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Own History Forgotten.
"It is unfortunate that the natives are more ignorant of the habits and customs of their own people than the Americans who have settled there. Research by the leaders and teachers among the settlers has brought to light the interesting fact that the made cloth out of the barks of trees and dyed it with vegetable colors, and that they were well versed in the medicinal properties of herbs." The picture Mrs. Frear drew of the deposed Queen Liliuokalani receiving her former subjects during the receptions she holds now, was a pretty one. "The people are devoted to the Queen, who, whatever she has been deprived of through the United States government, has lost none of her regal bearing and charm of manner," said Mrs. Frear. "She receives now, on the wide veranda of her home, in a rocking chair placed between two great poles surmounted by brilliant feathers, the symbols of yet in the eyes of her people the rocking chair partakes of all the grandeur of a throne. The veranda in their eyes is as fine as the carpeted dais of the court, and the venerable queen, who was once arbitrary mistress of the Islands, holds court with all the pomp and ceremony of old." i5 GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE ALEXANDERS Beneath a wedding bell which had performed the heart-warming service at two other similar celebrations, Prof, and Mrs. W. D. Alexander yesterday celebrated the golden jubilee of their wedding anniversary at the old Alexander homestead on Punahou street, where scores of old friends met and congratulated the couple. Although the wedding of Professor and Mrs. Alexander was in 1860, just when the war clouds were gathering over North and South, and months before the first advance was made upon Fort Sumter, there were a few in attendance yesterday who were present at that ceremony, some as bridesmaids, one a groomsman and some as wedding guests. It is a quaint old home in which Professor and Mrs. Alexander are passing the golden days THE HONOLULU TIMES of their married life, and in its old-fashioned rooms and upon the cozy lanai the guests were received. Professor and Mrs. Alexander received the guests on the lanai under the wedding bell which hung over Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Alexander in 1881 and the golden wedding of D. D. Alexander in 1907, and has also been used at the weddings of some of the Baldwins, and even while the congratulations were pouring in under that bell a wireless message came from Maui announcing the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rice, the latter formerly Charlotte Baldwin. Not only were congratulations showered upon the couple yesterday by guests in person, but many cablegrams were received from abroad. From Venove, Italy, came "Aloha," from Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Bowen ; from Rome came an "Aloha," from Rev. Doremus Scudder of Central Union Church ; from Amherest came congratulations from Professor Hosmer, formerly president of Oahu College; from Qualicum, British Columbia, came " Congratulations from Maude and Joe" (Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Cooke). The members of Professor Alexander's class who were present wore golden flowers, and there were many present, men and women, and grandparents, too. The members of his classes presented the professor with a beautiful gold watch and chain, while a number of friends presented them with a purse of gold, and another purse came from H. P. Baldwin. There were a number of beautiful presents, all gold, from double eagles to dessert spoons. Not the least interesting feature of the celebration was the display of Mrs. Alexander's wedding dress, a quaint garment of white mousseline, a garment which many of the guests of 1860 tenderly handled. Over the doors of the library were long pieces of tapa, stained yellow with time, on which were sentences made of pieces of fern. One said, "Abby and William"; on another was, "In Union Is Strength" ; the third one said, "Two Are Better Than One." These were all fashioned by the late W. W. Hall, who died recently, and all were hung in the room in the house in Lahaina when Professor and Mrs. Alexander were wed fifty years ago. Mrs. P. C. Jones and Miss Mary Parker, who were bridesmaids, were present yesterday, as was also H. P. Baldwin, who was groomsman. Among the fifty-year-ago guests present yesterday were Mrs. Hayselden, Mrs. Bishop, Mrs. S. M. Damon. Judge Sanford B. Dole and Frank Damon made addresses, full of reminescenes, to which Doctor Alexander replied as follows : My dear friends and pupils of the far distant past, I thank you heartily for your kind remembrance of an ancient pedagogue. To be thus remembered is the highest privilege and reward of a teacher. I was but an amateur in the work of education, deeply conscious of my shortcomings, but I did the best that I knew, and was privileged in having able and willing assistants. As I look back to that time after the lapse of nearly forty years, its petty trials and sorrows have faded and grown dim, while its nobler pleasures stand out more clearly in the picture gallery of memory. The lifelong friendships then formed with so many choice young spirits are the most precious treasures of my life. Their after careers I have watched with pleasure and pride. They have been engaged in every useful and honorable calling, and are counted among Hawaii's most patriotic and public spirited citizens. And to our many other friends, let me say that we can not find adequate words to thank you enough for your kind remembrance of us on this occasion, for the many expressions of love and sympathy that have been pouring in upon us the last few days, for your beautiful gifts, but most of all for that true friendship, "which is far more precious than silver or gold which perisheth." We wish you each and all as unalloyed happiness as we have enoyed here in Maljuhia, and Heaven's richest blessings besides. It is remarkable that so many friends are present who assisted in that joyful occasion half a century ago. I have always thought that it was the olljiest and best got up affair that I ever attended. In fact, I have had an affection for the dreamy, tropical old town of Lahaina ever since. On that par-