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THE GAADEK ISLAND TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1915,
THE GARDEN ISL'AND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Mr. Holstein's Resolutions.
The resolutions of Speaker Holslein, introduced in the House of
Representatives, which seeks to place the adjustment of the rates to be
paid by the plantation mills to homesteaders in the hands of govern
mental authority, is an unique pioposilion.
Leaving entirely aside the question ot whether some of the planta
tions are always disposed to deal fairly with the homesteaders, the
piesent system is decidedly complicated, in that each plantation has
its own wsy of figuring, and the conditions are so numerous and com
plicated that the homesteader seldom knows at which end of the horn
he may come out.
It might be well for the Government to take charge of the whole
matter, and arrange a schedule which must be paid for cane in every part
of the Territory. This schedule should be based upon the cm rent price
of sugar. Of course everybody knows that such n schedule is now aimed
at by the mills, but, as before stated, each mill has its own system, and
it would take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure out which of any two
contracts offered by mills is the better,.
We had not thought, however, of it being .a matter for Washing
ton to handle. The Territorial government should . be able to deal
with it, and, perhaps, more satisfactorily than tlie national government,
acting at long range and having only a partial interest in it.
Insofar as Kauai is concerned, however, we doubt that the neces
sity, or even desirability, ot such an arrangement exist. We feel
quite certain that the homesteaders of Waipouli are perfectly satisfied
with the contracts that have been offered them by the mills. They
are intelligent men over there, and they have figured pretty close on
the contracts offered; and we have yet to hear of a single instance in
which there has been definite complaint. Identically the same thing
may be said of the Kalaheo region.
If our information is correct (and it usually is) the homesteaders
would welcome any scheme to simplify any one of thrir problems; but
on Kauai they are now working in the most friendly and satisfactory
manner with the sugar mills, and are liable to view with disfavor any
move or plan which might alter present relations in the slightest.
Wet Clothes In Schools
We hope that before another rainy winter comes around, the de
partment of education, the supervising principal, the teachers or who
ever else has the say in such matters will devise a plan under which
children, having to travel a long way to school, through the rain most
of the time, may have dry clothes to put on at the school houses.
The situation is this: During the winter just closing we have had
a most liberal distribution of showers. Between Lihue and Haena,
particularly, there have been very lew fair days; while between Lihue
and Mana, showers have occurred probably most days of each week.
The result- It has been the common thing for children to arrive
at the school houses with damp, or even very wet, clothing on. Having
no opportunity of changing, they have been obliged to sit in their clamp
clothing, incurring, in numerous cases, colds, and1 perhaps establishing
conditions favorable to the seeds of consumption. In most instances
children, on account of wet clothing, feel uncomfortable and ill at
ease in the school house, the efTect hiring to retard them in their work.
The remedy: One remedy would be to suspend school in districts
having a lprge per. cent age of children coming from a distance, on
rainy mornings. The objections to this plan are two; First, it would
create confusion. Second, such schools, as a whole, would be retard
ed in their work.
The second remedy would be to require all children living at a
distance to keep a suit each of dry clothing at the school, and to
change immediately upon arriving at the school house in the morning.
This plan would necessitate the construction of small lockers in the
building, one for each family of children, or sets of children as circum
stances and convenience might suggest. By providing arrangements
for drying wet clothes during the day at the school, the children would
leave again in the afternoon for home in proper shape in this particular.
Every teacher on the island of Kauai has been made aware during
the winter now drawing to a close of the importance of this matter.
In many instances the teachers have tried to cope with it, and have
probably done the best thev could under the circumstances. But the
burden should not fall upon the teachers. It should be a matter for
departmental regulation, so as to be general and under uniform rules.
In carrying out the system the teachers would have their hands quite
We suppose that the rainy districts of the other islands have the
same experiences as here, and for that reason it seems fo us that the
Territorial department of education should take the initiative in sup
plying the remedy.
er floor-thus justifying the election of quite a large and imposing
building, and conforming to the ideas set forth in numerous theater
buildings of eastern cities.
