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The submerged reef upon which the system of building employed finishes the breakwater is being built runs in the shape work as it progresses, the crane working on of a crescent, in a position reversed to the the top of the finished wall on a single crescent of the bay. It is nearly half a mile track, and being served with loaded cars,
, wide, and the breakwater is located along one at a time, by a switch engine. its inner or harbor side. The average The Honolulu Stock and Bond Exdepth of water over this reef is about 23 change is one of the accredited financial feet, with occasional pockets of 40 or more institutions of the world, and its listed feet depth. Inside the reef, the depth of securities of island corporate activities water is in most part over 32 feet, with are of interest wherever money changes sand bottom and easy dredging.
hands. The Hawaiian Trust Company, The contractor has three years' time in Limited, in its brochure entitled "Hawhich to finish the work covered by the waiian Stocks and Bonds,” is replete with first appropriation of $400,000. At the information containing the array of sepresent rate of progress he would finish in curities offering in the islands, together about twenty-four months, well within the with the capitalization, assets and liabilitime allowed. He is not satisfied with ties of the corporate interests. The this, however, and has ordered additional Hawaiian Trust Company, Limited, is machinery which will allow him to increase under the direction of those prominent in the present rate at least fifty per cent, and the great interests of the island territory, perhaps double it. A new crane of 75 tons among whom may be mentioned E. V. lifting capacity, with a 57 ft. boom, will Tenney, C. H. Cooke, J. R. Galt, George arrive about the first of July, and will be R. Carter, C. H. Atherton and S. G. installed at the end of the jetty. The Wilder.
BY JOHN A. HENSHALL
Hawaii! ’neath thy sapphire sky,
Surely 'twere Paradise indeed To live, unheeding of the cry
Of this repellent, hideous greed Which fattens on the weaker's shame And makes of friendship but a name.
Barred by two thousand miles of wave,
A unit of this striving horde, In dreams thy crystal waters lave
My feet, and then some mystic chord, Some strange and subtle impulse, strings My heart with fond imaginings.
No stranger e'er partook thy bread
But oft turns back on Memory's scroll Where Waikiki and Dimond Head,
Outposts of Earth's supremest goal, Stand forth and beckon him away From feeble strife for golden clay.
No sojourner within thy gates,
E’er loitered through thy star-spanned nights, But rails at the untoward Fates
That tore him from such rare delights-
Fair island of the Southern seas,
Though in a land enwrapped in snow
Stand spectral, and the cold winds blow-
A FICTITIOUS HISTORY
BY LIONEL JOSAPHARE
was vain of this cord, and was frequently
seen standing with his thumbs-stuck into HE WAR, undertaken it, and arms akimbo. In point of author
precipitately and end- ity, he was the second man in the settleing with the expected ment; but in popularity, the busiest of all.
victory, was not fol- For Ugwuf was oft haughty after the T. lowed with spectacular
chase and left to the statesman power over rejoicing, save in de- the allotment of meat. Pobolo ordered vouring the motive of this man to sever the animal, that one to the invasion.
take a portion, and so forth. In going
a viewed as a hunt. That it brought about
about his homely statesmanship he an entire tribal change of residence was plump-mannered, grandiose and exceednot important. The tribe had possessed ingly happy. no houses or tents; not even skin But there came a time when the woragainst a stick. The art of stripping hides ries of State offset its pleasures and the was not yet known. Carcasses
circumstance of his waist-cord. Intrigue divided and baked in the skin after the and blight was found in his fairest glory. singeing off of the hair. The people took He had a pretending rival in the affecto caves as birds to a twig. They exca
tions of the chief. This was Lean-face, vated cliff homes out of the
of prowl- the name having been conferred by Poing beasts. In all this was a mere liveli- bolo in a splendid bit of statecraft. Leanhood, a dawn-to-dark animation. Suprem- face was not only spare of cheek but con
acy in food-gathering was the only pride. tracted in belly and scrawny of limbs.
