Newspaper Page Text
THR OARDKN ISLAND. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1)16
- - ; - - ' mi II 1 1 II nwrnHTTTTT'flH! WiH1
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
fillip 'g32 :
Eye and Ear
Luther Dermont Timmons
Higher Prices For Goods
"Yes, the plantations pay u a large lxnuw and you take it, hack
That is the meaning of remarks frequently made by laborers to
storekeepers of Kauai.
The complaint conies principally from Portuguese, ninety per. cent,
of whom do not read the newspapers published in English and compara
tively few read any papers at all. Japanese arc great readers of their
own papers and are consequently lietter informed; while the Chinese and
Filipinos seem also to have clearer ideas as to the situation.
The present high prices do not mean that the merchant is making
largo profits. In fact, quite the contrary is the case. Kauai merchants
have made a desperate effort to hold prices down, but have been at the
mercy of world conditions and have lecn forced to advance prices on
manv thine in order to save themselves.
The important item of Hour, for instance, costs at the mills nearly
three times as much as it did a year ago; while almost everything else in
the grocery line ranges from a half to twice as much in cost price. Even
canned goods are now costing the merchants prices not dreamed of in
years, partly on account of the increased cost of meats but principally
on account of the enormous increase in the cost of the tin in which the
meats are packed.
The same condition obtains as to almost every item in our stores
Even the wrapping paper used in putting up goods for the customer
costs nearly or quite three times as much as it did a year ago.
This explanation is not needed by people who read the newspapers
and macazines and follow world conditions. They realize fully that
the situation i s absolutely beyond local control, and that local
merchants are helpless in the matter. It is to be hoped that educated
Portuguese, who read the papers and follow events, will take the trouble
to inform their less fortunate count rynien of the facts, ami to assure
them that the stores are not advancing prices because they wish to do so.
hut that they are compelled to exact higher figures in order to save
themselves from world conditions, brought about by the war, over which
they have no control whatever. We will simply have to be patient and
wait until the markets return to normal which is not now in sight but
will come in time.
Halemanu And Homesteading
Those Honolulu politician (or, we might say with greater accuracy,
thai Honolulu politician) who see in the proposal to establish summer
camps in the Halemanu region of annea valley, a scheme of a mys
tcrious somebody to deprive the "dear people" of coveted homesteading
lands have gone otf half-cocked, to say the least. In probably no part of
the Hawaiian Islands have the rights of the homesteader been more per
sistently and generally preserved and safe-guarded than right here on
Kauai. In fact it is a notorious truth that n Kauai public sentiment
has blazed the way for the homesteader, and he has had, and is having,
the most cordial endorsement and support of tin; Chamber of Lorn mem
and of all business interests, from the largest to the smallest. 1 1 is-
handicap (or such handicap as he has had to overcome) has been in not
having roads, water and certain otliri minor facilities which any gov
ernment should supply licfore opening up lands for homesteading pur
It is, therefore, little short of libel for any man, for political end
or otherwise, to state that the people of Kauai (or any element of th
people of Kauai) would lend themselves to any suggestion or scheme
which might work as a handicap to legitimate and promising homestead
ing efforts; and that any such statements were made is to be regretted
The mountainous country around Halemanu and Kokee stream is
near the elevation of Mount Tantalus, back of Honolulu ; and is cut v.p
by streams and gorges. The use of the land (if rocks may lie calle
land) for agricultural or pasturage purposes is out of the question. There
are plateaus, however, which arc ideal for camp sites, particularly as the
thermometer not infrequently ranges just above freezing point, even in
the summer months.
Below the proposed summer park track, however, are lands suitable
for homesteading and these areas will undoubtedly be thrown open to set
tiers as soon as the lease down there expires, which will be in 15)20. Tin
idea in asking the government for a road to the summer camp site oi
the mountain plateau contemplated facilities for these lands, for tin
road would have to pass through the tract, so that homesteaders won!
have a road already established upon taking up tlieir lands, lhus, in
place of the summer camp project being detrimental to the homestead
ing idea, it is destined to assist it in a very important way insofar as the
Kekaha lands are concerned.
"Idleness has a certain attraction for the Belgian in that the Ameri
can Relief Committee builds golden bridges for the unemployed through
its relief funds" states a German newspaper. There may be a great deal
of food for thought in this. The overrunning of Belgium, a rich coun
try, was a temporary affair. That was a long time ago, and as Belgiun
has not since been regarded as in the theater of active war, something in
the way of rehabilitation might have been expected. Just how far the fr
food counters, put up by America, has contributed to prevent that we
do not know, but the German authority seems to feel that it has gone
great way and we have no reason to doubt its sincerity.
The law passed by the late Congress authorizing the incorporation
of the Boy Scouts of America means that the uniform, insignia, badgi
and words descriptive of the body cannot be used by anyone not a bona
fide meml)er of the Scouts. There can be be no more khaki-clad Boy
Scouts unless they belong to some organization and conform to its nil
and obligations. The new law places the uniform and insignia of the
Scouts on the same footing as those of the United States army and navy
In TnEin closing remarks, Wilson and MeCandless expressed com
pleto confidence in today's outcome on the mainland and in Hawaii
while Hughes and Kuhio seemed to be equally confident. In a case hk
that some fine gentlemen stand a good chance of being disappointed.
The rumoh that the Italian army has ceased fighting in order to
peddle peanuts and bananas among the Austrian soldiery on the road t
Trieste lacks conhmatinn at l ionic.
With starvation at every hand and a cold winter already settii
in, independence is a kind of mockery to hand to wretches like the help
less people of Poland.
Aftkk Election: Don't say "I told you so". The other fellow said
Election week, court week, tax week. Pilikias never come single
The Hugard Company
The Hugard Company of Austra
lian specialities gave a very accept
able vaudevile program in Lihwe
Social hall Wednesday evening and
appeared at other places later. They
were favored with very good houses.
MILJN 1 1
A real advance
This Is The
New Tire Everyone Is Talking About
KAUAI GARAGE CO.
IP CONE QUALITY ONLY- THE BEST ill
1 1 crerarrorag
The Best Advertisement
Join the Happy People
No Longer Troubled With
Since Getting Their
S58WALL k DOUGHERTY
M??f Optical Department
WAIMEA hotel bakery
Fine Bread, Pies, Cakes and Pastry of
every description on hand and made to
CATERING OUR SPECIALTY
All orders entrusted to us will leceive our
prompt and most careful attention.
Where Climate and
wear attacks metal,
there is the place to use
for Roofs, Culverts, Flumes, etc.
Honolulu Iron Works Co.
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 cress uniforms.
Mr. Wong Hock Shi was formerly army
tailor at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, at
which place he gave great satisfactoin.
P. O. BOX 324
! ARMCO RESISTS RUST
Wholesale Liquor Dealer
Telephone No. 102.
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. 7 1 W.
Hy Wonn Wa, connected with
C. B. Hofcaard tfc Co. for the past
four years is leaving for Honolulu
where he will he connected with.
Kanis. Variety Store, a new con
cern conducting a store on the plan
of the ty & 10? stores of the mainland.
Low heel, gun metal,
button boot, genuine good
year welt Sole. Price $3.50.
Shoe Store ffiT
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, $1., $1.25
Benson, Smith & Co., Ltd.
"Service Every Second"
The Rexall Store Honolulu
''Pi tun mill i f itv i b
KAUAI CORRESPONDENCE INVITED
Office: Hawaiian Hotel
P. O. Rox 524 HONOLULU
N : n. ,.. . . . ... . ...