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Flectricity in Honolulu., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889
Flectricity in Honolulu.
Honolulu has the cheapest and best system of telephones in the world. There are 1,024 telephones in nse, connecting business houses, markets, butchers, bakers, residences, and every town, hamlet, and ranch on the island. The system is one to make the United "Stateser" weep aB he contemplates how far the "savages who killed Captain Cook" have got ahead of him. There is no ringing a bell to attract the central office, waiting for a roturu ring, and then wrestling with central to get a connection you want. You simply pull down a lever and say your say without more ado. The telephone company owns the telephone, puts it in, wires the house, and keeps everything in repair all for LI a quarter for residences and LI 17s Od for business houses. There are no extras and no charges for making connections out of town. Moreover, there has been evolved a of the nineteenth century—viz ,an attentive and obliging "Central." Does tho clock run down—"Central, what time is it?" Does the firebell ring—" Central, where's the fire ?" Docs a steamer's whistle blow—"Central, what steamer is that?" "Central, how far off is the steamer ?" and the answer always comes quick and cheerful. Do you forget to order your breakfast steak until the butcher has gone home for the night, tell "Central" what you want and ho will order it for you early the next morning. Do you want to bo called at four o'clock in the morning, or when a certain steamer comes in sight, or to know what tho latest election returns are, pin your faith on "Central!" and he will land you right side up with care every time. So much for telephones. Honolulu has a street electric arc light system, consisting of fifty-eight 2,000 candlepower lights, and is putting in sixty more. There is also now being put in a plant of 20,000 16 candle-power incandescent lamps for house lighting. The Thomson-Houston arc and incandescent dynamoes are used. Both are owned by the Government, and are run by water power, supplied by water from the city system, which on its way to town runs through a turbine wheel, and then back into the main again.—* New York Times,' May 23.
Sad news reaches ua (says the 'Daily News' of 24th May) in confirmation of our recent note on the condition of the people in the Western Isleß. A lady correspondent writes:—"l was in Scotland throughout April, aad can testify that there is a fire Bmouldering in the Western Isles which will astonish England if it breaks into flames. The people are half starved, the potatoes do not ripen, tho oats do not ripen, or if they do, the cottars have to sit up all night to watch them, .or else the deer come down and eat them. Just now last year's potatoes are getting scarce, and things are very bad." In Portree, Isle of Skye, where there have oeen of late serious outbreaks of famine fever, as well as of typhoid and typhus, it has been determined to found a cottage fever hospital. Mrs Isabella Reid, convener of tho Ladies' Committee, writing from the Free Church manse, Portree, says :—" Last year an old cottar woman, while lying ill of typhus fever, was burnt to death in her house, tho coffined remains of her sister, who had died of the same disease, being, along with the dwelling-house, burnt up at the same time. Another cottar in another end of the parish lay fevered inner hut with very inadequate attendance till she died; and while attending to cases of typhus in the suburbs of Portree our late estimable medical officer, Dr Ross, lost his life, also through fever." These mournful facts speak for themselves.
The Press generally throughout the colony express the utmost astonishment at the verdict of the jury in tho Kaiwarra murder ca.se.
Mr Kirby, editor of tho 'Marlborough Express,' hitherto a staunch Freethinker, has been "received" into the Roman Catholic Church.
The Standing Committee of the House of Lords on Law has approved of the Bill intended to authorise the flogging of armed burglars. Sir John Millais first tempted fortune as a gold digger in Australia. He put in three months at the diggings, and then returned a sadder and wiser man to England.
Flectricity in Honolulu., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889
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