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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Ever; Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Again Saved From The Bow-Wows
In the ordinary course of events, next Saturday will witness at
Washington a step which will ensure the industrial safety and pros
perity of the Islands for the next quarter of a century provided, of
course, that war, or other catastrophe, do not befall us. We refer
to the legislation which will repeal that part of the Underwood-Simmons
tariff act providing for free sugar May 1 next,
The Republican party is committed to the policy of duty on sugar
and will undoubtedly continue so. The Democratic party has given
its policy of tree sugar a fair and square trial, has proved for itself
that that policy was and is a mistake and is reversing itself. The
conclusion is plain; the effect is manifest. Not in many years will
the most ardent advocate of free sugar have the nerve to broach the
question again, and conditions would have to undergo a remarkable
meUphorphosis to guarantee for him a respectful hearing in the face
of the results of this fair, clear-cut experiment which has been fully
The immediate effect in the Islands of this latest turn of events
will be to restore confidence in our industrial future, the surface in
dication of which will be a boom in sugar securities such as we have
not witnessed in a great many years. Stock-poor people will be en
abled to adjust their finances, much idle capital will find satisfactory
investment and the pulse of business will be toned all along the line.
Hawaii has drifted close to the bow-wows many times in the past
twenty-five years, but something has invariably intervened to save the
day. History will this week, it seems, repeat itself.
children are able to reach the place in anything like safety and com
fort. It is a miserable hermit-like life lor teachers down there, al
though brave souls have undertaken the task in the past and others
would do so in the future.
But the point is that the work there is being retarded by circum
stances over which the teachers have absolutely no control, and yet
thev are expected by the department of education to make a showing
similar to that of schools situated. The chijdren cannot keep pace
with the pupils of other schools for the reason that their studies are
being constantly interfered with by weather and road conditions; and
the net result is a demoralizing condition of affairs to be contended
with by the teachers most of the time.
The proper place for this school is on the macadam road leading
to the Rice plantation quarters. In that position the school would be
accessible to a very much larger number of children under adverse
weather and road conditions, and really more convenient to a larger
number at all times. The difference to the teachers would be very
This proposition is commended to the board of supervisors, and
we hope that action may be taken to the end that the schorl may be
moved during the coming summer at the latest.
The Policy Of Preparedness
The spectacle of the Republican and Democratic leaders in the
House of Representatives at Washington taking the floor on the same
day to express appioval of the President s policy of preparedness indi
cates that the idea is deeper rooted and more far-reaching than some
people would have us believe. It is proof positive that while the plan
mav be put forward as a party measure, it will not be permitted to re
I-ar away at this outpost in tne racinc we are apt to take cogni
zance of the probable large effects of important, national policies and
'ive less time and heed to details than they are prone to do nearer the
scene of legislative activities. To us it appears that preparedness has
come to be a necessitv-not because we want it but because world con
ditions are forcing it upon us. There was a time when we took much
pride in being able to remain at peace with mankind although not
having enough soldiers to squelch a strike of tinsmiths nor ships
to guard our principal ports. We were admired by preparedness"
nations for our ability to do all this.
But this old world has changed. We have witnessed an astonish
i tiK disregard of treaty rights and the most solemn obligations, and that
sort of thing is on the increase. It cannot continue, and the only
way we can hope to stop it is to have the power with which to back
up our protests, should it be required.
This all does not mean war. On the contrary, tt means just the
opposite. The whole plan of preparedness has behind it the ensurance
of our peace and safety It may seem strange and difficult for Ameri
can eyes to readily discern the path to peace between walls of bayonets,
but we are coming to a point at which that verv thing will appeal
generally as the safest and sanest eventuality.
There is a phase of the matter, however, which might, under cer
tain circumstances, develop great surprises befoie the question of the
President's policy is fettled. It is true that the Democratic and Re
publican leaders have apparently joined issues on the general proposi
tion, but there is coming to the front a strong fear that the President's
policy itself may be a political card. Our suspicions are aroused by
the resignation of Secretary Garrison. He is presumed to be going
out because his pet plans of preparedness did not meet the appro
val of the President, Garrison's plans were devoid of a suspicion of
politics Might it be that the President's plan contains loopholes?
The progress of the discussion in Congress in the next few days
will be followed by the whole world as among the most important
developments of the times.
When The Death-Tangle Unwinds
The great war in Europe is slowly woiking back to its starting
point. It mav take some time yet to get back ta the original issue.
but many close students of the great conflict feel that that will gradual
ly come about.
By the ' original issue"we mean the old question between Germany
and England; and its keystone was and is commercial rivalry. For
nftv years Germany had been engaged in a mighty commercial strug
gle with England, and the day was fast approaching when the mas
tery of the seas would be contested. This commercial rivalry develop
ed into national rivalry and race hatred. It was the straightest kind
of a road to war, and that it would lead there was inevitable.
