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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, January 2, 1909, page 3.

Pat O'Brien has quit.
No more in the jolly brogue of Alexander Hume.

Ford's right hand man about the precincts of the Outrigger Club.

You see it is this way.
It's the way Pat tells it.

He'd come to Honolulu to take a government job.
Before he took it, he encountered Alexander Hume Ford, who told him how to make money and fame and be happy at the same time.
Ford, so Pat says, told him that his fortune would be made if he would take a position with the Outrigger Club, at $20 per (month).
The twenty would not make him wealthy but Ford, Pat says, told him that he would get him a license so that he could sell soda water, and an ice box to keep it cool, and the wherewithal to buy a ham and some crackers with which to make sandwiches that would sell among the hungry beach visitors like hot cakes.

It sounded good to Pat so he quit the government job and became the high muckinmuck of the Outrigger Club,
He worked hard.

Pat got along fine as long as he had Ford to jolly him each day and make him feel good.

He didn't get the license and he didn't get the ice box, and he didn't make sandwiches.
He didn't make the fifteen dollars a week clear that Ford said would be coming to him.
That's the story he now tells.

As soon as the hypnotic influence of Ford was lifted Pat began to get distressed.
He went to Allan Herbert and he went to Mr. Trent- Pat pronounces it Trint- but they knew only of the $20 a month, and nothing of the promises of Ford.
So Pat has quit.
He won't do it any more.

And he has come to the newspaper office and wants it said that if they can't make good on what Ford promised him they ought to give him steerage passage back to the mainland- Pat calls it "back to America."

Meanwhile there is a call for carpenters at Leilehua.
Pat says he doesn't want to ask for another government job because, it would not seem right after refusing one.

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The Hawaiian Gazette.
Honolulu, January 8, 1909, page 5.

He Says Dr. Roller, the Famous Wrestler, Is In Favor of the Idea.
By A. H. Ford.

There are seven hundred Indians, representing a score of tribes from Alaska and Lower California, who hope that Hawaii will hold a Polynesian Olympia to which they may bend their trained athletes to compete for the prizes.
And why not!
Australia has promised to send her aboriginal teams; Japan has already sent a baseball team to Honolulu.
And certainly a athletie and sportsmen meet on the Island of Oahu could be made to revive the old Polynesian games and pastimes in a manner that would compel the attention of the world and bring tourists a-plenty to this gripping event.
I am certain that the Outrigger Club is now strong enough to handle the proposition.
At Chemawa, Oregon, there are 700 Indian youths and,
Many of the young men are sons of famous Indian chiefs and inherit the oldtime endurance and strength.
It is an Indian youth of Chemawa who holds the Pacific Coast running record.
It is the Chemawa relay team that has even held the relay race record on the Pacific Coast, and this team of ten will gladly come to a Polynesian Olympia to compete for the Pan-Pacific record in running ovents, baseball, basketball and seeing for some of them have traveled thousands of miles in Alaskan waters, both inland and on the ocean, in the frailest kinds of barks in the roughest sorts of seas.
They will come with their tepees and, native wigwams of skin huts and camp out while they adjust themselves to the climate and train for the great events.
Some may even eouiest Willi ooiomon jsianucrs think nothin bear-pit at Chemawn for, say, the summer 1911.
The Samoans, enhusiastic cricketers in the world, excepting only, perhaps, the Fijians.
Until will come, as well as the Ton
year before it was the Portland Y. M. C. A. that provided the, contesting team.
SchooIs and colleges had promised to enter, but when the Indian boys began to go into training, they one by one dropped out.
The boys at Chemawa begin three months before the event.
Seventy of the best runners are selected and put in training; then a month later there is a trial race, and the fifteen leaders are retained, these being thinned down to the ten best before the final contest.
On the great day, the relay boys are placed five miles apart all along the route, a Y. M. C. A. and a Chemawa at ench station.
The Governor delivers the message at Salem, indtlio race begins.
The boys at the second station run, perhaps, a hundred yards to meet tho bearers of the messages, and then run beside them, so that not a moment may no lost in the exchange.
The Indian youth then settles down a pace that never tires a redskin,
and he never niters it for the full five miles of his run.
Last year, at the end of the run, the Indian boy who bore the message for the last stage accepted the challenge of a fresh runner
at the end or his station, for a mile sprint, and beat him.

The boys listened with glowing enthusiasm as I told them of the many kinds of trails we have in Hawaii, mountain anl plain.
They were keen to meet, in Hawaii, both in a Marathon race and in relay work.
How their eyes glistened as I spoke of the steep, sheer precipices down and up which the old trained messengers of tho chiefs made their way with incredible speed.
When I recalled the climax of the story of a messenger who broke a record across the island of Oahu, to fall dead at the feet of his chief with the fish he bad been sent for, a Montana boy sprung up with a demand for the "time" and distance.
He had me, so I Invited him to come, and set a pace over the selfsame trail if he can find it.
The boys of Chemawa look forward eagerly to a visit to Hawaii, where they hope and expect to cover themselves with glory.
We must go on with that Polynesian Olympia now, and give the real "Young America" a chance to show the Pacific world at least that he can lead but I have a dire suspicion that all the honors will not leave Hawaii.
The American Indians have a game of lacrosse, with small sticks and ball baskets that just fit a lacrosse ball.
I have seen these play against the Canadian teams with their big net sticks, and often the Americans won.
During bcat the visiting Canadians.
Why can not the boys of Hawaii do as well.

Having made my round of the Pacific, I see how easy it will be to gather all the lovers of sport for a grand contest at the crossroads of the big pond.
If the men who have made a success of baseball in Hawaii, the Outrigger boys, the Y. M. C. A. athletes and the natives who sill remember the old games of their fathers or who are willing to learn them will give a hand, we'll give the world long the most picturesque that has been witnessed by man since the days when Athens was the center of all that was athletic.
I am more strongly today than ever in favor of a Polynesian Olympia in Hawaii, and the thing can be done.

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The Hawaiian gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, January 08, 1909, Image 5
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The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, January 12, 1909, page 8.

George Freeth, the Hawaiian swimmer, is recommended to the city council of Los Angles as a candidate for receiving the national life-saving medal.
On December 16 Freeth and the life saving crew at Venice saved the lives of eleven Japanese fishermen at imminent peril to themselves.
Freeth was the conspicuous hero of the occasion.

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The Hawaiian star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, January 12, 1909, SECOND EDITION, Image 8
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The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, January 16, 1909, page 9.

(From the Pacific Weekly.)

The organization of the Outrigger Club was a most valuable step along the line of promotion.
Surfing and surf-board riding are getting to be well known on the mainland as Hawaii's national sports; and when all is said and done these are about all the sports Hawaii can call exclusively her own.
It is true that baseball, yachting, tennis, golf and kindred recreations flourish here, but they may be enjoyed any where on the mainland, or in the world for that matter.

