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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 1915,
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Ever; Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
The report of the Kauai Grand Jury, published in the last issue of
The Garden Island, was received from the court as an official docu
ment and was turned in for printing without reading, the editor hav
ing the usual and natural confidence that a public document
emanating from a Grand Jury would be above reproach. Proof read
ing was merely in the nature of a search for typographical errors,
confidence in the source of the document throwing the proof-reader
off his guard as to the contents of the report. The result was that a
few lines contained in the report, of a character objectionable to
the editor of this paper were printed.
In our efforts to keep the columns of The Garden Island clean
and suitable for entry into any home or school room' on the island, w
have, from week to week, left out news not regarded as wholesome to
the community losing sight entirely of the temptation which many
newspapers seem to feel of appearing "newsy" or "spicy". We have
been criticized for this very thing bv certain elements, they accusing
us of being "behind the times", "slow" "afraid to print" what they
considered to be real news, etc.
In expressing our deep reeret that the matter referred to should
have slipped into these columns, we wish to say that crudeness in
our local newspaper is directly opposed to our policy; and we
regret having had the few lines above referred to slip by
us in an official document. We wish to apologize to our subscrib
ers and to die community as a whole for the publication of the
coarse, official words, and to repeat that the appearance o f any
such matter in these columns was contrary to the ideas and wishes of
the editor of The Garden Island.
Theater Trust And Lihue
We have been of the impression for a long time that a modern
theater in Lihue 'would be a desirable thing, tor several reasons; and',
. mQreover , would in all probability be a revenue producer for, its pro
moters. In referring to the matter, however, we had not thought of at
tracting the attentiou of Honolulu's theater trust in this direction and
we doubt that the co-operation of the trust in the matter would be de
sirable. The tastes of Kauai in regard to theatrical entertainments are
more or less fixed, and while local people would know how to cater to
those tastes we feel quite certain that outside program-makers would
make a failure of it Kauai would get the blame for such failure, and
an injustice would thus be done.
The better way to go about the matter would be for local people
to supply the theater, and have a local committee, the dutv of which
would be to select and bring over such theatrical combinations as it
iniaht feel certain would succeed here. This would mean that about
one feature in ten appearing in Honolulu and sent over the Maui
Hawaii route would be brought to Kauai.
Of course, the Cohen proposition has merit, to the extent that the
best companies would be billed for Kauai; but the success of the good
companies would probably be more than off-set by the frost that would
come to the mediocre combinations (whose name is Legion).
A Story With A Suggestion
At the meeting of the Kauai Historical Society in Koloa Friday
evening, Hon. W. O. Smith told interestingly of how. in the long
ago, the missionaries of the island would strain their finances to the
utmost and their ability to entertain to the breaking point in order
that their visitors from the east might have an enjoyable time while in
the Islands; only to have those visitors return to their homes and
report that the missionaries out here were rolling in wealth and living
like lords. This, further observed Mr. Smith, despite the fact that
the missionaries were forced to practice unusual economies after their
visitors had gone to offset the strain of expense to which they had
The suggestion carries with it a lesson at this time. We are
bringing to the Islands, in the near future, a large delegation of Con
gressmen and newspapermen. It is desirable that they be received in
an exceedingly hospitable manner, and entertained. Hut in lavish
entertainment, in a showing of wealth, of prosperity and lordly living,
are we not quite liable to lead our visitors into the uine error as to
conditions here? Are we not liable, in other words, to create in their
minus the impression that we are a lot of care-free Croesuses, wealthy
as it is and not in need of or entitled to tariff or other considerations
Might it not De the more sensible and satisfactory plan to have
our prospective visitors take pot luck," as they say down in Mis
souii to make no preparation for them at all, except as to excursions,
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auu iu suuvv uicni uui.v uui me anu experiences as tney really are
from day to day, without frills or dollar marks around them?
