James Campbell, 1893.

OLD GLORY.

Mr. Campbell Wants It Hauled Down.

On Saturday the Executive Committee of the Annexation Club swung the American flag across Merchant street, from the Campbell block to McInerny’s building. News of the proposed raising of the flag reached the ears of the proprietor of the structure first mentioned, and the following letter, which he sent to the committee, would seem to indicate that he did not quite like the contemplated ornament to Merchant street:

Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands,
March 25th, 1893.

To the Executive Committee, Annexation Club.
Sirs: I hereby protest against and forbid you using the sides of any part of the top of my buildings for the purpose of sticking streamers or flags across Fort or Merchant streets.
You are entitled to, and I am perfectly willing to accord you, quiet possession of room No. 6, rented to you, but I most distinctly deny to you any privileges outside of the occupancy of said room.
If my actions do not meet with your approval, and you so desire, you can vacate said room No. 6 and I will remit you rent in proportion.

Yours, etc.,
James Campbell.
J. H.

Room 6 which is now the headquarters of the Annexation Club, is the old Chamber of Commerce room and does not open upon Merchant street. The committee therefore applied to the American Consul for permission to use one of his windows for their lines. The permission was of course at once accorded, and this circumstance also being brought to Mr. Campbell’s notice, he sent the Consul a letter of like purport to the above, but omitting all reference to leaving the building. Continue reading