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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Excise Tax On Sugar
On December 13 Senator Gore, of Oklahoma, introduced in the
upper house of Congif ss a request for certain information. The ques
tions appeared innocent enough, but behind them could plainly be
seen the hand of the Sugar Trust and the influences which would
nullify the benefits of a protective tariff by levying a tax on sugar pro
duction.On another page of this issue will be found the request of Sen
ator Gore and the discussion it provoked, as they appear in the Con
We do not believe that any such proposition has a chance of real
consequence in Congress, but the danger lies in tha fact that the bait
is of such a character as will appeal to such Congressmen as have in
mind only the necessity ot increasing revenues for the immediate fu
ture, and feel no personal interest in the safety of the sugar industry.
On the face ot it it will look to them like a plan wherebv two dollars
may be garnered into the national treasury where onlv one dollar wasJ
received before; and the effect upon the goose that lays the golden
eggs may not be generally thought of.
It is inconceivable, however, that ny of the large number of
Congressmen who toured the beet fields of the west and the sugar
plantations of Hawaii last Spring will be caught napping on this
thing. They will undoubtedly see at a glance that, insofar as the
sugar growers are concerned, it will be a case of swapping a good dol
ljr for a speculat;ve dollar, and that the industry which needs assist
ance would be worse off than ever.
America has had an expensive lesson in the past year and a half
in regard to sugar, and one would think that by this time the eyes of
the peop.e of the country would be thoroughly opened to the vital im
rortane of fostering and building up the sugar industry to the point
that the United States may not be at the mercv of other countries.
The on'v way to accomplish that important end is to place a stiaight
duty on sugar and keep it there until such time as America grows
enough suaar for her own use. Then, and not until then, can the
United States afford to talk about excise taxes on production, for anv
such scheme means plainly and simply the gradual destruction of the
home Industry and the imposition of continued high prices upon fu
Japanese Mission Work
The effort about to be put forward to supply a new and larger
Japanese mission church in Lihue. together with additional education
al advantages, is to be commended and we have every reason to be
lieve that it will be heartily supported. All work along this line is
good; and. owing to certain peculiar conditions in the country dis
tricts, is of special importance.
Ins work of the mission organizations among the Japanese of
Hawaii in the past has been incalculably beneficial, and the layman
who has taken the time and trouble to figure it out has probably
readied the conclusion that it should be carried on on a much larger
scale. hue the work has been vigorously prosecuted and results
have been tangible at every hand, it has really been carried on in a
small way when the extent and density of the field are taken into ac
count. We would like to see the effort doubled vea. trebled and
extended fully and energetically into all the highways and byways of
We have the Japanese with us. and practically all of them will
stay with us. Their children will certainly remain, and will grow up
to ue American men and women.
It is vital to the interests of the Islands that these men and women
of the future be equipped with sterling Christian characters, with Chris-
tun ideals, and patriotism like unto our own. This should be done
in the towns where thev live and the time is right now. The en
lightened people of the Islands today are and will be responsible in a
large measure for the characters developed by the children of oriental
parentage growing up around us. That responsibility cannot be wise
ly shirked. For these reasons we feel strongly favorable to the mis
sionary effort in the direction of improved and larger facilities for
carrying on this work.
The Dance Craze On Kauai
"Oh, I am so tired of dances that I wish thev would never have
another: But what else is there to do?"
Thus mused a young lady ot one of our Kauai towns a few even
ings ago. Even the extraordinary features of the Christmas and New
Year seasons had not checked in the slightest the dance music which
had held a leading place in our community life for a year, and the
voung lady in question looked out upon another year to see only a
repetition of the same ad infinitum (and, apparently, ad nauseum.)
We are not going to preach a sermon against dancing. That pas
lime has it uses like horseback riding, swimming, croquet, the mea
sles and so on. But anything can be overdone, and this dance propo
sition on Knuai. without variation, has about run its course tor all
But (as the young lady aptly inquires) "What else is there to
do?" It is quite true that the opportunities for diversification in
amusements are limited. At the same time there are ether things,
although effort and ingenuity will be necessary to develop them. We
have the ingenuity iu plenty in our social clubs, and if it could be
gotten together, through joint committee, perhaps, a diversified pro
gram to thotoughly meet the situation might easily be shaped out for
Let the next dance be something else, and the dance after that
The Case Of Garbe.
