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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1315.
Is decision recently Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes of the
United States Supreme Court, used the expression: "The defendant
kicked against this,' and purists of the country straight-awav object
ed on the ground that the eminent jurist had employed slang. We
mention the matter here by way of caution to our learned judges of
Kauai. Of course vc do not know that any of them are given to the
use of such awful sl.uig as Justice Holmes interpolated fn his opinion,
and take it for granted that thev are not; but it might be well for
them to keep on their guard.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
The Christmas Season.
w The Christmas season is with us again, and next Saturday will be
the "day of days" with the little folk.
, But why the little folk alone? Although Christmas is essentially a
; children's festival, and its principal charm is in making them happy.
' there is really a great deal in the occasion for the grown-ups
' There is most genuine atisfaction and pleasure in the feeling at
' Christinas time that we have been instrumental in directing sunshine
into gloomy places, and leaving happiness and hope there; and much
of this endeavor is by and for grown-ups
And it is not expensive gift-giving that always counts for most.
A call, a show of friendly interest, a word of cheer or a kindly letter
; may serve the purpose best in many cares. Other cases mav call for
something more substantial, which must be determined by circunistan
ces. But there is something that all cf us mav and should do, and
if we follow it out, the whole island will be literally filled
Divine Christmas spirit next Saturday, and we will all feel
pier and better for it.
Few communities have been so fortunate since last Christmas
as has this one. A very large majority of our people have had what
may well be termed a successful year, atid the sky ahead is clear and
promising. Well we may afford to loo1.; about us for unhnppiiioss, if
any there be. and dispell it; and become reflectors for the season of
"Peace on earth and good will to men", insofar as our little insular
realm is concerned.
Get the "Christmas spirit." Feel it live it shout it out that
others mav hear and be similarly inspired.
The Garden Island will "start the ball rolling" by wishing one
and all of our readers a grand, glorious Christmas !
The National Guard
We believe that the battalion of the National Guard on this island
will be a .success. Just how long it will be, however, before that quali
fication may apply to it will depend upon the support tne companies
receive at the hands of the sugar plancations. If tht plantation agen
cies and managers hold back and fill and qualify and hesitate, the time
when the local guard mav be regarded as successf ullv organized and
under way will be correspondingly delayed.
What is desired (and expected) is that the members of the plant
er's association (by that we mean the association of sugar planters of
the island of Kauai, Territory of Hawaii) have a meeting and take
this matter up in a business-like way. The plantation managers are
expected to encourage their voting men to enter the companies in
their respective localities and to stimulate interest in the wntk. More
over, thev will be expected to take the initiative in any local steps
found necessary in the direction of securing suitable armories and
equipment for the same.
One half of the third regiment is on Kauai and one half on Maui.
The head of the entire regiment at the present time is a leading sugar
plantation man of Maui. One of the majors is in charge of the plan
tation bank at Kahului. A captain is manager of the big plantation
at Wathikti, while other plantation officials are taking an active, per
sonal interest in the success of the Maui wing of the regiment. Niotje
over, they luve over there three armories already completed and in
the course of a very short time will have as complete facilities for
their companies as may be found anywhere on the mainland. This
has all been accomplished by plantation enthusiasm and effort.
Here on Kauai, although our military establishment is equally
large, nothing whatever has yet been done. This should not be. With
an equal chance, Kauai has never taken second place in anything in
the past, and should not do so in this important matter. We are hope
ful that the next week may develop some tangible and positive move
in the direction of providing the local National Guard with the accom
modations so vitally necessary.
Motion Pictures In Schools
Sometime ago we ventured the prediction that motion pictures
would in a very short time form an important part of the method of
instruction in the public schools of the United States, and that we
would, about the same time, be giving serious thought to the subject
in these Islands. That we will eventually come to it there is proba
bly no longer doubt, although it may take time to initiate and develop
plans tor equipping the schools of the Territory with the essential ap
pi i a n ces. In this connection the following telegram sent out over the
country a few days ago should move of general interest:
"Chicago 111. The board of education has approved the purchase
of 10 motion-picture machines for the public schools. These arc to
be used in tha social centers recently established on the citv's broadest
scale, explains John D.Shoop, first assistant superintendent of schools.
From the use in social centers the moving pictures are expected to
expand into the schools, providing not so much entertainment as in
struction through entertainment. Selections will be made so as to
hive a library of films. Plans along these lines are being held up for
tiie present until municipal ordinances relative to non-inflammable
films are acted on."
