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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Mortiing
Luther Dermont Timmons
The American people want a powerful navy and that 5t be kept up to
dme: but we are getting jolly well soused with the plaints and im
practicable ideas that are coming from naval sources iu this regard.
Roosevelt And The Primaries
The Waipouli Situation
The Governor is coming to Kauai and, as we understand it, with
the intention of settling definitely, one way or the other, the question
of railway facilities for the homesteaders in the Waipouli and Kapaa
This Waipouli question (always beset with difficulties and mote
or less of a conundrum) has not been iniptoyed any by the delays to
which it has been subjected; and the Governor, or anyone else trying
it, will find his. (.or their) hands full in any effort that may now be
made toward a settlement satisfactory to all interests involved. As
we understand the facts, the Lihue Plantation Company, which ad
vanced the original proposition to supply railroad facilities to the
homesteaders of most of the region in question, has been practically
eliminated from calculations, perforce of the delay in negotiating
satisfactory terms for putting in their railroad, it being now too late
to build a railroad from the Lihue side inta the district for handling
the first croo of eane, or. perhaps, two crops of cane. However, even
this might be affected favorally by such proposals as the Governor
may have to put forward when he arrives here.
Public interest in this whole matter has been confined (and is
still centered in, be it said and emphasized) to the success of home
steading in the Kapaa-Waipouli region. A success had seen made
of homesteading at Kalaheo, on this island. There conditions were
slightly different, the laws were not exactly the same and the home
steaders were favored with most, at least, of the facilities which they
required and had a right to expect. The Waipouli project was set
afloat under average conditions of homesteading schemes in other
part3 of the Islands. The land was all right, but facilities were lack
ing. The general public has been behind what has seemed an inter
minable fight for these facilities-a fight embarrassed to a greater or
less extent by a conflict of interests between large industrial enter
prises which touched the quick of the homesteading proposition at both
Something should and must be done to save the day for the Wai-pouh-Kapaa
homesteaders. If not so, homesteading will be given the
blackest eye it has even had in this Territory, and undeservedly so.
The unfortunate condition of affairs at Waipouli-Kapaa empha
sizes a point we have steadfastly maintained in connection with any
homesteading plan the government may undertake in this Territory.
To send people out into barren wastes, without water, roads or ship
ping facilities and expect them to make a success of homesteading is
the poorest species of business imaginable. When a real estate con
cern plans the settlement of a gh'en locality, roads are established,
water is provided and even railroads are built for the transportation
of produce and passengers. When all this is done, people are invited
to come, select holdings and begin the work of industrial development.
The government must come to the same thing. Had the govern
ment years ago proceeded upon some such plan the homesteading
failures of Hawaii and near failures of Maui and Oahu would never
have been and we would not have this Waipouli problem on our
hands today. A plan of this sort would have to be worked out syste
matically. The legislature would have to be called upon for consider
able sums of money. These outlays would all be charged against the
properties, however, and would be returned to the government iu the
shape of increased revenues from the sale of the land to the home
What is now to be done for Waipouli we confess we are unable
to say. A year of delay has meant a great deal-to say nothing of the
failure to start right in the first place. The absolute sincerity of the
Lihue Plantation Company in its efforts to relieve the situation has
not, to our knowledge, been questioned by unbiased authority on this
island. The plans of the rival interests conspicuously mentioned in
connection with the matter have neven been so generally and clearly
understood. Almost the entire blame tor the deplorable situation,
however, is to be laid at the door of our homesteading system, as in
dicated by our laws; the backing and filling of governments, all the
way back to Governor Dole, on settlement propositions, and the jack
ass administration of our homesteading laws by the land department
The New Armory
It has been fovind that the money available for the big armory in
Lihue will not be quite sufficient to erect and equip a structure of the
size and character so much desired. The hope all along has been
that this Lihue armory would not only be an imposing structure and
adequate for all military puiposes, but might fill a real community
need in anoraing a nan oi surncient size to- accommodate large con
ventions or ether public gatherings. It would be a -great pity should
we come so very near that point and yet fail of its realization for want
of a little more money.