Sport in a canoe or on a surf-board, however, makes its home here, and many tourists come on purpose to enjoy these indigenous delights.
Before the Outrigger Club was formed, a canoe had to be hired, and the same with a surf-board.
When the latter was used, the swimmer was left to his own devices, and had to learn the knack of riding the waves as best he might.
Also, he was at the mercy of the canoe men who charged him whatever seemed to them fit, and who kept him out as long and showed him just as much sport as pleased themselves.

With the Outrigger Club formed, all this is different.
There is a pleasant headquarters, where lovers of surfing may go and always be sure of finding some congenial companions and some one who will show them the way the thing is done.
The regular club member has a place where his canoe or surf-board may be left in safety, and when he needs them they are ready for use.

The tourist is enabled to enjoy the benefits of the club either by becoming a member or by invitation, and the good times enjoyed in the Waikiki surf will linger long in his memory and will be recounted to his friends on his return to the mainland or wherever his destination may be.

All this is helping Hawaii, for surfing is a useful promotion asset, and cannot be made too much of.
People come here to see Hawaii, as far as they can, as it used to be.
They want to see the Hawaiians in as near their primitive state as possible, and they want to participate in genuine Hawaiian sports as much as they can.
There are games and sports in plenty where they come from; what they want is something new, exciting and thrilling, and all this they get when riding the waves in a canoe or when striving to maintain their balance on a surf-board.

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The Hawaiian star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, January 16, 1909, Second Edition, Second Section, Image 9
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The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, January 20, 1909, page 6.


A strenuous effort is to be to place the Outrigger Club on a satisfactory financial basis.
It is understood that a request will be made the Promotion Committee at its meeting tomorrow afternoon to assist the club financially, for, at least a few months.
The club is rightly considered to be one of best promotion assets that the city has and it is probable that the Promotion Committee will see its way clear to extend the help desired.
The objects of the founders of the club were to provide a place where the ancient Hawaiian sports of surfriding and native canoeing might be indulged in amid surroundings as nearly resembling those of ancient Hawaii as it is now possible to secure
Thanks to the generosity of several members of the club who donated grass houses and canoes, also the wherewithal to erect the necessary buildings, the club has taken tangible form.

The expense has, however been considerable, and money is urgently required to carry on the undertaking.
As the Outrigger Club and its facilities for seabathing and native water sports, is available for the entertainment of tourists visiting the islands, it appears to be a natural corollary to the work of the Promotion Committee, and worthy of any consideration and pecuniary assistance which the committee may feel disposed to grant.

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The Hawaiian star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, January 20, 1909, SECOND EDITION, Image 6
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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, January 27, 1909, page 8.

Frank C. Clark Writes That He Will Offer Prizes for Races Given in Honor of Visitors He Contemplates Sending Here

The coming of the 'Round-the-World Tourists on the steamship Arabic will be the signal for great events in the sporting circles of the city according to the letter received by Hall & Son in the last mail.
The letter from Frank Clark, manager of the project, speaks for itself.
Hall & Son have already contracted for the cups that will be properly engraved, to be placed on exhibition in due time.

The letter follows:
New York, Jan. 6, 1909.
Messrs. K. O. Hall & Co.,
Honolulu, H. I.
Dear Sir: I just had a very pleasant call from Mr. Alexander Hume Ford, President of your Outrigger Canoe Club, who tells me he is arranging a surf-board contest and outrigger canoe races at Waikiki in honor of my 700 passengers on each cruise of the Arabic, to take place on the afternoon of the arrival of each cruise, namely Jan. 23rd and Feb. 12th. 1910.

I want to donate two silver cups for each cruise, makjng four cups in  all, to be engraved "Donation from F. C. Clark to the Canoe Club" and ditto to the Surf-Board Club, S, S. Arabic Cruise 1910."

I think these four cups had better be made in Honolulu, as Mr. Ford thought it would be nice to have a picture of a man standing on the surfboard and of a man in a canoe, and no doubt you can make these just as well in Honolulu.
May I beg you to advise me of the approximate cost so I can send you a check at once, and I shall beg you upon receipt of same to kindly order the four cups and have them displayed for several months in any window you see fit in Honolulu.

My cruises are a grand success and will doubtless be repeated each year by the good S. S. Arabic.
Yours sincerely,

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Evening bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, January 27, 1909, 3:30 EDITION, Image 8
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Evening News
Sydney, Wednesday 27 January 1909 page 2.


Between two and three thousand holiday makers attended the first carnival of the Freshwater Surf and Life-saving Club, which took place at Freshwater Beach on Tuesday afternoon.
Large numbers of bathers gambolled,
and plunged, and indulged in surf-shooting during the day, and the programme arranged by the club served to keep the spectators interested and amused until evening was nigh.
of all, there was a procession, which, headed by the Manly Brass Band, created a stir in various parts of the village on the way to Freshwater.
The characters assumed by those
who took part were certainly calculated to provoke amusement.
They included 'The Spi
ders,' 'The Jolly Boys,' 'The Cheerful Idiots,' 'The Red Wings,' 'The Boomerangs,' and a score more.
Representatives of primitive savages carried
shields, boomerangs, spears, and so forth, and, although they were not dressed 'to kill,' they attracted a great deal of notice.
The clowns
were funny enough to please the young folks and to cause grown-ups to laugh heartily.
Trudging on their way up the steps and over
the hill to Freshwater, accompanied by hun dreds of children, this grotesqualy-garbed band of fun-makers entered most heartily into the spirit of the comedy, and from a picturesque standpoint the actors were not without success
Down on the beach bronzed figures took part in the various contests, watched with keen interest by an appreciative gathering.
There were alarm reel races, to show how
quickly surfers in difficulties might be rescued, a tug-of-war, a 'brown man' competition, surf shooting, boxing, competition of a comic nature, and an exhibition by the Manly surf boat, ending up with a tableau representing the capture of a white man by Australian blacks and the destruction eventually of the latter by troopers.
Dr. Arthur, M.L.A. (president), and other
officers of the club were present, and the offi cials who were actively engaged during the afternoon were: Judges, Messrs. G. H. Williams, W. J. Bailey, W. Patterson, and C. Cadden; referee, Mr. W. W. Hill; starter, Mr. Jack Darcey; hon. medical officer, Dr. W. Grigor; bugler, Mr. F. Gray; chief steward of the beach, Mr. Brady; hon. treasurer, M. A. J. Costin; directors of ceremonies, Mr. C. A. Neiven-Tossau (hon. sec.) and Mr. W. C. Richards (assistant sec), and a number of stewards.

