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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Aeroplane Mail Routes
The ambitious city of Hilo, which is hoping for an aerial mail
iervice between the island of Hawaii and Honolulu, may take courage
rom the fact that the oostoflice department is seriously consider
ng adopting the aerial scheme of mail delivery in manv parts of the
States. It is interesting also to note that no less a personage than
Dr., Alexander Graham Bell has come forward as a most enthusiastic
idvocate of the plan. He declares that satisfactory aerial delivery is
;ntirelv feasible, and points out that in event of war such routes might
;rove of the greatest importance.
Sin e the war began immense strides have been made iit aeronau
tics, while under the stress of necessity the aeroplane has been greatly
improved. It is a much more efficient machine than it was eighteen
months ago, one of its most important improvements being in the mat
ter of its stability. In other words, from a risky contrivance it has
been developed into a machine that is reasonably safe.
Owing to the great speed of the aeroplane, two trips a day be
tween Hilo and Honolulu would not be an impossibility, while a daily
service each way would be a simp'e proposition.
It seems to us that it is only a question of time when all of the
mail routes between the islands will be covered bv aeroplanes, giving
to K.iuai, for instance, a service in two hours which now takes practi
cally a whole night.
English newspapkhs are raliino- Intidlv for a thousand flvinc I
machines. America's need is a thousand under-water machines.
That may nut be an alarm clock on the county building, but it
has certainly been a "false alarm" of late.
The voice ot the politician will soon be heard in the land.
A. C. Wheeler, engineer and
acting superintendent of public
works in the absence of Superin
tendent Forbes, completed a tour
of Kauai ut the week-end and re
turned to Honolulu Saturday
night. He was accompanied by
his father, L. L. Wheeler.
The schooner Blakely arrived at
Port Allen Saturday from New
castle, bringing a cargo of coal for
McBryde plantation. She will be
here about two weeks, her desti
nation not vet being known.
Late Mail. Again
I.ilnif liri 1 llu imunl pvnpt iiiii'' (rvnsiienitimr ililuv) in p-eltini
the Honolulu mail this morning. This community has been long-suffering
in this particular matter, but patience has been about worn
thread :me with everybody.
In the past twelve months the mail via Ahukini has been late
more than half the time. One time the excuse is that the mail wagon
broke down, or that the road was too muddy.
It is about time something were done to improve the situation. If
there is going to be continued trouble and delay in getting the mail
up from Ahukini, steps should be taken to have it landed at Nawili
wili before the Tuesday morning boat goes to Ahukini.
Tins winter the bad weather has given emphasis to the impoit
ance of macadamizing the side roads of the island, and undoubtedly
this question, however difficult it may appear, must be tackled with
requisite vigor. For three months the roads to some of the landings,
beach resorts and homes, camp3 and settlements in the region between
Kealia and Kekaha have been in practically an impassable condition,
while our main tourist attractions, such as the Sporuting Horn, Bark
ing Sands and the beautiful canyons of the Waimea neighborhood
have been altogether inaccessible This is not as it should be. and
must not continue. Just what can be done we do not know for noth
ing should interfere with the completion of the so-called belt-road;
but certain it is that something ought to be done. We would like to
hear from the Chamber of Commerce on the matter at the meeting to
be held in Waimea on the evening cf the 17th.
The I'Eoi'LE are good and sick of the notoriety and near-scandal
which has hung over the office of the United States district attorney for
the past two years. The atmosphere should be cleared, and the only
way to clear it, to our minds, is to sweep the whole works into the
gutter and start over again. The logical solution of the matter is to
appoint local men, who are familiar with our peculiar conditions,
and the maze, in and through which a district attorney must work,
on account of those conditions to posts in that office. Not one
lawyer in ten thousand, however capable and advanced in his pro
fession, can hope to succeed as United States attornev here until he
knows a great manv things which he can only learn by vears of
experience on the ground.
It is a disappointment, as well as a surprise, that the Lusitania
cloud should again arise to complicate the efforts of our country, in
these troublous times, to maintiin the status quo with all European
nations. Time and time again we had been assured that this ques
tion was nearing a peaceful settlement, and its seriousness had, in
consequence, been discounted in the public mind. The hope had been
that when the question again came up the situation would be satisfac
tory and would be such as to leave no cause for misunderstandings in
the future. In the meanwhile, Emperor William, inadvertently oi
otherwise, may boost the preparedness program of the American ad
ministration over the extreme line.
As near as we can determine the pulse of the island, Kauai feels
that she is too busy at this time getting her.National Guard regiment
in shape, organizing a Y. M. C. A. movement, boosting the Bov Scouts
and promoting a number of other smaller things to turn attention to
the matter of a Princess, pa-u riders and a float in the coming Carni
val at Honolulu. At the same time, the interest of our people in the
success of tht Carnival, as an institution, is none the less genuine and
keen and undoubtedly many from this island will enjoy the program
to be put forward.
We would like to see a very large turnout at the "affair" of the
Chamber of Commerce at Hotel Waimea a week from Thursday even
ing. In the past two and a half vears the Chamber has proved its
value over and over again, and at the forthcoming session some ot the
results will be recounted. It is an institution that upholds our most
important business interests and blazes the way for improvements.
Every man having the welfare of the island at heart should belong to
it and assist in its worthy endeavors.
Each uattalion of the Kauai regiment of the National Guard
will have an athletic officer, and the regiment itself will have one.
This bunch of four officers should be able to start all sorts of things
in the athletic line and keep them going. Developments are awaited
Ik the Parliament building at Ottawa was really blown up' by
someone, as seems to nave been the case, it was undoubtedly the
work of a crank of narrow ludgment. Such acts draw down the com-
dem nation of civilization, being too insignificant to be classed as acts
of war and yet dastardly inhuman,
We have reason to believe that an appeal bv the Kauai Chamber
of Commerce at this time for a daily overland mail service on and af
ter July 1 would bring results. It is well worth trying for. Let the
Mail Service committee present the matter at the next meeting.
There are manv species of crow, 11 lme their good qualities,
but thev arc outweighed in every instance bv bad ones, and we hope
that the people who are suggesting bringing the bird to Hawaii will
Estrays still contest the right of the road every night at Koloa
and Kalaheo. This condition of things probably indicates a lack of
police vigilance in that district.
By the way, where is that Japanese squadron which sailed with
so much acclaim for the Suez canal? lias it also been captured bv a
r inMMr-n rrTX 1
Mrs. Waimeaside Did your husband send you a valentine?
Mrs. Lihueside I never like to accuse anybody, but I think he did
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