The people who came forward at the first call have done well
really more than their share, perhaps; and it would not be fair for the
community to lean upon them farther. Nor can Colonel Broadbent.
who has done so much, be expected to go around with his hat in hand
for money with which to piece out the amount needed for this public
enterprise. It is to be hoped that those in position to do so, and who
fetl a proper interest in the matter (and we assume everybody does),
will stand ready to make up the amount required when the exact
figures are known.
The plans for the armory will arrive tomorrow from Honolulu.
It is undetstood that they will show the structure as it should be, and
also a scheme modified here and there to fit the amount of money ac
tually available. Unquestionably the full, complete plans should be
adopted, and the additional money, whatever it may be, raised.
Let us do the job right. Let us have an armory that will be a
credit to Lihue and to Kauai, and a great convenience to the public.
tn staying out of the primaries, former President Roosevelt is. to
our mind, playing a deeper game than he has been given credit for.
Some of his more ardent supporters may not be able to see farther
than their noses, but in Roosevelt himself we have an exceptionally
shrewdpolitician. The Colonel has seen plainly that he could not
secure enough votes in the primaries to ensure his nomination. Had
he tried to do so, animosities would doubtless have been aroused, and
he would have gone to Chicago a much weaker, rather than stronger,
Unless we miss our mark, Roosevelt intends to spring a surprise
in the convention at Chicago. He is right now trying to reach the
convention with the country on "an even keel" as to him. At the
phychological moment he will make the supreme effort to carry the
convention off its feet. This program will not be carried out by him
self personally, of course, but will be manipulated by lieutenants, but
under the direction of the Rough Rider.
And (mark our words) when Roosevelt turns his guns loose on
the Convention in Chicago, lots of white flags will go up. Whether
Hawaii's little "two by four" pennant will be among the number
we would not hazard a guess, but stranger things have happened.
Verily, prize-fighting in the United States has reached a low
ebb. In days of old the battle between Willard and Moran Saturday
night would have taken up the whole wireless sheet. As it turned
out, however, all sorts of ordinary events like the war in Europe,
torpedoing of ships and even the chase of Villa came first, while Wil-
lard's fight was given a bare mention toward the last. Surely the sun
of the slugget is setting.
Rev. George Laughton, the diminutive but brilliant orator of
the big island, now declares that God dropped Hilo out of Heaven".
We are not prepared to argue this point, but may be pardoned for
feeling some interest in the question of why "God dropped Hilo out
The mail came into Ahukini at 3:30 o'clock this morning. It
reached the postoffice, two miles or so away, exactly four hours later.
That has been the usual experience of Lihue for several months.
Lieut. Bryan, U. S. N.
stated before the Am.
Soc. of Naval Engineers:
"Oils made from the asphalt-base
crudes have shown
themselves to be much better
adapted to motor cylinders, as far
as their carbon-forming proclivi
ties are concerned, than are paraf-fine-base
Zerolene is scientifically refined
from selected California crude
asphalt-base. Highest competitive
awards, San Francisco and San
Diego Expositions. For sale by
dealers everywhere and at service stations
and agencies of the Standard Oil Company.
Mr. Bryan is now quoted as saying that he is for Wilson. The
President may have his faults, but we hardly think he deserves a
punishment so severe as that.
Naval Lobbyists At Washington
There is sunn-thing extraordinary about these stories naval officers
tire just no telling Congress concerning the ships of our fleets. If
these statements are to be believed, all of our naval vessels should be
broken up before they drown a lot of our sailors and waste perfectly
good ammunition on the ocean floor. To hear these officers talk one
would suppose that there isn't a ship in the American navv but could
be knocked to smithereens by an armed sampan, and the great won
der is that they stay on top of the water at all.
Now, then: Something is vety rotten, or somebody is doing some
very tall lyini. Inasmuch as for a hundred years naval officers have
with frequent regularity gone before Congress with almost identically
the same tale of woe the same story of intolerable conditions in the
navv; and on top of which the American navy has made good in
every emergency, it would appear that the officers of the navy have,
apparantly by common consent, again entered upon a campaign of
deception in order to obtain the appropriations which they desire or
quite possibly, require.
The spectacle of a lobby full of officers, at Washington, waiting
to vie with one another in Congressional committee in what seems to
be a competition to see which can tell the most extraordinary yarn to
illustrate the utter unfitness of the navy, does not impress us at all.
