheriff Brown on a tour of inspection Sunday. He went by tho Pali road and visited the jails at Kaneohe. Hauula. He also inspected the island police at these places, he came back yesterday morning. He states that the court house and jails at Kaneohe and, Hauula will be put in repair and painted at once. CHINAMAN KILLS HORSE. Held to Circuit Court for Trial for Malicious Injury. Lum Sing, a Chinese living at Pa-lama, was committed to the circuit court yesterday for trial on the charge of malicious injury He is said to have beaten a horse to death with a ciud. The animal belonged to Sam Kanahele and was worth $40. Two I native women testified that they saw the Chinaman last Wednesday pounding the horse with a long club. The Chinaman averred that he had not even seen a horse on the day mentioned, -he horse was straying around Linn's premises. . Inspector of Tea. A. B. Ingalls, of the customs department, will not assume his duties as tea inspector until about January 1. His salary will' be increased from 51S00 to 52100 per year. He wrote for instruments for tea testing sending his letter by the Kio. Punahou Picnic. Most of the-scholars of Oahu College and Punahou Preparatory school went to "Waiaiua yesterday on the annual picnic of the institutions. A visit was made towthe "Waiaiua plantation and mill and a most enjoyable day- was spent by the visitors. c The Charter Proposition. A meeting of the Independent central committee was held at noon for the purpose of fnrther considering- the charter matter. After a short discussion, it was xo wait until hearingr from the Republican and Democratic-parties In regard to the proposition -recently side them. ROUND SCQRIN6 ffll fllHEKUIL DOLE Mr. McCandless Gets a Piece of Court's Mind. BOARD OF HEALTH CALLEI Iff EX POST FACTO RESOLUTION DID NOT LAST LONG WHEN PUT TO THE TEST. Attorney Andrews Carries to a Issue Akwai's Writ of Mandamus Peculiar Circumstances of the Continuance of Hearing. That Superintendent McCandless must issue to D. L. AKwai a building permit on the old banana patch is the outcome of a quicK mandamus proceeding last evening in the circuit court. Attorney General Dole and the superintendent were roundly scored by the judge and the board of health was roasted without mercy for cenumg its power as a legislative body. Some time since Akwai applied for a permit for his proposed building and he secured the approval of the city sanitary officer but the superintendent o public works delayed the permit on the pretext that the ground was in a very unsanitary condition. Akwai employed Attorney Lorrin Andrews and a writ of mandamus was sued out In the circuit court. It was to have been heard some days since but from what was said last evening it would appear that the attorney general caused the delay of the matter for a purpose. Meanwhile at the last regular meeting of the board of health Mr. was present and secured the passage of a resolution against the issuance of permits for tne tract. Then Mr. McCandless, with the attorney general as counsel, made answer to tho mandamus suit setting up the resolution as a defense, the answer being comprehensively reported In The Kcpnolican. The case came on Tor hearing last evening shortly before 5 o'clock, and Mr. Andrews objected to the return as frivolous, impertinent and immaterial as the alleged ordinance'of the uoard of health is beyond the power o that body and was passed in a pure ly ex post facto style. Mr. Dole undertook to explain and Mr. Andrews was eager to spring the testimony ofi a few witnesses. But the court went at the matter without delay scoring Dole and characterizing their actions as sharp practice. The judge stated that he would grant a preemptory writ on the pleadings and that he would not countenance this hocus pocus game on the part of the officials to bolster up a case when there was no legitimate defense. The board if health, he said, had no power to pass the resolution as the attorney general must well kuow and the conduct of those bringing it about was reprehensible to say the least. It is said that Mr. Dole called upon the judge and obtained an adjournment of the case on tne plea that he wished to investigate the merits. Tto judge regarded this conduct as bordering upon misrepresentation and anything but becoming. Akwai will put up a frame building such as will do for a Chinese ttore. The location of the place is the block bounded by Beretania, Nuuanu, River and Kukui streets. BIG RAGE SLATED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON Walter J and W. Woods Will Struggle for Supremacy at Kapiolani Parte Track. The best race ever'seen in Honolulu ia slated to come off at Kapiolani park next Saturday afternoon at 2:.0 p. m. Archie Young's well known Walter J will go against Prince David's light footed thoroughbred W. W. .. oods. This is a match that has been wanted by local turf men for sometime. Now that the go is assured, all the boys are in high spirits and- the bloods are getting out their big betting money. Ten thousand dollars is laid up to back Walter J, and plenty or money is out for W. W, Woods. Walter J has a record 2.0 1 1-2 and W. W. Wood has a mark of 