In presenting and further discussing this subject, we are not ad
dressing any particular section of the community alone. Our desire
is to awaken general interest in the subject, discussion, and, finally,
perhaps, the evolution of a plan which may prove entirely feasible and
Developments of tin week in regard to the proposed tuberculosis
hospital must be regarded as reasonably satisfactory.
The visit of Dr. Sinclair to Kauai for the purpose of personally
looking into the question of a site was a fortunate occurrence. He is
an authority on such matters, and his opinions may be followed with
every assurance that tuistakts will be quite unlikely.
To our own mind the best location to be found would have been a
high plateau, probably at an elevation of as much as 2,000 feet, on the lee
side of the island, away from the heavy wind and the abnormally heavy
rainfall of the eastern side. Air is required, but strong, cold, damp
winds do not appeal to us. The best authorities are agreed that dry
air is desirable in the treatment of tuberculosis, and for that reason
recommend Arizona and similar places.
However, there are other considerations in the case of the propo
sition now in hand and Dr. Sinclair seems to feel that, taken together,
they outweigh the matters of elevation and atmospheric conditions; and
as his department will be more or less responsible for the success or
failure of the treatment at the hospital, it may be just as well for the
public to accept his judgment.
Another Theater Suggestion
In our last issue reference was made to the need of a modern thea
ter in Lihue, and a couple of sites in the neighborhood of the Lihue
Social Hall were mentioned as being suitable. Since then the commu
nity has been pondering over the matter more or less, with the result
that other interesting suggestions have been forthcoming.
There seems to be an inclination, on the part ot some, at any rate,
in favor of the site of the present Hale Ilooni for a modern theater.
It is pointed out that it is central (in the heart of the business section),
and that a theater at that plate, fronting on the through road, would
be set at proper angles to the prevailing winds.
The buildings at present on that side of the road are not of a par
ticularly attractive character, and a pretty theater there would rdd
much to the appearance of the locality generally.
In that location the promoters of such a building would probably
be justified liv business circumstances and the outlook, also, in plan
ning a structure larger than would be required for theatrical purposes
alone. For instance, there is already in the ar talk of establishing a
branch of one of the more prominent fraternal orders here, and we
have been given to understand that the chief obstacle in the way ir. the
lr.ck of suitable lodge quarters. Such accommodations might easily
be provided on the second floor of the building. It should not be hard
to arrange for a desirable tenant for a considerable portion of the low-
Does Prohibition Prohibit?
Read the following Associated Press despatch sent out over the
country last Friday:
"Pittsburgh, March 5. The German National Bank here was closed
yesterday by the comptroller of the currency, who announced in the
reasons published that the management of the bank had disregarded
the elementary principles of sound banking in its conduct of the affairs
of the institution.
'The officers and directors of the bank are identified with the
Pittsburg Brewing Company, the securities of which have lost value
during the past several months and which were held largely by the
The decrease in the market values of the brewing company's
securities is said to be because of the enforcement of the prohibition
law in West Virginia and the spread of local option in Ohio."
The Wireless News
Kauai people have had a week of experience without the daily
wireless service, and have probably missed it a great deal. At the Li
hue side of the island there have been frequent mails, but this has
been an unusual experience and occurs only in the rush seasons. From
Lihue to Kekaha. except for Friday, the people have been in ignorance
of the important world happenings.
This is not as it should be. We should keep abreast of the citnes,
and cannot hope to do so unless we keep abreast of the news and world
napoenings. There was no easier and better way to do that than by
the wireless service; and it should have been kept up. With the hi
ginning of good weather in Russia and other parts of Europe, the most
startling features of the present war will be developed, and Kauai
should be in a position to keep in close, daily touch with these events.
As the situation now stands, we are behind and will stay behind..;
We would like to see some strong and united move started to re
vive the daily wireless sen ice, and to keep it going at least until the
war is over. It would mean trouble and no profit to this office, but we
are always willing to stand our share in keeping the island up-to-date
and in providing the public with its reasonable requirements in the
way of news.
