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... to the cellar. At 11243 another letter was handed in from Mr. Nawahi, as follows HonoluluJuly 23. ISSi. Editor r. C. Auvektiser Sir, The statement made by you ki this mornings issue of the Adyeiitisek, that I was indebted to that paper for three years subscription is untrue. I forwarded. last November or December, the amount then due you to Mr. Frank lirown. who paid it over to you and took your reeeipt, which I now have vt Hilo. When you forward to mo a correet Mil f what I owe you I will pay the same. Will you pleaM publish this in your paper. Yours, Ac. 1. Xawaiu. The dark cloud of mystery which this last missive Hung over the con troversy again threw the cilice into dismay. A committee was hastily appointed to consider Mr. Nawahis correspondence, and to discover if there was anything in these two im portant letters that might remove the impression of Mr. Nawahi indebted ness to this office to the amount of 23 and some odd cents. At a late hour thi3 morning the committee re ported that there was not. A min ority report stated that the letters differed chirographically, and that they the minority believed Mr. NavahPs secretary, or vicesecretary, or assistant secretary was responsible for the last note. And so the matter rests; the Advertiser, on the one hand, stubbornly insists that wnen Mr. Nawahi haughtily requested his paper be stopped, some 23 and odd cents for three years sub scription should be deducted from that hauteur. On the other hand, we have Mr. NaAvahPs declaration that his receipt for that 23 and some odd cents rests in his bureau drawer, or on his piano, or among his private memoranda in Hilo. But our books do not bear the honored name of Mr. Nawahi, with these 23 and some odd cents placed to his credit. Let us hope that in tho near future the sun of truth will shine upon the obscurity of Mr. Nawahis relations to tho Advertiser, and we shall have the pleasure of seeing his account oblit erated, with all the honors of war. from the list of uhcollectable debts. When this time comes, we shall be proud to honor Mr. Nawahi, and to caution him against reading the Ad vertiser in preference to our sprightly and facetious neighbor, the Difmal J! f adder t for whom wo enter tain the very highest obituary re spect. THE AMERICAN SHIPPING ACT. The United States Congress has passed an Act to remove certain burdens on the American merchant marine, and to encourage the Ameri can foreign carrying trade, and for other purposes This Act came into force bn the first of the present month. How far it will tend toward. its avowed object remains to be seen. So far as we can judge, its sole effect will be to relieve American shipowners from certain burdens, which, though highly vexatious in their character, are, after all, very trivial in amount. One provision of the Act is, how ever, of a serious character, being an endeavor, peremptorily, to revolution ize a method of doing business which has numerical custom to back it. The tenth section of the Act prohibits, with the penalty of fine and if the Judge so chooses imprisonment ; also the payment of any advance to a sea man on shipping him. An excep tion to this claim is made in favor of whaleships. Careful provisions against any attempts at fraud are mauc, and the Act is made to extend to vessels of every nationality that may be under the necessity of ship ping seamen in an American port. There is also another curious piece of legislation in this Act as to the liability of shipowners, which we did not think the Congress of the United States Avas Aveak enough to pass. It runs as folloAVs: uSec. IS. That the individual liability of a shipowner shall be limited to the proportion of any or all debts and liabilities that his indiATiduai share of tho Aessel bears to tho Avhole ; and the aggregate liabili ties of all the oAvneis of a essel on account of the same shall not exceed the ATalue of such vessels and freight pending Provided, That this pro vision shall not affect the liability of any owner incurred previous to the passage of this Act, nor prevent any claimant from joining all the OAvners in one action ; nor shall the same apply to Avages due to persons em ployed by said shipoAvners Why the owner of a ship should not be as fully liable for his first debts as the owner of a stage coach, or a hack, or a dray, it is beyond our ability to divine. In the end, such a law is likely to be an injury to the ship OAvner rather than an adAantage, be cause it must necessarily restrict the credit, Avhich aaouKI otherAvise be given to him. ON STREET RAiLEOADS. What ails our esteemed eveuing contemporary After a fit of decency and gentle manners, it feels again the burr Avhich some low Avag has placed under its crupper. On Saturday a street railroadlnll came up for con sideration in the Legislature, a measure Avhich, if properly treated, cannot fail to effect a result beneii cial to the whole people, and the Ha tea i ian rears, plunges and 4 bucks because some men interested in hack driving may be injured. Does it ad vocate the interest of the Chinese ex press driArers? We hope not. But neighbor, there are other citizens largely interested in the adAance of the real estate which they ... Copyright: Library of Congress Source: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1884-07-29/ed-1/seq-5/ Publication:
PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER (1884) Notes: Text recreated from OCR scan.