2.07. Quinn will drive for Archie Young and "W. F. Decker will drive for Prince David. The track will be put In good shape and the horses will be sent for all they are worth. The Driving Association will give a purse of $100 in this race; There is a good prospect for two or three match races besides this mam evenL J. E. Jaeger has offered to back: Fred Eros against Bellina's Way Boy, best three in five, for 1500. Bellina will consider the proposition and give his answer at 9 o'clock: this morning. Anyone wanting to enter special made-up races must sea Secretary Ayres beiore Thursday noon. At the meeting lasr night, it was decided that no more races woTi'd be given here until after New Years. This action was taken ont of courtly to Hilo race men. At the Hilo track, there wjll be racing on Christmas and. New Ylars day. Several of the Honolulu steppers will be taken over. bodies have recommended the proposition with growing interest. In view of trade expansion that has taken place and the rapidly developing foreign relations, sentiment for such a department has quickened very materially in the past two years. Bnt for the fact that a presidential contest was impending, some affirmative action might have been taken last session. The matter was talked of In a quita way among the leaders of the majority In both branches of congress. The conclusion was it would be wU to leave the legislation open until after the election. In this view the president concurred. The growth of commercial relations will have an important place in the message upon which the president Is now engaged. Members of the administration have gone so far as to talk over Informally the scope of the proposed department, and to enumerate the existing bureaus of the government which may profitably be trans ferred to the care of a secretary f commerce. AWFUL FATE OF LEPERS. nlissionary Tells of Their Treatment in India and China. LONDON. Nov. 20. Mr Staplcton writing to the Temple Magazine ou mission work among the lepers, makes the toliowing appaiing statements: "India has about half a million, China probably as many, and Japan 200, 000 registered cases. The moment leprosy appears in a man. woman or child, banishment is irrevocably decreed. Thre is no pity or comp.is sion, for lepers, young or old are adrift as unclean things ou th lighways and byways, and are depend ent for sustenance on casual doles cl food thrown to them. "In India a leper loses caste, whirl is regarded as the worst doom. Ir Japan he is treated with the greatest cruelty. The same is true in China. A leper there is often put to death i. fire without compunction, and religion has not a ray of hope for him In tho next world." BIG TIME AT OPENING OF MAUNAOLU SEMINARY Interesting Ceremonies Include a Luau and Speeches and Songs Bright Prospects for the School. The formal opening of tho Seminary at Paia, Maui, occurred Saturday, Novtmber 21th. The exercises were held in the new-building at Sunnyslde. A largo crowd was present. Tho principal event of the day was" the luau, which was spread in tho large dining room. Plates were laid for 150 persons at a time and several tables were served. t The ceremonies of the day were in charge of D. C. Lindsay, of Paia. The speeches were made in the larg school room. H. P. Baldwin presided Speeches were made by Judge J. W. Kalua, Rev. Kekela, Rev. O. P. Emerson and Rev: S. Kapu. Mr. Baldwin made the closing speech. He decidedly opposed the proposition to chango the name of the institution. The entire interior of the building was beautifully decorated for the oc casion with ferns and roses. The sem inary girls sang some very pretty songs. The seminary building is a large structure of two stories, with a wiur, on each side extending in both th" front and rear. In the main part of the building down stairs, arc the largo double parlors, office, principal's room and matrons' room, with a large hallway at each end, from which are two broad stairways. In the right wing downstairs, are the large sewing and work rooms, dining room, kitchen, pantries and scullery. In the corresponding left wing are four large and airy class rooms, fitted up with all modern Improvements. Upstairs In the main building arc neat little rooms for the girls holding two and four each, and here also is the teachers bath room. In front part of each wing upstairs is a teachers room and a guest chamber. Back of these are large dormitories holding 30 girls each. In the rear part of the wings are more teachers looms, and Bmall rooms and dormitories for the girls. The basement is very well fitted up also. One part is utilized as a modern laundry while another for a fine Ironing room. Then forward of this is a large gymnasium, with six shower baths and one large bath tub. Up stairs on the back porch, which extends the entire length of the building, are large sinks with wash bowls for the use of girls. This completes a mote modem and convenient seminary, 'and one that marks an epoch tn the educational life of the Islands. The school is now full, there being at present 103 girls boarding there. The teaching staff is at present short handed, another teacher being required to fill out. Miss M. E. Alexandet is principal and Unas Her hand3 decidedly full at present getting new matting Installed, to say nothing of tie new pupils, but things are slowly getting into good running shape. Birthday Surprise. M. A. Gonsalves. the well known merchant, was tendered, a surprise party by about fifty of his friends last evening at his residence on Maklkl street It was in honor of his birthday anniversary and was a very enjoyable affair. The Golden Calf. Sunday School Teacher Robert, tell me why it was the children of Israel built a golden calf. Robert I don't snow, unless 'twas that they didn't have enough to make a cow. life. .. ft ?4 ' rfit?S '.. 