In the years of preparation for what both countries realized must
come sooner or later, Germany and England engaged in the under
taking of assembling allies. Both were quite successful in this work,
and it may be added that both have quite ably played their military
pawns, respectively. Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria have been the
important pawns of Germany, and have been manipulated with re
markabie success from Berlin. London has likewise thrown the arm
ies of Russia, France, Belgium and Serbia into the field, and has util
ized to a greater or less extent the military resources of Italy and
It seems to us, now, that the tangle will unwind itself, and,
barring some unusual circumstance which may bring sudden and un
expected peace, will roll backwatd over its own course of develop
ment. In other words, peace will first be made independently bv
Germany with the allies of England, one after another, as their re
sources and fighting strength are seriously diminished, perhaps; and
in like manner peace will be made by England with the allies of Ger
many. Thus the war will be brought back to what it really is and
always has been a struggle between England and Germany; and
when it reaches that stage it will probably be a long drawn out ques
tion of endurance.
Frequent reports ot oerman ettorts to conclude separate peace
with the smaller Entente pawns; German determination to hold Bel
gium and to reach the North Sea near Dunkirk at any cost these de
velopments indicate the drift of things; and it is only a question of time
when separate peace, in a number of cases, on both sides, will be pos
sible and will probably come to pass. All needed will be a start
When will the start be possible?
Why Not A "Gala Week"?
Is it not about time Kauai should turn some attention to a
big gala affair of her own?
We can imagine shudders in some quarters at the suggestion-but
"let us reason together."
Some of us, at least, profess to be in favor of the so-called tourist
promotion proposition. We are told that it is a good thing, and should
be e icouraged. Unquestionably we have attractions in nature here,
and it has often been remarked that our hospitality is ot an approved
brand, So few people are financially interested in the tourist busi
ness, however, that general enthusiasm on the subject is not likely,
at all times and under all circumstances.
But it is a sorry grouch that cannot work up sufficient enthusiasm
to last a week, and we do not believe that we have any here.
The requisites for a successful gala week here ore:
1. Good weather, which we generally have throughout the
spring and summer;
2. A "Merrv Christmas" spirit and a "glad hand" for seven
days, throughout the island;
3. Band concerts daily at Li hue park, Kukuilono park, perhaps,
4. Horse races at Waipouli;
5. Swimming races, with outside competitors;
6. Baseball daily at Lihue, Koloa, Eleele or Makaweli;
7. Battalion parades at Kealia, Lihue, Eleele and Waimea, and
perhaps a regimental review;
8. Music and dances nightly at the hotels, and receptions at other
9. Fireworks displays on an evening at one or several places;
10. Special programs each evening at all of the theaters;
11. Bowling matches with outside players, and receptions by
2. continuous program of excursions into the famous canyonsl
of the island and to other atti actions.
Etc., etc., etc.
Laborers should be given a week off-others would take it anyway.
When one comes to think about it it is really astonishing how
many delightful features could be worked up without either trouble
or expense, completing a program that might prove a continuous
pleasure to visitors and to ourselves.
A program of the kink indicated would be taken advantage of bv
most of the tourists in the Islands at the time, Rnd by many Hono
lulu people; and we are quite sure would be much enjoyed by every
body on Kauai.
Senator Tillman, we understand, will inttoduce (or-, perhaps
has introduced) in Congress a measure whereby it is proposed to en
able the United States to keep its militarv secrets. The suggestion
seems laughable enough to command a whole page in the funny pa
pers. cut is mere reaiiy anytning tunny auout itr it indicates an
unusual and serious state of affairs, and yet we all know that such
condition exists, aome ot tne most destructive weapons in use in
Europe today are American inventions, which could and should have
been kept at home. Every particle of information concerning plans
for new battleships, submarines, fortifications, army changes, etc.,
spread broadcast over the world; while financial questions affecting
the military are discussed by the newspapers with the same freedom
and openness as are stock fluctuations or railroad strikes. We should
begin "preparedness" bv learning to keep our mouths shut about
our military plans and affairs, and if Congressional legislation be
found necessary to that end, give us the legislation.
WE have been mum lor quite awhile on tne tourist proposition
on account of the unprecedentedly wet weather Kauai has been ex
periencing for months and months. Nearly all of our leading attrac
tions happen to be located on side-roads, away from the main maca
damized line, so that glowing accounts of attractions that might hap
pen to lie just beyond a tew miles ot axle-deep mud has proved too
much even for our most enthusiastic boosters. The time will com
(and quite probably in the very near future), however, when these
various side roads leading to items of unusual interest will be proper
Iv macadamized, and then we may feel quite differently about extend
ing the invitation to come at all times and under all weather conditions
T I I J.
While THE work of macadamizing the Mana section of the belt
road may not be possible just at present, it should not be a difficult
nor expensive matter to put the road in a passable condition for ordi
nary use. The bogs that throw the road out cf commission in wet
weather beset a comparatively short section. It would be a comnara
tively small matter to fill this stretch with suitable material, according
to our engineering judgment, making the road at least navigable
in times like these.
Those alarmists of the east who are constantly harping about
the unpreoaredness of the United States have surely not heard of the
Fourth Regiment, N. G. H,
Tapt had his Roosevelt, Wilson his Bryan and Pinkham has hi
That new Waimea wharf is "sighted" agr.in.
The Huleia School
There may be other school buildings on this island in a like pud
dle, but surely the one in Huleia, near Lihue, is badly located and
should be moved. Whoever chose the location must have done so on
account of its rather striking, scenic surroundings, for surely it has
nothing else on the green earth to commend it. In rainv weather (and
it rains a gre:.t deal down there) the school house is not only maroon
ed insofar as the outside world is concerned but only about fifteen
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