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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1915.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
On Being Too Optimistic
In an article on page 6 of this issue a well-known writer discuss
es in a very interesting way the subject of over-optimism in commu
nity affairs and points out that optimism is sometimes and under some
circumstances as hurtful as pessimism. The point is well taken.
The "kicker" is not a desirable asset to a community. But,
mind you, what is a "kicker ?" When you come right down to it,
the species that may be properly designated as "kickers" are com
paratively small in number. Because a man (or woman either, for
the ma'ter of that) finds fault and complains we call him a "kicker",
or a "crank." But is be ? We respectfully submit that he may not
be, and. on the other hand, bv his "kicking," so called, may accom
plish more of genuine good in the community than dozen of those
very excellent, smiling and over-optimistic gentlemen who carry their
heads in heaven's blue and take no notice of the injustice and ini
quity around them as they pass through the world.
Even the pessimists admit that we have on Kauai a rea
sonably well-ordered citizenship, a reasonably good county govern
ment, reasonably good schools and churches, reasonably good public
conveniencer. and that everybody is reasonably prosperous and reason
ably happy, but our danger lies in that very feeling of satisfaction
with ourselves. There is, in the very nature of things, too much to
guide us toward a dangerous degree of optimism.
We need "kickers". We need people to find the faults in our
system of government, our schools, our public works and even in our
churches and newspapers; and to point them out to us. Criticism
should, however, be of a constructive character. It is useless to harp
on things that cannot be bettered, and hardly fair to complain about
matters unless we are able to present suggestions looking to better
ment. There probably never was a community and probably never will
be one without its selfish men and women; and conscience being a
more or less elastic attribute, such people, betimes, stretch it to very
near the limit. This is true in official as well as in private life. We
have the fault right here on Kauai lots of it. Are we to close our
eves to it, and go blindly on in the sweet satisfaction of our optimism?
Let us hope not.
Or the forty-eight States in the American Union, nineteen will
be dry. or "prohibition," on and after January 1 next, while nearly
half of the remainder are partially dry. Six more States in the
drv column would give the prohibitionists a majority of States.
On the other hand, "wet" territory would bethe largest and have a pre
ponderance of population. At the same time, the enormous gains made
by the prohibitionists in the past two years has certainly been such as
to force the distillers and brewers of liquors :o the "anxious seat,"
The dry States now are: Maine, Virginia, West Virginia, North Caro
lina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi. Oklahoma, Ten
nessee, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa. North Dakota, Colorado, Arizona,
Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It would be interesting to know, in
all this, what the governor of North Carolina is nowadays remarking
to the governor of South Carolina.
(Continued from page 1.)
nerves of the men.- Father Valen
tin, who has given an arm to many
stumbling along that dark road,
otherwise alone, was with them to
the end. He gave them holy com
munion Thursday morning; he
gave them last absolution on the
scaffold yesterday morning; h e
read the burial service of the
church over their bodies,
Governor's Mind Made Up.
It was all he could do, He had
promised the three that he would
appeal to Governor Pinkham and
he did see the Governor, but with
out hope, for he knew the execu
tive had given the case long and
careful consideration before he had
signed the death warrants.
To that holy communion High
Sheriff Jarett ascribed the calmness
of the men. And the father, Itoo,
told of how they had been moved
by terror when he told them the
day of execution had been set.'
"I came to see them Saturday
afternoon," h e narrated. "But
there they were, each o t them
sleeping, and I said to myself, 'I
cannot wake them,' and so I wait
ed until Sunday, the next day.
When I told them their hands be
gan quivering this way."
Some vague hope, thoughtless,
unfounded, or, if founded, having
only a careless word, perhaps, as a
spring, had shut from their eyes
the vision o f death; but, when
they heard af the actual day, they
were stricken profoundly. So they
remained, and there was fear in
the prison of what was to come
yesterday; and yet, into the minds
of the men. one of whom was de
nominated as a "savage" when he
Thkre are close at hand apologists on behalf of the German at
titude which seeks to minimize the atrocities practiced by the Turks
upon the defenseless Armenians, Bat this Armenian story is an old
one, and it is so familiar to the civilized world that opinions in regard
to it are definitely hxed. It is claimed bv unbiased authorities, in
position to know positively what they are talking about, that out of a
population of 1,500,000 Armenians in their own country more than
450,000 have been put to death and fully 600,000 have been driven
from their homes to meet their fate in a region where it is impossible
to survive the perils to which they will be subjected. It is a sad pass
to wnicli civilization has come that an enlightened nation, having the
power, siiould tail to stop this butchery and, on the other hand,
actually vouensates apologies tor it.
