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THE GADEN ISLAND. TEUSDAY, AUGUST 24, 1515.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Our Civic Convention Guests
There will be an even hundred delegates from Honolulu and the
other islands in the Civic Convention, and prestuiiablv a hundred to
one hundred and fifteen Kauai delegates, making a total of two hun
dred or more. That number together with persons immediately interest
ed in the proceedings, will pretty well tax the capacity of the largest
hall in Lihue.
Some citizens of the island have felt that the Convention should
be thrown open to as many as care to come. That is a hospitable view,
and indicates a good spirit, But there is another and more' important
consideration. It is not numbers so much that is wanted, but rather
the assurance that all who do come will be of advantage to the Con
vention itself, will themselves derive benefit from it and will go away
feeling that they have had a most enjoyable and profitable visit to
the Garden Island. That assurance m-y be most easily ind positively
knocked in the head by weight of numbers.
In ordinary times Kauai can entertain 150 visitors in a satisfactory
manner. Just at present, however, with so many people away, that
would be impossible; so in limiting the delegation to an even hundred,
the Chamber of Commerce is working along reasonably safe lines.
Kauai was much in hopes of seeing a big excursion of, say, 250
people at the time of the convention; and the enthusiasm manifested
at the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening in
dicated that that was the universal desire. , But behind the enthusiasm
was the fear that anything like that number could not be received and
entertained in a proper manner.
It is now up to Kauai to turn to and see that the hundred dele
gates are given the "time" of their lives. It can be done and done
easilv. It must be done; and in their work for the successful enter
tainment of the visitors and the success of the Convention we again
tirge for the committees the hearty support of all good citizens.
'Americans Do Not Understand"
"Americans do not understand us. They misjudge us and our
cause. They seem unable to observe that we are struggling for our
rights and our salvation against an unscrupulous enemy."
How often have Americans in every part of our great country, in
cluding Hawaii, heard that, or a similar remark, in the past twelve
months from friends of European origin.
It comes from the Englishman and the German, the Frenchman
and the Austrian, the Russian and the Turk; and each seems to, be
equally sincere in the indictment. It is the fruit, of course, of the
effort of America to remain on friendly terms with all of the bellige
rent nations, and to continue its commercial and general relations
with each. Jealousy and suspicion are the result.
"Americans do not understand us. They misjudge us and our
We beg to qualify the impeachment. America does understand
Europe, for America has just across .the Rio Grande on her own
continent a counterpart of the European war in miniature. What
ever ttie European war may have been at the start, whatever ambitions
inspired it or whatever patriotic impulses drew the armies against one
another in mighty battle array, that war today is but a huge duplica
tion of the Mexican feud.
In the Mexican rebellions the United States at first closed its
markets, so that the warring factions had to seek war munitions else
where. It soon became apparent that that measure was ineffective,
and he doors were thrown open again, presumably on the theory that
that was the shortest road to peace. That scheme failed of its pur
pose, and restrictions have again been put on. The situation in Mexico
is worse today than ever.
The United States has the power to stop the war in Mexico, but
the great problem is how to do it with justice to all concerned and
with the least possible sacrifice of life. The country earnestly and
sincerely desires that it be scopped and that, peace be restored; but
what to do and how to do it are the problems.
The United States has not the power to stop the war in Europe,
and even if it had would be confronted with the same problems as
present themselves in the case of Mexico.
"Americans do not understand us." murmur the brigands of
Mexico, "Americans do not understand us. They misjudge us and
oui cause," shout the nations ot Europe amid the thunder of battle
and the reign of plunder and arson.
Americans do understand, and the knowledge is commingled
with extreme grief and pity.
The Fortress Of Kovno
Kovno, captured last week bv the Germans, is a town and fortress
of Russia, capital of the government of the same name, and is situated
at the junction of the Nieman and Viliya rivers, 550 miles S. W. of
St. Petersberg bv tail and 55 miles from the Prussian border, It has
a population of about 75,000, most of whom are Jews There are an
old town and a new town, stretching up the side f the Nieman, sur
rounded at a mean distance of lV2 miles by a girdle of forts, eleven in
number. The city lies for the most part in the fork and is guarded
by three forts in the direction of Vilna, one covers the Vilna bridge,
while seven overlook the southern approaches.
Kovno is a factory town, turning out nails, wire-work and other
metal goods, mead and bone-meal. It is an important distributing
point for timber, cereals, flax, flour, spirits, bone-meal, fish, coal and
building stone passing to and from Prussia.
