SMUGGLED GOODS AUCTIONED OFF
In three hours or so this past Tuesday, items attempted to be smuggled in without paying Duty were auctioned off on Fort Street. Japanese Silk goods made $1,740.00 whereas the actual value of the items is believed to be only $1,100.00 according to the person who imported them; and so it was much more than the real value, being that it was $640.00. There were 600 items that were auctioned and the majority was silk goods. The auction began at 10 a. m. and closed at 1 p. m.; there were many Japanese who showed up.
(Kuokoa Home Rula, 12/19/1912, p. 1)