The action of the county attorney in peremptorily overriding an
indictment of the Grand Jury calls for a public explanation by the
former. He mav feel that he "doesn't have to," under the law; but
it is the policy of enlightened communities to have its public business
open to inspection. We know ot no parallel to this particular case;
but we have "heard of Grand Juries taking cognizance of the acts of
The Russian soldiers are certainly cold-blooded. Whv, they
even found the snow-covered plains of east Prussia too hot for them!
Go To the polls next Saturday and vote. Vote for one man for
all offices. Don't think that because your friend has no opposition, he
does not need your vote. Unless he polls a majority, he will be given
the altogether useless expense and trouble of running again in May.
Vote for one man for each office.
We have vet, oh this island, to make a move in the important
matter of guiding signs at the junctions of roads in the country dis
tricts. Between Lihue and Kekaha there are a full dozen places at
which signs should be placed, informing the traveller definitely as to
the correct route. Around Kapaa and between Kapaa and Kilauea there
is need for other such signs. The need for these is not felt by persons
residing in the respective neighborhoods, but the stranger trying to
find his way from point to point, whether a resident of Kauai, or from
elsewhere, has "troubles of his own," at times, at these road-forks.
The defect is easy to remedy and the"cost would be small.
What's the matter with Kauai inviting the Governor and
members of the Legislature to make a tour of this island alter the
present session is over? Many of the members of both houses have
never visited Kauai, perhaps, while a tour of the island would un
doubtedly be a treat for all of them. From now on the weather on
Kauai is invariably fine, roads are at their best and Nature is in her
most attractive form.
The Announcement by the Lihue Plantation Company of a
bonus of eighteen per, cent., or nearly one-fifth of the regular wage,
to its salaried employees drawing more than $50 a month, brings the
effect of the high prices we have recently had for sugar right "home"
to many families of this immediate neighborhood.
The selection of Albeit Horner. Jr., to be the manager of the
new cannery at Kapaa should be satisfactory to all concerned. He is
a young man of the "live wire" type, and, moreover, has made a
special study of the business of canning and marketing pineapples.
The outlook for the success of the cannery is excellent.
We learn with fear and trembling that Holland now has her
back up and has issued defiance to both the Allies and Germany. We
just knew that there would be a terrible climax to this European
The Fine, weather of the past few days should not be permitted
to lessen the earnestness of the community in retrard to plans for the
immediate construction of the Hanalei road. Some of the most beau
tiful spots of the island are practically inaccessible to the public much
of the time on account of the bad road between Kealia and Hanalei;
and it does not speak well for our spirit of progress that such condi
tions should be allowed to continue any longer than is absolutely
necessary. We want to see a good road to Hanalei. We want it as
soon as possible. To that end we desire that a start be made without
unreasonable delay. Therefore, forget the present fine weather.
Think of the bad weather that is comina next autumn, and pull for a
substantial start on the Hanalei road in the near future.
Our newspaper friends are still debating the pronunciation of
Przasnysz, the Russian position recently captured by the Germans.
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.luuiiug uaiu uuuiu ii ill u. just J I", ami bliee.e quiCKiy,
I That fetches the word in first-class Russian, But, by the way. try to
pronounce this sixty times a minute Parvitelstvushchi," That is
the name of the Senate, in the Duma, of Russia.
The Kohala Midget makes favorable mention of our '"History of
Lihue" and asks why some one does not do the same for Kohala. We
would ndvise the "Midget" to organize a local historical society, as
l as been done here. Such valuable contributions do not drop out of a
The Departure of Mr. S. E. Hannestad from Kauai must be
regarded as a community misfortune, the only recompense tor which is
the promise that he mav be improving his own business status in
larger fields. Kauai loses one of her most valuable young citizens.
For Frying-For Shortening
For Cake Making
There is no smoke nor odor. Fried foods are free from
the taste of grease. They now are tasty and crisp. They
are made more digestible, for Crisco is all vegetable.
The same Crisco can be used to fry fish, onions, dough
nuts, etc., merely by straining out the food particles
after each frying.
Crisco gives pastry a new flakiness and digestibility.
Crisco always is of the same freshness and consistency.
It's uniform quality makes for uniform results.
Crisco gives richncssat smaller cost, It brings cake
niaking back to popularity. Butter bills are reduced and
cakes stay fresh and moist longer.
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