1909 'CARNIVAL AT FRESHWATER.', Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), 27 January, p. 2, viewed 19 December, 2014,
The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, February 3, 1909, page 4.

The Washington Post of January 11 gave an exhibition of ignorance of conditions in Hawaii calculated to break the heart of the Hawaii Promotion Committee.
It reports three Hawaiian's playing guitars at the Temple Auditorium, at the travelogue which Burton Holmes gave and refers to them as "typical plantation hands."
However, the sting is taken-away, a little by enthusiastic reference to motion-pictures of surf-riding and Kilauea's boiling pit which delighted a large audience.

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The Hawaiian star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, February 03, 1909, SECOND EDITION, Image 4
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Los Angeles Herald.
Los Angeles, February 17, 1909, page 6.

Two Athletes Charged with Receiving Pay for Their Services in Aquatic and Ring Sports

Folsom, the big armory center, has been ruled out of the Men's Amateur Basketball league by Chairman George Braden of the registration committee.
Folsom is well known in Southern California athletic circles, having played with St. Vincent's crack five the year they tied Whittier for the intercollegiate championship.
He was picked for the All Southern center the same year and the following' year while playing center on the U. S. C. law college five.
Folsom was declared a professional by Chairman Braden for receiving money in swimming- and boxing, he having taken money from the Ocean Park Amusement company for fancy diving exhibitions and services on the life saving crew.

The same action was taken in the case of George Freeth of the Venice crew, which resulted in his losing the Carnegie medal which is given to amateurs only.
Freeth, when seen yesterday by a Herald reporter, was inclined to think that the action of Braden was prompted by prejudice.
He said he did not think a man should be placed in the professional class just because he made his bread and butter by swimming.

Chairman Braden will send out notices to all the members of the A. A. U. notifying them of the action of the committee and warning them against playing or competing against Folsom and Freeth according to the rules of the A. A. U.
Playing against a professional makes the player a professional.

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, March 25, 1909, page 13.


Swimming, canoeing and surf-board riding are engaged in all year round.
At Waikiki Beach, the world-renowned watering place, every day in the year may be seen numbers of bathers enjoying a quiet swim, or else rushing in on a surf board, balanced on the crest of a huge breaker.
Parties also spend hours in the outrigger canoes which are caught up by a shore-going wave and fly at express speed to the beach, only to be turned  around and urged once more out to sea to repeat the performance.

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, April 7, 1909, page 10.
Surfing Is To Be Summer Race

The Outrigger Club is making preparations for the opening of the season, and it is possible to mark the event with a ball and illumination of the lagoon during the dancing.
The ladies' annex building is completed and everything is now in good-shape.
Every afternoon parties of children, accompanied by a chaperone, are to be seen enjoying themselvess in the surf.
The Iast few days have been ideal for swimming, and the water is just right now.
The Outrigger Club is undoubtedly one institution that will be kept going in style.
A fine lot of officials are in charge of the affairs of the club, and surf-boarding, etc., is going to boom this coming summer as never before.
Even now a great number of would-be Freeths can be seen every morning and evening doing circus tricks on a surf-board, which is balanced on the crest of a huge breaker.
Some of the youths are very expert at the game and the cries of astonishment from the new arrivals at the beach are as insence to the boys.

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The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, April 13, 1909, page 7.

There were many attractions in the social whirl last night, which was no doubt the cause of a smaller attendance than usual at the members' first view or the thirty-second semi-annual exhibition of the Kilohana Art League.
In the painting section and out of 45 pictures therein no less than 31 are by the versatile local artist, D. Howard Hitchcock, founder of the league.
Never has our Hawaiian born artist covered in one exhibit a greater range of subjects and that he has probably not before laid himself open, to adverse judgment in more cases (few though they be) is easily attributable to the magnitude of the contract.
Besides the volcano picture already noted Royal Palms is certainly a distinct lapse from this artist's high standard.
Surf-riding splendid as a local marine piece, is marred by the wooden-image-ilke figure of the surf-rider.

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The Pacific Commercial Advertiser.
Honolulu, April 22, 1909, page 3.
Hume Ford Stirring Up Interest in Outrigger Club in the East.

The following letter from George Osborne shows that our energetic Hume
Ford is keeping busy:
Editor Advertiser:
I have some good news for the Outrigger Canoe Club, which ought to make the boys of the club take a renewed interest in the club and in the surf board and surf
canoe racing.
The following quotation from a letter received by Messrs. E. O. Hall & Son will speak for itself.
"I have just received a very pleasant call from Mr. Alexander Hume Ford, president of the Outrigger Canoe Club, who tells me he is arranging a surf board contest and outrigger canoe races at Waikiki in honor of my 700 passengers of each cruise of the Arabic, to take place in the afternoon of the first day of the arrival of each cruise, namely, January 23 and February 12, 1910.
"I want to donate two silver cups, for each cruise, making four cups in all, to be engraved: 'Donation from 1. C. Clark to the Canoe Club' and ditto to the Surf Board Club,' S. S. Arabic, Cruise. 1910.' "
Mr. Clark would like a picture of a man standing on a surf board and one of a man in a canoe to be engraved on these silver cups.
The designs for same will be selected at the next meeting of the officers of the Outrigger Canoe Club.
These cups are to be twelve inches high, with two handles each, mounted on an ebony base, and will form a beautiful present.
A draft has been forwarded to the above-mentioned firm, so there is no mistake about the event coming off.
These cups, unlike most others, will only have to be won once.
Very truly,

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Daily Capital Journal.
Salem, Oregon, May 1, 1909, page 5.

At 9.02 this morning the relay race of 52 miles from Salem to Portland, between the Chemawa Indian Training School and the Y. M. C. A., of Portland, was set in motion by Governor Benson, who said the word "go" to Amos Smooker. running for Chemawa and D. Cooper, running for the Y. M. C A., who will race the first five miles.
Smooker and Cooper left the west wing of the state capitol, with Smooker four feet in the lead.
Both men ran with a long, gay stride, and the pace Smooker set from the start was swift.
The pair were followed by autos motor cycles and boys and men on wheels
Amos Smooker is a clctfti built, powerful looking Indian, and is the relay racer who finished an easy winner in Portland last year.
Governor Benson made a short talk to the runners, and gave them the heartiest wishes.
He also handed each the following message to Mayor Lane of Portland, to bo delivered on the arrival of the last two runners:
"Honorable Harry Lane, Mayor, Portland, Oregon.
"Dear Sir: The State of Oregon sends greetings to Portland, the beautiful, the sure winner in the race of cities of the Northwest.
"Verv truly yours,
"F. W. BENSON, Governor."
Honoymnn & DoIIart, of Portland, have left with the governor a beautiful loving cup, which goes to the winner.
Following are the names of the racers who will step into the race at the end of each five miles, in regular order:
Amos Smooker, John Brown, Louis Dan, John Mason, W. More, O. William. O. Mitchell, A. Clark. Souvgnlr, Frank Dan.
Y. M. C. A.
Cooper, Cortozlan, Nutshaw, McDaniels, Hymo, Wallace, Beckers, Hartman, Larson, Newell.

