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THE OARDKN ISLAND TUESDAY. MARCH 16, 1915,
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
The Light Turned On.
The sensation of the hour on Kauai is the partial report of the
Grand Jury, reproduced on the first page af this issue; and the dis
closure! made bv it.
But why a "sensation"? This whole community has seen smoke
in the identical localities in which the Grand Jury has now uncovered
file: and has seen smoke in localities in which the Grand Jury expects
to disclose more fire. Really the only unusual feature in the whole
matter is that Kauai now has a Grand Jury with initiative of its own,
and with the stamina to act.
The criticism of County Attorney Kaco speaks for itself. It is
recommended that he be impeached for malfeasance in office. I'n
doulitedly the disclosures and recommendation will le legretted by
many, but the Grand Jury evidently feels that it is a cold blooded pro
position in which the interests of tne community are involved.
It was, to our mind, an unusual thing to prefer charges, particu
larlr in the ease of the deputy sheriff of Ilanalei, without bringing in
indictments; but as the Grand Jurv promises, in its report, these indict
ments later on, we shall see what we shall see.
We hope that the Grand Jury will continue its good work, locate
all the crookedness that it may think exists on the island, as well as
the crooks, and haul them out into the light. Make a clean and com
plete job of it. If justified. Virtue and Decency will applaud the accomplishment.
Hats Off To The Flag
As To Practical Education.
The following was the leading editorial in this month's issue of
"Honolulu", the official paper now being issued by the Honolulu
Chamber of Commerce: '
What a travesty on patriotism to have to sav to a citizen, "Take
your hat off when the flag goes bv." How maiiv citizens there are who
are standing about willing to take advantage of the first opportunity
to demand protection fr m the Flag but who are so engrosed in self
consciousness that they arc not willing to pay the Flag the commonest
respect but will allow it to pass by without the slightest recognition.
It is a shameful thing to have to sav to our friends of other countries
that an American citizen has to be toid to take his hat off to his Flag.
Patriotism? Some people do not even know the meaning of the word.
A bag of peanuts and a bottle of pink lemonade on Washington's birth
day is sufficient enthusiasm to carry them through to July 4th, and on
July 4th a sky-rocket and a ride on a merry-go-round is sufficient to
carry them on to Washington's birthday. Away with hypocritical ar
rogance that prompts anything but hats off and attention when the
Star Spangled Banner is being played or the Flag is unfurled, and
thanks to the splendid leadership of the "Ad Club" at the time of the
inspiring military parade on Washington's birthday, many of these so-
called citizens were shamed into removing their hats. Let us hope that
the shame pierced sufficiently through into the bone that when another
parade comes by and the Flag is carried by our military bovs every
citizen will have instilled into him sufficient pride to remove his hat
without being told.
I say it is a travesty on patriotism to be called upon to say to a
citizen, "Take vour hat off to the Flag" but if that travesty will teach
a citizen his duty, let us have more travesty.
To Peer Into The Infinite.
The following interesting and instructive data, supplied bv a Ka
uai gentleman much concerned in local educational work, is taken
from an eastern publication:
Children of today are fottunate in that manual training is making
its way into public schools of both town and country. The boy or girl
who is taught to use both head and hands comes to maturity better
equipped for the battle of life than the one who has been taught to use
the head only.
Visit your school, see what is being taught and, is necess'iry; have
a few social entertainments to raise funds to equip a class along some
line of manual training and then, gradually, add others.
If the te;chers available in your district are not fitted to teach
these branches, see that they qualify, or get others. Would-be teachers
should prepare themselves in the work required of them and many
teachers, with years of experience, are taking summer courses in order
to be able to meet present-day conditions.
No very expensive outfit is needed for the teaching of the chemis
tiy of the soil and the plants with which the student will have to deal
in working on the home farm. Information concerning the conserva
tion of moisture can be illustrated with a small pot full of soil as well as
in the field.
Botany is not commonly taught in the rural schools and yet no
class of people need it in their everyday work as do those who culti
vate the land for a living.
The boy who is taught even in the rudiments of carpentrv in n
manual training class learns the correct way of using tools, and enough
of drawing to enable him to "lay out" work and make the farm inde
pendent of the neighborhood carpenter or handy-man and if provided
with a very simple kit of tools, will soon prove the value of this form
of school work.
