The Ceylon at Hilo.
Our thanks are tendered to the writer of the following interesting sketch:
The English steamer Ceylon left Hilo for San Francisco at half-past nine o’clock on Monday morning, April 17th. Owing to the absence from Hilo of Judge Lyman, the Japanese Embassy were taken in charge by Fred. Lyman, Jr., who furnished them with mules for the volcano, and attended to all the details of the trip and of their stay in Hilo, and escorted them on board the Ceylon at 4 P. M. on Sunday, the hour set for sailing.
Mr. Lyman performed the duties devolving upon him with becoming grace and ability. The Ceylon was detained at Hilo 17 hours after the time set for sailing, owing to the fact that two of her passengers had not returned from the volcano. The party, a lady and gentleman, left the Volcano House early Sunday morning, accompanied by a boy who had been detailed by Mr. Simpson to act as guide. After leaving the half-way house the boy—Bonie Kaapa—hastened home to Hilo, leaving the party to get back as best they might. The result was they lost their way, took the wrong road and went to Puna, and after hours’ travelling managed to get back to the half-way house with tired, worn out animals—to say nothing of their own aches and pains—at about 9 P. M., when a message was dispatched to notify the Ceylon of their whereabouts. Parties had been sent out from Hilo in search of the wanderers, on all the roads, it being feared that some severe accident might have befallen them; and it was decided relief to the watchers at Hilo and on board the ship, when the messenger arrived shortly after midnight to announce the safety of the party. After a few hours’ rest the lady and gentleman again left the half-way house at 2 A. M., Monday morning, on fresh horses and with a responsible guide for Hilo, which place was reached at a little after 8 o’clock. They went immediately on board, and as soon as possible thereafter the ship sailed. Too much blame cannot be attached to a guide who thus leaves his party, or to one who sends such an irresponsible person as guide, not only causing the party to lose their way, and great anxiety on the part of friends and the community at large, but also the detention of a ship like the Ceylon, under great hourly expense. Mrs. C. C. Kennedy and child took passage on the Ceylon from Hilo for San Francisco.
[With Merrie Monarch coming up, watch out Hilo, for lost tourists!]
(Daily Bulletin, 4/26/1882, p. 2)