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, May 3, 1909, page 1.
Has Interested Many In "Outrigger" And Others

Alexander Hume Ford has written "Jack" Atkinson of his plans for Hawaii in the future.
The letter follows.
New York City, April 19, '09.
Dear Mr. Atkinson.
I hope to leave New York late in June with a party of friends to visit Hawaii.
Some of us will go around the Pacific, perhaps.
I wish to remain in Honolulu long enough to really put the Outrigger Club on its feet and begin work on the rest of the houses around the island.

I have interested friends here in both of these projects.
The Outrigger Club has some reason to expect the support of our home people.
It is doing its part to advertise Hawaii.
For instance, Frank C. Clark will send out in June, instead of a half million booklets on his two round the world cruises via Hawaii, more than a million such booklets, advertising four Hawaiian round the world cruises, and In each of these booklets the Outrigger Club and the sport of surfing at Waikiki will be a feature, with illustrations.
I have promised Mr. Clark on behalf of our organization that when his 700 cruisers reach Honolulu that tho Outrigger Club will show them how surf riding is done.
Several of the magazines have charged $1,800 each for a page such as is given the Outrigger Club Mauawahi ...
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... in the Clark booklet.
Moreover,  Mr. Clark has contracted for annual page advertisements in several leading magazines, and I think I can promise that a cut of surf riding at Waikliki will adorn a portion of these pages, so that our Outrigger Club offers this year to Hawaii at least $10,000 of free advertising to the world.
I am arranging with Travel Magazine for a handsome color cover for the June number, showing some of our boys coming in on their surf boards which will be an illustrated account of Kamahomeha Day in Hawaii.
Collier's Weekly has for publication a series of "Outrigger" pictures and an article on surfboardlng at Waikiki, so you see we are doing for Hawai our part to invite outsiders to come, summer or winter, although I dwell on it chiefly as a summer resort, a great holiday place for athletes, college boys and those who can get away for the three months of summer.

I presume that you know of Mr, Clark's donation of cups.
He will do more.
I called at Pain's flieworks headquarters recently and shall bring back with me ha in pies of many ledored II ro sticks for use on surfboards at night.
They burn five minutes each.
The colored sticks are but a dollar a dozen, but the magnesium sticks that give a glare brighter than __light are 50 cents each.
This, to my mind, solves the problem of Biici n.tsf ul display of surfboarding at night
Every one I speak to about the proposed Polynesian olympia, enthuses.
Young David Walker, son of Ruben Walker, may run over with me to help promote this.
He sees great possibilities.
When I first knew joung Walker he was 20 years old, editor of the Cosmopolitan, and drew a salary of 21,100,
Now he owns or controls several magazines and is one of the moving spirts in the new Travel Club, of which I shall wrllu mi later, for its destines,
I believe, will be closely allied with plans for Hawaii.
We have our first banquet at Columbia University next week, but more of that Iater.
By the way, I have come into possession of 100 subscriptions to Travel Magazine.
They are woith 1.50 each, and I wish to place them at the disposal of the Outrigger Club.
How would it do to offer a free subscription for a year to each new member coming in after May 1, either to the Club or the Auxiliary?
Or, if the subscriptions are taken separately, let the amounts go to our building fund.
I'm getting up some souvenir cards for the Club that will advertise Hawaii and demonstrate how easily and cheaply a New Yorker may get to our grounds and surf boards.
I will present a number for use of the Auxilary.
I find that everyone is easily interested in surf boarding, so let us keep the most unique acquatic sport in the world.
In such shape that we may never need feel ashamed of its exhibition before strangers.
I have promised to obtain for several well-known lecturers moving pictures of our Outrigger Club sports.
I hope, therefore, to bring with me the best motion picture and color slide artist in America, Howard Kemp, and his wife, who is a well known lecturer In this country and in Europe.
I wish them to take many slides and moving pictures and show these in splendid color an norlcs of entertainments for the benfit of the Outrigger Club.
Kemp is in touch with every famous lecturer in the country and abroad, and his slides are much sought after.
He may visit Australia and New Zealand after Hawaii and show the pictures he has taken in Hawaii throughout the Antipodes, while duplicates will be sent back to Atuerle.

After discussing with the magnetics and others the idea of a Polynesian Olympia to be held in Hawaii in the summer of 1912 or 1913, I am about ready to make another trip around the Pacific, bcrurc cil
eries and at the featue time complete the arrangements for Pacific Ocean promotion work in America and Europe.
I will also look out for the best places for Clark's round the Pacific cruise to visit
It would mean a wonderful move in transportation matters on the Pacific, with Hawaii at the hub
By the way, speaking of transportation problems.
For many years, Thos. Cook & Sons controlled the passenger traffic between New York and Ilurmurta, running but one boat every ten days, whereby they stifled competition and kept the return rate up to fit), a splendid thing for Cook.
Recently, however, an American concern has put on a fast (20 knot) steamer that makes a round trip every week and has cut the excursion first class down to 20.
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urslona to Honolulu, the scene of lively activity during
experiment, that the old company
has had to put extra boats In tom
lnlslon, and Instead of one halt-
fllled boat leaving Now York three ' ,. iitpntlrnn 1 J
times n month we have three crowd-1 l!h lf IV r I li) rSli A V
cd boats a week, ovcrvonc is making UULU Ull II LUllLUUn 1
money, nnd Iteiniuda tins mine littol
her own al last It Is In hopes,
that the little tipple the Outrigger
Club has sent out may grow Into a
billow tho size of n Polyncsenn Olyin.
ph. that I nm wot king. If wo enn
bring about lcsults for Hawaii that
have been accomplished for Bermuda ,
by competition In transportation, 1
feel that tho Outrigger Club was not
luuiiuvu in mm, mm i iii-iii-tb iiiui ,-,,. ii'.,n.,,, ,,. ,,,, jb m.W ,..
a Polynesian Olympla held In Ha-, , . . .. .
wall would attract so many visitors tlon of "le llawnllan exhibit for the
Hint better and cheaper service would 'Alaska-Yukon Imposition. The spo-
lm Innugiiiatcd, nnd In this belief I idnl headquarters of thu Commission
nm encouraged
to conduct excursions
nnd others who will organize a cioss-J the past few da.vs, and all prepnr.i
continent motor race In connection Itlons for sailing nro piactlc.ill) iom
wlth the opening of tho proposed ' p'lete
Polynesian Oljmpla In Hawaii. Let, A set oi Hawaiian postage stnmpt
us build up and use the Outilgger villi lie ouo of tho features of the ex
Club for tho benefit of Hawaii. , htblt. 'I bo Mumps nre artistically
Yours Elnccrcly, (arranged In a hnndxomc koa frame.
A. 11. roitl). tho top rows being so arranged as to
spell out, the word "Hawaii."
The fish exhibit will not bo shipped
1 until thu transport Dlx leaves here
This arrangement was made ttccci
Miry by the fact that the tlnn beau
ties must have their domicile equip
ped with certain machinery, con
nected with the ship's apparatus In
order to keep it continuous flow of
fresh water of even temperature cir
culating through tho tanks.
Tho fish exhibit Is now ready for
shipment, however. The weak sped
mens hnov been weeded out, and
I those that havn been retained will, It
Mrs. II W. Kinney, wlfo of lMltorj8 believed, reach Heattlo In lino con
Kinney of the Hllo Tribune, will lenln ltton.
tomorrow In tho Mauna Koa. tho will ' .
bo accompanied by her two children

