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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1915,
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
The Civic Convention
Kauai has had her first Civic Convention experience, and, in the
language of the post sentry at the hour, "All is well."
That is to say: "All is well" insofar as Kauai is concerned, and
we are hopefu! that our recent guests may feel, in some measure at
least, the same way about it.
For this island the visit of the delegations from the various parts
of the group was a most delightful treat. The party was not too large
nor too small for the comfort of all concerned. Reports from all over
the reception area (which included most of the eastern and southern
rim of the island) unanimously have it that there was not the slightest
over-crowding anywhere, and that all of the hosts, respectively, were
simply delighted with their guests, of the two days.
It mav, therefore, be summed up as the general verdict of Kauai
that as a social proposition the Civic Convention was a very great suc
cess. The question of what has been accomplished by the discussion of
''Civic Righteousness" can only be answered in part at this time.
Certainly the reports from various islands were interesting and of a
character t "set one thinking:" and there ate reasons to believe that
genuine and permanent good may come of it all. Undoubtedly moral
uplift is needed, and if a campaign with that end in view is .in con
templation, certainly the co-operation of the civic bodies of the islands
The Convention has been of benefit i n another way in
bringing together some of the clearest thinkers of the group. Tourist
promotion is a fine thing, but ahead of that, to our minds over hereon
Kauai, is the little matter of getting better acquainted with ourselves
in the Islands and with our own conditions. The Civic Convention
tends in that direction, and in bringing about a reasonable degree of
that result the late gathering has scored well.
Individually, the members of the Convention frcm Honolulu and
the other islands have established permanent friendships here, and
thev may be assured of a hearty welcome whenever inclination may
lead them our way again in the future.
Illustrating the bitterness of feeling in European countries on
account of the war, the following probably takes first place:
Udine, Italy. The imperial Austro-Hungarian commissioner gov
erning Trieste has issued a decree ordering "for esthetic reasons" the
removal of the monument to Verdi, the Italian composer, which in
white marble adorns the Piazza San Giovanni. In its place the com
missioner has ordered the erection of a fountain which for "hygienic
reasons is to wash the spot where the Verdi statue stood.
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Some of our late visitors seemed to be surprised that Kauai had
a brass baud. We have three very excellent bands on this island the
Lihue the Kalaheo and the Waimea. Only the Lihue band was in
vited into service for a short time as it was desired that the Hawaiian
band from Honolulu have the full "right of way."
Thb suggestion by a member of the Civic Convention that a test
house in Wainiea Canyon would be a good tlnng is nppreciatea.ana rne
matter will be taken up without delay bv the Kauai Chamber of Com
merce. If it is found that the rest house is feasible and desirable it
will be built,
A soldier is taking a Kona "nightingale" to the mainland, so we
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ate informed, vve Know oi no oujcuuuu i mm cuu u w uuc, ,
if Mr. William Tennings Bryan does not object to the competition
thus threatened, the goose will still hang high.
The music of the Hawaiian band was not much in tvidence but
the visit of the band boys was appreciated just the same.
The Slump In Sugar
The decline in the price of sugar at this time will not have a very
serious effect upon Hawaii for the reason that all ot our product, save
for tail-end shipments, has been marketted. Concern is felt, however,
for the future for January and February when this country will again
have heavy stocks in the market.
The present decline is probably due to two causes. First, the ef
fort to open the Dardanelles, which, if accomplihed, would insure a
supply of sugar to Great Britain and France for an indefinite period.
Second, and perhaps most important, the near time when Cuba will
come into the market with her record output of nearly 3.000.000 tons
of sugar. Added to the latter, too. is the expectation that the beet
augir yield in the United States will be much greater this autumn than
The situation brings again directly before us the urgent necessity
of renewed efforts to defeat free sugar, which is due to befall us next
May. It is plain tint without a protective duty the sugar industry on
the mainland and in these Islands would not be able to stand; and that
fact should be constantly and persistently put forward. We do not be
lieve that delegations to Washington and press bureaux would or could
be effective. Letters of citizens to members of Congress who were recent
ly here would, however, be effective. The Congressmen left here much
interested in the subjeot of so much concern to us, and many of them
wouia undoubtedly teel disrosed to follow up the matter in a favora
ble way if it were kept before them.