But fortunately Ugwuf had a pro- Pobolo frequently ridiculed him to the gressive mind. Pobolo informed him that chief. the cattle was not likely to wander far and "Behold this Lean-face," he would say. that it might be well to conserve the herd “Has he not the widest mouth you have from the greedy population. This would ever seen champing a cow-bone. I think fulfill two objects: firstly, the cattle would Ugwuf ought to kill Lean-face for having breed and give milk; secondly, there would such a wide mouth.” always be food for the king when he This remark Ugwuf did not fancy as up. should be indisposed towards the chase. to Pobolo's standard of astuteness.
He Ugwuf approved the idea. He bade the could not quite agree that a man shou commoners slaughter one cow
be executed for breadth of mouth confour adults. The remainder were to be trasting with leanness of cheek. It caused under the royal prerogative. After the him some reflection; but in the end he feast, about fifty head of cattle survived. spared Lean-face. Of these, Ugwuf presented his adviser with Lean-face would often come to listen ten.
when Pobolo spoke to the king. In those A further honor was awarded to this days there was no privy council room. Any politician. In consideration of his ser- one might approach and hearken to the vices, he was permitted to wear about his deliberations of Ugwuf and Pobolo. waist a twisted fibre, like the chief's, but Among this audience Lean-face was the without the dangling spearheads. Pobolo most attentive. He stared at Pobolo,
whose method did not seem difficult. So more of bringing distress upon his fortuhe tarried once until Pobolo had with- nate rival. To attack him was dangerdrawn, and then suggested ideas to Ug- ous. Somehow he feared to set upon Powuf. But these were too visionary for the bolo more than on any other man. He stern-browed, simple chief, and Ugwuf was not given to deeds of strength anygrunted "No." Many times
Many times Lean-face way. availed himself of this audience. Ugwuf One day, as he was thinking of some acalwaye denied him in the end.
complice, he bethought himself of the For instance, Lean-face wished to have great Wah-wah. Wah-wah, it was said, the dead buried in the ground instead of had invented fire. Lean-face revered him being thrown over a cliff. The plan was for that. It indicated superiority. Many a safe-guard against their coming back. times had he been in Wah-wah’s cave. No For some reason, the Lakemen disliked one had ever beheld Wa-wah in the neverthe thought of the never-wake-up men re- wake-up. It was related that upon the turning. After a short period of bad-sleep burning of the forest he had entered the they became so ugly as to arouse dread flames and disappeared. Many therefore of what they might do, if active.
believed the man still alive. Only the Another of Lean-face's wistful inno- very old remembered him and his conflavations was the marking of a scar in the gration and the woman Ainu, who taught form of a spear-head on the shoulder of fire to Botu-or pretended to remember. every tribe member. This also made no From such hearsay, Lean-face esteemed impression upon the chief. So that Lean- the inventor or fire as the only person face was in despair of sharing the royal worthy to aid him in the present cause. friendship.
He resolved to journey to Wah-wah’s cave. He longed for ten cows like Pobolo's; for peradventure the hero had been away for, like Pobolo, he was loth to go forth on a hunting expedition when hitherto and hunt. Often he would gaze into the looked for. distance and dream. The sounds of ani- So Lean-face said naught to his assomals gave him strange fancies. He was ciates, but, with a piece of meat upon his wont to wander off alone and watch the spear, set out for the mysterious cave. play of animal life from a tree. It made He traversed the hills and forests, him indolent, indolent as the fat Pobolo, watchful of beasts of prey, now and then whom he envied but could not displace in proceeding from tree to tree, leaping from the attention of the chief. Besides this, one to the ground and springing up anhe was just as frequentive a talker; yet other, when observed by the larger ani
a ; few would listen to him. They did not mals. In this tree-jumping he would cast understand. They knew of naught save his spear and meat before him. food and the methods of tracking it. When At last he arrived near the opening in Lean-face spoke to his companions, look- the cliff. The mountain was hot; the ing them in the eyes, they scowled un- rocks glistened. Lean-face peered caueasily as in the sunlight, and turned away tiously into the cave. Bones of animals their heads. They had acted the same were scattered about, indicating a habitaway towards Pobolo at first, but now the tion. No human being was to be seen. latter was so prominent that he had but The intruder searched about, and, in a to blow upon a marrow-bone, and crowds corner, found a long flint-knife fitted with would scuttle to do his bidding. Lean- a handle and somewhat in the shape of a face yearned to blow upon a marrow-bone broadsword. He examined it curiously. and fascinate a crowd, and still earnestly On one rough-flaked side of the blade, did he wish for ten cows. Moreover, Po- crudely represented in the facets of the bolo's vexation would not have been un- stone were the heads of a man and a pleasant to him.
