albert ross : surf
riding at waikiki, 1900
Albert Ross : A Sugar Princess, 1900.
Ross, Albert, :
New York, c1900.
A romantic novel
with some chapters located in Hawaii, where the "Sugar Princess"
title includes surfboard riding amoung her attractions.
Albert Ross was
the pseudonym of Linn Boyd Porter, 1851-1916.
Linn Boyd Porter
arrived in Honolulu from San Francisco on the S.S. Coptic
on 4th May 1899.
Star, May 5, 1899, page 2.
In a letter to
Hayward of the Waikiki Inn, Lenn (sic) B. Porter advised that
to be published in July 1900, will contain some reflections of
and stay in Honolulu."
Star, February 6, 1900, page 1.
reviewed by the Daily Journal of Salem, Oregon in
"This is the 23d
volume of the 'Albatross Novels.'
It is a story of
Honolulu and Japan, in which the daughter of a "Sugar King"
marrying the man of her choice in spite of the ambition of a
mother to connect the family through her with the European
Carl Muller, the
hero, is a sturdy type of rugged honesty, and well deserves the
that comes to him at last.
Amy Van Steuben,
the "Princess," is a loveable girl, wholly natural, the idol of
though millionaire, father.
A vein of mystery
which runs through the novel is satisfactorily cleared up at the
of life in Japan and the Hawaiian Islands add to the readable
the tale and give it a brilliant setting.
For sale by V. H.
Burghardt, Salem, Oregon,"
- The Daily
(Salem, Oregon), August 28, 1900, page 2.
A hardback copy
$1 and the paperback edition was 50 cents.
- The San
Call, August 26, 1900, page 16.
The soup was hardly served before Mrs. Bently began to whisper
question to the purser in relation to the Van Steubens, whose
backs were toward the party, as they sat in a row at the
The great subject was too important to drop even in the midst
of a meal.
"You've heard about that terrible accident, of course?
Wasn't it a narrow escape! I was talking with Mrs. Dexter
she's a great friend of the Van Steubens', and she said it was
Amy's got over it well, hasn't she?
You can't see any trace of it.
Those Honolulu girls are so strong.
They say she didn't mind the wetting at all, and never once
lost her presence of mind."
Before the purser could open his mouth to reply Mrs. Latham
"There never was any real danger.
Miss Van Steuben learned to swim when she was a child and with
the little Kanakas has ridden a surfboard in the breakers at
Waikiki many a time."
"But she had no surfboard here," said Mrs. Bentley, determined
to maintain her thesis.
"And it's not so easy swimming with a woman's clothing around
you; is it, Mr. Lovejoy?"
She appealed to the clergyman, to Whom she had been introduced
but five minutes before, having a general idea that whatever
side a sister took would be henceforth unassailable.
"I really 'have had no personal experience," was the
stammering reply, "but I should suppose not."
"It is generally understood," said the purser, springing into
the breach through the first opening, "that women float longer
I've heard that where a husband and wife were lost together at
sea, the jury disposed of the estate on the theory that the
wife probably lived some seconds the longer, and therefore
inherited her legal share of her husband's property, which
thus went to her heirs."
The two daughters of Mrs. Bentley exclaimed, "How dreadful!"
but exactly what they meant by it has never transpired.
"At any rate," said their mother, "a man in a boat sprang
after Miss Amy and held her up till she was pulled aboard the
I got that straight and it was in the newspaper too.
And then, not even waiting to be thanked, he rowed away. In
these times it does one good to hear of an honorable and brave
action without hope of pecuniary reward."
stood on the sidewalk till the parade had passed, but the
shouts and music
jarred on his overwrought brain.
When it was
slowly up to
and took a long swim among the breakers.
The beach was
a scene of gaiety interesting to be-hold.
there besides himself.
of native boys and girls were to be seen, as much at home in
as a school of fishes, and in many cases clad in raiment
hardly more elaborate.
of the Hawaiian people are not hampered very seriously in
their old habits
by tihe white residents.
apparently of the texure of velvet, answers very well for a
regulations which custom has prescribed for the lighter races
good-naturedly for them.
This beach is
so shallow that bathers can walk three or four hundred yards
without finding the water above their necks, if they are
careful to avoid
a few spots where the shelving sand takes a sudden and deep
Far out from
the land are reefs over which the waves break deliciously, and
native surfboard is a delight both to the Caucasian and
When he had
in the waiter nearly an hour, Carl became aware that among the
near him were young Van Steuben and his sister.
him and nodded pleasantly, while Miss Amy stole a giance in
as if she remembered seeing him before.
isn't it?" said Billy, when he got nearer.
this beach ever since we were babies, and it's grand to get
back to it
quite a stay.
I hope you'll
find our little island interesting."
with some uneasiness that it was a very beautiful place.
of Miss Amy, who was but a hundred feet away, confused him.
He could not
quite get over the fear that she would address him suddenly
you the man who rescued me at San Francisco?"
was not of the build which is considered tihe true type of a
by artists and novelists in general.
She was too
to fill tihe picture usually drawn.
But to the
that now watched her she was very lovely in those clinging
her dark hair half hidden under the oil-skin cap.
Her face lost
nothing of its charm with the exercise and her laugh rang out
when she placed her surfboard before her and let a huge wave
with the speed of a racehorse toward the land.
"She can swim
like a porpoise," laughed the brother, as he caught a nervous
look on Carl's
that playing with the little Kanaka girls when she was a mere
he shouted, as Amy signalled to him.
realized perfectly that he was desperately in love with this
siren, but he realized still more that his passion must be a
He was not
only penniless; the life he had led as the companion of
Peter Meyer had left him without any profession by which
He was even
in debt for the amount of his fare to the island and the
price of his board at the hotel.
He felt a
sharp pang as he reflected on the wide distance that must
henceforth separate him from every ambition but the sole one
of earning an honest livelihood.
He turned his
face resolutely away from his fascinator and, returning to the
bathhouses, pulled off his bathing suit and stood for some
moments under the cooling water of the shower bath.
When he was
dressed he slowly strolled back to town.
passed him, crowded with merry passengers, Hawaiians, Chinese,
Japs, Portuguese and the nondescript population which is
growing out of their intermarriages.
New York, c1900.
Geoff Cater (2012-2016) :
: The Sugar Princess, 1900.