Newspaper Page Text
THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Homesteading Situatiou Clearer
The settlement of the immediate difficulties of the homesteaders
of the Kapaa and Watpouli regions must be gratifying to all citizens
who had hoped in and out of season that the homesteading- effort in
that dual section would prove successful. The experiment is being
made there with the best average class of homesteaders we can hope
to get in these Islands. Success was, therefore, important; failure
was not to be thought of if it could possibly be avoided That is the
way the outside citizen has looked at the matter in the past, and that
is the way it is regarded today.
There is no use carping about what the Li hue Plantation Com
pany might or might not have done or what Colonel Spalding might
or might not have done. It is plain that the former has met the situa
tion more than half way and stands to lose a good deal of money in
what we candidly believe to be an honest, straightforwaid effort to
give homesteading a fair show in thts community. If the disposition
of Colonel Spalding has been otherwise than that it has certainly not
shown itself to date in his treatment of the homesteaders dealing with
There that part of the matter stands.
Still unsettled, however, is the vital question of water a ques
tion which will become more important and pressing as time goes on,
We agree with the governor that some general scheme should be
adopted for handling water throughout the Territory, but hold to
our opinion, previously urged, that the problem can best be handled
by commissions of disinterested citizens on each island.
With the water question permanently settled the troubles of the
homesteader on this island may reasonably be regarded as over.
Road Around North Side
The Hawaii Promotion Committee (or some member or members
of it) discovered on a recent tour of Kauai that this county would
shortly begin the construction of a road across the north side of the
island, or from Mana around Xapali to somewhere near Wainiha.
It is a fine thing to hear good news of your home affairs from
outside sources, but, Alas! a disappointment when the news proves
This matter of a road around the north side of the island of Kau
ai was discussed some years ago at which time some estimates of the
probable cost of such an undertaking were compiled by engineers
the deductions being embodied in a report to the governor. The pro
ject looked to be so very expensive that all thought of such a road in
a great many years to come was abandoned at the time these estimates
were gotten out.
Surely the county of Kauai has no intention of tackling the job
indicated. If the Promotion Committee has discovered anyone else
willing to do so the fact will be most gratifying to everybody on this
The "Civic Center Block"
The proposal made last week that the new Lihue school be locat
ed near the hospital, in the corner of a sort of "civic center" block
to be created by the opening of a new street from a point opposite
Hon. W. H. Rice's park and running through to the hospital has
met with very gratifying approval.
It is a logical move in the ceueral scheme of "little city" de
velopment and we hope that this opportunity of making a good start
may be grasped. It would lie of enormous benefit to the school and
would bring the institution out into the open, greatly improving the
appearance of Lihue.
1 ne removal ot tile llign School to t lit- same locality need not
come right away, out it must come in time; and it is not too early to
prepare for it.
Clearing The Decks
The prospect of an amicable understanding and arrangement be
tween the United States and Mexico of a character which may put an
end to brigandage and bring peace to the troubled republic lias been
one of the most important and gratifying developments of the past
few days. If Mexico is sincere and there is every appearance of
sincerity for once it should not take long to create new conditions
down there, and the United States may at last feel easier as to the
safety ot its southern border.
The importance of an amicable settlement of Mexico's alfairs at
this time is not confined, however, to that question. The trouble down
there i? merely an incident of world conditions a large one. to be
sure; but it is vitally important that the board be kept as clear as pos
sible for the greater question which looms so ominously across the
Atlantic. It is not only possible but prol able that an effort will be
made within the next five or six months for peace in Europe. It
seems incredible that the warring powers will be able to stand another
Winter in the trenches. History will be made rapidly during the re
mainder of the Spring and Summer, and before the cold months ar
rive again there is almost certain to be a collapse somewhere.
The position of the United States in plans for peace will be
unique and will probably call for all her diplomacy as well as her
physical power. Mexican questions, Santo Domingo uprisings and
the like will sink into insignificance before it; and the prospect of
clearing the deck of all such surplus cargo is a matter for very gener
al satisfaction throughout our country.
Tiik attorney of Kauai has handed to the supervisors an opinion
to the effect that it would be illegal for the county to appropriate
money for a portion of the expenses of the Fourth Infantry. Inas
much as both the counties of Maui and Oalut arc making identical
appropriations right along, while Hawaii county has made similar ap
propriations for other purposes, we are inclined to think that our
learned attorney is either wiong or his opinion is of such importance
that it should" be communicated without delay to tke benighted boards
of supervisors of the other counties of the group.
"I am not working as a politician, but as a patriotic citizen,"
shouts Mr. Roosevelt. The surprising feature about the statement
is that a man of the experience of the Rough Rider should try to
palm off a chestnut like that on the America people. This same
moss-backed joke has been handed the public by the politician back
down the ages to the very gate of the Garden of Eden.
War's Aftermath Today
The National Guard
W nen the question ot organizing the National Guard on Kauai
hrst came up it was generally co.ice b:d to be a step in a desirable
direction, and when success was met with there was applause from one
end of the island to the other, livery town took priue in its soldiery,
and the island in its full regiment.