Girls will be delighted to work in these classes or in those per
taining more particularly to the work of the household.
If the teacher has the ability to carry the work of these classes in
to the mathematical field, i.ito composition writing, or into other lines.
making the studies correlative, he, or she, will not only carry out the
principles of the broadest form of education but will send scholars out
with a practical working knowledge of the things that will help them
every day and fitted to teach everyone with whom they work by mere
force of example,
The following from a contemporary gives interesting information
concerning the world's newest and greatest effort to fathom the myste
ries of space:
Astronomers are looking forward with great anticipation to the
day when the new telescope will be installed on Mt. Wilson, in South
ern California. There is small wonder that these men of science are on
the top toe of expectation, for this instrument will be the mightiest yet
pointed toward stellar space and is expected to reveal manv of the
secrets of the great mystery in which we are living. The great tube
will be 43 feet in length and 11 feet in diameter, and, with its operat
ing machinery, will weigh fifly tons. The mighty lens, which is taking
three years to polish, was made from a five-ton disk of glass cast by a
Paris concern at a cost of $45,000.
'With the instruments of today more than 30.000 stars .have been
found where only 5000 were known to exist before and under the
searching power of this new marvel it is expected a hundred of mil
lions of new stars will be revealed.
When it is recalled that the stars as we know them are suns, mil
lions of them many times greater than -our own, and no doubt accom
panied by planets as he is, the immensity of space and the immensity
of its problems is partially revealed. It is improvable that all the mys
teries of infinity will ever be solved, but th:s glass will go a long way
in the direction of bringing to man the knowledge of the great condi
tions in which he is living, an electron on a speck of sand.
It is related that net only do astronomers expect to find new suns
bv millions, but new solar systems; to be enabled to more definitely
determine the flight of what are known as "stir streams" and co find
out in depths, hitherto impregnable because of distances, new univer
ses, perhaps more grand than we have yet charted and more magnifi
cent in proportion and movement than the most sanguine scientist has
Space has no limit. Therefore it is certain that as we penetrate
farther from our own position toward its boundless areas we shall be re
warded with discoveries so important in character as to make that
which we have previously learned sem in'gnifWnt. And, if this g1:ic
proves to be the success predicted, there is little doubt that men will
be inspired to still greater effort and that in criniug years we shall ac
quire a wisdom such as prophets never imagined nui" sv.,.is comprehended.
The Liquor Question.
We understand that a regulation is being discussed whereby it is
pioposed to forbid the delivery of liquors by our so-called wholesale
liquor houses to customers, away from the dealers' own premises, and
that, instead, it is proposed to return to the retail, or "barroom," sys
tem of licenses.
Unless we mistake the wishes of the people of Kauai, the latter
proposal will meet with a storm of protest, and if carried out, would
start an agitation immediately for absolute prohibition. The boast we
have put forward most frequently in regard to our liquor system on
Kauai has been that it does away with, or greatly modifies, the well
known evils of barroom drinking and "treating"; and if a rtturn is
made to that evil,, the ruling virtue (if virtue is to be found in the
business at all) in the present system would be eliminated.
There is a good deal of dissatisfaction at present with the system
of delivering liquors to customers, and on account of it some of the
plantations have forbidden liquor wagons access to their camps or
premises. Why not, as a compromise between the varying views, and
as a temporary expedient, continue the present system but require
that liquor be delivered to the purchaser only, and only upon the pre
mises of the licensed dealer?
The subject has just come up Cor is coming up) and we will not
discuss it further at present. But we will say that while we recogrize
the objections to the present system of delivering liquors at the homes
or business places of customers, we think that that is a smaller evil
than the one of open barrooms.
The exceedingly low vote polled by the Kauai county attorney
in the primary of last Saturday suggtsts two things in very strong
terms, to wit: First, that by failing to vote for him, a majority of the
voters of Kauai manifested disapproval of the stewardship of the pre
sent county attorney. He was unopposed, yet failed to get even a half
of the votes cast. Second, it indicated that the people of Kauai would
welcome an arrangement whereby the business of county attorney
might be handled by the Territorial attorney-general's ffice, thus
saving money and removing the liability of a recurrence of the antics
of a few days ago in that particular office here. x
We most heartily commend the wayside improvements made along
the road descending from the Lihue Store, down towards the mill. The
neat and substantial new fence, replacing the unsightly old one, the
lenewal of the stone bridge and restraint of the stream within substan
tial stone walls, and the addition to the whole region of a veil of beau
ty in the way of floweiing shrubs and plants this is all very commend
able. One thing alone offends our eyes as we decend this popular thor
oughfare and that is the array of unsightly shacks and outhouses
backing into view with a flagrant obtrusiveness at the bottom. In
view of the f r:t that they are so conspicuous, cannot something be
done to allay their squalid offensiveness?