We hear little of it in these Islands hut th Pact nf tVl rmAi.n1
of Purser Wilhelm Gaibe by the French from the American steamer
Horinquen is exciting a great deal of interest in the eastern part of the
United States, and even some of the big conservative papers are de
manding that France be called sharply to account in the matter.
Garbe was born in Germany, but had taken out his first papers in the
The papers dwell a good deal on the partial American status of
the man's citizenship, but add, in effect, that, no matter what his
citizenship or nativity, a passenger or a sailor on in American ship,
who is not employed in the military service of a belligerent, enjoys
the protection of the American flag and cannot legally be removed
from an American ship by the armed forces of another belligerent.
They characterize the act of the French as high-handed and illegil. and
demand that the United States government call France severely to account.
It is difficult to see how. in the light of representations made to
oermany anci omer belligerents on similar accounts, the United State
nunMiintmiou jciiuui iruin ucmanuing ana securing complete satis
faction from France and a guarantee that th
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peated. It would be a departure from established policy if that is not
nunc aijiucuung wmcn is not to ie tnougnt of at this time when th
importance ot treiting all belligerents alike is so manifest.
With General Johnson-, Colonel Baldwin, Captain Penhallow
and perhaps other prominent officers of the National Guard here in a
bunch next week, Kauai will be given a taste of real military activity.
We hope that all of our newly organized companies will bestir them-
The nbw Kino of China has changed his name from Yuan Shih
Kai to Hung Hin. If the revolutionists get hold of him there will
probably be "more truth than poetry" in the word "Hung."
That new Waimea wharf is a lone time rominir. Hadn't Mr.
Superintendent Forbes better send someone up here to "investigate"
KAUAI Y. M. C A.
(Continued from page 1.)
ing with them and found that they
had eighteen voung men and boys
as members and that all they lack
ed was some one to help them.
"During my trip to the States
last summer I made a definite
study of the methods of Rural
Y. M. C. A. work. I had a con
ference with A. E. Roberts of
New York the National Secretary
in charge of this department. He
gave encouragement to the plan of
extending the work to the islands
With these things in mind I went
to the Civic Convention at Lihue
in September. I had thought that
possibly I would mention some
thing about the work in tnv talk
before Ihe convention but T.
Brandt of Waimea appeared on
the program just before I did and
he made the statement that one of
the great needs of Kauai was that
Y. M. C. A. work be done. I
talked with Mr. Brandt and told
him that we would be glad to help
in every possible way the carrying
out of his plan. Since that time I
have had some correspondence
with Mr. Brandt and Mr. Lvdgate
and recently went over the situa
tion with the latter while he was
"The present trip is the result
of that talk. He asked me to go
over for a few days and with him
investigate the situation. In case
an organization is formed on Kau
ai it will have no official connec
tion with the Honolulu organiza
tion. We are merely offering our
services and whatever information
we may have to help the people of
Kauai get the work started. The
work there will be directed by a
hoatd of directors of business men
just as the Honolulu association is.
"We will however keep in close
touch with them in an advisory
way and help make the work a
success. The plans in brief are
these: If after investigation it is
evident that Y. M. C. A. work is
adapted to the needs of Kauai the
local men will so over the situa
tion with the business men and
secure sufficient money to pay the
salary of an American secretary
for the island. This man's work
would be entirely without equip
ment by using such place as are
already built such as churches,
schools; anJ plantation club hous
es. He would carry on the regular
Y.'M. C. A. activities adapting
them to meet the conditions of
'The great feature of the rural
Y. M. C. A. work is that trained
personalitv is more important than
equipment, A man who knows
how can make any sort of t
place be an aid in character build
ing while equipment with out pro
per leadership often does more
harm than good. He would work
in closest cooperation with all of
the Kauai organizations. The re
cent organization of the National
Guard and the proposed organiza
tion of the Boy Scouts will be a
greaUhelp in his work. He will,
work through those organizations
rather than form new ones to com
pete with them.'
Some very rare Japanese Gold
fish. 75 to $10.00 each. Inquire
at Fukunaga the Barber, back of
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