Slide show, ice cream, and some violence, 1908.

TEN DOLLARS FINE FOR ASSAULT

Because Charles Santos, Portuguese, caused harm upon Wong Ping, a Chinese who is employed at the office of immigration [keena hoopae limahana], he was fined ten dollars on this past Monday before the Police Court [Aha Hoomalu].

This Portuguese man was arrested previously for punching and breaking the jaw of another, and he spent ten months in Kawa for that crime of his, and ten more dollars for this further injury.

Wong Ping and a friend of his and the daughters of this friend were watching a slide show [kii hooleleaka], and from there they went to eat ice cream [aikalima] at the Japanese shop. Continue reading

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Missing newspapers leave holes in histories, 1881.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS”]

We have received from P. R. Holi of Kauai, a response to the Elele, and what it published about him; this is his response which we accepted with great import: It is true, it was my friend and I who brought Kamahueeu, a person inflicted with leprosy [mai pake], and some other sick ones from Hanapepe without any problem to Lihue to the Sheriff [Makai nui], and then after completing this duty for him, I returned home; it was not me who caused him harm, it was some other officer; therefore, the Elele was totally misdirected in its publishing this, and the one who wrote the story was mistaken.

[Hopefully the missing years of the newspaper “Ka Nupepa Elele” (1879–1885), which includes the year the article referred to here appears, will not be missing forever! Might anyone have any ideas where these might be found?

It also should be noted that responding to a news article appearing in one newspaper in another paper like the response above, was a very common practice.]

(Kuokoa, 11/26/1881, p. 3)

Ua loaa mai ia makou mai a P. R. Holi...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XX, Helu 48, Aoao 3. Novemaba 26, 1881.

Halloween mayhem, 1933.

PRANKSTERS DO MISCHIEF UPON THE SHADE TREES

Once again the beautification of Honolulu was marred according to what was made known in the morning of this past Wednesday by Mrs. Charles Wilder, the commissioner of shade trees.

The members of the commission found seven fine trees planted on Dillingham Boulevard [Alanui Kilinihama] all cut down. These trees were about ten feet tall, and they were destroyed on this past Hallowe’en night.

This sort of mischief done all over this town was made known to the commission in the past; however, this recent wicked deed was by far the worst.

(Alakai o Hawaii, 11/9/1933, p. 1)

HANAINO KA POE KOLOHE I NA KUMULAAU MALUMALU

Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 6, Helu 28, Aoao 1. Nowemapa 9, 1933.

The tiny disclaimer from the original Daily Alta California, 1884.

The narrative on the first page shows what might be accomplished in the Hawaiian Kingdom by a small body of desperadoes.

[This wasn’t easy to find. I wonder how many readers of that day actually noticed it…]

(Daily Alta California, 12/15/1884, p. 4)

The narrative on the first page...

Daily Alta California, Volume XXXVII, Number 12664, Page 4. December 15, 1884.

Response from the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 1884.

The Gazette, always our neighbor, sometimes our friend, has very generously called attention to our enterprise in giving the “Alta Hoax” to the public just one hour after the arrival of the Alameda. We are truly grateful for some small favors, and in returns for the italicized notice of our friendly neighbor, we will give due publicity to the following,  clipped from its columns, with our illustrations bracketed between:

“TRUE CRITICISM.

“The following definition of ‘true criticism’ is clipped from one of our exchanges and is given herewith for the benefit of the writer of the editorials in the Gazette:

“Criticism differs from defamation in the following particulars:

“!. Criticism deals with such things as invite public attention, or call for public comment.”

(“That the Government organ, the Advertiser, is hand in glove with the perpetrator of the “Piracy” hoax, published in the S. F. Alta, is made apparent by the fact that a stereotype of the article was received at that office per Alameda, and from which the ‘extra’ was printed. Some hoax, more costly, will probably be now played by the ‘four Jacks’ in the cabinet.)

“2. Criticism never attacks the individual, but only his work. In every case the attack is on a man’s acts, or on some thing, and not upon the man himself. A true critic never indulges in personalities.

“3. True criticism never imputes or insinuates dishonorable motives, unless justice requires it, and then only oa the clearest proof.

“The critic never takes advantage of the occasion to gratify private malice, or to attain any other object beyond the fair discussion of matters of public interest, and the judicious guidance of public taste.”

