Center for Labor Education & Research, University of Hawaii - West Oahu: Honolulu Record Digitization Project

Honolulu Record, Volume 10 No. 9, Thursday, September 26, 1957 p. 1


Bondsman Stirs Bethel St.

Talk of Bethel St., at least in the area near the police station, is of a fistic engagement that has not and most probably will not be reported to the police, though the principal aggressor is a man currently in trouble with the law and his victim was formerly his bondsman.

The bondsman, himself, says it didn't happen and that nothing more than a "misunderstanding" occurred. But others on the street say he 'told them it did happen, though he was attacked by three persons. Instead of one, and they didn't manage to hurt him much. Cause of the alleged fracas was a "misunderstanding" over what happened to $2,000 the bondsman's client posted with him to cover a bond posted in court.

$2,000 Involved

The bondsman denies that he kept the $2,000, as the story has been widely told, or that the client "worked him over," either singly or with two companions, (as one version of the story has it. Another version is that he Was punched by one man.
"If anyone had beaten me up," he says, "I would certainly have made a complaint about it."

The former client is now out of circulation and not available for comment.

Though there are those who wonder why a man with $2,000 should need a bondsman, others familiar with the ways of judges say it is imprudent to post a large cash bond, partly because the judge may wonder how an accused person came into possession of so much cash, and partly because he may be influenced to set a higher fine in case a fine should be imposed.

The same bondsman, a comparative newcomer in the business, has been the subject of some comment from both established bondsmen and attorneys who have represented his clients, because of the unorthodox handling of collateral posted by clients.

p /> I do not say that at odd hours a patient must be given the regular hot dinner or supper. Few people would expect this.
But what is so complicated about opening and heating a can of soup, making some toast, or preparing instant coffee or tea? Why cannot a night nurse do these simple things after the kitchen to closed? Is it just too much trouble?

It is only common humanity to feed the hungry. If our hospitals are too big, too complex, too impersonal to do these small kindnesses for the sick, something is very wrong.