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ji luuisc mcic sue aiKumeius on me oiner sue When a man
visits another he expects to find the house brushed up a little out of
the ordinary, the best silver on the table and spring chicken in place
of corned beef and cabbage. And if not so. he is liable to suspect
that his welcome was really not so cordial as it appeared on the sur-
iace, or mat ne naa, contrary to expectations, been drawn into a
region of coarse ideals.
At the same time, the members of Congress are coining here to
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aiuuy V.UMUIUUU3. i ucy wam yacu. i ney want to see conditions as
they are not gilded surfaces; and to our mind there should be a stud
ied effort all along the line to display onlv the genuine.
The Wireless Service.
Quite a number of people have approached The Garden Island
in the last few days on the subject of renewing the daily wireless ser
vice, which was terminated at the end of February. As we remarked
at the time the service was discontinued, this office is quite willing to
bear its share of the burden, but of course cannot be expected to do so
without substantial assistance for expenses. At best there is a chance
of twenty-five or thirty pay subscribers to the service on the island,
and, of course, the money from that source would not go far.
About half enough to justify the service for the remainder of the
year has been voluntarily promised. The Garden Island will gladly
hear from others tomorrow and next day, and if the necessary sum per
month for the remainder of the vear is promised, we will put forth
our best efforts to renew the service at the beginning of the coming
The next few months should be most exciting ones in Europe and
Asia. All the fleets (including Russia's Baltic fleet) will likely be
forced into action, while, with the coming of good weather, the activi
ties of the armies will be greater than ever before. Kauai should be
able to follow the news daily, and if those interested will come for
ward at once with the necessary guarantees, that may be easily possible.
American Ideals In Schools
In inculcating Americanisms, the mere acts of saluting the flag
and singing "The Star Spangled Banner" every morning are in
sufficient. These are interesting details. Properly, they should be
the outward manifestations of a spirit developed from a thousand in
cidents of the school room instruction and life and are really nothing
The child studies the teacher, and absorbs, as it were, the impulses
and ideals of the teacher. If the teacher be in the slightest degree
out of plumb in the matter of knowledge of, or sympathy with,
American ideals, the character of the child will be warped accordingly.
There are no two ways about that.
If this Territory is to be Americanized, every teacher in the
public schools should be fired with the impulses of American principles.
This is directly in line with the theory and policy of all states of the
Union, and, on account of our peculiar situation, is more important
We hope that in considering future appointments to the schools
of the islands the Commissioners of Education will give most diligent
attention to this phase of the matter.
If information be-correct that the postoffice department will
not permit third and fourth class postmasters of the Hawaiian Islands
to engage in any other business and, on the other hand, will require
them to confine their time exclusively to the postoffices in their charge,
we have serious misgivings as to the future of the postoffice business
in the country distticts of this Territory. There is not a living in any
fourth-class postoffice, and only an invalid, a philanthropist or a ne'er-to-do-well
could afford to accept one. If the policy be followed out
there will doubtless be a harvest of trouble and dissatisfaction for those
responsible for it.
For Frying-For Shortening
For Cake Making
KnVrl fnorla are free from
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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 richnessat smaller cost, It brings cake
making back to popularity. Butter bills are reduced and
cakes stay fresh and mojst longer.
We concur heartily in the proposal to bring a number of promi
nent newspaper men to Hawaii with the Congressional party. All
writers for the larger papers and magazines have a general knowledge
of conditions in this Territory; but it would be a fine thing if thev
could come personally over the ground and acquire impressions p.
first hand. Undoubtedly it would save the islands a lot of uiisr"ire-
sentation, which, in one way or another, finds its way into -t!te public
prints and affects national thought. The money emplovvi in bring
ing a bunch of leading writers here would be well spint, and we do
not fed that the Legislature and Governor should Hesitate in regard
to such an appropriation.
'We quite agree vith Vice President Marshall that those
citizens who are so anxious for the United States to take a hand in
the war should enlist in the American army. The army is constantly
in need of men, and, if these public-square soldiers are. as brave and
patriotic as they would have us believe, it seems to us that they
would be valuable additions to Uncle Sam's force of warriors. We
have quite a few of such earnest patriots on Kauai, and it will prob
ably he in order for ' some one to blow the bugle that they may
fall in line."
