Earlier article about William Hodges, 1862.

—On the 30th of April another case occurred near Hanalei, Kauai, which, though it did not result in murder, shows that the natives are rapidly progressing in all the attendant arts of civilization. A colored man of Wainiha, named William Hodges, and a married man, Continue reading

More on William Hodges, 1862.

Attempt at Strangling.—We learn that on the 30th ult., at Wainiha, Kauai, a colored man, named William Hodges, narrowly escaped being strangled by having had a lasso put around his head, while asleep, by parties operating from outside the house, assisted by some one of the inmates. Investigation of the parties is now being held.

(Polynesian, 5/10/1862, p. 3)

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Polynesian, Volume XIX, Number 2, Page 3. May 10, 1862.

Warning, 1898.

An Object-Lesson for the Hawaiians

In the debate in the Senate on Hawaiian annexation, Senator Tillman of South Carolina, let unnumbered cats out of innumerable bags. He spoke of the way in which the people of the Southern States established “a white man’s government” after the war, of the opposition of the Republican party to the  methods by which that government was established, and wanted to know if the Republican party was not backing up a similar “white man’s government” Continue reading

John Smith, flautist for Kamehameha III, and land rights, 1904.

HAS DECLARED THIS ACTION GOOD

INTERESTING CASE BEFORE LAND COURT—A NEGRO FLUTE PLAYER AS A COURT MUSICAN—COOKE HOMESTEAD CLEAR.

Enoch Johnson, as examiner of titles, is the author of an opinion filed in the Torrens Land Court to the effect that one John Smith, a negro flute-player for Kamehameha III was owner of a valuable piece of land on Young street, for which application was made for a Torrens title by C. M. Cooke, Limited. As the negro got the California gold fever and left, disappearing and leaving no heirs, Johnson comes to the conclusion that the property reverts to the Territory. Judge Weaver, however, differs, from this opinion and holds that the petitioner is entitled to a clear title.

The land was granted to the flute-player by Royal Patent 26, on July 17, 1847, by King Kamehameha III. Twenty-five years ago it was used as a pasture land, in the old days when its value was a mere trifle. It is now residence property. When the gold fever broke out in California flute-player Smith gave up both his job as a royal musician and his land near what then was of Honolulu then and left with some other negroes for California. He has never been heard of since and adverse possession has long since run against him or his heirs.

Enoch Johnson, however declares in his report to the court that adverse possession does not run against the government and that the law provides that property left without heirs shall escheat to the government. Here he holds that the Attorney General should be notified and that Smith’s “estate” is escheated to the government.

“I have to disagree with the conclusions of law set forth in the opinion” says Judge Weaver in his decision filed yesterda. “I am of the opinion that the applicant shows a prima facie case of title. The Territory of Hawaii has no title in the lands by reason of the law of escheat, for the reason that no ‘inquest of office’ has been had to take possession of the land. The abstract of title shows that the applicant is entitled to a fee simple title subject to a life interest in C. M. Cooke and his wife, Anna C. Cooke, as set forth in their deed to Charles M. Cooke, Limited.”

(Hawaiian Star, 6/23/1904, p. 8)

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The Hawaiian Star, Volume XII, Number 3824, Page 8. June 23, 1904.

Thomas McCants Stewart passes on, 1923.

The black Lawyer, McCant Stewart has passed on

On the 13th of January, the Black Lawyer left behind this life, the one whose name is placed above; and he died at Saint Thomas, in the Virgin Islands, at 68 years of age. Some people of Honolulu are remembering him, this Black Lawyer who resided in Kalihi, and participated in politics in those days of they years of 1903, 1905, 1907, and it was this Black Lawyer who contributed greatly to the County Law as it now stands today, and it was due to his greatly trusted guidance that the County Law stands here in Hawaii.

After he left Hawaii nei, he went to the Republic of the Blacks in Liberia, Africa, and he became the Attorney-General for that Republic for a number of years, and under his leadership, that Black Republic of Africa gained some very fine laws. His daughter is currently living on Kauai, and she has married a Chinese man on Kauai, and she is employed as a School teacher at Anehola, and is a leader in politics in that area of the Republican party.

[If you want know more about this fascinating man, drop your plans for Friday night, February 5, 2016. There will be a presentation done by Dr. Albert Broussard, professor in the Department of History at Texas A&M University. It will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p. m. at Aliiolani Hale. Click here for more!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 2/22/1923, p. 2)

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Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XVI, Helu 39, Aoao 2. Feberuari 22, 1923.