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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
The Fifth Civic Convention
Fairly complete, running reports of the proceedings of the Fifth
, Civic Convention, held at Hilo, are at hand, but entirely too late for ex
s tended and satisfactory treatment in this issue of The Garden Island.
Our first impression (from the reports) of the convention itself is that it
was the biggest and most successful conference of its kind yet attempted.
There were a number of papers on live topics, and a hasty glance through
them gives the impression that thev contain many valuable suggestions
that may be availed of with profit in the future.
The convention pledged its unanimous support to the National
Guard and expressed its belief in "preparedness." The proposal, or plan,
of permanent organization was referred back, but the evident idea of the
convention was that a tight-laced system would not be for the best in
terests of the movement. It rejected the proposal of a bond issue for the
construction of scenic highways, but requested the governor and super
intendent of public works to prepare a comprehensive scheme for such
highways and submit the same to the next legislature. Mr. Thurston's
old idea of territorial control of the main highways was, as we under
stand it, endorsed, although not without stiff opposition.
The work of the convention was cut and dried. All of the papers
were from Honolulu or Hawaii authorities, so that Kauai delegates had
little to do except play "audience." Colonel Broadbent was honored
with a place on the credentials committee and had something to say about
Kauai's road system, when the subject of highways was up for discus
sion. Outside of that our representatives looked wise and enacted the
part of perfectly charmed guests of the city of Hilo.
The special commission appointed by the fifth civic convention held
in Lihue a year ago to draft a scheme of permanent organization (of
which the writer was a member) was not unanimously in favor of hedg
ing the convention about with rules and regulations. In fact it is doubt
ful that any member of that committee was in favor of the, proposal. At
the same time, however, a very excellent, workable scheme was drawn
out (by Mr. Raymond C. Brown, of Honolulu), adopted and submitted
in fulfillment of the duties imposed upon the commission.
The endorsement of the National Guard was timely. It showed that
citizens of the Territory are behind efforts in the interest of "prepared
ness" in Hawaii, which may result in stimulating interest in the matter
in the Legislature in February, when the call for financial support will
be on a larger scale than ever before.
We nre not quite clear (from reports at hand) just what the final
conclusion in regard to roads really was, but if it seeks to do away with
the present very satisfactory system and does not replace it with some
thing certain to be letter, we are like the Irishman agatnst it.
Our delegates will not begin, arriving home until tomorrow and we
do not know what individual reports they may have up their sleeves,
but information thus far at hand indicates that Hilo put up one of the
grainiest entertainments on record, and that everybody had a glorious
The next convention will go to Honolulu, and, as a master of con
venience all around, we hope that at least every other convention will be
held in the city. These long jaunts diminish the force of efforts that
make for the best, general results.
The National Guard
A clearer idea of the handicaps under which the newly organized
National Guard units have been working is to be gleaned from the mili
tary correspondence published elsewhere in this issue. The war depart
ment has quite evidently been proceeding upon the theory that Filipinos
were legally ineligible to membership in the Guard, in consequence of
which the Hawaiian regiments, made up largely of Filipinos, were not
properly constituted. At the time the letter of General Mills, then head
of the bureau of militia affairs, was written the decision of the U. S.
court at Honolulu that Filipinos were eligible to citizenship was not
known of at military headquarters in Washington, and we have nn
oilicial information that the position of the department has been reversed
by that decision.' Something official on the matter should be along very
The new National Defense Act means practically the revolutionizing
of the National Guard system, and numerous questions will have to be
considered and determined before the machinery of the organization
will be working smoothly again all over the country. In our remote
position we will probably be reached toward the last. In the meanwhile
there is nothing to do but continue working along the old lines. Gener
al Mills, who had been dealing with National Guard problems under
the new law, died the other day and that unfortunate incident may have
the effect of further delaying matters.
The National Guard on Kauai has made steady strides since the re
gimental turnout on July Fourth. The battalions are better organized,
companies are stronger and there has been a notable increase in efficiency.
