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Senator Chillingworth moved that action be deferred until Monday, April 29th, 1907. Seconded by Senator Makekau. The motion to defer action on the Report of the Committee was then put and carried.

Senator Hayselden presented the Report (No. 21) of the Special Committee on Senate Resolution No. 34 as follows:

Honolulu, T. H., April 24th, 1907.

Honorable E. F. Bishop,

President of the Senate.

Sir:-Your Special Committee to which was referred Senate Resolution No. 34 beg leave to report that the matter has had our consideration, and your Committee, together with a like Committee from the House of Representatives were present at a meeting of the Board of Education when the matters contained therein were fully discussed, and the charge of favoritism made against the Board in the making of appointments was fully considered.

The members of the Board present were Mrs. Dowsett, Messrs. Farrington, Hutchins and Dodge, with the Superintendent of the Department.

Upon reference to the Minutes of the previous meeting of the Board held April 8th, we find the following:

"The Superintendent read letter from Inspector Davis giving his reasons for not recommending Miss Hadley for the principalship of the school. A discussion followed the reading of the letter during which Mrs. Dowsett stated that others competent to pass judgment on qualifications declared her fully qualified to assume the position. On motion of Mr. Hutchins, seconded by Mr. Dodge, the Commissioners present unanimously voted to appoint Miss Hadley principal for the coming term. The Superintendent desired to go on record as opposing the motion stating as his ground that the reports from the Inspectors had been against the placing of Miss Hadley in charge as principal and that he believed that the Department should stand back of its duly authorized agents."

Referring to the Inspector's letter we find the following:

"In reference to Lahaina, I did not place Miss Hadley in charge of the school because I did not think she possessed the force and tact necessary to the successful discipline and management of so large a school."

The various Commissioners stated that they had been approached by several persons in Honolulu, some being prom

inent church people, directly and indirectly, and recommending the appointment which was made, claiming that the lady in question had taught for a great number of years and should be advanced. All but one of the Commissioners disclaimed acquaintance with their appointee even in a slight degree and had no personal knowledge of her school work at the time of her appointment. All information in this respect came from those interested in securing the appointment of their friend to the position.

All of the Commissioners deny that the solicitations of friends induced the appointment or in any way influenced them in their determinations.

The general statement was made by the individual Commissioners that the fact that the lady in question had filled a subordinate position under the Board satisfactorily for a number of years, justified them in giving her a trial as principal and that they did not believe that the school would be greatly injured if at the end of a term the experiment proved to be a failure. One Commissioner believed in taking a chance and the word of a man like Bishop Restarick who stated that she was qualified, but if she did not make good a change could be made. One Commissioner stated that the reports of Inspectors did not influence his vote.

In explanation of his position in the matter, the Superintendent stated that he felt that the Department should stand back of its duly qualified agents in questions of appointments where the applicants were not personally known. That the best source of information is from the Inspectors and that in this particular case he did not feel qualified to pass on Miss Hadley as he had paid only one short visit to her class room. Bishop Restarick had strongly recommended her appointment and others were as strongly opposed. That the report of the School Agent was unfavorable as also that of Inspector Davis of Maui, Inspector Wells of Maui whose place was recently taken by Mr. Davis. Mr. Baldwin, as Inspector, had given the same adverse opinion and Mr. Gibson who has been Inspector General of Schools had also stated a similar opinion. That he favored advancement by promotion where possible, but did not feel justified in disregarding the unanimous judgment of all of the officers of the Department qualified to form a correct estimate of the teacher's qualifications.

Your Committee finds that with the exception of the Hilo Union School and the few larger ones in Honolulu, Lahaina School has 270 pupils, the largest enrollment of any Government School in the Territory. We find further that a rule of

the Board of Education provides that "hereafter all persons appointed as principals of Elementary Schools, with an enrollment of 200 or more must have a Grammar Grade certificate or its equivalent" and the equivalents are named as (A) University Degree; (B) Normal Diploma; (C) State or Territorial Grammar Grade. This teacher has none of these. Therefore her appointment was in direct violation of the established rule of the Board. This is unexplained.

