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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, JANUARY 25,-1916.
It js understood that the official report of the proceedings ot the
last Civic Convention, when stietched out, will make only about a
hundred pages of a booklet or verv little more than that. We con
fess some pleasute in this news, for the effort in the past to make a
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hie booklet of Civic Convention proceedings, which no one has either
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the time or disposition to read, has never appealed to us. If the Ka
uai committee has succeeded in condensing the meat of the recent
convention and putting the same into small compass, as we understand
it has, it has set a desirable pace, and is to be complimented.
The Kingdom Of Montenegro
Montenegro, the little kingdom at the edge of the Balkans which
is the latest country to bt definitely swept into the whirlpool of Euro
pean carnage, contains fewer miles of territory than the Hawaiian Is
lands, having only 5,650 square miles to 6,449 for this territory, In
population, however, Montenegro has decidedly the best of the argu
ment, that country having 570,000 people to less than half that num
ber for Hawaii. The organized military strength is estimated at 40,
000 men, with an additional available force in extreme necessity of
History informs us that no soldiers have proved themselves so
hardy or so difficult to handle in the past as the Montenegrins. The
country, which forms the meeting-point of the Dalmatian, Bosnian
and Albanian ranges, seems at first a mere chaas of mountains. In fact
a large part ot it lies under the shadow of Mount Lovchen, which ris
es from the center, while other mountains and forests give the country
the sombre aspect for which it is noted. There are fertile valleys,
however, and spots which support large numbers of people in towns
From the time of the ancient Romans up to 45 years ago, Mon
tenegro was frequently at war, having fought practically everybody in
reach, and the Turks on a number of occasions. In fact the present
campaign of Austria and Germany against tlie little kingdom is prob
ably in the interest of Turkey, the latter country being the only one
having territory in the immediate viciirtv ot Montenegro-unless Ser
bia may ite so called.
The Montenegrins, as a race, are really Serbs. They are of the
same descent, and possess much the same characteristics, save that
they are probably more rugged and war-like. Thev are intensely
loyal to their country and to King Nicholas, who was their prince
ruler from 1S80 and has been their king since August, 1910. An in
definitely large number of Serbs, driven from their own country bv
the invaders, have entered Montenegro in recent months, probably
greatlv enhancing the armed strength oi the little kingdom and assist
ing the courage of King Nicholas to fight; but still it is, hard to see
how Montenegro could hope, in case of a formidable invasion, to meet
a fate different from that of Serbia, unless, indeed, Italy came very
strongly to her assistance, which seems unlikely. The outlook, there
fore, is that Montenegro, the Switzerland of the Balkans, will either
surrender early or meet the fate of Serbia a fate which will probably
also come to Bulgaria, Roumania and Greece before this terrible war
is at an end.
Tub Mixup in the steamer service last week, caused by the stormy
weather, resulted in a tangle and delay of the overland mails and
illustrated in a most convincing way the urgent need of a daily mail
schedule between Hanalei and Kekaha. This has become a matter of
such importance that the business men of the island should take it up
earnestly and energetically, and not let up on the fight tinttl the de
sired object is achieved.
Captain C. S. Lincoln, brevetted colonel, N. G. H., has made
many friends dining his short tour ot Kauai who hope that he may
return to this island at some future tune wlien he may not have so
much business to occupy his attention.
Two Prohibition States have. recently enacted laws forbidding
the sale within their bounds of newspapers, magazines or other publi
cations carrying liquor advertising. This seems like carrying prohibition
to its practical limits.
IP thky reali.y want a half million men in the National Guard
of ths States, valuable pointers on how to get them might be obtained
bv addressing Brigadier-General Samuel I. Johnson, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Tun Banquet-Session of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce at
Hotel Waimca on February 17 should be'a "hummer" for the reason
that the Chamber has not had a fnnction of this sort in quite awhile.
A FEW Cows that do not read THIS UAKUEN ISLAND reg
ularly still intest the Kalaheo road at night, lhe new law, which is
intended to clear the belt road of estrays. went into effect on the 22nd.
