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THE OARDJIN ISLAND TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1915,
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Strike For The Harbor
We hope the committee appointed by President Putman, of the
Chambet of Commerce, to receive the Congressional party on Kauai in
May will be cocked and primed on the subject of a breakwater and
port facilities at Nawiliwili. It will be the one, splendid opportunity
to make a "strike" for the proposition, and we hope it will not be
lost sight of.
The bill providing an appropriation for the Nawiliwili breakwater
was reported back by the committee in Congress a little more than a
year ago with the recommendation that it be deferred. It was de
ferred, but the understanding was that it would be taken up again
during the short session just closed. The European war, and the re
sultant economies, rendered that impossible, so the bill is still resting
in its pigeon-hole, awaiting a time when someone may take it out and
present it once more in Congress.
The Congressmen will land at Nawiliwili, and while exceptional
facilities will be provided for their comfort in making the shore, they
will have the opportunity of observing general conditions At a con
venient and proper season the committee should remind the Congress
men of the Nawiliwili harbor bill in Congress, and call their attention
to the need of the improvement. The argument will be sustained by
the self-evident facts at hand, and we have no doubt but that the en
tire delegation will leave here favorable to the improvement and pre
pared to vote tor the appropriation.
This is our chance oirKauai. We have a good case. Let us
make the best of it.
Another Cost Of War.
The cost of the present war in lives, property and money is ap
palling to the average mind. There is one thing, however, that is prob
ably lost sight of in hasty reflection and that is the loss to the world
in some of the lives which are being sacrificed on the European altar.
Young men of great wealth have found untimely graves, and along
with them other young men who might in the years which are to come
have been the world's leaders in business and finance. Some of the most
promising writers, artists, musicians and scientists of the times haye
already met death in this awful struggle, and they will likely be fol
lowed by others before the catastrophe is at an end. ;
A short time ago there was chronicled the death of Dr. Bertheim
shot on a bloody battle-field. This young man (comparatively young)
was recognized as the greatest living authority on organic arsenic
compounds. Professor Paul Ehrlich, of Frankfort-on-Main, speaking
before the International Medical Congress in London about a year ard
a half ago on chemiotherapy, with special reference to his famous rem
edy, salvarsan, gave credit for the great discovery to his colleague.
Dr. Bertheim. and said that without the researches of Dr. Bertheim
success in finding such valuable remedies for the protozoan diseases
would have been impossible.
Thus, had the wrr come earlier, or had Bertheim's researches
been delayed, the great discovery for which Dr. Ehrlich. is creditted
would still have been unknown. But think of the other discoveries,
the other scientific triumphs which may have come to the world had
Dr. Bertheim survived had there been no war, in other words. Sal
varsan was his first accomplishment. It was a great stroke, but it was
only the beginning, in all probability. Think of what might have
been his future contributions to science and to the world then think
of him dead on the battlefield! And, for what?
The future may justify it all, but the world is losing a very great
deal besides money and property and ordinary lives in this war.
The Tuberculosis Hospital
There are unmistakable evidences in the Legislature of a deep
interest in the subject of the scientific handling of tuberculosis. There
has been an awakening all along the line, and it is gratifying to note
that our lawmakers have come to regard legislation on the subject
as of great importance. Out of the improved situation we are at
last justineci, pernaps, in Hoping tor governmental assistance in
the fight against this great curse of mankind.
By providing the money for the buildings and available lands for
a site Kauai goes to the Legislature with the problem of a sanato
rium more than half solved, insofar as this island is concerned
With the buildings and a suitable area of land assured there is now
only the matter of monev for maintenance in the way. It is upon
this item that the Legislature will soon be requested to act, and when
it appears we hope to learn that every vote in both houses was in favor
With the sanatorium established on the lines now proposed many
lives may be saved and tuberculosis will in time cease to be the
serious problem it now is.
and if by "going it alone" on the Hanalei road the Supervisors may
later on find that they must withhold money for the upkeep of the
present main road, they will ring down upon their heads the severest
criticism; mid the fact may as well be understood at the outset.
To summarize, the wishes of Kauai are: If the Supervisors can
build the Hanalei road and at the same time take the best of care of
the road from Kealia to Kekaha on the money now in sight, well and
good. If, however, while building the Hanalei road the present road
must bs neglected give us the bond issue.
Out With The Fakirs.
