Newspaper Page Text
THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1916.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
It sk.km to us tli:it 1 ho nnaiici.il dilliailtics of the city nnd county
of Honolulu couM lie nu t ly ;in increase in property taxes to 2 1-2 per.
cent, for one year (1!17). Trojiorty owners nrc unquestionaMy most
interested in tin improvements living uracil at tlio present time, nnd it
is their property 1 lint would be most n fleeted to the good ns a result of
those improvements. In view of the prosperity of the Islands now it
would le a cheap trick to saddle upon posterity a bond issue which Ho
nolulu can avoid without feel in if it. As 1!)17 is "legislature year" such
an increase in the assessment would probably have to be authorized by
our law-making body, but that should not be a difficult matter.
Summer Camps At Halemanu
The idea of making a public summer resort of the Halemanu neigh
borhood is not new, For many years it has been in the mind of local
people and of visitors to the island. It has always been conceded by
persons familiar with the country in question and the conditions that a
camp at this place would le a grand thing and would Ik eagerly availed
of by people seeking a retreat from the summer heat of the low-lands.
As was remarked at the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce on Thurs
day, "the scenery cannot be improved upon". Indeed, no: it is as
beautiful as any we have, or as can le found anywhere outside of some
of the mammoth canyons of the mainland, perhaps; while in the matter
of summer climate it is doubtful that its superior exists.
Of course, however, it is a proposition of considerable size and is
hediied about with a number of "ifs" and "buts", for which reason the
Chamber of Commerce acted wisely, in our judgement, when it referred
the matter to a committee for thorough investigation.
Kauai is favored with a number of daces that would make ideal
summer camn sites. Hanalei district is prolific in desirable locations,
while thev are to be found all the way around to Waimea. The Halemanu
reeion has the double advantago of a climate almost down to freezing
noint. nt times in summer and of the land Wing shortly available for
These highlands arc of little or no value for any ofTier purpose.
Nothing of marketable value can lc successfully grown upon them, liiey
are admirably adapted to the purpose above referred to, and we fail to
see why they should not be so utilized. We hope the commission ap
pointed by the Chamber of Commerce will work out a feasible plan and
that it may be put through;
Tuc Mir-.t i-Ti.va m v. .iliio..,! lv Tliroflnr P 11 Ttnfir.mrd in the
Chamber of Commerce last Thursday, endorsing the stewardship of
. .... . . .. .. .1 11
Judge J.yle A. Dickey and urging rns re-appomtnicnt 10 me nencn 01 uiu
fifth pireniK V'ia i.ntirelv nroner. As J n dire Ilofiznard said ill intro
ducing the resolutions, our circuit judgships should be kept out of and
n I mve politics; and in coinciding with mat view tnc unamner vook a
stand which we would like to see made nation-wide. Judge Dickey
lias made good on Kauai and everywhere else; a tact supported oy me
unanimous vote given the llofcaard resolutions by the Chamber.
A Progressive Decision
The Christum Silence Monitor comments upon the recent decision
of the Hawaii supreme court in the Manoa bond case in an interesting
way ami as the treatment is of a matter of general importance the edi
torial is here reproduced in full:
The right of communities to levy assessments on benefits and to is
sue special assessment bonds for local improvements, has been upheld too
often by judicial decision m the United htatcs to Ik? seriously questioned,
esoeciallv in states where such a right is not denied constitutionally
What is known as the "Manoa bond case", involving the right referred
to, has recently been decided by the supreme court of Hawaii Upon
this decision numerous contemplated public improvements in Honolulu
have been hanging.
The finding of this tribunal was that a statute providing that the cost
of a highway shall 1k assessed against the lands benefited by the nn
provement cannot be said to provide for or constitute a taking of private
property for public use without just compensation or without due. pro
cess of law, because it does not expressly provide that the amount of the
assessment shall not substantially exceed the special benefit conferred
Mucli latitude, it is held, must be left to the Legislature m determining
the method of assessment, and a statute can be successfully called in
cuiestion only when it is so devoid of any reasonable basis as to constitute
an arbitrary abuse of power. The issuance of bonds payable only out of
a special fund for a public improvement does not constitute municipal
indebtedness within the meaning of the fundamental limitations upon
These findings are broad enough to satisfy the most ardent support
er of the special assessment doctrine. It should be said that, deep down
in the consciousness of many economists, there is doubt as to the justice
of special taxation for local improvements in the benefits of which the
whole community ultimately sharss. At the same time, it is difficult to
see how local improvements, sewer building, water-pipe laying, maca
damizing, side-walk constructing, and so on, so essential, for instance
in the early days of western towns in the United States and Canada,
could, m the absence of a single tax, have been successfully carried on
Under the special assessment system, the taxpayer conies nearer getting
what he has mid for than under any other form of assessment. It is not
an ideal method of taxation, but it is one of the least objectionable now
An All-Round Democratic Platform
Note Extra Added ThlckneM of Tmd
C The Unusually Ileavy Long-Wearing Tread it
Unique, Combining in One Tire All the advantage
of both the Suction and Raised Tread Types.
C. The Tread Bears Flat on the Ground. There
Are No Projecting Knobs or Uneven Surfaces,
Kecognized Causes of Fabric Separation in so
many Hubbcr Non-Skids.
This ii the New Tire Everyone it Talking About
KAUAI GARAGE CO.