With the Republican party struggling with the burden of Roose-
veltism and the Democratic party impeded by Brvanism, the chances
for the Prohibition camel would seem to be increased.
We Begin to note the wisdom of "undated resignations" at the
time of appointment to office subject to Legislative approval.
The National Guard
Inside of, approximately, sixty days Kauai has developed a Na
tional Guard strength of more than seven hundred officers and men
a strength of which, three months ago, no one, save, perhaps, students
ot miniuer military uetaus, ureameu was possiDie in a population so
small. The men are not soldiers yet, of course They haye not had
the time to become such, and it will take months ot patient drilling
before they can be expected to display those qualities which make the
efficient soldiet . In view of this fact, it was rather unfortunate that
the date for Federal inspection came just now. Had that inspection
come three or six months from now, a very different situation would
have been presented by the local Guard; and in any reports tint may
go out concerning the status of the local battalion, it is the opinion
of many that the explanation should be made that the local companies
are still in process of formation, and that military efficiency, for the
present, is not reasonably to be expected.
We have treated this question of a servicable National Guard or
ganization on Kauai so many times that little remains to be said on
that general score. Our next move here should be tor a complete
regimental establishment. With two more companies, that would be
easily practicable, and it is thought that these might be organized in
twoof the following four places: Koloa, Kekaha, Kilauea and Hanalei
the preference to be given to the first two coming forward with the re
quisite number of men for companies. It is, in a way, a military incon
venience to have a regiment divided between islsads so far apart as
Kauai and Maui: and certainly both islands would prefer have its own
establishment. Kauai is quite able to reach a regimental status, and
no time should be lost in attaining it.
In the meanwhile, let us say that Kauai feels quite proud of the
showing developed in so few davs, and hopes that the military officers
who have just completed their inspection will take reasonable account
of the extremely short period which has been allowed for organizing
am1 the difficulties which both officers and men of the local battalion
have had to surmount.
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Wanted: A Little, Common Civility
There are a great many people on Kauai who feel quite sore over
what appears to have been at least discourteous neglect on the part of
the Inter Island Steam Navigation Company during the recent unpte
cedentedlv bad weather. Although passenger and mail schedules were
thrown all to pot, no effort was made by the company to notify the
public of this island what was or was not going to happen in the way
of traffic. There was anxietv at many hands regarding members of
families or friends who were supposed to be coming bv some of the
overdue steamers, and merchants were thrown at sea regarding rush
shipments; but this all did not seem to concern the steamship company
When the regular Monday steamer did not show up on Tuesday
morning at Ahukini. there were misgivings far and wide; and people
waited all the forenoon for some explanation from the company, or its
agents, or something else to happen. At noon a private wireless was
sent to one of the Honolulu newspapers for information.
The fact that the Kinau would not arrive on schedule but would
be a day late was not known on the island until after she had failed
to show up.
Kauai has stocd by the Inter-Island Company in the past, and in
tends to do so in the future: but we do insist upon a little, common
civility once in a while. ,
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A (iKEAT dral of criticism has been heaped upon the heads of
young Britons who have left England to escape military duty, and they
have usually been termed "cowards." We do not know so much about
their being cowards. As we understand the matter from history,
cowards have developed almost exclusively from the ranks of the im
petuous individuals who have rushed off to the front at the first sound
of the bugle; while the courageous, determined, efficient "stone-walls"
of the firing line have come from that element which had, literally, to
be arresttd and dragged to the front, If history is to be relied on. Fng
land is probably losing her grip on some of her best soldiers in these
young men who are running away from the prospect of conscription.
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We have i'AU) little or no attention to these occasional tirades
against Governor 1'inkhaui, for we had figured that they would not
get far beyond certain luaii tables in Washington or the uasture of the
historic O'd Rose, in Tennessee. We were right; we are still right.
The administration of t lie present governor has been its own, adequate
defense. Governor I'inkhatn has not pleased everybody. No gov
ernor of Hawaii ever hns. no governor of Haweii ever will. Looking
at the m.itter from everv anj.'le, however, Governor I'inkhatn must
be given credit, in the fare of opposition and unusual difficulties, of
coming nearer the desired mark than manv had expected ii- would.
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