A few years AGO Maui would have regarded a county attorney
as an absurd luxury. Today we are assured that such an official is an
absolute necessity in fact, that he has an enormous amount of work
to do. 'What makes the difference? It cannot be increase of pooula
t;on, for standing room was about as abundant on Maui as ever at last
accounts. Can it be that crime has multiplied on the Valley Isle? We
doubt that that is so. As a matter of fact, Maui happens to have an
exceptionally good county attorney, and has persuaded herself that she
will ahvavs have, and should keep an office on tap for him. But Maui
really docs not need a county attornet' any more than does Kauai. It
is a useless diversion of the people's money. Let an assistant of the attorney-general's
department t ike care of the criminal business of Ha
waii, Maui and Kauai.
The Utilities Commission
The report of the Public Utilities Commission for the vear 1914
shows that that inquisitorial body h is not only paid its own expenses
but has earned a cash balance of something otr SX.00O, which is car
ried forward into the new year. The Commission itself has been re
duced to two members, but whether or not that h is been a serious
handicap is hard to say
We have heard doubts expressed in the past as to the importance
and desirability of this Commission. The average citizen , in weigh
ing the question, however, is apt to consider only the things that have
been accomplished bv the Commission, and to lose sight of the things
it has kept others from accomplishing. And right there the really im
portant point is lost. The real value of the Commission is that its
presence, as a force, has the efTect of keeping utility corporations from
tailing into careless habits and overlooking their full responsibilities to
the public to say nothing of taking advantage of the public, should
the opportunity offer.
Undoubtedly the idea is a good one, and we would like to see it
improved upon rather than done away with. In order to attain the
best results it would probably be desirabie that the Commission be
given more power and more general to-operative support on the part
of the public.
A NAVAL RESERVE would undoubtedly be a good thing for Ha
waii. We would, however, like first to see some meat on the frame
work of an Hawaiian National guard before tackling the job of equip
ping sailors for sea duty.
Tin: sicoi-stion that the Governor and Legislators be invited to
visit Kauai ai'.er the present session is over has met with favorable
comment here, and we understand that the idea has been well received
at Honolulu. Wc would like to see such an invitation extended. It
would probably be accepted, and we feel quite certain that the Govern
or and law-makers would thoroughly enjoy the outing.
A new safe has been installed in the offices of The Garden
Island. Manager Hopper explains that the safe is not for thCguard
ing of dividends already earned, but is in preparation for anticipated
requirements in the future.
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 tan be used to fry fish, onions, dough
nuts, etc., merely by straining out the food particles
after each frying.
Crisco gives pastry a new flakincss and digestibility.
Crisco always is of the same freshness and consistency.
It's uniform quality makes for uniform results.
Crisco gives richnessat smaller cost, It brings cake
making back to popularity. Butter bills are reduced and
cakes stay fresh and' moist longer.
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I JBY MILES THE BEST TlREmVM
jf fll They average 25 per cent jl
liu A full stock carried at the W ij
, The Grand Ji-rv of the present court term has made a fine
'record for diligence and thoroughness, even though it has been at
considerable and unusual sacrifice of time to its members. Kauai
'grand juries have not of late years gone very thoroughly into public
matters outside of those presented by officials of the government; and
it is a satisfaction to know that a new pace is now being set.
''The CHANCE of a wedding in the throne room of Hawaii's capital
might prove an incentive to bachelors to try for Legislative honors.
The precedent set by Dr. Uuddy is thus surrounded by many interest
Ik THE Sfrirs of games is to be started on time, the baseball
teams of the island should be getting a livelier move on. We have an
ear to the ground for a call for a meeting of the Athletic Association.
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Low consumption of fuel. Low operating
cosls. Of best mechanical construction.
"Stand up well under their load".
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