The Supervisors are to be congratulated on passing the estrav
ordinance. It may come a little hard on a few small owners of live
stock, and that is to be regretted; but interests entirely too
large for an equitable balance are affected on the other side. The roads
f Kauai arc now literally Jilled with automobiles, and property, life
and limb are in constant danger from roving cattle, The ordinance
had become a necessity, and if the owners of cattle are brood-minded
and public-spirited at all thev will recognize the fact.
Cavtain Gregory, of the Kinau, is to be thanked for his efforts
before the harbor commission in the interest of the new wharf at Wai-
mea. Undoubtedly what he had to sav went a long way toward "turn
ing the tiick."
Ai'Tomobii.k I ord will probably gain a lot of notoriety out of
his pes ce mission to Europe, but practical results went a-glimmering
wh-Mi hngland threw cold water into the gasoline of the Oscar 11.
However, Ford's idea was probably the same as prompted Sir Thomas
Lipton to promote international yacht racing (advertising), and he
will doubtless ic satisfied with the free space in the newspapers and
magazines which he will obtain. ,
Along Aitoi'T AfRti. it will probablv be necessary for the Kauai
Chamber of Commerce to levy nit iiK.sessment to meet its absolutely
necessary, running expenses. We shall expect, when that time conies,
that the seven members who deferred the efforts made last Thursday
to place the Clumber on a safe financial footing will be the first to step
Hi? rOT'BCil. Illfrr ivn Hit1lir nrncriArt ii.r tinny rf Tfnranii cpi-lir.
itlir tlip biff Kpnnlilif-nii rnnvff ion iipvt Turn 1-nt tlm 1iti1 nrli-f.i-tic.
ing given the Islands through the bid made for the affair will do no
TiTir'AT AniiblPTAIMiC t1, r,ni-r1-f 111-1 i it nffrrAcA ill tlirt rnci f.
evenings of hearing Miss Inga Orner, the Norwegian prima donna.
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nci recuais nave proven rare jreais, incieeci.
America And Austria
It now seems quite likely that diplomatic relations between the
United States and Austria may be severed in the next few days. This
couise would not necessarily mean war in fact, owing to the peculiar
circumstances of the case, there probably would not be hostilities of
any kind. It will likely result in America withdrawing her minister
and consuls from Austria and Austria doing the same as to the Unit
.Should the break affect such details as mail and other means of
communication, however, it might prove a serious matter to Austrians
residing in the United States as well as Americans residing in Austria
of whom there are quite a number.
The merits of the cause for the break mty be variously discussed
according to the viewpoint. After the last trouble with Germany over
the loss of American lives on torpedoed ships at sta, the United States
announced it as a future policy that nothing of.the kind would again
be tolerated, no matter what power the offender might be British,
French, German, Austrian or whatnot. Austria happened to be the
first offender and must stand the first application of the new poicy,
whatever that may mean. It is worthy of note that Austria, after the
protest from the United States in regard to the Ancona affair, stated
that she had no official knowledge of the American policy in regard to
American lives at sea. How far this excuse may affect matters re
mains to be seen, but in view of the determined front of the American
government it will likely not be considered very far.
Retail merchants ot Honolulu are making protest against that
section of Superintendent Forbes' recommendations to Congress which
would give Honolulu members of the National Guard the privilege of
purchasing supplies from the United States commissary department.
This is a very small matter either wav you take it. The recommenda
tions of the Superintendent as a whole are good, and if there is dan
ger of any of them being blocked by a quibble of this sort we would
say out with the quibble. The money that would come to the Guard
at Honolulu, and be spent among the merchants of the city, through
the adoption of the recommendations of the Superintendent, would
amount to a great deal more than the trade of the men could possibly
he with the commissary department of the army.
UNDERWOOO UNDERWOOD, N. l
IDAHO CELEBRATES DEDICATION OF $5,000,000 CON
CRETE DAM HIGHEST IN THE WORLD.
Boise, Idaho In the formal dedication, here October 4th of the
Arrowrock dam, the highest in the world, there was added to agricul
tural America one of the largest irrigation projects in the United
States. It is the Boise, The total area is 243,000 acres an empin.
in itself tributary and in close proximity to Boise. Idaho's capital,
The construction of this massive arch wedge of solid concre'.e.
weighing over a million tons, to a height of 351 feet between moun
tains a mile high, is the crowning feat ot scientific engineering accom
pusned by tne Keciamation terviee. tt is a masterpiece. It is 1. 100
feet long and 240 feet thick, tapering to a concrete roadway at the
top 16 feet wide. The interior contains three onolete galleries run
ning full length from mountainside to in i.intaiusi.le, in which possible
leakage will be cared for and from which its 20 outer gates are con
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