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#22 Heliopolis

Spanish Immigrants

The immigration ship, S.S. Heliopolis, arrived yesterday off port at 2:30 p.m. and anchored outside. She brought 2,287 Spanish immigrants from Malaga, Spain. The voyage took 47 days, which is considered very good time. There were 500 children in the party; 300 of which are infants. On the voyage, there were 19 deaths and 12 births. Three died were women; the rest were young children. As soon as the Heliopolis anchored, the Quarantine and Immigration officials, custom officers, Secretary Atkinson and Walter Dillingham went out to her. Dillingham took charge of the steamer in the capacity of Executive Officer of the Territorial Board of Immigration. The regular Quarantine Inspector found all well with the exception of 7 cases of measles and 2 of mumps. The ailing were all babies. Dr. Mackall and 2 nurses were taken out to the steamer and the sick folks and their families were taken to the Quarantine Island.

The Heliopolis will dock at 7 a.m. today at the Immigration Wharf then those on board will undergo the examination of the Immigration Inspection. Three (3) stow-aways beat their way to Hawaii. The steamer is in excellent condition and those who saw the Suveric say that there is no comparison between the conditions of the two ships and the passengers there on. The Spanish are exceptionally fine-looking lot of people and appear to be clean and good-natured. While anxious to get ashore, they took their forced detention in good part, doubtless coming to the conclusion, that after 47 days away from terra-firma, a day or so more didn’t matter. It is expected that all immigrants and their baggage will be cleared off the steamer by this afternoon. Secretary Atkinson had the following to say about the visitors last night. “The people are as clean a looking lot as I have ever seen.”

Though the ship is not in the cleanest possible condition, it is not any worse. That might have been expected after so long a voyage with so many people on board. They had no trouble what-so-ever, on the way out. You must have heard of Spanish and knives in connection with the immigrants of these people, but there was never a knife shown by anyone during the whole passage.

There were 12 births and 19 deaths on the voyage. An outbreak of measles occurred. Walter F. Dillingham has full charge in the taking care of the immigrants when they are landed. None but the sick will be loaded tonight.

Excerpts taken from the Pacific Commercial Advertiser. State of Hawaii Library on microfilm, State of Hawaii Archives.

Thank you to Sandy Sakai for this contribution.
© 2003 Melody Lassalle

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