woman, with bodies vaguely suggested. It In the latter concern, Lean-face inter- was perhaps the work of chance, yet the viewed a number of tribesmen. They shadows of both faces in the chipping of either could not understand or considered the flint were almost perfect. The man a plot against the statesman impossible. was in three-quarter visage; the longIt made the slim one dream more and haired woman in profile. At first, Lean
face did not recognize the human likeness, For some time Lean-face lay in the one yet continued to be interested as some in- position, until news of the odd event stinct of artistic appreciation roused caused the approach of the king and his within him. When his artless eyes minister of State. Ugwuf looked on disachieved the art of recognition, he was dainfully, while Pobolo poked the prosabashed.
trate man with his foot. The magnitude In the presence of this mystery, he of the worshipped sword aroused Pobolo's called: “Wah-wah!”
covetous faculties. It looked just such Then
a sword as he would desire for himself. “Wah-wah,” faintly echoed from the However, if acquiring it were impracticave.
cable, he would get it for Ugwuf; upon Lean-face was
startled. He stared, some excuse, deprive the detestible Leanbut saw no one.
face of it. “Wah-wah !” he cried again.
“Where did you get that?” he inquired "Wah-wah," came the echo.
ferociously, being eminently able, in spite The Great Man was evidently near, but of his corpulence so to inquire. invisible. Lean-face prostrated himself Lean-face arose, holding the blade in in fear. His whole body and mind had both hands and gazing at it ecstatically. been stunned and felt the vibration as a “Where knife?" growled Pobolo, his gong. Now it was the unlimbering of his form of speech recrudescing in rage. forces; then it was an alarm. He betook “Lean-face gorilla, where get knife? himself to his feet and scrambled down the Where knife? Quick answer!" cliff, forgetful of his spear, but unwitting- Lean-face replied, "I got the knife from ly agrasp of the discovered sword. There Wah-wah !" was something new and wrong in the face Ugwuf moved his feet uneasily. There of things. Inanimate objects, or parts of was but one thing that he feared, he did them, seemed to take on human shape. not know why, and that was the almost When he attained the valley, even the sun- extinct name of Wah-wah. light had a sinister aspect. Over the field Pobolo also was down-cast. The name of his former settlement he scoured, and of Wah-wah was about the only matter did not relax his speed until well-nigh that the tribe had saved from the past, out-breathed. Therewith he walked besides its few arts. Yesterday might fast as possible, running with every little have been a battle; today, an invasion of renewed vigor, and, after many frights, wild beasts; tomorrow might see a new having lost his way twice, was back among chief. The next day, the tribe would be his comrades.
found frolicking beneath the trees. These They were lying around and about, in men slaughtered and lay down to sleep, groups and singles, as if strewn out to murdered and went to dinner. Blood of dry; in truth, they were merely digesting beast and man dried in the sun, and there their food. Withal, they accorded him was no profounder death than the past. that attention, interest, curiosity, rhap- There was neither means nor use for resodic speculation that proceeds only out of membering anything. True, one might
, abject idleness.
tell another, but that other's memory was Lean-face said not a word. He felt that a poor docket for facts. Or he might narhe dominated the scene, and did not wish rate the death of one upon the tusks of the to elucidate matters with undue haste or boar and receive but a grin in response. loss of dramatic effect, which instinctively And yet, out of all such oblivion, like unwas in him. Depositing Wah-wah's to the moon that sometimes was away but sword reverently on the sod, he lay on his ever and again reappeared out of the horistomach before it. In recollection of the zon, returned the name of Wah-wah, who sensation of hearing Wah-wah's name in had invented fire. There had been many the cave, it was now becoming to exhibit chiefs ; there had been many deaths; there such attitude in the presence of the sword. was ore Unforgotten. This business satisfied both his own super- “Where is Wah-wah ?” gently asked Ugstition and that of the spectators, who wuf of the Conquering Spear. now came, curious.
"In his cave," answered Lean-face.