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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1316.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Foe k teen ykaks after his "free silver" campaign, William Jen
i nings Bryan aduiittted Hint lie wns wtong. Font teen years after liis
' present auti-preparedncss campaign wliat will be the position ot Mr.
Bryan? It has be?n said br-sonieone that Mr. Bryan is fifty years
ahead of his time. We are not quite positive whether he is ahead or
behind th-j times but are jollv, well certain that he has never, jibed
with the all-important present. ,
The Teachers' Convention
The tetchers' convention, held in Lihue on Friday, was a success
in many perhaps, all-respects. It was, in th first place, a holiday
for all instructors, plus an excursion for many. Moreover, it gave
the lady teachers a chance to compare notes on the latest fashions and
But the real value came in the exchange of ideas on the science
of teaching, In the old days any woman or man with a pair of spec
tacles and h severe demeanor was considered qualified to teach school.
If it different todav. School-teaching is nr longer merely a business
or profession; it is a science precisely as medicine and surgery and
law and journalism have become sciences: and the teacher who would
tarrv in the groove of the pedagogy of only a decade ago finds herself,
or himself, as the case may be, "left at the post." It is a science in
which the successful exploiter studies and learns as she instructs and
imparts; and in keeping up to the mark there are probably no greater
essentials than the so-called summer school and the opportunites af
forded in the teachers' convention for exchanging ideas.
The teachers of Kauai have an unusual responsibility. To in
struct children of one's own race, nationality and tongue is one thing:
to whip (figuratively, if you please) education into a school-room of
a dozen nationalities and as many tongues is quite another. But that
is the work in hand; and out of these cosmopolitan bands of urchins
our school teachers are expected to evolve, as best they may, good.
upright, lawabiding, patriotic and reasorablv capable men and women.
It looks like a stupendous task it is a tremendous undertaking. The
conscientious teacher lealizes it; the public, unfortunately, does not
but it should.
We feel quite hopeful that the recent convention may not only
prove helpful to the teachers in their future work, but may have the
effect of awakening interest on the part of all good citizens, as never
before, in the science of teaching as it is being developed in our com
munity, and in the welfare.of those who are striving so earnestly to
make a success of our school system.
Minnie Werner, the Chicago girl who plunged from a sixteen
story window into a pile of paper boxes at the ground below, should
not be criticized hastily. She may have thought the boxes contained
PROPERTY TAX RATE ON
The tax rate for Kauii for 1916 1 houses asked for by
has been advanced from 1.385 to
1.415, the reason being, it is stat
ed, to provide for new school
Current Expenses one-half of one cent on 517.618,200
Permanent Improvements one-sixth of' one per cent
Interest and Sinking Fund
Issue Interest Sinking Fund
August. 1911 $ 4,.00.00 5 2.139.61
.September. 1912 1,117.22 493.00
September, 1914 1,192.96 563.08
! ment of Education. The follow
ing figures indicate how the new
basis was arrived at:
$ 7, 110. IS
The Kauai Regiment .
The instruction received by Major Broadbent on Friday to pro
ceed to change the Kauai battalion of the National Guard into a regi
mental organization should be quite satisfactory to the entire island.
As we have pointed out before, the arrangement wherebv the regiment
was divided between Maui and Kauai could never work out as satis
factorily as the new plan of giving to each island its own complete
regimental machinery; and we are confident that the latest turn of
affairs will be as gratifying to the Valley Isle as to ourselves
The enlarged plan carries with it, however, greater responsibility
andcalls for the co-operation of more good men. Nearly three times
as many commissioned officers will be required, which means that
there will not only be a number of promotions in the present list, but
several others, on account of peculiar fitness in one way or another,
will have to be drawn from the outside. Five of the present compa
nies may be cut in two, one left as it is and one more company or
ganized either at Kilauea or Kekaha. This will call for about
seventy more men; but when all is done it will mean as neat and com
pact Land, eventual, as efficitnt National Guard regiment as anyone
might wish to see.
A great deal of credit is due all classes on Kauai for the success
ful organization of a formidable military establishment, and a large
part may be given to the planters who have, bv word and acts, en
couraged the movement. It will prove an institution well worth
while, and the day will come when no business man will regret the
time and effort now being put forward in the work of successfully
launching the Fourth Regiment. National Guard of Hawaii.
Our Breakwater Deferred
The item for a breakwater and harbor at Kauai has again been
pigeon-holed at Washington and there is no hope of having it resus
citated before the long session of Congress next year. It was a victim
of the new "preparedness" policy of the government, along with
thousands of other items coming up from all parts of the country
appropriations on unprecented scales for the army and navy and de
fensive measures generally having complete right of way in the de
partments as well as in Congress.
It is a serious disappointment to Kauai that our pet measure
should have been crowded out. but it is a satisfaction to know that
there are "others", also that the money which we might have had
will doubtless be used for an essential purpose. Kauai's time will
come, however. That breakwater and harbor will not down. They
are necessities, as we have recently seen, ana it will only take con
stant pegging away to eventually convince our law-makers of the fact
and put the thing through whether or no. The present aim of the
government is to make of Peail Harbor an impregnable base in the
mid-seas, costing enormously, and until that is done it is doubtful
that any of the islands can hope for much in the way of harbor im
provements. In the meanwhile, let us prepare to be waiting on the top steps
when tht doors of Congress are opened next December.
New buildings, repairs and maintenance, Janitors'
service and supplies, furnituie and fixtures,
Act 132. Laws of 1915
Less unexpended balance
School Salaries less School Tax
Proportion General School Fund
Assessing and collecting Taxes
Tax Books and Blanks
Basis figures for 1916 rate
Basis figures for 1915 rate
Tax rate for 191s
Tax rate for 1915
I We sell
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If you are not getting the mileage you expect just try
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We have in stock the
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Athletics In The N. G. H.
What's the matter with the Kauai battalion of the National Guard
having a baseball series the coming season ? All of the companies
have good players, and it should be no trick at all for them to put a
team each (with the exception, perhaps, of the Lihue Filipino com
pany) into a bang-up series.
It has been suggested, also, that the Guard arrange a soccer series
between the five towns now represented in it. That idea is likewise
a good one. and is commended to Lieutenant F. C. Morrow, athletic
officer of the Guard.
Athletics form an important item in the work of the National
Guard. Every sport that has for its object the development of the
physical forces is encouraged and promoted, so that the local Guard
would be exactly in line with common practice in taking up all of
A LETTER printed in these columns last week, without comment,
from Portuguese sources complained that the Portuguese of the Ka
waihau district of Kauai were not properly represented in the jury 1
lilt recently made up by the commissioners. We might acid, also, that
the Portuguese of Kawaihau are not properly represented in the
National Guard company recently organized in that district. The
only inference to be drawn from the eagerness to get on the iury lists
and the failure to respond to the needs of the country in the National
Guard is that the Portuguese of that district are mindful of only a
part of their duty as citizens under our liberal naturalization laws.
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As wB understand the matter, the money to be derived from the
slight increase in the property taxes on Kauai this vear will lie used
for important and necessary improvements cn this island new school;
houses. That being the case, there will hardly be anv complaint.
Providing for some of the school buildings in this way will also make
the early completion of the belt road easier.
Laundry and Dry Cleaning
IT begins to look as though Kitchener was a better kahuna than
he was given credit for when he predicted that this war would last
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