The Islands need very badly the law proposed by Representative
Fernandez which will do away with the selling of snide stocks in this
Hawaii has been victimized (cruelty victimized") in the past by
the exploitation of fake oil, rubber and other propositions, and it is
about time that an end was put to the business. We do not know that
that would exactly come under the proposed law., ttit the selling of
California beach lots five miles inland and vice vetsa, settlement
schemes and mining ventures should also be stopped.
It is not the wealthy that are victimized by these fake schemes.
That class of people are, as a tula, cautious, and. at anv rate, they
know better. But the poor and uninformed are usually stuck, and it
is that class that should have the protection of the law.
We hope that a few more sections may be added to the proposed
act and that it may then pass, become law and be rigidly enforced
It is interesting to note the following statistics from the Board of
Birth rate per 1000 27.16
Death rate 11.24
Death rate exclusive of accidents 9.87
From which it would appear that the Destroying Angel and tlie
Stork visit Kauai somewhat less frequently than the other Islands and
that Cupid scarcely knows the way hither or conies to little purpose.
It has been suggested that as soon as this fact becomes known
there will doubtless be a great exodus of maiden ladies from our midst.
Responsibility For Conditions.
Apropos of the unsavory condition of things in certain communi
ties of this island, the question has been asked why the owners of the
property whereon these evils flourish do not take some effective steps
to ameliorate them. This is the island, we are told, of the sugar
barons and autocratic sway; surelv if they used their influence, not to
say authority, to clean things up on their own estates, it could be
There is doubtless a measure of force in this contention. W hile it
is undoubtedly true that the burden of responsibility rests upon the
police force, since they are paid for rendering this service, and it is
their sworn dutv, it is also true that a measure of responsibility rests
on the property owners themselves to see that their property should
not be abused to the detriment of the general public. If your auto
mobile, more or less with your knowledge, is used for purposes of
shame, or piracv, or burglary, you are surely more or less involved,
and cannot wholly transfer your responsibility onto a police depart
ment that fails to catch the evil doers. Rented real estate is property
of a different kind, but it may easily become just such a menace
to the public.
To sit aloof, so far away that the smell of unsavory places conies
not thither, is only less culpable than to dwell with indifference in the
midst of them. It seems to us that it is up to these property owners,
if such there be, to cleaf their own skirts in this matter.
The request has been made of the Legislature for an appropria
tion for a bridge over Waimea river abeve Waimea town. This bridge is
reallv a necessity, and we hope that the item will be allowed, At pre
sept children living beyond the river are prevented from reaching
school at intervals by freshets; and during the past winter they have
more than once been unable to reach home again at evening on account
of floods coming down during the day. To older folk, and tor busi
ness purposes, also, the present situation is an unusual and genuine
hardship. We hope the Legislature will not turn this item down, and
if there is any disposition so to do that a thorough investigation may
be made before any such conclusion is reached.
Work Of The Grand Jury
The final report of the Grand Jury has not vet been filed, fpr
winch reason comment on its work for the term is not yet in order.
The hnal verdict of the community as to the soundness of its conclu
sions and the value of its work will probably depend largely upon this
final report. We are hopeful that the closing chanter mav not only
justify much that has gone before, but may indicate that the jury has
accomplished a great deal for the betterment of the community. In
the matter of certain indictments, mistakes were nuite evidently made.
although these, too, may come in for some explanation in the closing
statement ot tne urand Jury. It may not be premature to saw how
ever, that the present Grand Jury in turning the light on conditions
has set a desirable pace, and one which we want to see followed un bv
future juries. This part of grand jury work has been neglected in the
past on this island, although it is just as important as passing upon
lncnciroenis in cases presented bv the prosecuting ofhcials. The proh
aoimy or grauc jury investigation is an incentive to official activity
and probity. rtnd as such is healthful. At the same time grand juries,
by virture of their important functions and great power should be ex
ceedingly careful and should avoid mistakes as far as possible.
The Hanalei Road Proposition
The decision of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce against a bond
issue for the completion of the so-called belt road was a direct right
about from the action taken less than two months ago at the
meeting held in Waimea. and was the result of assurances by Chair
man H. D. Wishard, of the Board of Supervisors, that there would be
money enough to the credit of the county with which to complete the
road in a reasonably short time, without bonding or borrowing and at
the same time keep up other necessarv road work.
It was a case, therefore, of confidence in Chairman Wishard and
the Supervisors that the road will be put through, and not of diminu
tion of bonding sentiment, that brought about the change: and it will
now be up to the Supervisors to carry their promise through. There is
no question as to the wishes of the community in regard to the Hanalei
road, and as Chairman Wishard and the other Supervisors seem also
favorable to concentrating energies at that point in the future, we have
confidence that satisfactory results will follow in due course.