The city was founded in the 11th. century; and from 1384 to 1398
belonged to the Teutonic Knights. Czar Alexis, of Russia, plundered
and burnt it in 1655. Here the Russians defeated the Poles June
Dr. F. L. Putman has established a record as president of the
Kauai Chamber of Commerce which will be difficult for his successors
to follow. While aggressive, he was conservative to a degree that
brought and sustained harmony, resulting in the great strides made
by the Chamber during the year. While regretting his departure
from the principal office of the Chamber of Commerce, it is a matter
of satisfaction that his successor, Prof. Avery, is a man of much the
same type and will probably carry on the work with much the same
vigor and earnestness.
In thirty minutks, at the Chamber of Commerce meeting Thurs
day evening. Superintendent Forbes exolained away more things that
ii-yc uccn uuiuciiiiB ,)Ci.jic 01 auai or late than could have been
sauaiaviuriiy tuiiuuuiucuieu 10 me Diisiness men of this island in a ton
WE ark in accord with the desire of the Territorial government
ju uiBiiji uiuiun luuiimny on me isiana ol Kauai. This island
iat ucumu mam anu uawau in mat regard, and a start should be
made without delay.
A. G. Hime, of Ktkaha, has re-1 The yield of Kekaha this
turned home from a tour of three I is 15,800 tons, which is above the
months in the Pacific States. i estimate.
(Continued from page 1.)
It is significant of his absolute
integrity that during, th e long
term of 43 years of public service,
there has never been, so far as I
know, a breath of criticism which
involved that integrity.
He was a man of strong convic
tions. A great reader, he was also a
profound student, espesially along
moral. and ethical lines, so that
he was abundantly able to give a
"reason for the faith that was in
him." He laid his moorings care
fully and surely, and when once
they were laid they held fast
against the whole popular drift of
the world about him.
It'is hard for us to realize how
far back his memories ran, or to
recall the conditions of those early
days. He has told me, for in
stance, how he taught a Sunday
school class when he first came in,
which A. F. Judd and J. B. Ath
erton were pupils, men dead a
generation ago. When he first
came to the Islands some of the
old chiefs were still living, heroic
figures that filled a large place in
the landscape. He was particular
ly enthusiastic in his admiration
for Paki and Kanaina, and it is a
matter of great regret to me, that
some of us didn't, make a point of
jotting down his interesting and
valuable reminiscences o f those
men and times.
Judge Hardy's influence for
righteousness in those days must
have been most salutary and most
helpful. Those were the days be
fore there was any considerable
body of public opinion standing
for decency and order, and when
the missionery fathers and mothers
were conducting a campaign for
righteousries, i n their various
communities, almost single-hand
ed and alone. The people of their
own race and blood were mostly
ranged against them to discredit
them and undermine thtir work
and influence. It must have been
agreat satisfaction and a great en
couragement to haye a man of
authority as well as a man of edu
cation, range himself definitely and
out spokenly with them on the
side of righteousness.
Men of strong convictions are
apt to be men of more or less pre
cipitate judgment. They see clear
ly where others see vaguely, they
come to strong convictions where
others hold weak ones and they
are impatient of the uncertainty
and indifference of others. But
the uniform testimony of those
who had dealings with him was
that he was patient, long suffering
and forbearing to the uttermost.
Oftentimes this patience and for
bearance were tried almost beyond
endurance by the short comings
the dilatoriness, the effrontery of
attorneys, but always he was
courteous temperate and consid
erate to a fault.
One who has had occasion to
know him very intimatively has
said "He was a gentleman of the
old school, such as they dont make
And this is doubtless true in a
measure. 11 e certainly brought
down from that by-gone time
strong qualities of integrity, honor
and conviction, as well as more
delicate qualities of courtesy and
chivalry that are not common in
this age. Yet I believe that every
age produces its own great men
and good men, that we are going
forward and not backward and
that men of Judge Hardy's charac
ter, though not perhaps of his par
ticular mould, will still continue
to be produced.
The prophet Elijah wore a rough
uncouth sheep-skin mantel that fell
to his successor Elisha with an in
heritance of Blessing. Elisha as
sumed the inheritance of blessing.
I dont believe he wore the rough
sheep-skin of his prophetic for
bear. He wore the woven garment
that better fitted his own time and
personality. So I trust that the
mantle of the late Judge Hardy
may fall in some measure at least
on the growing generation who
though not able to wear his identi
cal garment of rigid integrity and
conservotive conviction, shall yet
strive t o wear substantially hit
mantle of unshaken Righteousness.
TOURS THE ISLAND
William Brash, for many years
connected with the Wilder S. S.
Company and now a capitalist of
Honolulu, spent three days of last
week on Kauai, touring the island
from the Barking Sands to Hana
lei. Mr. Brash was an under officer
on the side-wheeler Akamai which
made Kauai ports many years ago,
his first trips to the island being
as far back as 1856. The late Judge
David Dayton was an oiler on the
same steamer with Mr, Brash. '
"Kauai has changed a great deal
since those old days," said Mr.
