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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
That Kukuiolono Park Road
Some of the persons who signed the petition against macadamiz
ing the road to Kvikuiolono park now state that they were not aware
of the exact meaning of the paper when, they affixed their signatures
to it and, moreover, that their ideas about the matter are entirely dif
ferent. Inquiry leads us to suspect that were the thing done over
again not one tenth as many names would appear on the paper, aud,
on the other hand, a large majority of them would sign a petition in
favor of the park road.
It seems to have been the old story agaiu of obliging neighbors
being willing to sign anything that comes along, trusting to the
friends bringing it that it may be all right.
Unquestionably a mistake was made, and those responsible for it
should either rectify it or come into the open and let the public know
who they are and just what they are driving at. A very important
piece of public work something in which not only this island but the
entire Territory is interested is held up, and it is impossible to see
how any other road or public project will be thereby benefitted or any
other good come of it. The net result for anybody, as we size up the
matter, is the gratification of spite of some sort and that shows a
pretty sorrv public spirit, indeed.
We had thought of publishing the list of names affixed to the
document in this issue, but on account of some coming forward and
stating that they did not realize what they were signing, have with
held the names for the present.
A counter petition, this time in favor of the Kukuiolono park
road, and beaded bv the signers of the contrary petition who are dis
satisfied with what they did is now in order and would go far to
ward setting aside the mischief which has been started.
A Water Commission
Enough water runs to waste in the sea from the strip of country
between Koloa and Kilauea to keep irrigated every acre of land on
the island of Kauai.
The hydrographic bureau is familiar with the fact, the govern
ment is in possession of the information and the public knows it in a
What is required is thai this surplus water be conseived and dis
tributed be kept from wasting itself into the sea and be turned upon
the lands requiring it.
How may this done? It will call for brains and capital.
Ahead of that, however, must come a regard for the interests of
the public at large, as against individual interests fWe assume that
it will be admitted, even in this community, that the public have
some rights occasionally. J
Referring the matter to a disinterested commission has been sug
gested. By all means. It would probably be a hard matter to find s
body of competent citizens on the island who would be disinterested
in such a project, but it is possible. If it can be done, an ideal sys
tem might easily be created a system that would put an end to the
water troubles of the east end and probably all over the island.
If Governor Pinkham is unable to see his way clear under the
law to create such a commission now, he should defer action on any
further large water propositions on this island until the legislature
may anthorize such a body and clothe it with the necessary authority.
Action on any large water matters will not be called for under eighteen
months, while in a year from this date the legislature may provide all
the law required.
We would like to see the Governor ginger up on this proposition,
for the suggestion is well worth while; and to our mind it is entirely
Latest Labcr Agitation
The Japanese at Honolulu have started another movement, the ob
ject of which is to secure larger wages from the plantations for work
in the cane fields and around the sugar mills. In a short time the
agitation will doubtless spread to the outer islands.
In considering the matter of equitable recompense tor nlantatirm
ta. ylbor in the country districts, persons unfamiliar with the facts are
ni iu luac aigm ui mc ucjjiuruuie ineinciency or mat labor. Outside
of the sturdier Portuguese and a Porto Rican or Spaniard here and
there, plantation labor today does not make good. It is not worth
anything like the price paid for it, based upon American standards
with a little added on account of tropical conditions. In fact it is
doubtful that Japanese labor is today more than 50 per cent efficient,
although it is admittedly better than it was some years ago.
Labor in the country districts is lazy, works mechanically in a
very indifferent manner and has a way of keeping sick a good part of
the time. Few Asiatic laborers understand any of the English langu
age and make no effort to learn it, adding to the difficulties and ex
p;nse of teaching and directing them.
Before talking about an increase in the schedule of wages paid to
Japanese in the cane fields it would be advisable for the Honolulu
agitators to get Asiatic labor here out of its trance, instruct it in
efficiency and try to put it upon such a plane that it can deliver a
man's work for a man's pay.
