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JAPANESE IN HAWAII.

REGENT 'RIOTS SIGNIFICANT. ALMOST AN INTERNATIONAL FRACAS. [from our own correspondent.] SAN FRANCISCO, Ist July. East and West have met in Hawaii. Tho islands are under American rule, tout the Japanese population exceeds the (Anglo-Saxon. It' the much-predict<?d hostilities between the countries of the Far 'East and the F;ir West do break out within the present generation, it is not im-probable that Hawaii will be the point of collision. The recent riots in the islands might easily have been made a pretext for international trouble, but neither the Mikado nor President Taft happened to be looking for trouble, and so the efforts of the agitators came to naught. There had been a simmer throughout the islands for some month.*. Tho Japanese sugar planters were dissatisfied with their pay and conditions of work. At the beginning of the month of June eigiht thousand of them went on strike. Still the millionaire owners of the plantations refused to make any concession. The industrial fight was conducted in a fairly orderly manner till some Europeans volunteered to act as strike-breakers. This incensed #ho Japanese, and, mainly through the medium of the paper called the Jiji, t ati agitation for violent measures was begun. Tho local police saw that this was bound to lead to strife, and so decided it was best lo meet the trouble half way. They raided the office of the Jiji, and in consequence of what they' found there, arrested the editor Negoro and sixteen others of the strike leaders on charges of conspiracy to incite a riot. It has been said that the documents found in Negoro's office revealed a plot to wrest the government of Hawaii from the hands of the Americans, but this seems to have been an exaggeration. It is true that reference wae made to possible bloodshed, but probably no international conflict was anticipated. Ono of the letters contained the following fiery passage : — "The Japanese strikers are facing the planters with enough powder, lead, and food to make victory sure in the end. -Now is the time to exalt the name of your nation and tint with blood the flag of the Rising Sun. Against those who oppose our action we must be ready with hammer of iron and rain of blood lo make the obstinate and blind planters reflect and to exterminate 'Someta.ro Sheba, the traitor editor of the Shinpo, and his followers. We must prepare." The strikers were roused bo intense indignation by tho arrest of their leaders, and tho white folk on the islands 1 lived many days in fear of a. revolt. Then came the attempt of tNegoro and some of his comrades to make an international affair of tho dispute. They appealed first to the Japanese 'Minister at Washington, and then to the Japanese Govemiient. The ■raid on tho office of the ''Jiji, they claimed, was in contravention of the treaty rights. For this they demanded three million dollars compensation from the United States Government. But they had made a foolish mistake. Beforo 'bringing the claim against the Government they had commenced a suit in the courts to recover damages for the raid, and so had debarred themselves from seeking remedy from a higher source. Even without that, however, it is probable that the Japanese Government would have refused to havo anything to do with the case. And so the storm has passed ; but the cloud remains. The Acting Postmaster-General (the Hon. Dr. Findlay) will open a new post office at Foxton on Friday, the 6th August. The local hon. secretary of the Navy League has written to the Naval Com-mander-in-Chief at Sydney, conveying the congratulations of tho Wellington branch of the league upon the honour (K.C.B-.) recently conferred on the admiral by His Majesty. Sir Richard takes a keen interest in the league movement, and has frequently shown his appreciation of its work. Mr. James Palmer, of Feilding, had a ..■arrow escape from accident on the Main Trunk express on Tuesday. Mr. Palmer was attempting to cross from one platform to another, when he flipped, and both feet went under the carriage. Mr. David M'Millan, of Stratford, grasped him by the collar, and with the prompt assistance of two other passengers, held him until the train could be stopped. Tho Rouse and Hurrell Carriage- Building Company, Ltd., solo agents in the Dominion for Ford Motor Cnrs, have a shipment of tho new model T, 5-seater, 20-h.p. touring Ford cars to arrive in August. The cars, which are painted g-reon, aro fitted with both magneto jvn.l accumulator ignition, and are identical with tho car that won tho groat 4000-mile ocean to ocean race in June lnst. Tho company are always preparpd lo arrange trial runs in the demonstration car they now havo in their gnrag^o. Tho Rou«c and Iluirull Company invite tho public to inspect their large and varied stock of traps, gigs, dog-carts, expresses, vans etc. Motor-car hoods, >vind-screens, accessories and repairs are a specially with the company. The noxt meeting- of tho Wellington Grocers' Union will bo hold in the Trades' Hall on Tuesday night, uhen im portant business « ill conio up for considoration. Mossr-i. T. Kennedy Mncdonald insert particulars in our auction columns of v sale of household furniture and effects lo tako place at. tho family residence, No 20, Hanson-street, on Monday, 9th August, at 1.30 o'clock, on account of Jin \V. C. Greig, who ie lcavj»£ Isew Zealand.

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JAPANESE IN HAWAII., Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 27, 31 July 1909

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JAPANESE IN HAWAII. Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 27, 31 July 1909

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