Consequences of Firecrackers
Just as people pop firecrackers on all important days, it is also played with by children every year.
On this past Christmas night in Honolulu, just as fireworks are set off yearly, so too did a young child named Valentine Souza.
But when this child was doing this as usual, he thought that he and the others would hear the blast more if he put the firecracker inside a metal shell [keleawe poka?]
He shoved a firecracker in the metal, and lit it; the fuse started to burn and when it reached the powder, the firecracker exploded, and because of the strength of the blast of that firecracker, the metal he was holding, and because the metal shattered, some of his fingers holding on to the metal shell were severed.
The fingers that were severed were from his left hand: the thumb and two others; those fingers will be short at the tips until the end of his days.
He was taken to the emergency room and there was examined by Dr. Katsuki.
But this is a lesson to those who heed it, and for those that don’t listen, they will get their’s [e lilo ana he mea ia lakou?]
(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/11/1939, p. 3)