It was stated that she held a First Class Certificate but your Committee find that for less than four years out of the thirteen years in this line of work has she held such a certificate and that its equivalent in other States and Territories is an ordinary County Certificate, the exact value of which your Committee is unable to determine.

Your Committee also find that the duties of principals and the duties of assistants as prescribed by the Board's Rules differ very materially, showing that force and executive power and ability to maintain discipline are much more essential qualifications in principals of schools than in the various assistants under them.

Your Committee believes that a man should, if available, be appointed principal of schools of such size and importance, and feel that this appointment was hastily made and illadvised in all respects and that due consideration was not given to the unanimous reports of all the Inspectors concerned, and that further time should have been taken in the matter. That the size and importance of this school requires that the rule governing the appointment of principals to such schools be applied in this instance, and that the reports of various Inspectors be given at least some consideration in making appointments in our schools.

Your Committee believe that the best interests of the Department would be obtained by having the Board of Commissioners acting and sitting as an Advisory Board without voting power. This would give the people representation, but would not lay the Board open to the charge of showing favoritism so frequently made, and would gradually lead up to County representation in Educational affairs, which has been recommended by the majority of the voters of the Territory.

Respectfully submitted,




Senator Smith moved that the Report of the Committee be received and placed on file. Seconded by Senator Woods and carried.

At 12:07 o'clock, upon motion of Senator Coelho, seconded by Senator Dowsett, the Senate adjourned.

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The Senate met, pursuant to adjournment, at 9:30 o'clock, After prayer by the Chaplain, the roll was called showing all Senators present.

The Journal of the Fifty-Seventh Day was read and, upon motion of Senator Lane, seconded by Senator Coelho, approvedi as read.

A Communication (No. 316) from the House of Representatives, informing the Senate of the adopt on of the Report of the Special Joint Conference Committee on Senate Bill No. 91, was read by the Clerk as follows:


Honolulu, T. H., April 27th, 1907.

To the Honorable President and

Members of the Senate of the

Territory of Hawaii.

I have the honor to inform you that the Report of the Special Joint Conference Committee on Senate Bill No. 91 was

this day adopted in the House of Representatives of the Territory of Hawaii.



Clerk, House of Representatives.

The Communication was ordered received and placed on file. Senator Smith for the Judiciary Committee reported verbally on House Bill No. 116 asking to be allowed to return the Bill to the Senate, and recommending that the Bill be considered in Committee of the Whole today.

The Report was ordered accepted.

Senator Smith moved that House Bill No. 116 be taken up in Committee of the Whole. Seconded by Senator Lane.

Senator Knudsen moved as an amendment that the Bill be taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Senator Smith accepted the amendment which was lost.

Senator Coelho moved that the Bill be placed on the Order of the Day. Seconded by Senator Chillingworth and carried.

Senator Coelho, moved that the Report of the Special Joint Conference Committee on Senate Bill No. 91 be adopted. Seconded by Senator Knudsen and carried on the following showing of Ayes and Noes:

Ayes: Senators Brown, Chillingworth, Coelho, Dowsett, Gandall, Hayselden, Hewitt, Kalama, Knudsen, Lane, McCarthy, Smith and Bishop-13.

Noes Senators Makekau and Woods-2.

The Senate proceeded with the Order of the Day.

The Message (No. 21) of the Governor, vetoing House Bill No. 147, was read by the Clerk.

Senator Chillingworth moved that action on the Message be deferred until Wednesday, May 1st, 1907. Seconded by Senator Dowsett and carried.

The Message (No. 27) of the Governor, vetoing House Bill No. 34, was read by the Clerk.

Senator Lane moved that action on the Message be deferred until Wednesday, May 1st, 1907. Seconded by Senator Hayselden and carried.

The Message (No. 28) of the Governor, vetoing House Bill No. 213, was read by the Clerk.

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