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The Pacific Commercial Advertiser
Honolulu, May 3, 1909, page 3.

George Freeth has brought charges of professionalism against thirty-eight swimmers of California to prevent their taking part in the big doings at Seattle during the Yukon Alaska fair.
One of these is Elton Brown, a member of a very prominent family in Los Angeles.
The charge against young Brown, who is now at Stanford, is that he once dived for pennies at Avalon.

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The Hawaiian Gazette.
Honolulu, May 4, 1909, page 2.

Loyd Childs, who has been gathering and arranging Hawaii's exhibit for the exposition, will leave for the Coast on the Alameda next Wednesday, taking with him a large part of the exhibit on that steamer.
A. V. T. Pone is leaving on the Lurlina today and with him are going the relief maps of the Hawaiian Islands, which will be placed in a huge tank in Hawaii's during
Word has just been received to the effect that the transport Dix, on which it was proposed to send the entire exhibit to Seattle, sailed from Nairnsulci for Honolulu on the 20th.
It is understood that she will lay over at this port for several days, so that the time of her arrival at the Queen City will nearly coincide with the opening day of the exposition.
In account of this fact, Childs is taking the school exhibit with him on the Alamoda.
Mr. King will accompany Childs oume iuameua to superintend the installation of the school exhibit.
Childs has received word from tho War Department that but four attendants may take passage on the Dix.
One of these will be Guy Rothwell, the local athlete, who will look after the Hawaiian which are to be sent to Seattle.
It is possible that Rothwell may take a concession from the Fair authorities and run an outrigger canoe ferry on the pleasant waters of Lake Washington.
The outrigger canoes will be a decided innovation in the Northwest and will undoubtedly attract considerable attention.
One of Dr, Wall's fine koa surfers will go up in the Dix.
Five Hawaiian girls will go to Seattle later to serve dainty dishes of pineapple in Hawaii's building.
The names of these lucky ones have not yet been announced.
Childs has the greater part of the exhibit in this city now.
Some of it has already been, and the remainder, is ready to be, packed for shipment.

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The San Francisco Call.
San Francisco, May 12, 1909, page 4.
And Back $110, First Class
for sailing, surf boating, surf board riding, sea bathing, swimming and aquatic sports; fishing, baseball, tennis, golf, automobiling.
Most attractive spot of entire round world tour.
Five and one half days from San Francisco by S. S. Alameda (wireless), sailing May 15, June 5, July 17. etc.
BOOK NOW and secure the best berths.
Lines to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia S. S. Mariposa sailing May 21- July 1. etc.
Tahiti and back, $125. Wellington and back, $260.
O. O. S.  Co., 873 Market st.
Telephone Kearn 1231

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The Hawaiian Gazette
Honolulu, May 14, 1909, page 9.


OCEAN PARK, Cal., April 23.
George Freeth of the Venice life-saving service hasn't been doing very much for the past ten days but enjoy the company of a rich uncle, Colonel Samuel Parker; Prince Kalanlanaole and party of Honolulu, who have been sojourning at the Alexandrla in Los Angeles, since coming to the Coast from an extended Eastern trip.
George visited Long Bench yesterday in company with the distinguished visitors, who left last evening on the Sunset Limited over the Southern Pacific for San Francisco, in which city they are to remain until the first of May, when they are to embark on n steamer en route to their native Hawaii.

George did not go to Snn Francisco with his friends last evening, but he will follow them in time to take their boat to Honolulu, to which point lie has been provided with the necessary ticket and also with one by which he may return to Venice if he likes.

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The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, May 24, 1909, page 8.

M. Bonine has completed his moving pictures of surf-riding by Hawaiian boys which will be exhibited at Seattle.

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The Mercury
Hobart, Tasmania,  Thursday 3 June 1909, page 1.


"The Tasmanian Mail" is now the finest illustrated journal in Tasmania, and ranks with the best in the Common wealth and New Zealand.
The illustrations this week include:
A Royal palm avenue.
Surf-board riding.
Waikiki Beach and Moana Hotel.
Nunaun Pali.

1909 'Advertising.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 3 June, p. 1, viewed 7 September, 2012,

These images were reproduced in the Kalgoorlie Western Argus, Tuesday 15 June 1909, page 23, see below.

The San Francisco Call.
San Francisco, June 15, 1909, page 6.

John Burroughs, Naturalist, Returns  From - Paradise of the Pacific, Delighted

During, his stay in Honolulu. Mr. Burroughs went swimming in the surf, and even essayed the ticklish task of riding the breakers on a surf board.
"But that," he said, "is a little too lively for an old chap like me to master."

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Kalgoorlie Western Argus
WA, Tuesday 15 June 1909, page 23.



1909 'No Title.', Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 - 1916), 15 June, p. 23, viewed 7 September, 2012,

Harper's Weekly
New York, June 19, 1909.
Alexander Hume Ford: "TheVolcano That Rose in a Night".
1 2/3 page story with 5 photos.the record of a journey to the Samoan volcano.
The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, July 1, 1909, page 4.

Van Norden's magazine The World Mirror, is advertising for future publication a descriptive article on Hawaii by Alexander Hume Ford.

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The San Francisco Call.
San Francisco, July 17, 1909, page 6.
Elks-Parade Excels All Others
Local Lodges Will Entertain


Thanks for Hospitality Given Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, July 16. In magnitude far exceeding anything ever before seen upon the Pacific coast, and in point of interest the greatest procession the reunions of the grand lodge of Elks has ever witnessed, the mild summer flower and allegorical festival and parade of nations passed through the aisles of the crowded streets to day to be viewed by a greater throng than had gathered to witness any of the previous, parades of the Elks' reunion here.