Although arrangements had been made to bring mail from the
Hilonian at Tort Allen to the Lihue side of the island Sunday morn
ing, the steamer came in without any, she bringing mail tor the re
gion between Koloa and Kekaha only. This was the second occur
rence of the same kind in ten days. It indicates some lack of consid
eration on the part of the mail-despatching department at Honolulu
We understand that the Inspector in whose department this matter
comes will return to the city tomorrow from Washington, and we are
nopetui ot netter tnings in the future.
Wu understand that the Paradise Of The Pacific is plannine an
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uuuauaiii ciauunuc uuu ucuuuuu numuer ior me L.nriatmas season
and in it Kauai will be conspicuously favored. Work of this sort
gratis, and ar, all of it does a certain amount of good it should be ap
cu,ucu aim cutuuiiigeu. w e nope mat tue local oeople asked to
contribute data, photos, etc., will go about their work earnestly and
thoroughly, and see to it that the publishers f the Paradise are pro-
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v;iieu wiui me lacuiues ior maicing ttie display ot the island's attrac
tions that they have asked for.
If the oi.o saving ''Two wrongs do not make a right" be true
then surely the situation is not imnrnvprl nnv r
Hoogs and Abrams mav have been sentenced lightly by Judge Ashford
in the First Circuit Court. We fail
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justified Governor Pinkham m pardoning the third man who had been
luuuu KU'iiv imu sentenced ior a similar ollense. It the ptinciple and
reasoning are right, whv did the
.. . .. . .. " , h"""ik unc man:
W hy did he not make a jail delivery of all the embezzlers and forgers
iu uc iuuiiu in uiinu prison:
The origin of the anonymous pamphlet on Port Allen sent to
Secretary Thayer, is now known. Inasmuch as a difference of opinion
on an important public matter is merely vaguely indicated we are
hopeful that the gentleman responsible for the document will come
out and state his opinions fully. The Garden Island offers the gen-
utuiau i-av.c ui ua iruiil page.
.At THRIR last meeting th
providing a street light at the head of the lane near the wireless office
... n.uuc, ..ui win ,,ruinuuy tajce it up at the next meeting Tl
corner at that place is a verv dangerous one on dark nights, and
tragedy may occur there at any time.
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ih i-i a.v , oi secretary Daniels tor twenty new dreadnaughts
. 1U...1.V... Ui liUCSi iVi,e 0, submarines and numerous other
niouern snips ior tne navy look very fine, but thev will probably ap
pear different when the Congressmen from the alfalfa -belt get through
came, calm descended through the
hope of religion.
The prison quartet gave a short
concert for them Thursday even
ing, a strange half hour. It was
at their request. The five musici
ans fat outside the box-like cells
and the man stood at the doors.
Colaste Was Stronger
Coronel and Hirano went togeth
er, first, It was not of their
choice; the prison officials chose
for them. They-chose wisely; for
always it is the strongest who must
wait, and Colaste was strongest.
His apparent collapse on the scaf
fold was not n collapse, but the
vertigo of a man utterly bound,
hand, foot and limb, about whom
the noose had been pulled tightly.1
One who saw how collectedly he
listened to the monotonous read
ing of the death warrant saw he
was most master of himself.
It was eight-twenty-two o'clock
when Coronel and Hirano walked
upon the scaffold. Four minutes
sufficed. Hirano was cut down in
thirteen minutes; Coronel, most
nervous of the three, was not pro
nounced dead until nineteen mi
nutes had dragged by. During
this time Colaste was waiting in
his cell. He could hear the clatter
of the trap. His heart ceased its
beating in nineteen minutes, at
nine-ten o'clock. He had stepped
upon the scaffold at eight-forty-eight
and the drop had fallen three
Nobody showed the slightest
movement after the fall, There
was not even a twitching of the
hands. Careful arrangements by
High Sheriff Jarrett left no opening
for any untoward incident.
Dr. W. L. Moore and Dr. W.W.
Cress, U. S. N., were physicians.
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The v. torts of Greece and Roumania to remain neutral in the
Teutonic drive for the relief of Turkey will likely be unavailing. They
are in much the position of Belgium at the beginning of the war, and
will verv soon probably have to both fight and be overrun.
It is related that before the three Filipino murderers from this
island were led to the gallows in Honolulu they were "converted."
The 1-ast said about that brand of religion, or conversion, the better.
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