From the beginning a majority of our prominent men hnvc en
dorsed the movement and have backed up that endorsement with their
?i....w-t 'IM,..-- i l. - ...1..- . i ..... . .
niij'wii. iunc aic a ie, imwevci, w.mseeni 10 leel null 111 doing
anything lor tlie (,tianl tlic-v .ire 011 a sort ot charity lav, or are con
ferrmg some personal favot up jii us officers. In that class are citi
zens who are usually to the fore in measures for the betterment of
The Fourth Regiment is as much of a public institution as is our
school system or our b ard of supervisors. It is not "their" soldiers
or "their" regiment, but oar soldiers and our regiment; and when a
citizen, or offui d, puts himself up against it, and tries in one way or
another to block it, he is simply working against himself and his
The public is familiar with 'the tacts of the organization of
Kauai's regiment between appropriation periods, both in Hawaii and
at Washington. The officers hay been drawn upon heavily for ex
penses and by giving entertainments the companies and battalions
have endeavored to finance the situation until niatteis riht themselves
The F ourth Infantry will go ahead, however. It is increasiiir in
strength and efficiency, and will conftnue to do so. It has the hearty
and active support of most of the island's good citizenship, and that
means nothing less than complete success.
The ceremonies of Memorial Day will come homt
to many of us this year with more poignant interese
than usual. For we will not only look back down the
years to those dreadful days of sorrow and suffering
when news from the front stilled the heart-beat and
brought anguish that still is felt, but we will look
across the water to thousands who are suffering now
as we suffered then. Our sympathy goes out to them,
We know the deep waters they are passing through.
And Memorial Day will come to many with almost the associations of
its first observance. The aftermath of war will be brought to mind
almost as keenly as when war dyed our own fields with the blood of
And cannot the memory of those whom we honor, of those who
suffered in the decades that are gone, and the thought of those who
are suffering at present, urge us to some action that will prevent such
suffering for those who are to come?
What better memorial could we give in honor ot the victims of
war than to say war shall be no more? And is the intelligence, the
love of humanity, the desire for justice that are in the world unequal
to this task. Must we sit back and say it is impossible? Rather ought
we not, seeing it is an accomplishment to be desired, set ourselves to
it, no matter how difficult it may seem, how insurmountable the ob
stacles that block our way. More seemingly difficult tasks have been
accomplished, why falter before this? The need for it is surely being
brought home to us as we look backward and then turn our eves
across the water,
And as we look back, can we not see now how possibly that war
of the years that are gone might have been averted had cool reason
ruled instead of hot headed passion. And in thus thinking learlv
and coolv 1 jw, can we not discern how perhaps war could be checked.
If we could at the time when incidents occur that drive us into war
have the clear vision the years give, we would perhaps net rush so
recklessly into destroying life.
Perhaps with it all brought keeulv home to us. and with the op.
portunity to think back and think fotward, we may help to make a
Memorial I lay in 11 larger sense th.au it has ever vet stood for a dnv
that in the years to come will stand out in histo:y as being the date
when was started the movement that resulted in universal peace.
Labor After The War
Tl;e discussion as to whether or not skilled laboi would be scarcer
in the 1'nited States after the war is over has culminated in an in
vestigation by the railroads and an estimate that 500. OuO able bodied
men would return to Europe immediately after the war, or as soon
and rapidly as they may get there. The subject is also taken hi,,,i
discussed interestingly by Frederick Howe, in the April Engineering
With them it is a case of friends and relatives being killed, their
homes having become devastated and there having been 110' com
munication between families for more than a year. Other evidences
indicate that the warring countries are planning a campaign upon
Americi for the purpose of inducing able-bodied men to return to
their native lands to aid in the rebuilding process. They want men
and they want the accumulated capital which these men will bring with
mem. rtiiu uwu.uuu men vuu jouu apiece would mean an ad
to the capital resources of Kuiope of JlOi'i.oOo.ofjo.
It is probable that great stretches of Europe now divided into
vast feudal estates will be broken up into small holdings to be sold
to natives and returned foreign-loin from America as small f irms
for many nobles of central Europe have been killed. Many more have
become bankrupt. The shortage of labor will make it difficult or im
possible for them to work their estates. It seems likely, therefore
that the tide of emigration between Americr and Europe mav reverse
itself for a time.
We hkaktii.v approve of the Portuguese plan
All there is to it is to declare war then sit back and
aoout me oilier it-iiow. it is miicn cheaper in money
to say nothing of the saving in lives.
of making war.
say mean things
DO YOU REALIZE
THE VIRTUES OF
THE TORiC LENS?
The Toric Lens is the one that
is shaped so that the outer edges
of the glass are jusl the same dis
tance from the eye as the center
This not only gives you a
Much Better Appearance
but, what is more to the point, it
gives you a
Very Much Wider Range
You can see through the edges
with the same distinctness that you
can see through the center.
WALL & DOUGHERTY
A Free Enlargement
For a limited time we will make FREE
an 8" x 10" black and white enlargement of
any baby picture sent to us by anyone send
ing also a roll of films for developing and
Our developing and printing is excep
tional in its excellence and the work is done
Mail orders receive special attention.
Honolulu Photo Supply Co.
C. W. SPITZ, Prop.
NAWILIWILI. KAUAI TELEPHONE 104
a.i 1. .11 D 1. -C v :
rtuiuiiiuiwes iu ou roris 01 itauai,
all hours, Day and Night
AUTOMOBILES AND LIGHT
PIERCE ARROW, HUDSON, STUDEBAKER. OVERLAND
AND FORD CARS, FEDERAL AND
Goodyear Tires and Tubes
The Best in the Market for the Money.
Agents for Inter Island Steam Navigation Co., Ltd.
at Nawiliwili, Kauai.
NAWILIWILI GARAGE, AL-ets for ku
Send us your inquiries.
Honolulu Iron Works Co,
HONOLULU and H1LO
KAUAI CORRESPONDENCE INVITED
Office: Hawaiian Hotki,
P. O. Box 524 HONOLULU