The United States And Mexico
The spectacle of Carranza coming to the assistance of the bandit
co Villa, in Mexico to the extent of requesting that United States troops'
:h abandon the chase of the murderer cuts the last thread that bound any
Nothing whatever in the southern republic to honesty of purpose oi de
ajcency. It discloses the fact, in other words, that Carranza is at heart
.a,as much of a cut-throat as Villa, but is lacking in the nerve to carry
through the same acts of outlawry. , The attitude of Carranza mort-
over, shows Las has often been shown before, however that absolute
m lv no one there is to he truciwl Tf r.rw,. 1 ...
V V , : , "fu,ia "iuLu jJae oeen leaking
Hi outare to le relied upon, even the so-called Americans in Mexico are
i(jiu...v...k ...v. ....v.d yji vui mi wia uuu ouiiaws ciown tliere and
leading the Mexicans in the present opposition to the American t
" It is a distrusting situation rr,ioi,o..t : t.. ...
. --- ..r.knoui iu mc extreme to the nos-
D trils of respectable nations; and we do not know but the best thing
.v. w.at ii-ju uum uc au atmai war oeiween the two COimtri
;n a i iu uuui .uc.itu is wiorougniy cleaned up.
Inasmuch as the indications are of
10 - -.....w,k,;uus crisis growing
.h out of the killing of about twent-five Americans on the British steani-
51 )U. cuau iiu jor uiese people being on a belligerent shir
: subject to attack, forms a matter of particular interest. It has bee
ib definitely ascertained that five of them belonged to the Red Cross an
two to the Blue Cross ( the latter an organization which caies for a ii
le .... ... wa. u wcie on erranus ot mercy . It is claimed for the
ti : . v 10 rtacu ine icene ot their labors thsn
I--i". uic .-.uKHsn cnannei. undoubtedly the slronper
' '1 . i firroiHtf ilia n t n 1. .. . ....... !,, t , " "
" """"-'''s jj.iiv win uc maue out on account of the'
oinurses. We would like some light on the business of the ninetee
jiother Americans aboard the Sussex.
Y . The first battalion- did itself proud in the entertainment civ
en in Lihue Social hall Saturday evening. It is a mistake, however
"to rtfer to such an affair as a "benefit." unless it is explained at the
lame time that the public comes iu for much of the benefit
Tub Tocr of Kauai by the Hawaii Promotion Committee, begin
ning tomorrow, will be a section of a program which forms an inter
esting and promising departure for that body. Hawaii and Maui, we
believe, have already been visited and the results have been quite
satisfactory all around. On Kauai the Committee will find many in
teresting sights, but the footsteps of tourists will appear few and far
between. The visit of the Committee will, we hope, serve to better
acquaint it with our attractions and, withal, stimulate interest locally
in the work of the Committee.
' Thb RkporT of the death of Villa two weeks ago in the moun
tains of Chihuahua is probably either another canard set going by the
wily, bandit chief to throw his pursuers off their guard, or a hoax of
the Carranza crowd, framed up to make the American troops satisfied
nit1i the situation nnd innnre their H-ithnra mat from Mexico. Of
course the report may be true enough, but on almost any proposition
r r . . , . . r .
emanating irom mcxico, or Mexicans-enner lwaisias or v.irran.inia
-it is a ninety-uine to one shot that it is a lie.
Macadamize that road to Kukuiolono Park'
C. W. SPITZ, Prop.
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Mr. Wong Hock Shi, Army Tailor
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the service of the officers and men of the
National Guard on Kauai, in the matter of
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Mr. Wong Hock Shi was formerly army
tailor at Schoheld Barracks, Oahu,
which place he gave great satisfaction.
HONOLULU. T. H.,
December 1, 1910.
To all whom it may coixvru
ami especially to the Post
Kxeliange at Fort ltugcr.
.Mr. Wong Hoi'k Shi Iiuk nianued a wry sik io-i'iiI tailor pimp
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