3 -!?-.'-, .jj. -J 4iJ," KffiS 5- " --. U "-Vt- "---..-, -" r g WIRELESS TELEGRAPNT QH BY 6BLNI Honolulu Social -Science Club Asks Some Questions SHUEN ILLNESS 9FI.6!HSS REV. KINCAID ELECTED" PRESIDENT FOR ENSUING TERM-MESSAGES OF RACE. City Charter Discussion Shunned by the Association Members Subject Dismissed in Noncommltal Form-Next Meeting at President's- Home. Vireles3 telegraphy, its possibilities and present use, was tho main subject of discussion at the monthly meeting of tire Social Science Association at the home of Mr. Theo. Richards, corner of Kapiqlani and Klnau streets. F. J. Cross, wno was to have read the paper of the evening, was taken ill suddenly arter he came to the meeting and had to leave. Mr. Richards read tho minutes of the previous meeting giving a review of Dr. Maxwell's paper upon the labor conditions in Queensland. He then read the constitution and by-laws for the benefit of visitors. The officers for tho ensuing year were elected: President, W. M. Klncaia; secretary and treasurer, Theo. Richards. It was then announced that there were five vacancies in tho membership roll and two new names-were offered for election at the next meeting Dr. A. M. Smith and J. P. Cooke. At the invitation of the secretary lor offers to be hosts tor the next meeting, Rev. Kincaid invited the club to meet at his home In January, and W. It. Castie, to meet at his nomc In February- When the meeting was left without a speaker T. P. Grant was introduced by J. B. Athertonjis one who h well informed on the subject of wireless telegraphy and thougn he stated that it was out of his lino ot business he would be willing to answer any questions to tho best of his ability. Mr. Grant's modest profession proved to be rather a delusion, for it was soon evident that ho :s a master of the subject and has given It ranch study besides personal observations of the working of the system by Marconi himself. Ho said, in response to various questions, that the system Is perfectly feasible and practical, that the troubles here had been purely mechanical. The theory of wireless telegraphy had been known In a smalt way before, Marconi's t;uie and a number of experiments had been made In tho same line, the Tesla system is different; it proposes to deaL with an electric current supposed to run through a layer of atmosphere at an elevation. At the time of the yacht race between the Columbia and the Shamrock Mr. Grant was on the New York Herald building and saw Marconi receive messages from a balloon that was in the air at an altitude of 100 feet and in tow or a steamer that was accompanying the yachts on the course ot tne racers. These messages were conveyed without a hltcn and by a code that was in use, it was known instantly all of the maneuvers and positions of the yachts although the din of tho city surrounding the building was deafening. r. Grant said the wireless telegraph Is as yet a great deal of experiment and that Its possibilities are subject to much aevelopmcnt As much radiation travels in one direction as another, he says, and a receiving station behind or ashore tho regular one may get the messages. Responses aro as quick as it is possible for a man to open the key and answer. Mr. Richards arose and voljccd the sentiment of the meeting In a few well chosen words of thanks to Mr. Grant for the evening of profitable information and entertainment- Then 3Ir. Richards gave the bociety a Una chance to discuss another matter, that of the proposed city charter, but never a member as much as committed himself although several said n rew words upon the subject In a sort of a way. Mr. Richards, as committeeman upon the subject appointed last summer, said that a body of politicians Is at work upon the city charter question and now might be an opportune time for tho association to vacate a position in a graceful manner that It once hulJ. The suggestion was made by the chair that the president being gone to the Coast and as the committee had named by him the report conld br deferred. Others thought It not wiso jo discuss the question. Mr. Ricbard3 finally 3aid the charter might die a Honolulu natural death and some one made a notion that the report be accepted and the committee discharged which settled the matter without any harm being uone. After the meeting wnlch was naW in a spacious outdoor auditorium m the grounds, Mr. Richards led the members and guests to his house where a luncheon was served and several ladies were present to entertsia la a social way.