Notwithstanding the snarl of jealousy of our antiquated neighbor, it is the intention of the proprietors of the Advertiser to repeat the enterprise shown by them on Tuesday last. No expense will be spared to furnish the most interesting news within an hour of each steamer’s arrival. By the S. S. Zealandia, we expect something special that will afford further criticism for our out-of-date, old-time-custom, weekly contemporary.

[I have not found the actual special issue of the PCA printed on 12/23/1884, soon after the arrival of the Alameda from San Francisco. It might not be on the microfilm, and there may not be an extant copy of it because it was not a regular issue. But stereotypes… new technology arrives in Hawaii!]

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 12/25/1884, p. 2)

The Gazette...

Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume 30, Number 203, Page 2. December 25, 1884.

And yet more from the Saturday Press, including a ditty, 1884.

More True “Criticism.”

That the Government Organ, the Advertiser, is hand in glove with the perpetrators of the “Piracy” hoax, published in the S. F. Alta, is made apparent by the fact that a stereotype plate of the article was received at that office per Alameda, and from which the ‘extra’ was printed.—Gazette.

Notwithstanding the snarling jealousy of our antiquated neighbor, it is the intention of the proprietors of the Advertiser to repeat the enterprise shown by them on Tuesday last. No expense will be spared to furnish the most interesting news within an hour of each steamer’s arrival. By the Zealandia, we expect something special that will afford further criticism for our out-of-date, old-time-custom, weakly  contemporary,—Advertiser.

“Auwe! Auwe!”
Said the P. C. A.
“You horrid horrid Gazette,
Get!
Virtuous fellers is we
As ever the world did see,
And ‘enterprizen.’
As pizen.
Do you think, as you wink,
O! big blanket G.,
That we
Was a goin to give the thing away
And say
As how we got ‘lectrotypes from ‘Frisco
And printed em brisk so
The town would roll up its eyes and say
‘Auwe!’
‘How awfully clever!’ ‘Now did you ever!’?
We never thought any one here would spy
The little wee rent in the great big lie.
Wich is w’y we cry,
Wich is w’y we wail,
Wich is w’y the ‘Tizer dog droops his tail,
For the lie un-nailed made a very big bang;
But the lie found out was a boomerang.”

(Saturday Press, 12/27/1884, p. 3)

"More True Criticism."

Saturday Press, Volume V, Number 17, Page 3. December 27, 1884.

Reaction from the Saturday Press, 1884.

DAN O’CONNEL’S SELL.

A Clever Hoax in the Interests of an Increase of the Hawaiian Army.

The San Francisco Alta of December 15th has a cleaver hoax entitled, “Piracy, Honolulu Captured and Sacked by an armed Force—etc., etc.” It was written by Mr. Daniel O’Connell whilom editor of the Advertiser ; and copies of the hoax were struck off in San Francisco (or else the matter sent here in electrotype blocks) and issued as an extra by the P. C. A. with all possible expedition and a fine parade of “enterp rise.” The hoax is really an ingenious one and caused no little excitement in ‘Frisco. Copies of the Alta sold on the street for 25 cents a copy and were still in brisk demand at the time the steamer sailed. Ex-Mayor Alvord, president of the Bank of California, sought George Macfarlane and asked with some excitement if the story was at all worthy of credence. Mr. Alvord was especially interested because of his friendship for Mr. C. R. Bishop. Our unruffled George (who, of course, was in the secret of it) replied gravely that the story was probably a canard; though not at all impossible.”

The hoax would be merely amusing if is were not for its possibly serious consequences. It is well known that the distinguishing feature of the present reign is a passion for toy-soldiery and for military display. That passion has been encouraged by the administration. There are those who think they see in the recent Alta canard the dextrous yet sinister hand of the “premire.” Stranger things have happened. The essay is in his line ; and Mr. O’Connel’s clever pen has done it cleverest to further the pernicious doctrine that these islands need protection from foreign foes—protection by an increased military force or by such a naval armament as would render a piratical swoop like the one mentioned either a mightily hazardous experiment or sheer madness. But there does’nt seem to be any great danger that the nation has enough two-legged asses within its borders to carry such a scheme to realization —unless Mr. Gibson and King Kalakaua are willing lo mortgage their private estates to set up the costly playthings.

(Saturday Press, 12/27/1884, p. 3)

DAN O'CONNEL'S SELL.

Saturday Press, Volume V, Number 17, Page 3. December 27, 1884.