We would recommend that the various admirals, commodores, etc.,
in the lobby at Washington he k'iven the command "right about" and
"forward, march" back to their ships, qnd that a survev of the
fleets be made by competent, private engineers, under the direction of
the navy department, to determine the fitness or needs of the ships.
Homesteadets of the Kapaa and
Waipouli neighborhoods have re
ceived the following self-explana-toty
letter respecting the coming
visit of Governor Pinkham to this
Honolulu, March 21st, 1916,
I beg to notify you that Govern
or Pinkham and mvselt will be at
Kapaa sometime between the 1st.
and 10th. of April. The exact
date will be wirelessed to the sub
agent sufficiently ahead of time
for her to spread the news around
It is our desire at this time to
discuss all matters affecting the
homesteaders; the conservation and
distribution of water, as well as
planting and harvesting agree
ments. For your information, I
would state that the Government
will not consider a planting agree
ment made between the homestead
er and anv plantation, for a longer
period than five (5) vears.
Trusiing that our visit may be
mutually beneticial, l Peg to re
main, Yours very trulv,
B. G. Rivhnburgh,
Commissioner of Public Lands.
(Continued from page 1.)
this evening, after spending
days on Kauai.
"It was only about a month ago,
early in February, that the Fourth
Regiment, that of Kauai, was
organized as a unit, the six com
panies of this island having form
ed, with the six of Maui, the
Third Regiment. Now that
unit has been completed, it
desired that the regimental
company records be started
properly, and it was to do this that
Major Redington came to Kauai.
While most of his work was in con
nection with the office files, he at
tended four schools of instruction
for officers and non-commissioned
officers of the guard, which are
being conducted by Sergeant-Instructor
R. II. Brown. U. S. A.,
who came here in December.
"Sergeant Brown began holding
these classes Monday. They will
be held as follows: Monday, Wai
mea; Tuesday, Makaweli; Wed
nesday, F.leele; Thursday, Lihue;
Friday. Kealia; Saturday. Kila
uea. They will be continued tor
some time, instruction being given Timmons is second in command",
In tub Circuit Court of the
Fifth Circuit. Territory
At Chambers In Probate.
In the Matter of the Estate of
Ralph Lyman Wilcpx, deceased.
Order of Notice of Petition For
Allowance of Accounts, Determi
nation of Trust and Distribution
of the Estate.
On reading and filing the peti
tion and accounts of Anna C. Wil
cox, Chas, H. Wilcox and Chas.
A. Rice, executors of the Estate
of Ralph Lyman Wilcox deceased,
wherein petitioners ask to be al
lowed $47,075.94, and charged
with $47,345,37. and asks that the
same be examined and approved,
and that a final order be made of
Distribution of the remaining prop
erty to the persons thereto entitled
and discharging petitioners and
sureties from all further responsi
It is Ordered, that Friday, the
21st day of April, A. D. 1916, at
9:30 o'clock A, M. before the
Judge of said Court presiding at
Chambers at this Court Room in
Lihue, Kauai, be and the same
hereby is appointed the time and
place for hearing said Petition and
Accounts, and that all persons in
terested may then and there appear
and show cause, if any they have,
why the same should not be grant
ed and may present evidence as to
who are entitled to the said prop
erty. Dated the 27th day of March,
(Sgd.) Lyle A. Dickey,
Judge of the Circuit Court of the
(Sgd.) D. Wm. Dean,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of the
March, 2-April 4-11-18.
in different branches of military
work, field work, of course, also
"The enlisted strength of the
twelve companies of Kauai is about
950 men. Besides the companies
of infantry there are a hospital
unit and a regimental band.
"A shipment of uniforms was re
ceived this week, There are near
ly enough for all the men, the old
companies having been uniformed
before. Rifles for the old companies
were here, but the new have not
received theirs yet. Continued
shipment of supplies is expected
for some time, until all the com
panies are equipped completely.
"Col. Edward II. W. Broadbent,
manager of Grove Farm planta
tion, is commander of the Fourth
Regiment, and Lieut. Col. L. D.
the Standard Oil for Motor Cars
When any business makes the
strides that our Optical De
partment i s making there's
always a reason, and
THAT REASON IS
that our Optometrist is now
and always has been very suc
cessful in handling the most
difficult cases of
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