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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY. DECEMBER 7, 1915,
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
For The New Lihue School
The plan for the new Lihue school is caught in the same box
which delayed the construction of the building at Waimea, and unless
something is done locally to extricate it from its predicament, the
much-needed improvement may be heljl up for a long time to come.
The item of $40,000 for this building is included in an appropriation
of $ 62,000 for buildings throughout the Territory, of which amount
only $15,000 will become available at the end ot each period of six
months, beginning with next year. It will thus be two years before
the last of the $40,000 requited for the local building will be available.
Superintendent Kinney has suggested that the county of Kauai
advance such part of this money as may be necessary from its geneial
fund in order that work on the Lihue building may proceed, and we
are inclined to heartily kokifa the proposal. Assuming that the build
ing can be erected in twelve months, $15,500 would have to be ad
vanced for six months and $15,500 for twelve, months approximate
figures!. That may seem like a large undertaking, but it can be done.
There should be no delay in the erection of this new building. It
is desperately needed. The present quarters are wholly inadequate,
and we consider that the Legislature was remiss in its duty in not
making its appropriation immediately available or in so planning that
tin money could have been obta-ned without delay; and in taking ac
tion as above indicated we feel certain that the supervisors will be gen
erally and abundantly sustained.
Armories For Kauai
An editorial in this paper of November 23, calling attention to
the immediate need of armories for the newly organized National
Guard companies of Kauai and suggesting that the plantations take
the lead in providing such, was, apparently, misunderstood in at least
It was not, and is not, the idea that the plantations should donate
such armories to the Guard. What, may be found desirable, however,
is that they supply suitable armories for the military companies of
their towns, respectively, they to be indemnified by the Legislature
at the next session. Although not coining directly, we have been giv
en to understand that the government will stand behind such propo
sitions and will do all in its power to secure appropriations for such
purposes in fact will pledge itself, as far as is practicable, to such
We are informed that Governor Pinkham has thus far considered
asking the next Legislature for an appropriation for three permanent
armories on islands other than Ouhu, to cost $20,000 each, one being
for Kauai; in addition to which there would be appropriations tfr re
pairs, running expenses, etc Under this plan it would prebably be
three years before any armory at all would be secured here, and there
would be only one when the government aid work around to it. All
this delay and inconvenience. and uncertainty could be forst ailed by
the plantations advancing the money for four $5,000 armories one at
Lihue. one at Kealia, one at Eleele and one at Makaweli; the Legis
lature appropriation of $20,000 being divided so as to indemnify the
plantations concerned. If this is not done, and the governor's reput
ed plan is carried out, Kauai would get one armory every two years,
which would mean that the last company would not be supplied until
ten years hence. That does not seem desirable, does it?
The men are giving their valuable time and the officers are giving
their equally valuable time and money for the success of the local bat
talion in which all Kauai will soon take pride. We feel that the
plantations should meet their part of the responsibility in the manner
indicated, particularly as it would mean improvements of a desirable
character, without permanent loss or outlay.
To Restrict Immigration
The bill to be presented before Congress during the session which
began yesterday, having as its objecc the restriction of immigration
into the United States, stands a strong chance of becoming law. Agi
tation along tnis line has been going on for fifteen or twenty years,
and has been steadily increasing in intensity, adherents to the idea
constantly multiplying. Of more recent years the feeling in many, if
not most, states seems to have been that immigration had been too
rapid and heavy for successful assimilation in a reasonably short time,
and that a stop should be put to it, at least for a time.
The oresent move, which will find expression in Congressional
halls, is the direct result, however, of the war in Europe. There is
widespread apprehension that as soon as the war is over the United
States may be literally overrun with- poverty stricken refugees from
the desolated countries of the east, unless drastic measures are. taken
to stem the tide before it gains headway. It is that dread which will
give the Burnett immigration bill us force and may result in Amer
ica withdrawing her friendly hand to the immigrant for the first time
The change of front would probably not affect us directly in these
islands right away, inasmuch as immigrants are no longer arriving
here, except in a small way from American possessions. It is hardlv
probable that Filipino immigration would be affected. It would, how
ever, likely Ijlock further ellorts to obtain Portuguese labor, which
might, at some future time, prove a serious matter to local industries,
Kauai has been asked to create what is known at Honolulu as a
Tonnage lax on imports for the purpose of meeting any emergency
requiring immediate hnancial assistance from the community as the
result of an epidemic of a quarantinable disease." The idea is tin
doubtedlv a good and important one in communities having direct con
iaci iiv snipping witn loreign countries. Kauai really, however, has
nothing of the kind, vessels from foreign parts, destined for this is
land, cau'ng nrst at Honolulu and passing quarantine there. But the
scheme as a Territorial proposition is excellent -a necessary one and
deserves me endorsement ot Kauai and such support as we may rea
sonablv be able to render.
Thk present sugar situation and outlook ought to be extremely
assuring to stockholders in onr plantations. A year ago this week
sugar was 3.92, and a few days before was 3.64. Todav it is practi
cally $25 a ton higher, while January futures are around $20 a ton
hiffher. It is next to certain that the sugar of the current campaign
in Hawaii will command ther highest figures in many years for like
seasons, and that continued prosperity is assured.
Thanks to the efforts of Major Broadbent.of the National Guard,
Lihue now has street lights from Hale Hooni theater to the county
building, but the good work should not stop there. Let the lights be
extended on down to the Fairview hotel. Money is constantly beitiR
thrown away for far less serviceable purposes.
If Honolulu's police force is inefficient it is probably not the
fault of the policemen. They haven't titne to be otherwise thev are
too busy doing the semaphore act on the corners for straggling auto
Lord Kitchener said a year ago that the Allies would begin
their campaign in the Spring, In the light of events after that it would
be interesting to know jus what particular Spring he had in mind.
It seems quite clear that, whatever his ntlier nnalifi; c.
perintendent Tucker, of the Boys' Industrial School, lacks diplomacy
ana skiii hi nauaung tne youngsters intrusted to his care. There
were no such troubles, as are now being experienced, in the days of
either Superintendent Needham or Superintendent Gibson, while with
improved facilities and wider knowledge of the intricacies of the par
ticular work, there should be much less. The weight of all circum
stances points directly to incapacity in high places in the school, and
we are beginning to doubt that there will be any improvement until a
change in the managemen of the institution is made.
Should it come to pass that Postmaster Young, of Honolulu, is
transferred to a post on the mainland, the Islands, as well as the capi
tal city, would be the worse for it. It is the universal opinion in this
Territory that Mr. Young has made more than good at Honolulu. In
a comparatively short time he has whipped an indifferent system into
a form as satisfactory as can be found in any city; and we sincere
ly hope that Honolulu mav not be called upon to meet the risk of suc
cess or failure at the hands of a new administration in her postoffice.
No .objection whatevtr can be advanced against circulating
libraries in the country schools, and we modestly arise to suggest that
the start be made with a little book known as English Grammar.
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