Kauai And The Road Question
xauai prooapiy owes an apology to the other islands for feeling
ana inaimesung in me v.vic convention si little interest in the sub
ject of roads. From the way the program worked itself out it seem-
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uuuutiui iuai uic suiycwi wuuiu nave oeen coucueu upon at all had it
not appeared in a report of a hold-over committee from previous con
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inisisianunasroadswiinwnich.it is fairlv well satined- end
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even u nui sausiieu wun. ineir condition at every point and at all
ines, "as connuence mat wnatfoever delects there may be will be
remedieo speedily and in a satisfactory manner. The road department
t nPffOinO UIF3U oil 1,J timA nn.l .' 1.. 1.- - . .
Kfc&'"f- " unit aim ji win uc umv a mailer ot two or
three years when the so called belt road will aj pear as a monument to
its ingenuity and industry.
Tllr ViOC Kfn n-.lii,rr .ni.r.,l V..l- 1 it.. r- .
.--.. iiviimin unusuai uciiwiu me success or Kauai in
road-making, unless, indeed, plain, hard-headed, business sense and
inriu may De regarded as unusual. The county authorities have gone
about it with the same care and earnestness that they have put into
oiner matrers under tneir direction, and the results speak in the same
Road-building is a matter which each county must solve for itself
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--... ' iv. . u uuaium I'luiiusiuoii, io ue woiKeu out in
a Dusmess-UKe way. it tne work is to be handicapped by lack of in
idesi vi iiicuiiipciciitc or pontics, it will suiter in proportion to the
presence or inose retarding influences.
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n near we are ar.ie to gather from our best authorities the
only antidote Kauai has to offer for unsatisfactory roads is: "Less tol-
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iiii-a, ca Lai, auu mure woric or tne rigrit sort.
A Military Object Lesson
No more forceful illustration of the unpreparedness of the United
States army for critical situations, or large undertakings, need be ask
ed than is now presented along the lexas border. There practically
tne entire mopue army oi me country is concentrated, under Gener
ai runston; and seems 10 nave its hands tun in keeping in check the
lawless raids ot Mexican uands. w ith the regular army are Texas
Rangers and Texas civilians, supposed to be among the best rough
and-tumoie nghters we nave. .Nevertheless this large and seemingly
efficient force has proved unequal to the task, to the extent, at least
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tnai me raiding nas Decome more nequent and daring.
l nis Brings up a question: it it takes the whole mobile armv of
the United States to handle small bands of raiders, what is to be done
in case an invasion of Mexico is decided upon? There has for a long
time been an idea that Mexican resistance would amount to Htle, but
thinking men know that that is loose talk and the task would be far
less easy than the howlers for action would have us believe. There is
a popular lelief,also, that one regiment of American soldiers is as good
as three or four Mexican regiments but is that true? The Mexican
soldiers are trained, hardened fighters, through years of the present
war; a majority of American soldiers, perhaps, are inexperienced in
the actual business of killing.
Of course the United States could defeat Mexico; but the present
racket along the Texas border brings us squarely up to the fact that
we would have to have a bigger and better army than any now in the
field to do it with.
Mr. Raymond Coming
School Inspector Geo. S. Ray
mond will arrive on Kauai tomor
row for a tour of the schools. He
will land at Waimea and will visit
all parts of the island before re
turning to Honolulu,
Leavitts To Coast
Captain and Mrs. George B.
Leavitt, of Eleele, have gone to the
coast to take in the Exposition and
tour California. They will be awav
two or three months.
The following land patents have
been granted for Kauai parties: No.
6444, Minnie Aka. lot No. 26, La
wai; No. 6445, Manuel P. Jerves,
lot No. 69, s?me locality,
A meeting of the committees of
the Kauai Chamber of Commerce
on Civic Convention was held in
the districf court room at Lihr.e
Wednesday afternoon a t which
final reports were received and the
plans of the various committees
discussed. Except for meetings of
individual committees, this brought
the work of prepering for the Con
vention to a close.
