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THE OARpEN ISLAND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1915,
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Less "They"More "We."
An esteemed contemporary, commenting upon the use of the
word "we" in connection with public matters, says that in rural com
munities "we" is still used, but that in cities "we"has betn changed,
in a large measure, to "they".
At first blush this may appear a a trivial matter, but it is really
one of considerable, and increasing, importance,
Our government, from the President and Congress down to pound
master in the rural precincts, is supposed to be one of the people. And
it is really so if the people will have it so, for there is nothing faulty
about its superstructure. In tlie old days, it is remarked, in speaking
of public matters it was always "we,'. "We" built this highway or
"our" county building; "we" did this, that and the other; whereas,
as time has come on or communities have grown less rural, it has be
come "they" did thus and so.
Any community government which is able to hold on to the 'we"
in the vocabulary of its citizenship is fortunate; and the citizens of
that community are perhaps equally fortunate The farther a com
munity, or city, or State gets away from that condition of affairs, the
less chance there is of satisfactory local government. When people
begin to speak generally of community government officials as "they,"
and their plans or policies as "their" plans ot "their" policies, you
may watch for developments of some sort. Occassionally it means an
upheaval of some kind, and in such cases not infrequently results in
improvement. But as a rule it denotes an unhealthy state of things,
and a tendency in the direction of grave dissatisfaction and failure.
There was a time when "we" and "our" were commonly used in
the public schools in connection with governmental and historical sub
jects. That was a long while ago, however, and why the practice was
discontinued we do not know. It might be a fine thing to revive it
again, if for no other reason than to impress upon the young of our
island that the Territorial and county governments are our,' and
not ' their," governments, and that "we." and not "they" are build
ing the roads, the bridges, the school houses and running things
The Eleele Assault Case
The assault case at Eleele is another of those unfortunate blots
which ctre becoming far too frequent upon the good name of this Ter
ritory. The murder, and attempt at wholesale slau'htei , in Kalihi-
wai valley last June was a terrible thing. In that case iustic was
speedy and made no mistake, and it was a creditable thing that
throughout the entire investigation and hearing this community held
its temper and permitted the law to take its course, without interfer
ence or undue influence.
The man accused of the Eleele outrage will be brought back here
to face his accusers. The arm of the law is long and strong, and he
cannot escape it. When he arrives at the Pacific coast in the .vessel
in which he has temporarily escaped, the hand of authority will be
there waiting for him.
Until he has had a fair trial it will be unjust for the community to
convict and prepare to hang him. At the same time it will be tnani
festly unfair to law and order, decencv and the good name of Kauai
that anyone should begin casting about for threads ot extenuating cir
cumstrnces upon which to build a sentiment in the community, in ad
vance of the evidence, favorable to the accused. Let the authorities
work up and present their case unembarrassed by any sentiment
which may exist or may be developed.
Whatever the truth about it, whatever the motive, whatever the
general result we want this case to be the last of its kind on
Kauai. We have no more place here for moral lepers than for mur
derers, and as often as such can be definitely located they should be
put where they will no longer be a menace to society not for a pe
riod of years but permanently. But in all such matters, let not real
of any sort outrun even and reasonably certain justice.
There ark very good reasons for Honolulu and the islands be
coming a considerable Mecca for tourists during the coming year. Our
"globe trotters" have been detained at home more than a year, and
thev will undoubtedly soon be seeking new scenes and new lands.
These Islands offer exceptional advantages, and the attention of the
tourist element will undoubtedly soon be turned in this direction. Ka
uai has never been favored with tourist travel and does not know what
it is like: but in the interest of the tourist routes via the other islands,
we are favorable to any efforts which may influence travel in the direc
tion of this Territory.
Thk news hatcheries of Furope are just now turning out some
strange specimens.lt was only a few days ago that a rumor to the effect
that Japan and Germany were about to form an alliance arose from
somewhere along the firing line and went around the world. Then
British war chief or other let out a whoop to the effect that the United
States and Germany would probably come to an alliance. Now we are
assured that Japan will send an army to Europe to assist in checking
the Teuton invasion of the Levant. It would, indeed, be refreshing
could the truth penetrate the maze, but that will probably be impossi
ble for sometime to come.
In his lettjik, extracts from which are published elsewhere,
Senator Rice makes no mention of an effort to have the next Repub
lican convention come to Hawaii; but in an interview he is quoted as
being favorable to the idea of getting it as far west as California. It is
hardly likely that California will get the convention, much less this
Tenitorv; for such bodies usually rotate around the centers of voting
population. Market street is rather too far away, and Fort street is a
couple of thousand miles and a lot of water farther.
Every part of the Territory is interested in the question of better
streets in Honolulu and better roads on Oahu. It seems such a pity
that some of the worst roads we have are in or about the capital city
the front door of the Territory; and throughout the Islands there is a
feeling that something drastic should be done to improve matters, A
bonding scheme, promising quick and satisfactoiy results, would pro
bably be favored and receive general support.
Tennis Committee Meets
The ladies' tennis tournament
committee, of which Miss Purvis
s chairman, met last Saturday in
The plan already put forward,
to have all teams of the same dis
trict play off preliminary matches
on their home courts was adopted.
Finals are to be play-d off in Li
hue. Saturday was considered the
best day on which t o have all
games, the first of which will take
place early in January. An ade
quate entrance fee was also impos
ed to defray cost of tne tournament.
Thanksgiving Day was duly ob
served by the Lihue Union church
by' a special service suitable for the
day. A strong choir presented a
special anthem very effectively in
addition to the usual Thanksgiv
ing hvmns and Miss Melicent
Waterhouse rendered "The Prodi
gal Son" with even more than her
usual charm. Mr. Lvdgate em
phasized our special grounds fot
Thanksgiving in these times of war
and adversity and called attention
to the temptations and dangers of
our phenomenal prosperity.
The church was very prettily
decorated in bouganvillea
When the law requiring "blinders" on auto lights goes into
effect, in the near future, we hope that the proper authorities will
thoroughly examine the scheme followed by each machine. The "dim
mers" on quite a number of autos already noticed on the roads do not
comply with the requirements of the new regulations, and should he
changed. The law is a good one and every auto owner should be
compelled to comply with it to the letter.
Congress will convene next Tuesday, and the question of! a
breakwater for Kauai will most probably come up. This appropriation
now has a number of friends in both houses, and Delegate Kuhio has
the chance of his life to make good on it Will he?We shall soon see
and we shall remember, also, if that phase of the question be raised.
If IT he adventure that the Great Northern's excursionists are
seeking, we would recommend that they come over to Kauai and take
a fall out of Nawiliwili harbor in these squally times.
We wonder if any of our county officials got anv pointers on es
tray ordinances while touring in the States? Perhaps they did and we
shall soon hear somethiug about them.
Schedule Of Examinations
The following schedule of examinations has been nrennrpd hv the
Department ot Education:
. December 9, 1915.
GRADE V: GRADE VI, VII & VIII:
9:0011:00 History Stories. 9:00 11:00 Historv.
12:30 1:00 Spelling. 12:30 1:00 Spelling.
December 10, 1915.
9;00 11:00 Composition. 9:0011:00 Literature & Composition
December 13, 1915.
9:0011:00 Geography. 9:0011:00 Geography.
December 14, 1915.
9:?0 11:00 Arithmetic. 9:00 11:00 Arithmetic.
December 15, 1915.
9:0011:00 Hygiene. 9:0011:00 Hygiene.
December 16, 1915.
9:0011:00 Language. 9,0011:00 Grammar or Language.
See Course of Study pages, 51-53.
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