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Henry Stead:  Alexander Hume Ford, 1922.

Stead, Henry:
Men of Mark - Alexander Hume Ford of Honolulu.
The Mid-Pacific Magazine
Honolulu, Volume 23, 1922.

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Henry Stead was an Australian supporter of Ford's Pan-Pacific Union, who died before his last article was published.
Note how that by 1922, the history of the formation of the Outrigger Canoe Club was significantly modified:
 "White men could never ride these surf-boards, they said; only native Hawaiians were able to do so." - page 560.

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Stead's Last Article -
Men of Mark

Alexander Hume Ford of Honolulu.


SOME men are gifted with an energy so tremendous that they are able to achieve marvelous results in short time; to do the apparently impossible; to step in where others fear to tread.
Such men are as a rule not honored by their own generation, nor do they secure recognition in their own day.
Their methods are necessarily spectacular, crude often, and they are regarded as more or less mad in many cases.
Alexander Hume Ford is a man after my father's own heart.
He is always out doing things.
He may tilt at windmills occasionally, but only when these happen to be in the way.
He has great ideals, and he runs ever after them, counting not the cost, caring not at all what happens those who get in the path.
In Honolulu he is known as "the human dynamo," and for many years he was regarded more with tolerant affection by the leaders of that city than with proper appreciation for what he was doing.
"Another of Ford's fads." they would say when he came out with some new scheme.
But now they have learned that "Ford's fads" are of the greatest importance, and realize that the strenuous work he has done for the past few years is likely to bear splendid fruit—may yet avert that cataclysm everyone is fearing will soon fall on the Pacific.

Many years ago, in 1907, when Mr. Ford first went to Honolulu, he took with him a great idea, and he has consistently worked on it ever since.
This idea first of all found expression in the Hands-Around-the-Pacific Club, and

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later in the Pan-Pacific Union.
Why, said Mr. Ford, should the nations of the Pacific not get together and be friends, instead of each sulking in its tent preparing for trouble?
In 1908 Mr. Ford began the systematic organization of the Pan-Pacific Union by making a trip to New Zealand and Australia, where he interested leading men in the idea.
In 1914 he again toured the Pacific, and completed his previous work.
He then organized branches of the Union in all Pacific lands.
In 1920 he persuaded a party of Congressmen to visit the Orient, and establish points of contact with the leading men in Japan, China and the Philippines.

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When Mr. Ford first came to Honolulu he spent a year looking round before he got seriously to work.
But such a man could not remain inactive, and during the first twelve months he organized the Outrigger Canoe Club, with the object of reviving surf-board riding.
The old timers ridiculed him.
White men could never ride these surf-boards, they said; only native Hawaiians were able to do so.
Undismayed, he managed to get together 100 enthusiasts.
From this nucleus the club has grown until it has a membership of 2000 men, women and children.
On Waikiki Beach you may see white men ride the waves any day, white women sometimes, and you may see some of the world's champion swimmers disporting themselves in the waves.
He next organized the Trail and Mountain Club for trampers, which is still going strong.
There are few new things in Honolulu Mr. Ford has not had a hand in starting.
But he does not care to take a leading part once the organization is on its feet.
Ford, who is a bachelor, is unable to work at night, but he makes up for that by being at his office every morning between four and five.
In the midst of his innumerable activities he manages to bring out The Mid-Pacific Magazine every month.
It is a wonderful production.
It relies upon its pictures to catch the interest of the reader, and the captions below these pay eloquent tribute to Ford's skill as a
Printed on fine paper, with its many illustrations, this magazine is indeed a remarkable publication to come out of Honolulu.
The blocks are made in the town, and the whole of the printing is done there.
To bring out this periodical would keep most men fully employed, but Ford has so many other important things to do that he almost forgets he is editing it, and has to see it through in the early hours before the city is astir.

Alexander Hume Ford was born in Charleston, South Carolina. 53 years ago.
His ancestors were amongst the earliest settlers there.
On his mother's side he is descended from the Earls of Marchmont in Scotland.
One of his forbears signed the Declaration of Independence, and was a close friend of George Washington in tent and in council chamber.
Becoming first Gov-

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ernor of South Carolina, it was through his efforts that the Colony broke away from the British Empire, and threw in its lot with those in the North.
Educated at the Porter Academy in Charleston, Ford early joined the staff of The News and Courier of that city.
After the famous earthquake he moved to New York, where he wrote plays in the spare time his newspaper allowed him.
After traveling around for awhile, he settled in Chicago, joining the staff of The Daily News.

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The Junior Pan-Pacific Commercial and Industrial Exhibit
Honolulu, November 4, 1922
(From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin)

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The Photo Club here has promised to aid in a splendid exhibit of photographs by the youngsters.
I have two of our boys at the Outrigger Club who will be busy during the Exhibit making surf boards.
Two or three boys are making enough money at this to put them through college if they care to use the money for that purpose.
I think we could have an exhibit of the making of the ukulele by boys that are learning this art.
Then of course there would have to be the exhibit of our Hawaiian boys' glee clubs, ukulele quartettes and the steel guitar.

Stead, Henry:
Men of Mark - Alexander Hume Ford of Honolulu.
The Mid-Pacific Magazine
Honolulu, Volume 23, 1922.

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