A Coming Wedding
The engagement of Superinten
dent Wolf, of the Lawai cannery,
and Miss Helen Bryant, teacher in
the Makaweli school, has been an
uounced. The wedding will take
"CIVIC RIGIITI-OUSNESS." the subject so ably handled by the late
Convention, is a condition of slow development, on which account no
important results are to be expected from the discussion for sometime
to come. Agitation along the lines suggested by the speakers may
come, however, from the discussion and may 1 a l, in time, to the goal
ought. Certainly the discussion w.i . enn.it: i: !.
ADDRESS OF WELCOME j
(Continued from page 1.)
Delegates to the Foutth Annual
Civic Convention and our Guests!
It is my privilege to formally
welcome you to the "Garden Isle"
and to assure vou that you have
landed on friendly shores. The
people of Kauai are deeply inter
ested in you as guests, and also in
the purpose that has prompted your
coming, It is our earnest desire
that every hour of your visit be
an hour of pleasure and profit, and
that you feel truly that you are
friends among friends.
It would have been a real plea
sure to our people to have enter
tained double your number, but I
believe everyone here will realize
how impossible that would be.
There are no large hotels to house
great numbers of people, and at
the present time we are utilizing
all available accommodation. We
would welcome the whole Territory
it we were sure we could give them
the care and personal attention
that Kauai always endeavors to
give to her guests. When our tour
ist traffic increases we shall have
accommodations and facilities for
handling conventions until that
time we must make the best possi
ble use of what we have.
It is a great satisfaction to feel
that we have met here today with
a common purpose. It is an inspi
ration in itself to have such a body
of representative men, representing
the interest and enthusiasm of still
greater numbers, who are working
unselfishly for civic betterment and
the public welfare. The organiza
tions which you represent are
the progressive forces of our civic
life, and hold unlimited power and
influence for moulding the thought
and opinions of the whole Terri
The desire to discuss intelligent
ly a great issue has drawn you
over the turbulent waters of the
island channels. Such steadfast
ness and courage should be re
warded. We hope that tangible
results may follow these delibera
tions and that each man of you
will be glad for having had a part
in this particular convention.
The theme of the convention i5
not a sensational theme. Civic
Righteousness invites construct
ive criticism. Civic Wrongs would
be a red flag to the man who be
lieves in calling a spade a spade,"
and then proceeds to libel the
spade by calling it a crow-bar or
The men not interested in Civic
Righteousnsss are those who fear
inspection, those who adopt the
"laissez faire" policy, and those
who have made pre-election pledges
that remain unfulfilled.
After a heavy storm a wife, who
had found it necessary to sleep un
der an umbrella because of a leaky
roof, urged her husband to send
for the landlord.
John, she said, you must
get the landlord here to see the
damage the rain has done to the
1 can't" replied the troubled
husband, ' without letting him see
the damage the children have dor
to the rest of the house."
And there ore scoffers of Ci,ric
Righteousness who fear that in
showing the ceiiing they will un
cover marred woodwork and miss
ing doorknobs of civic responsi
One dav an Irishman was enjoy
ing a drink ot whiskey when he
was approached by a long-faced
temperance reformer, who said;
Whiskev, mv friend, has kill
ed more men than bullets,"
That may be." replied Pat
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uui, ucuajeia, i u iauier ue lull
of 7,-hiskey than bullets."
Our ' laissez faire" advocates
would prefer the whiskey of in
difference to the bullets of action
and public spirit,
The third type of man who find
Civic Right wrong is the hero of
the following story:
An irate m a n dashed into
Look at this fuit!" Two weeks
wear, and now its all out of shai
"Veil", replied the dealer, "did
n't I tole you that suit vear like
The man who has been most
lavish with election promises tries
to crawl out on very similar pre
texts, and otten his logic is even
Civic Righteousness can only b
achieved bv hard, determined and
conscientious effort: Jacob Riis
has said, We, as a people, have
provided in the Republic a means
of fightingfor our rights and get
ting them and it is our business to
do it. We shall never get them in
(Continued on page 3)
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