Conservative estimates put the number who saw the parade at 300,000.
The Hawaiian float depicted a surfriding scene and a quartet of Hawaiian singers rode in the surf boat and sang their native songs.

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The Sydney Morning Herald
Monday 19 July 1909, page 7.


H. M.S. Challenger, which recently visited the Cook Group, with the Governor of New Zealand, arrived in Sydney on Saturday and moored in Farm Cove.
The Cook Group has for the past eight years been attached to the Dominion, and the islands visited by the Challenger were Roratonga, Mangala, Atlu, and Altulaki.
At Mangala, where the island is encircled by a fringing reef, the party experienced the exciting sensation of being landed by the system of surf-running in catamarans.
There were 1560 natives and six whites on the island, and everybody but the sick (?) and maimed seemed to have come down to the gala.

The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, July 22, 1909, page 7.


The dangers ot surf riding when tried by those who have but a fundamental idea of tte whims and tricks of the waves, was shown yesterday at Waikiki.
Three fairly serious accidents occurred during the afternoon through collisions and at least one of those who met with misfortune will probably be marked for life.
The surf was rather higher than usual yesterday afternoon and there were a large number of local riders out with their boards.
To complicate matters the surf was rather peculiar, breaking in two directions which formed an angle at which the riders coming from Ewa and Waikiki directions met.
Dr. Hand, of the Y. M. C. A. was among those to get tangled up and was somewhat bruised.

The manner in which the surf riders claim the entire beach or at least nearly all that part where there is little coral, to the exclusion of swimmers, is causing some little feeling at Waikiki.
If a surf board comes rushing in through a crowd of swimmers, the latter are always held to blame.
Until recently the board riders used to keep away from the smoother part of the beach, but with the idea of "show ing off" the stunts which some are learning,
They have now encroached on almost every part of the beach where bathing is really good, leaving only the coral strewn section for the bathers who have no boards and can not swim well enough to venture into deep water.

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, August 2, 1909, page 3.

There was a tremendous crowd out at Waikiki yesterday afternoon, and surf riding is becoming more popular everyday.
The beach at the Inn, Seaside and Moana, was crowded with bathers and many hundreds people occupied the seats at the resorts.

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, August 2, 1909, page 4.

Alexander Hume Ford writes that he leaves New York this month  for Hawaii by way of Europe and Asia.

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Border Watch
Mount Gambier, SA, Wednesday 4 August 1909, page 1.


Here and there are seen sportive natives, male and female, clothed in nature's bathing suit, standing  upright on their surf boards riding on the crests of the incoming waves, with outstretched arms and jubilant shouts that rouse the admiration of the most stolid observer.
This riding on the surf board is one of the favorite sports of the islanders, and the wilder the waves the more they enjoy their daring feats.
Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, August 6, 1909, page 2.


There was a big crowd of swimmers out yesterday afternoon and evening at Waikiki.
The breakers were large and much canoe surf riding was gone in for.

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, August 18, 1909, page 7.

Outrigger Club Is Flourishing

Things at the Outrigger Club are going along with a swing that makes people imagine that Alexander Hume Ford must be hiding behind a surf board somewhere on the beach.
The club, which was first thought of by the much traveled Ford, is in flourishing condition, and every afternoon a big bunch of swimmers and canoe and surf board riders is in evidence.

The Woman's auxiliary is also doing well, and quite a number of the fair sex are becoming experts at the same.
Dressing rooms for the ladies are fitted up and a caretaker is always present to provide hot water from a large kettle, which Is kept on the boil in anticipation of a call for afternoon tea.

Numbers of small children go out every afternoon and a chaperon is on hand to watch out for the welfare of the young ones.

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The Daytona Gazette
Florida, August 28, 1909, page 2.
Seabreeze and Daytona Beach.
Eugene Johnson has recently what is called a surf board and he and his wife had fine sport at the the beach last Thursday afternoon riding the waves.
It is a "new wrinkle" that is taking well with surf bathers.
Eugene got the idea from Colliers Weekly.
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The Colliers Weekly article was probably:

Alexander Hume-Ford: Riding the Surf in Hawaii, Colliers National Weekly, August 14, 1909.
See 1909 Alexander Hume Ford : Riding the Surf in Hawaii.
Wilmington Evening Dispatch
North Carolina, August 28, 1909, page ?
 Doings at Lumina
There would be canoe races, swimming races, running and jumping, etc.
An attempt will be made to have a surf board contests which would be very interesting.

This report from Lumina Pavilion, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
Contributed by J. Skipper Funderburg, November 2016..

The San Francisco Call.
San Francisco, August 31, 1909, page 3.

Congressmen are welcomed at Honolulu
Federal Law Makers Arrive at Hawaiian Capital

Honolulu Aug., 30.- The congressional delegation which sailed from San Francisco August 24 to spend a fortnight sight seeing in the Hawaii island group.
As the guests of the men of the islands arrived today on the.Pacific Mail liner: Siberia.
The reception committee, headed by Governor Frear boarded the Siberia off the entrance to the harbor and extended a cordial greeting to the lawmakers and  their wives.
When the steamer docked the party was taken in automobiles to a the Young hotel, where they will stay as guests of the territory.
Waikiki beach was visited in the afternoon and the delegation spent several hours of surf riding, canoeing and swimming.
The reception committee has prepared a full program for the entertainment of the visitors and every island in the group will be visited before, they return to the mainland.

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The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, September 8, 1909, page 6.


There has just been issued from the press of the Hawaiian Star a booklet by Dr V. E. Collins, M. D., entitled "Sea Bathing in Hawaii."
The booklet, which is attractively gotten up and illustrated, is intended to supply all available information as to the best method of taking sea baths, and to bring to the notice of all and sundry the great benefits to be derived from the unique sea bathing of Hawaii.
The various chapters deal with, among other subjects, "Certain Special Features ot Honolulu as a Bathing Resort," "Bathing for Pleasure," "Bathing for Health," "Sun Baths and Sand Baths," "Honolulu as a Winter Bathing Resort,' and "Surf Riding."
The book is clearly and entertainingly written, beside being most instructive and it should be read by all who surf or love a dip in the briny.
Sent away to friends on the mainland, especially in the snow belt, it could not help doing  the most effective kind of promotion work.
The chapter on "Surf Riding," is contributed by Alexander Hume Ford,  president of the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Club, and is well worthy of reproduction.
It follows:
As a boy I used to sit ... [reprint of Ford's 1907 article]

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The Pacific Commercial Advertiser.,
Honolulu, September 9, 1908, Second Section, page 11.

Curative Properties of Salt Water Life at Beach.