We would warn the Supervisors, however, against any plan "-Inch
might interfere with the upkeep of the present road between Kealia
and Kekaha. It is unquestionably the universal desire on Kauai that
that part of the belt road be kept in the pink of condition at all times,
Drastic measures should be taken in punishing persons res
ponsible for automobile accidents. The number of machines on the
public highways is rapidly increasing, Lthere now being nearly 350
using a stretch of road 45 miles in length, with a prospect ot 400 or
more in the near future. There are many curves and dangerous
nntrles nlone the belt road, and it is neccessarv that caution be con
stantly observed to save machines from accident, and the loss of limb
or life. When an accident occurs tne authorities snouiu employ every
particle of law available in the punishment of the guilty parties, for in
no other way can the danger be minimized. Make it a rule to give
every person responsible for an automobile accident the limit of the
law, and occurrences like the one of Sunday, for instance, will be
come exceedingly rare.
War news has been filling the air since last Thursday, but not a
word of it reached any part ot Kauai until the arrival ot the man at a
nnri of the island this morning. Honolulu has been in the throes of
excitement over the sinking of the Ameiican submarine off that port,
hut T.C mini remained ienorant of this important happening. All this
goes to show how verv much behind the times we are without the
,i;i n.;rl, srvioe. and how even more "backwoodsy" we may be
come as time goes on and events multiply.
For Frying-For Shortening
.-For Cake Making
There is no smoke nor odor. Fried foods are free from
i-.., t r.ro TIipv now are tastv 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.
Cake Making .
Crisco gives richnessat smaller cost, It brings cake
making back to popularity. Butter bills are reduced and
cakes stay fresh and moist longer.
M f$g Agent for Kauai "'
I If BY MILES THE BEST TIRE MX
mil They average 25 percent jp J I
ft mo1 e an oter Tires. , ml J I
ft w A full stock carried at the jfifyf
NAWIUWILI GARAGE JfJJ
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Fort St. Opposite Convent, Honolulu
Centrally Located Etironeun l'litn
$ 1.50 up -Daily- $ 1.00 up -
$ 8.00 up -Weekly- $ 5.00 up
$25.00 up -Monthly- $20.00 up
J. F. CHILD, Proprietor
or rarm use and general service
Low consumption of fuel. Low operating
cosls. Of best mechanical construction.
"Stand up well under their load"
Write For Details
Alabama, South Carolina and other Southern States have decided
r,i n,iiic rear and to tirnc-ticall v abandon cotton
lO gO HllU IUUU iuuv,a w... J " . - .
r . 1 . ... w i- 'I'll id f f.niptit itnrtpd in Alabama, with
untui aner iuc wui .. .......... ,
the slogan "Let Alabama Feed Herself, and at last accounts a cry to
the same general effect had been taken up in other States. There is
probably enough spot cotton to supply tne worm s ihuikci iur anumci
lKr HpriHfs to turn her principal attention to
year, ami n - -- - ----
food products ior a year or two, she will settle her difficulties to her
own great advantage.
It is now claimed that a fortv-foot extension to the wharf at Na
wiliwili would take the boat landing into fairly deep water and
that the present trouble would be thereby eliminated, If this be so we
think the Legislature should appropriate the money for the purpose
.niH wt the ioh rlnne rioht once and for all. lne present stale ot
things is next to intollerahle, and conditions are getting worse all the
time. The matter of cost should not stand in the way of a serviceable
and satisfactory landing.
Representative lota's anti-treat bill, introduced in the Legis
lature a few days ago, would, if made into law, do more to stave off
prohibition in these Islands than all the money and power of the liquor
interests. At one stroke it would eliminate the main feature of objec
tions manv people have to the liquor business, and if it were removed
Il, nnnnuUir.il nf tlmt .-Ir-lllfMlt In Hie traffic WOllld dollbtleSS be witll-
drawn or, at any rate, be less active until some other equally ofTtn- j
sive feature might appear to take its place.
A EEATURE of the week in business circles was the announcement
ot a dividend bv the Kauai Telephonic Componv. This corporation
has had rather an uphill fight, and it will probably be a matter of gen
eral satisfaction to know that it has at last reached terra firma.
Honolulu Iron Works Co., Ltd.
Let Us Do All Your
Laundry and Dry Cleaning
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