Kauai has made a success of county government under the present
law. and it is hard for us over here to understand why Hawaii county
has not, and cannot, do the same. Conditions in the respective coun
ties are quite similar; and it seems to us that if the present law has
failed on Hawaii, the fault must rest entirely n-ith Hawaii. We
hasten to say, however, that Kauai is much interested in any scheme
promising improvement, and if we can swap a good thing for a better
thing, we are always game." But before radically changing the
present county law we think the public should be given a chance to
throughly understand the amendments and probably to express itself
Complaint has been made to us that in a certain school of Kauai.
having children of all nationalities, comments of a decidedly partizan
character are being made by teachers in regard to the war. This is
not as it should be. Children should be told about the war, and all
other great, current events; but the utmost care should be exercised
by teachers in discussing the war, to the end that the instruction be
impartial in character. We would regret extremely to hear further re
ports of a like nature.
Maui island has sent to the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Com
pany a petition to the effect that its steamers leave Honolulu at 10
p. m. in place ot 5, the object being to have them reach Kahului at
daylight or shortly thereafter. Kauai is in identically the same boat
on this proposition, as we have pointed out many times before.
Steamers should reach Nawiliwili at daylight, and, sailing from Kauai,
should arrive at Honolulu at daylight. It is difficult for the public of
Kauai to understand why this simple arrangement cannot be made.
It means little to the steamship company, but a very great deal t the
Miss Kolb, of Germantown, christened the new battleship Penn
sylvania. Quite a good deal of the Teuton in that combination.
If the people of these islands are really sincere in the matter of
Americanizing the various elements of which we are composed, the
start should be made in the public schools. It is in youth that a per
son acquires ideals of every kind, included among which are lovalty
and patriotism. If the instruction received at that period be of the
genuine American brand, unadulterated American ideals will be the
TEACHER PRESENTS VIEWS
OF PENSION MEASURE
Editor Garden Island:
Having carefully studied the
Teacher's Pension Bill, recently
introduced into the House, and as
it is a matter that deeply affects
the most responsible body of woik
ers in the Territory. I, as a mem
ber of that body,' requests closer
consideration of that proposed
First, I shall take up the matter
of time service. In but few States
is the term of service required
more than 15 vears in that State,
and in some, but 10 years is re
quired; the rest of the time may
have been taught elsewhere. If a
law requiring a 20 vear service
should be passed, it will prove
most detrimental to the schools of
the Territory, is n o competent
teacher, with the exception of
those eligible to the pension, will
It is a conceded fact that it is a
difficult matter to secure good
teachers, who will remain perma
nently in the Territory. If a pen
sion law, offering some induce
ment, were secured, competent
teachers frcni the mainland might
be induced to remain permanently.
Now that a large percentage of
the States have pension laws, the
best teachers will remain in the
States where but 15 years of ser
vice is required.
In a semi-tropical climate, a
teacher's term of efficient service
is shorter than on the mainland.
In the Philippine Islands, the U.
S. Government counts one year of
service as two, in the term cf ser
vice of U. S. soldiers. We hope
that the Government will recog
nize the different circumstances
under which the mainland teach
ers work, and not require more
than 10 years of service in the
The annuity, as proposed by the
bill which has been introduced, is
not sufficient to guarantee retire
ment from the service. The salar
ies of many of the teachets are
barely sufficient for living expen
ses. Nothing can be saved for
post-graduate work, for attendance
at educational associations, or fr
otter means o f broadening the
I request a careful consideration
of the present bill, and for such
amendments as will result in the
future good of the schools of the
Territory. It is well understood
by all broadminded, thinking
people that there is no body of
workers who so much need inspi
ration and change as the teachers;
and in this isolated Territory,
these cannot be obtained without a
large expenditure of money.
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business on the Hanalei Mail route
has greatly increased since the
recent primary election,
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