To the leisure class and to those that are upon the lookout for some new experience, excitement or pleasure, the surf-boating and surf-boarding at the Waikiki beach offers all, if not more than all, anyone could desire in the way of sport.
It certainly is a wonderful experience to go out in one of those canoes, and to be picked up by the surf and projected forward at the speed of a cannon
ball, as someone has said, though I would not vouch for quite that speed, while the wave is almost toppling over you, threatening to submerge and engulf you in an ocean of foam.
This certainly is an exciting and fascinating sport; but it's tame alongside of the more energetic and exeiting sport of surf-board riding.
This, indeed, is called the king of sports, and to me it sems nothing less, and what it is to those that are expert in this thrilling and exciting pastime is more than I can say.
To some of the spectators, when they see the great breakers coming in and the surf-boards tossed high ia the air, while the riders are pitched headlong into the sea, this is a most dangerous sport; but in reality there is no danger at all, or, if any, it is lost sight of in the excitement and fun of the moment.
In fact, as there are no rules to this game, some starting in front and some behind you, there is sure to be a mixup once in a while, but no one cares for this, and as a general thing no one gets badly hurt.
The usual cause, however, of the surf-board flying in the air is because the rider did not get properly balanced on the top of the board, and in consequence, instead of riding the wave it takes a header for the bottom of the sea, comes suddenly to a stop and sends the rider forward into the sand; while the board, free of its burden, shoots up into the air and does a little stunt upon its own account.
Some idea of the fascination that this sport has may be learned from the fact that no amount of labor or discouragement can deter or keep, the devotees away from it when once they have started.
And though some of them can not catch one wave in a dozen, nor stand on the board at all, that one seems to recompense them for all their unsuccessful efforts.
Indeed, one of the strongest devotees of this sport says it took him four hours a day for three months before he could stand on a surf -board, and he thinks himself well repaid for his trouble.
Some of the boys, however, are so expert that they can catch nearly every wave and stand on most of them.
And this to them, I have no doubt, seems a greater achievement than anything they have ever done; while at the same time it's the greatest sport they have ever known.
And not only is this a fine exercise; it is also a most healthy one.
For example, witness those that participate in it, and who are as brown as berries, tough as knots, hard as nails in fact, the very pictures of health and strength.
Indeed, some of them are so brown as to make it difficult to distinguish the natives from the whites.
Very few people, I think, have any idea of the wonderful curative properties of the sun and the sea water, or the wonderful cures that have been effected by them alone.
For instance, in France they have a sea salt water cure that is doing wonders, while in Germany they have a sun-bath cure that is doing almost as much.
Those who find the surf-board a too strenuous exercise could take up swimming, which is a most healthy, enjoy able and ideal exercise, and can not
fail to do one good.
Very truly,

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Evening News
Sydney, 23 September 1909, page 7.


The Manly Presbyterian School Hall was crowded on Wednesday night when the lifesaving club attached to the North Steyne Surf Club
held a concert, at which first aid certificates were presented.
Alderman Quirk presided.
These who rendered items to an enjoyable programme were Miss Myrtle Spence and Miss Woods, and Messrs. G. O'Began, Van BraSaei,
Carr Woods, Prank Cummlngs, Sidney Harcourt,
Frank Madden, Fred. Grey, and G. M'Lelland.
The recipients of certificates were Messrs. C.
D. Paterson,- H. J. Watson, J. Chalmers, W. C.
Fisher, O. G. H. Merrett, R. Ferguson, A. M.
Tartakover, H. S. Hind, H. G. Taubman, J.
Fisher, R. N. eBale, G. Miller, W. Allison, S.
L. Kelly, J. Hewitt, J. Childers, J. Brown, and
J. WilMns. Speeches were made on the effi
cacy of first aid by Dr. Neale and Messrs. Quirk
and C. D. Paterson. The success of the enter
tainment was due to the efforts of Messrs. R.
Grinlths, M'Cann, Johns, and Merrett, and the
hon. secretary (Mr. B. M. V. Shemwell).
The Manly Council has appointed the, life savers for the Ocean Beach for this season.
'Happy' Eyre is to look alter the North Steyne and J. Reynold will officiate at the south-end.
A scheme Is -before the aldermen to provide
chairs to be rented on hire to invalids and con

1909 'NORTH STEYNE SURF CLUB.', Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), 23 September, p. 7. , viewed 08 Nov 2016,

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser.
Honolulu, September 25, 1909, page 3.


The following letter from Hume Ford dated September 11 in New York, came to hand on the Alameda yesterday.
The old boy with the calorified atmosphere is certainly spreading it round all right:
Alvin "Keech from Hawaii is here, and invited me to come down to Edgemere, L. I., and go out surfboard riding with him.
This is the first time I have seen real surfboardmg on the Atlantic Coast.
Of course I went and Keech had two boards ready.
We went out and caught several waves, getting a standing ride of perhaps two or three hundred feet, but that was great for the Atlantic.
Keech daily astonishes the natives but even he cannot keep in the water in these latitudes more than half an hour at a time.
I was frozen stiff in fifteen minutes so came out to sit with the ladies on the beach and watch Keech do his stunts.
Within a few days after his first exhibition the idea of the surfboard swept down the beach and after a number of people had been thrown and small boys crippled, the Samoan surfboard was adopted.
This is a bit of thin wood about three feet long by a foot and a half wide and place in front of the chest takes you in before the small breakers.
Our boys at Waikiki would indulge in body surfing and let it go at that.
I have been using pictures everywhere in different publications illustrating how it is done in Hawaii.

The youngsters at Asbury Park took the pictures from St. Nicholas and the account of how it was done and had a try at
They called them skidders but no one has as yet attempted to stand, although the surfboard idea is spreading down the coast and has reached Atlantic City.
I do not see how anyone could learn in these cold waters,
but of course, those who have learned in Hawaii can sometimes catch a wave and get a short ride.
My experience with Keech only made me more home-sick than ever for Hawaii.

I was ready to start back via Europe and Asia about a month ago but received an order from one of the leading magazines for a series of immigration articles, a subject which I have studied in many parts of the world.

As soon as I finish this work I will start at once for Hawaii for I wish to be there for the Clark cup contest in January
By the way, Clark wishes to put up annual cups.
I am suggesting  instead an annual racing canoe built during the year in Hawaii and placed on exhibition with full equipment, koa paddles and all, somewhere downtown so that the interest can be kept up.
This, as a prize for the big race and an annual koa surfboard for the best wave-rider, I think would attract many people right after Christmas.
As it is the comic sections of the Sunday papers are beginning to exploit the fun of surfboard riding in Hawaii, and my good friend Art Young, the crack artist of Life and Puck, has promised me to design a corking letterhead for the Outrigger Club.

I enclose you a set of surfboard cards I am getting out to send with my compliments to the members of the club.
I hoomalimali (
sic) the magazines into letting me have the cuts after they had been used so that I will have quite a batch of them to bring back to Hawaii.