ONE QUALITY ONLY- THE BEST
WAIMEA HOTEL BAKERY
Fine Bread, Ties, Cakes and Pastry of
every description on hand and made to
CATERING OUR SPECIALTY
All orders entrusted to us will receive our
prompt and mor-t careful attention.
...lii 1.11 i 11. i
Americans are apt to taKe tneir somewnat eianorate ami uciaiiet
party platforms seriously at election times, but they are nevertheless suf
ficiently detached to enioy what appeals to their sense of humor. Her
is some excellent play of wit from a prominent Republican journal, pok
ing fun at President llson :
"Someone has organized a society of Democrats under the name of
Approving Americans. The slogan of the society is: "We approve!"
We suppose their list of approbations will include the following:
"We approve the selection of William Jennings Bryan as secretary
"We approve of his resignation."
"We approve the stand of Mr. Wilson in opposition to a national
defense program in 1914."
"We approve his address in favor of a national defense program in
"We approve his capture of Vera Cruz with the object of enforcing
a salute to the American flag."
"We approve his withdrawal of our forces from Vera Cruz with the
American flag unsaluted."
"Wo approve his insistance that Iluerta must not be president of
"We approve his recent announcement that there must be no inter
ference with Mexico."
"We approve his supjwut of Pancho Villa."
"We approve his pursuit of Panco Villa."
"We approve his notification to Germany that submarine attacks
on merchant ships must cease.".
"We approve his declaration during the submarine controversy that
we are too proud to fight.".
"We approve his platform that 'Protection is unconstitutional.' "
"We approve his protective tariff on sugar, dyes, etc."
"We approve his one-term pledge."
"We approve his running for a second-term."
"We approve his shaken fist."
"We approve his admonitory finger."
"We approve him when he advances and when he backs up, when
he goes up and when he conies down, vertically and horizontally and
diagonally, in straight lines and curved lines, in circles and spirals, cl
liptically and prabolically. Our approbation is flexible ami adjustable,
mobile and double-jointed."
"Them's 'our sentiments,' said the backwoods statesman, 'and if
they don't suit, thev kin le altered.' "Toronto Globe.
Link McCandi.kss is said to have told the Portuguese of Kalaheo
that the proposal to create summer home sites in Waimea valley is an
attempt at land-grabbing. This is so at variance with the apparent opin
ion of Mr. McCandless when addressing the CliaiulnT of Commerce on
Thursday as to 1m; surprisingDie Democratic candidate knows (or should
know) that not a foot of the land talked of for camping purposes could
Ik; turned to any agricultural or grazing use whatever; and if be told the
Portuguese of Kalaheo anything dilTerent from that he lias misled them
grievously and probably incited a species of suspicion which is unfortu
nate, uncalled for and not justified by the well-established facts. Why
can we not have a little more honesty in polities, and less misrepresentation?
Mr. Wong Hock Shi, Army Tailor
of Kapaia, begs to announce that he is at
the service of the officers and men of the
National Guard on Kauai, in the matter of
field and dress uniforms.
Mr. Wong Hock Shi was formerly army
tailor at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, at
which place he gave great satisfadoin.
Eye and Ear
You Should Wear Kryptoks
BECAUSE they Rive you the two vl-
sionstyou require in one pair of Rlasscs.
BECAUSE they are to all practical
purposes single, solid lenses.
BECAUSE they possess no lines of de
marcation and r.osegmenti; hence do not
drop apart nor collect dirt in the creases.
BECAUSE thev are as graceful on the
face as any pair of sitiRle vision eye
glasses. BECAUSE they are r.o more liable to
breakage than the ordinary single focus
WALL & DOUGHERTYF
P. O. BOX 324
J. I. Silva, Prop.
ONE of the LEADING HOUSES for all kinds of DRY
GOODS, BOOTS & SHOES, MEN'S FURNISHINGS.
CIGARS & TOBACCOS and NOTIONS of every description,
FOR WINE, BEER and OTHER LIQUORS, Ring Up 73 W.
Main Office, Eeele, Kauai. Tel. 71 W.
Henry Waterhouse Trust Co., Ltd.
buys and sells
REAL ESTATE and
STOCKS and BONDS
and n uts SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES
Fort and Merchant Sts.
WHEN YOU CALL IN OUR ENGINEERS IN CONSUL
TATION AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
you get the advantage of their tremendous expe
rience in the making of every kind of pumping ma
chinery and mill equipment arid prime movers of
Whatever is best for your particular needs they are able
to recommend without prejudice.
Honolulu Iron Works Co.
HONOLULU, T. H.
Wholesale Liquor Dealer
BTelephone No. 102.
Order It By Mail!
Our Mail Order Department is exception
ally well equipped to handle all your drug
and toilet wants thoroughly and at once.
We will pay postage on all orders of 50c
and over, except the following: Mineral
Waters, Baby Foods, Glassware and articles
of unusual weight and small value.
Non-Mailable: Alcohol, Poisons and lnftamable articles.
If your order is very heavy or contains much
liquid, we suggest that you have it sent by
Haas Candy a Specialty. Boxes 35c, 65c, $L, $1.25
Benson, Smith & Co., Ltd.
"Service Every Second"
The Rexall Store Honolulu
P. O. Box 524
KAUAI CORRESPONDENCE INVITED
Office: Hawaiian Hotei,