HAWAII: The Souvenir Collectors

Of all the traditions of Hawaii's territorial legislature, few were more cherished than the lawmakers' session-end custom of taking various items of office equipment home as "mementos." Nobody ever objected to the practice until last month, when the legislature adjourned for the last time before Hawaii enters the Union. At that point the Honolulu Advertiser began nosing about, discovered just how enthusiastic the legislators had become in their souvenir collecting. Missing were $3,000 worth of territorial fountain pens, 150 sets (at over $50 a set) of the Revised Laws of Hawaii, $800 worth of rubber stamps, $190 in desk...

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