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OUR RAINBOW LAND.

“I do set my bow in the clouds."

It would seem, from the most glorious rainbows presented for our consideration and admiration ever seen in any skies, that this little land of Hawaii, a mere speck on the map of the middle Pacific, and a few square miles only of land, lying on its peaceful surface, and broken into unequal bits at that, the largest of the eight, the King, the "big island," having but 4,210 square miles, and the smallest 63, it would seem, I say, as if this were the special “land of promise""A land wherein thou mayest eat bread without scarceness” a land of color and of wealth.

We are not overlooked here by any neighbor, the nearest coast, gold mine, wheat field or vineyard—the “Golden Gate” being 2,100 miles away-hooray! We are exclusive! Ahem! The little capital, Honolulu, on this third-in-size-and-fourth-in-importance island-Oahu-we are going to spend a little time in, and then we will journey on to Kauai, the "garden island"-the Queen, as I call her. She is worth one's pen and time let me assure you. We will then turn our faces, starting again from the steamer-wharf of the Capital, in a southeasterly direction and we will pass the little Lanai, of 150 square miles, only devoted to the raising of sheep; we shall, too, leave behind us the lovely land of Molokai, the home of the Leper-Nature's great hospital and prison-ground, for the living-dead; where men and women, yes, and children, once condemned and sent are as securely walled-in, and hemmed-out from the rest of their kind as was the Emperor Napoleon. They can live in sight of the ocean, its storms and its calm, but no ship can ever drop anchor to give them passage again. Molokai is, in one, their home and their tomb. And all this is most wise, merciful and just.

Maui is close by Molokai and there, is our first port, after Honolulu. But, between all these islands lie roughest waters, in channel beds; and Molokai is no more to Maui, in way of approach or connection, than is the Bastile of France or the Tower of London.

Niihau is close by Kauai, there in the northwest, with its 40,000 sheep and its 97 square miles; but, there is, again, I tell you, the veritable channel with its angry white caps.

Can we never strike it smooth ?" "Oh yes, there is such a thing known, infrequently, as in the English Channel. But, a wise man would not stake much money on its calm. However, we take it for granted that most tourists are good travelers.

True it is that this is a very baby country in square miles, Oahu having but 600 and the second largest, Maui, 760. But, a splendid gem can be contained in an ordinary-sized pill-box or held in the palm of a week-old child. Do you see that rainbow? The whole east and north has the sea at its feet, and closer to it than I ever saw before, and with both ends taking a dip, is massed a cloud of prismatic colors; above, the sky is packed with Silurian gray of deepest hue, while in the west the sun is fast declining and will give to us one of our glorious sunsets. "Oh! after every storm do come such calms?” After every storm do come such calms, Othello.

Leis of rainbows over sky and hill-top, the vallies sashed and garlanded with seven-colored riband. The rainbow effects here are unique and most extraordinary, super-magnificent beyond conception. They appear often with no introduction, just after sunrise and later, and before sunset, from 4 o'clock, any minute they choose. They are visitors ever with us, refreshing and cheering—a most delightful and heavenly sermon.

We wanted to tell you, before we left, a few points about the tiny capital. It is to begin with a fine port, which is far more important than good looks of which it has, just at present, not too many. It is not a handsome city but it has points of beauty. Its mouth to begin with is decidedly disagreeable and ill-favored, with the noxious odors of Asia. You can step from the wharf (lirectly into the heart of Chinatown and heathenism. But, there will soon be some fine business streets, good wharves and warehouses. There are already a number of fine new buildings. On going to the top of Puchbowl, the east side of the town, one looks down on a magnificent painting. The little capital is imbedded in a forest and bounded by the sea. It now looks a quaint and unique picture and one is more than paid for the trip. The Portuguese peasant or laborer, as seen in these islands, is an honest, hard-working, thrifty man, sturdily trying to mind his own affairs few or many. If he earn but 4£ 5s a month he will save something of it; on Sunday he will go to mass you may be sure, and he will look decent and tidy, for he is no sloven. He is a true Caucasian. When the time came that the many of this nation wanted each, to rent or buy a bit of land to make a home, they mutually agreed that at the base of this hill (Punchbowl) and indeed, the length of the road, which is one of the highest and most picturesque driveways of the town, overlooking the sea and far out, with the lovely hill-country of the north, surmounted by the highest peak, Tantalus, and intervening valleys clothed with verdure, often belted and bowed with yards of rainbows of all widths the year round, was a spot that exactly met their views, and so they are settled there, a large colony. You can fathom by this move their shrewdness and foresight, perhaps. The Mormons, too, have their delectable little rendezvous here, in the shape of a one-horse meetin-house and adjoining shanties. There is, also, the Chinese coffee (?) shop. So, marigolds and striped shawls, Mormons and Chinese abound, at this point of Honolulu, the brow. It could have been one of the very finest avenues, and close into the town, a five minutes' drive with a fast horse.

When the Mongolian takes a back seat, and Azores stows away higher; when all the lanes are turn'd into streets, and ramshackled rattle-traps into the fire-oh, then Honolulu perhaps can speak and write herself a beautiful town, and not be told with a frown to sit down for a slip of the tongue. Honolulu has many points of interest to offer a tourist. En passant: The Asiatic does not care for blue eyes. But the Caucasian only can boast that colorand it is the blue eye, yeux bleus vont aux cieux, that rules the world. Come to breathe the restful air of Hawaii and not to pore over the Arithmetic of money-grabbing. Leave that to clod-hoppers, coffee-hoppers and Cain-hoppers to do.

During this dry season of unusual length, this kill-cane time of so many months the sunsets and sunrisings have been still more remarkable and could they be correctly put on canvas by the hand of a master, art-critics would declare at once that there was never a like massing of vapor, or combination of color seen in any sky-but, Sir, this is Hawaii, and we do not lie.

IMMIGRATION.

THE SANDWICH ISLANDS. HONOLULU.

A BRAND-NEW VON SPLINKER.

Another little Von Splinker (number nine) had come from the skies and into Bogbury Lane, and claimed the mother's instant and sole attention in that pretty cottage and well-ordered home. Two-year-old Katrina standing close to her mother's knee with finger in her mouth and frown on face and feet twisted tight said plainer than words could speak that, henceforth, her name was Foe. Whenever the mother put the baby in the cradle she ran with joy to take the empty lap and arms; whenever the baby must come from its little cot she screamed with despair and jealousy. Poor, dear Katrina! If the mother tried to share the accustomed place she would edge and crowd to push the intruder off. Who can say that the mind, the brain, does not work more actively with a child, before it can express itself in words, than after.

Katrina had not yet the gift of tongues but she knew pretty well what and whom and where she liked!

Bogbury Lane was not, certainly, an inviting spot for the lovely star-lander to come into. It was, truth to tell, very deep with mud in wet times and very hard and hobby to travel in dry times--a veritable "Jordan.” But, for this identical reason big houses could be obtained in Bogbury Lane for small money, and Von Splinker knew that while he did not crave the mud-puddles, he did crave and must have a large roof, for little dollars. So that is how the Von Splinkers, ten then came to flit and to submit, to Bogbury Lane. When we say “Another” little Von Splinker

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