I am sorry that after all, I will not meet the vice president of the Outrigger Club in Manchuria, as I had expected to.
Keech and I both have friends leaving soon for Hawaii, tempted there by the prospect of learning to ride the surfboard.
Keech really deserves a medal for the splendid work  he has done talking "Hawaii" this summer.
I know a number of hitherto annual European tourists who on his advice are going to Hawaii.
Sincerely yours,

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wikipedia: Banjo Uke
The banjolele ... was derived from the "banjulele-banjo", introduced by Alvin D. Keech in 1917.

British Pathe: Finger Speed! 1926
01:00 ... Alvin D. Keech plays the banjo. C/U of the banjo being played in slow motion.

The Ukelele Blog: Alvin Keech Banjulele , 8 November 2012

The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, September 25, 1909, page 6.

Alexander Hume Ford writes the Sporting Editor of The Hawaiian Star as follows:
"225 Fifth Ave., New York City.
"Aloha Oe: Don't forget the big regattas forf (sic) the Frank Clark 'Round the World Cruise Cups in January.'
I will be there to see the fun.
How is the club progressing.''

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, October 22, 1909, page 7.
Outrigger Club Benefit Show

There is no doubt that, every one who has the interest of the Outrigger Club at heart will, tonight, roll up to the Donlnu theater and help the Club along by digging up a very moderate sum for a really first class entertainment.
There will be special features tonight that will attract the attention of even the most blase of moving picture show frequenters.
The surf-riding films will be shown, and they are said to be the best ever taken.
Then the Outrigger Club quintet will perform and they are, without doubt, the best lot of singers any such institution has ever turned -out.
The object of the benefit performance is to provide funds for the building of a shelter shed' for the Outrigger Club members; at, present there
is not accommodation for the men who want to change their clothes before and after surf boarding.
It will cost half a-dollar to get into the show tonight, but the amount is small when it is remembered how much amusement will be crowded into
the evening.

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The Pacific Commercial Advertiser
Honolulu, October 26, 1909, page 7.


There is one thing that always lingers in the mind of a visitor to these Islands something different to anything seen anywhere else in the world and this the surf-board riding of Waikiki, the sport that made Waikiki famous and which can be seen tonight at The Bonine in the greatest series of pictures ever made.

There will also be a very novel series of interesting things from abroad, and some beautiful Hawaiian music to help make up a very delightful evening.

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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, October 29, 1909, page 9.
Surf Riding Film
Go To Coast

Surf riding is such a popular sport in Hawaii that nearly everybody does, at some tlme or another, hike out to the Waikiki beach and there grab a surf board and endeavor to do the famous Freeth stunts.

The greatest interest is taken in the sport now-a-days, and, where a few years ago, there may have been a couple of experts at the same, now there are dozens of youngsters, of all colors who can not only ride a surfboard but can also do stunts such as standing
on their heads, and turning hand springs off the narrow board as it rushes in toward the shore on the crest of a huge wave.

Bonine, the moving picture man, has some wonderful films taken at Waikiki; and when the pictures of the surfriders are shown on the screen the audience seated near the stage have been seen to duck as the waves bearing the surfboard riders onward.

Bonine's pictures are going to the Coast, where they should cause a sensation and open the eyes of people to the possibilities of acquatlc sports in Hawaii.

The volcano picture, which is unique, will also be shown on the mainland, and the consequence should be that a lot of tourists will direct their footsteps in our direction.

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The Hawaiian Gazette.
Honolulu, November 12, 1909, pages 3 and 8.

Australian Life Saver Will See How Hawaiians Ride the Rollers.

Walter V. H. Biddell of Waverley, New South Wales, a life governor of the Royal Life Saving Society and of the affiliated Surf Swimming and Open Sea Life-Saving Association of N. S. W., arrived on the Makura to remain here a few months for the benefit of
his health and to observe the method of surfboarding at Waikikl Beach.
He brought many letters of introduction from the various societies to which he belongs, addressed to the secretary of the promotion committee.
One from Waverley introduces Mr. Biddell as acting president of the association there.
The secretary of the association, in this letter, sots tortli mat -air.
Biddell is a pioneer of surfbathing for Australian beaches.
Mr. Biddell's untiring and valuable services in the advancement of the cause of life-saving on Australian ocean beaches have been especially recognized by the Prince of Wales, as president of the Royal society.
Mr. Biddell has trained many classes in life-saving without the aid of the lifeline, as well as with it, at Bronte, the roughest beach on the New South Wales coast.
He has devoted considerable time to the invention of rescuing appliances, among which is the "Dr. Lee's Torpedo-shaped Life Buoy," which can be taken out through almost any sea and which experts declare to be an improvement on the ordinary life belt. Mr. Biddell brought one of these buoys to Honolulu to have islanders express an opinion as to its merits.
Mr. Biddell anticipates much pleasure in learning the ways of the surf at Walkiki and will be taken in tow by George Osborne of the Outrigger Club.

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Mr. Walter Biddell, acting president and of the Surf-Swimming and Open-Sea Life-Saving Association of New South Wales, is here for a several weeks visit for his health, bringing with him a number of letters from our correspondents in Sydney and other points.
I have furnished him with a letter of introduction to the officers of the Honolulu Outrigger Club, and he expects to get much enjoyment and sport from our surfing at Waikiki.

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The Hawaiian gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, November 12, 1909, Image 3
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The Hawaiian Star.
Honolulu, December 7, 1909, page 6.

W. H. Biddell, who will probably leave tor Australia in the Makura on holiday, will give another life-saving demonstration at Waikiki tomorrow afternoon at 4: 30.
It will be under the auspices of the Outrigger Club.
Those who missed Mr. Biddell's fine exploits when he performed at the Healani Boat Club should take this last chance of obtaining a lesson in expert life-saving in the water.

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The Hawaiian star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, December 07, 1909, SECOND EDITION, Image 6
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Evening Bulletin.
Honolulu, December 11, 1909, page 11.
Mr. and Mrs. von Damm's Dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. von Damum entertained at midday dinner last Sunday in honor of four of the officers ot the Arcona.
Covers were laid for eight, and the table decorations were scarlet carnations.
Miss Alameda Townsend and Miss Wickstrum, two society girls, were asked to meet these charming officers.
Later in the afternoon the party went surf riding at the Moana  hotel.
After surfing and swimming in the briny deep for several hours the party motored to the Arcona and dined on board this hospitable ship.

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Evening bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, December 11, 1909, 3:30 EDITION, Image 11
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Success of Outrigger Canoe Club.
Canoe Surfing, Cook Islands.
Surfboard Riding, Hawaii.
Outrigger Canoe Club Success.
Eugene Johnson Rides Surfboard, Daytona, Florida.
Surf Riding Film, Waikiki.



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