Answers to Questions Proposed by ...: R. C. Wyllie ... (Google eBook)

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1848 - Hawaii - 95 pages
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Page 49 - The Hawaiians can lie down and die the easiest of any people with which I am acquainted.. I have pretty good reason for the belief that they sometimes die through fear, believing that some person having the power to pray them to death is in the act of doing so ; and the imagination is so wrought up that life yields to intense fear.
Page 6 - Greatly affected. Nothing, compared with these, as a source of suffering, both moral and physical. Here is the fruitful source of vice, misery and death. The nation is rusting out .... I see no hope that the Hawaiians can be saved while this cause of so ignoble a ruin remains.
Page 80 - ... to different trades or occupations, as each should choose; that the persons so receiving them as apprentices, should pay a moderate annual tax for each, to the government as well as wages to the apprentices, in proportion to his usefulness. Mr. Thomas Brown, also in a letter to Mr. Wyllie, said : With the same number of men I now employ, I could in England, have accomplished, in one-fourth of the time, more than I have now got through. . . I have no difficulty in keeping up my complement of men....
Page 69 - Potatoe fields are destroyed, kalo grounds are trodden up, and very much mischief done in other ways. The result at the present time is, that 100 or more acres of choice land for tillage is now given up, and the people plant neither corn, beans, potatoes, or anything of the kind, to any extent, lest they be destroyed by the cattle. These cattle, by which the agricultural interests of this whole district are entirely prostrated, are, on the whole, the greatest evil from which we are now suffering...
Page 7 - First. Moral and intellectual instruction. "Second. Examples of industry and thrift living and moving before their eyes. " Third. Entire security of the avails of their own industry, energy, and skill. " Fourth. Efforts to increase their desire for the rational comforts of life, by showing the blessings of competency, and the shame and numerous other evils attendant on that poverty which is the offspring of indolence and vice. Fifth. Perhaps premiums, or special encouragements from government, to...
Page 81 - Should you gentlemen have any questions, I shall be happy to answer them to the best of my ability.
Page 45 - Every land has been regarded as having some owner, and many lands have six or eight owners at the same time. For instance, Waialua, containing perhaps one or two thousand acres in all, has seven lords, one above the other, and all of them are over the people, and claim services from them occasionally, if they happen to want it.
Page 50 - ... fallen, and was still falling, on the Hawaiian race, in consequence of illicit intercourse with men from Christian countries. One of the answers differs from the rest, and turns the thoughts to the general fact of coloured races dying out in the presence of white-skinned men. Mr. Coan gives as a cause, ' the mysterious will- of God.' There are causes beyond the reach of human investigation, to which must be referred the unfruitfulness of many not the *" subjects of disease, and the early death...
Page 81 - ... got through. . . I have no difficulty in keeping up my complement of men. ... Of course there is a great difference amongst them, but generally speaking, they are neither stupid nor unskillful, when they choose to exert themselves, and I find that the middle-aged men are universally the best. . . . Now with respect to the introduction of foreign laborers, the chief difficulty appears to me to be the high price of food. . . . But I imagine that the advantages of their introduction would be great,...
Page 13 - I think two things are necessary to make this people industrious and provident, First, the feeling that the land is their own, for themselves and for their posterity. Second, the feeling that the land is of real value, and capable of being improved in value, and that all improvements are private gain. But this is impossible so long as one-half of every man's time is required by government, to be paid as a tax to the nation and to the landlord together. I say one-half of the time, because, during...

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