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M w V or crepes, and much money changes hands in these often quiet strolls. They sail away with far different impressions, those travelers on our soil for even but a few days, perhaps only hours, than they had when landing at our wharves! It is curious to note the. expressions of the faces often of those riding about for a few hours, just passing through and having only the one day at their disposal. Many of them have learned already how to travel and to make the best of their time and the best use of their money. These keep, often, to the Rapid Transit, changing from car to car to see what they can in the few hours allotted them. December 7. Last night was rough and quite cold, very unusual for Honolulu; every one was looking about for an extra wrap or blanket, (truly Christmas weather !) Today, also, is dark and tempestuous a frowning day. But we can no longer lay such freaks of weather at the Comet's door, so we are left with nothing to say. Tomorrow, likely, will be warm and sunny. We overheard a little girl say to her mother, while standing at the upper corner of King and Fort: "Are you quite sure you know where we arc?" It was so quaint and wise wc had to laugh as we looked down at the little one. "Oh, yes," replied her mother, looking down "there is the Young Hotel." And that contented the child directly. All strangers can use the hotel as a sort of local North Star in traversing the city, and will not get perplexed as to their bearings. ("There is the Young Hotel.") The Cafe is now in perfect shape cool and refreshing to the eye with its beautiful walls, attractive and story-telling, and its fine display of palms. We would wish to sound a local note for the retention of the band. What a serious loss to have the music no more in the pnrks and on the wharves. Wc cannot realize that some way will not be devised to retain the services of these fine musicians. The loss of the Royal Hawaiian THE HONOLULU TIMES Band would prove a great misfortune to Hawaii. At least 50 floats for the Floral Parade. This is the announcement made by John A. Hughes, chairman of the committee on floats. Moreover, Mr. Hughes and the members of his committee are confident that they can carry out their aim to make the float section of the parade the most important in the entire procession. The people will never tire of looking at floats, and we can but hope there will be enough in numbers to represent all the colleges and schools and all the industries of the city and island, mechanical and otherwise. Every store on Bishop, Fort, etc., could make a grand display; the Cable office, the Promotion Committee rooms, even the lawyers and doctors, the Mayor and all Supervisors should, so it seems to us, get up and make each a fine float. This would be a great encouragement to John Hughes and the directors, who arc ambitious to make a very stirring parade for the new year. If all will try, there could be at least a hundred floats in the procession. And many of them could be made very striking. Humor and mirth could also find a place. December 10. Last night there was a rainbow and a sunset of great splendor, and later on a heavy rain that washed all nature thoroughly. Today is one of our most brilliant days, and the stretch of land and sea at Waikiki glorious to behold. The town was full of travelers from the two steamers, Zealandia and the Asia. They seemed to be enjoying every minute of their stay on land, and the cars were crowded with men, women and children. As one conductor remarked. "They struck a pretty day." And, indeed, the day is a nicture and must seem a truly Paradise of the Pacific coming off the shin in the early morning, to greet so lovely a town. It must seem a marvel to them, in its highest tronical and most superb arrav of greenery and flowers. We noticed one eentleman who seemed amazed as he watched three little girls picking the hi biscus blossoms from the hedge and filling their hands; he evidently thought they were too beautiful to be pulled that way. These hedges are a wonder to the stranger over and over, and even a kamaaina never tires of them. The day, too, is not too warm, just delightful to go about. What pleasant stories they must have to relate to their friends of the hours spent in Honolulu. They will likely tell of the time at the postoffice, the buying and mailing of cards, and the pleasant chat with sea companions, of the stroll about the town, and the beautiful shop windows, of all the nice clerks that waited on them so cheerfully, of the long ride, the hilltops, the beach and the Aquarium; and of the trifling outlay, it may be. Doubtless some of them, and possibly many, leave a good deal of money behind them, where they expend lavishly. Our own people are now giving good and generous patronage to the stores, and contentment seems to be the guest of every large place of retail goods. The firms seem placid and satisfied, and we hope it will continue that way until late into the winter. The importations are very heavy at this time and all must turn their money in ready sales, in order to make good. These firms invest often in choice goods, hoping to suit their customers and not to keep the goods on their hands. They take big risks, and we hope not one firm will be disappointed or meet with misfortune. We trust it will be to everyone of them a Merry Christmas. December 12. We are having a spell of the most charming weather and it makes the shopkeepers' hearts rejoice when they see the crowd of buyers all day long. Every place excepting the Iron Works, perhaps, savors of Christmas. Dr. Scudder's talk of Florence last night was full of vim, and the Italian names seemed as pat to him as that of P. C. Jones or any other easy. At nine o'clock the assemblage knew quite a chanter of Michael Angelo, Dante and Savonarola.