Brash while here. "There were no
roads then only trails which were
widened in the neighborhood of
settlements to accommodate the
road carts and brakes of those
times. But there were good times
here, and everybody seemed to be
"Every time we came to Kauai
we would buy the carcass of a bul
lock from th elder Mr. Rice so
as to have fresh meat on board, The
entire bullock would cost us $5.00.
Today the hide alone is worth near
ly that much, which goes to show
that while wages were not high
then, living was far less costly.
"There were only two sugar
plantations on Kauai in the days
when I came to the island regular
ly that were large enough to be
called such Koloa and Lihue.
What is now known as Prince
ville. at Hanalei, wa's a coffee
Mr. Brash is full of reminis
cences of Kauai far back in the
fifties and sixties, and it is a pity
that some of the historians of the
Kauai Historical Society could not
have interviewed iinu while here.
While touring he locked for many
old land-marks which he remem
bered, some of them being trees.
He found quite a few of the form
er, but the trees of especially keen
recollection had disappeared.
Mr. Brash is now one of Hono
lulu oldest men, but still has much
of the vigor ot youth. He neither
drinks nor uses tobacco, and to
that fact ascribes much of his pres
ent physical and mental strength.
The following papers of Kauai
interest have been filed at the
bureau of conveyances in Hono
Alfred Rodrigues & wf to James
N Puailihau Tr; Lot 5, Blk D,
rents etc, Kapaa town Lots, Ka
paa. Kauai. Aug 7, 1915.
James N Puailihau Tr to Alice
M Rodrigues; Lot 5, Blk D. rents
etc, Kapaa Town Lots, Kapaa,
Kauai. Aug 7. 1915.
Death Is Exaggerated
By an error in transmission,
George Hamlin Fitch, news and
literary editor of the San Francisco
Chronicle, whose death in Berke
ley last weeic was reported in a
despatch to the Advertiser, has
been placed in a category with
Mark Twain, who lived to remark
with a wry smile that the publish
ed reports of his death had been
"greatly exaggerated." Mr. Fitch
of the Chronicle is very much
alive. The George Fitch who died
is the humorist and author of At
Good Old Siwash," of Peoria, Illi
The Board of Supervisors of the
County of Kauai, at Lihue, Kauai,
will receive bids up to ten o'clock
A. M. of Sept. 1st. for furnishing
all labor, tools and materials and
erecting a school building consist
of four class rooms, office, library
and store room, at Waimea, Kauai.
Plans and "specifications will be
furnished prospective bidders at
5, on application to the super
intendent of Public Instruction at
Honolulu, or to the undersigned,
J. H. Moragne,
County Road Supervisor,
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii.
August 7, 1915.
SEALED TENDERS will be re
ceived by the Superintendent of
Public Works up until 12 noon of
Thursday, August 26, 1915. for
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF
ANAHOLA, DITCH. ANAHO
LA. KAUAI, T. H.
The Superintendent of Public
Works reserves the right to reject
any or all tenders;
Plans, specifications and blank
forms of ptoposals are on file in the
office of the Superintendent of
Public Works, Capitol Building,
Honolulu, and with Mr. E. C.
Merrill, Agent Public Works De
partment, Wajniea, Kauai.
Charles R. Forbes,
Superintendent ot Public Works.
Honolulu, August 6. 1915.
Kauai ladies visiting Honolulu
should call at the Fleur de Lis
(under Blaisdell Hotel, first door
in Chaplain lane) for hairdressing,
shampooing, manicuring and scalp
Quiet home and Board for young
girl, with white family in Honolu
lu. E. W. B., 22 Kuakini St.,
D. K. Hayselden and wife, of
Makaweli, returned Wednesday
morning from a tour of the other
The annual meeting of the "Hui
Kuai Aina o Wainiha." Ktuai,
will be held at its office at Waini
ha o n Thursday, September 2,
1915, at 10 o'clock a. m., it is
hereby urgently requested that all
those who have interests in the
aforesaid Hui attend said meeting
at the place and time above men
tioned for the purpose of hearing
reports and other important busi
ness that may be brought before
Jamks K. Apolo,
President, Hui Kuai Aina o Wai
The annual meeting of the "Hui
Kuai Aina o Haena," Kauai, will
be held at the Haena Hall, on
Friday, September 3, 1915, at 10
o'clock a. m. It is hereby urgent
ly requested that all those who
have interests in the aforesaid Hui,
attend said meeting at the place
and time above mentioned for the
purpose o f hearing reports and
other important matters of busi
ness that may be brought before
James K. Apolo, '
President, Hui Kuai Aina o Ha
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