We have reason to lielieve that similar nroeress has been made on nil
the islands. It is inconceivable that the war department, in these times of
isaiionai uuaru development, should cheek this progress by contracting
the scheme of organization and we have no idea that such will be done,
now that conditions are better understood.
The Honolulu Stevedores
The stevedores of Honolulu cannot be blamed for trying to secure
higher wages for themselves, nor for leaving the work when their efforts
had failed. The laws of this country require only that a man have
visible means of support, and leave him free to work at whatever is
available to him and pleases him lest, and as free to leave if not satis
fied. To seek, by union with coast organizations, to tie up shipping
does not seem to us to be a Hawaiian spirit, however, and we are in
clined to fear that the stevedores are being misguided by agitators.
The agitation is unfortunate for the reason that it will tend to un
dermine confidence between employer and laborer. A great deal of tem
porary embarrassment might result to shipping, for the reason that a
scheme of co-operation between the Honolulu and coast unions would
mean trouble for awhile in handling cargoes at San Francisco. But that
would not be for long for the reason that thousands of strike-hr,MiU-.rs
may easiy le obtained in the Islands to take the places of men leaving
employment ano n would lie a question of only a short time when an
ample supply of non-union workers would be available at the other end.
1 his is not skilled laW. It is rough work and any man, of any nation
ality, with the strengh, two arms and two legs, can do it.
Summing the thing ud. if the emoloviTs pbos in 1
be merely a matter of months when a new lot of men would have the
work on the Honolulu waterfront and the Hawaiians and others who
have had employment there for so long would be walking the streets.
The thing has been managed wrong. Our sympathies are with those
..... m in- an- jium-niiy my in ueuor inuinseives, nut they nave gone
aooui u in uie wrong way.
Kauai As A Tourist Resort
Recent visitors to this island, before leaving, left the following brief
impressions of Kauai:
1 . Tourists who allow the thoughts of a twelve hour sea trip to
Kt:. i mi ni ironi going in jauai inane a great mistake. The beauty and
accessibility of scenic imints soon repay the poorest of sailors
"2. If Kauai had nothing else, she could still well boast of her good
":5. 'See Ilanalei and die content,' it is the ne plus ultra of all scenic
That is pretty good promotion literature in a nutshell.
Vsum the monarchy the birth anniversary of King Kalakaun,
November 10, was tin; great day for lioat racing and aquatic sports in
Honolulu harbor. Kxpcriciicc of years showed, however, that that sea
son was the worst of the twelve months for harbor events on account of
the almost certainty of bad wheather. The matter came up in the Legis
lature and the date for the annual harbor events was officially changed,
purely and solely on account of November conditions, to the third Sat
urday in September. Statistics presented at the time showed that for
thirty-two preceding years bad whether, or unsatisfactory weather con
ditions,, had prevailed on November l(i. We hope that the present pro
moters at Honolulu of the Kalakaua Day idea may have better luck, but
ltnvo onr iliinhta flliinf Tuclion nl,..i.,.. fK- il.,. c..4.....i... r..
v u.-inL aiuih-1 i?iin, luinci uitf mim inuvi
gatta Diiy, could give them some interesting data on the subject.
TnE visit of Japanese Consul Mori to Kauai has undoubtedly had
the effect of bringing aliout a better understanding lictwcen his race and
other peoples on this island. To be sure relations between representa
tives of the various nationalities here have I teen most cordial for many
years, but the Consul has explained away numerous minor things that
have been generally understood; and the results of his visit will undoubt
ly be for the good of the island as a whole. . The Consul has ninde a
good impression among the white people of Kauai, as well as others, and
it is sincerely hoped that he may find it convienient to come over airain.
JrlKiE IIlTilfES. enndiilntn for rrr.ciil
his campaign speeches and is now presenting "specifications" which are
admittedly telling thrusts at the opposition. He seems to lie paving the
way for one of the most vigorous campaigns! record, and in a couple
of weeks more the fur will doubtless be Hying in all directions.
TnE Kohai.a Midget heads one of its main articles, in big tvpe, ns
louons; ;7uu on n ui r isii ji a nam." l andidJy, lirotner uowan,
we believe that to be a "fish story."
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