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Till? GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 916
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
A Mehky Chhistmas and a llnppy New Yenrl
Road Into Waimea Canyon
iu 1 1 y again
( Continued from pant; 1 )
for tin? island of Kauai; and
W'hercns, The sai'T matter lias
never oeen dieted upon in a ucsirnnie
and satisfactory manner; and
W'hercns, 'flic establishment and
mnintonniico of such luenkwnter at
I'acilic coast of Hie United
whieli said last mentioned
'cities carry on Hie .(renter propor
tion of Hie trade of tliis territory.
Now, tliereiorc be it
lb-solved liy Hie Cliainber of Uom
niercc of tin; island of Karini that
the commercial organization of the
dii'Tercnt cities of the l'acitic coast
- . i. .. . . 1
Nnwilhvili is a tl.ing greatly to- 1(. ot the .rnlci Mates nc requcstc.
desired bv evervbodv in tin- Tcrri- 1,11,1 '' ,' ti,kl' nwh U'V ln ro'
tory nf Hawaii and the different
The Kauai Chamber of Commerce decided Friday night to recom
mend to the county supervisors the early construction of a temporary
rond up Wain ion canyon to the region proposed for summer camp sites;
and that the Legislature he asked for an n;Mpmrint io,i for a pennant
road over the same route.
So far as we have been able to gather, there is a suhstantial, general
sentiment in favor of establishing those camp sites in the - neighborhood
of Kokec, and this paper has supported the idea from the (irst. At the
same time there seems to be a niixnp and question regarding property
rights in that locality. The leases were drawn in a vague sort of way
many years ago, and, while it is not probable, it is possible that the ques
tion of rights between two sets of lessees and the government may follow
a tortuous trail up the judicial canyon to the highest courts, while the
summer campers wait.
Wc are not aware of any objection on the part of the lessees to the
use of the higher elevations referred to for summer camp purposes, and
it might be possible to get them all to sign an agreement to waive their
rights, whatever they may appear to be m any dispute that may arise,
in the interest of the early employment of the mountainous area to the
ends in mind. There is probably no question but that the government
has the right of way for a road up the canyon. . But of what use would
the road be if a person could not go off of it without committing 1 r s.jhss?
Of course 8."()() is not much to spend on a road; but wc are driving
at a permanent proposition a proposition which will presumably st a
great deal more later on and will become much larger than wc are now
able to see clearly. In view of the latter fact, might it not be bfti r to
start out with a complete and distinct knowledge of the situation?
We would like to see the commission which visited the canyon la-t
week continue its work, assemble all its fact-, and make definite, writ
ten recommendations to the Chamber at the nicetii.g to be held in Fch
uary. It might lie a good idea to add the attorney -gener..1 of the Terri
tory to the commission in order that the legal aspects of the problem
might be thoroughly understood and upon which any recommendation
should be based
commercial organizations of the said
Territory have endorsed and recom
mended the proposition as of one
Whereas, The construction o f
said breakwater would make a har
bor and place of refuge for ships in
distress and thereby aveit such
wrecks and catastrophes a have
taken place in the past on or near
the shores of this island; and
Whereas, The construction and
maintenance of such breakwater is
almost indispensable to the com
mercial interests of tin1 island of Ka
uai, the other islands of the Terri
tory of Ilawa'i, anil all other sea
ports and more especially the cities
gard thereto as they may feel war
ranted in the premises, and that
they be requested and urged to use
all fair means within their power to
cause their Representatives and
Senators in the Congress of the Unit
ed States to take favorable action on
any bill which may he introduced
in said Congress, or which may
come before them in regard to the
construction of a breakwater at said
Nawiliwili. Bo it further
Resolved that a copy of these res
olutions be sent-to the different com
mercial organizations of all the cities
on the l'acitic Coast of the United
J. II . Coney
Public Finances And Taxatian
The fact that every county in the Territory is called upon toregistc
its warrants for periods twice a year in order to keep the machinery of
local government going is all the proof necessary to convince the average
business man of the wisdom of increasing the rate of taxation on prop
erty. Kauai is behind several months in its finances.' Our financial
reports may not so indicate, but the fact that in less than a month after
any given allotment of tax money conies in the treasurer has to register
warrants against the succeeding allotment shows it. Maui and Hawaii
are further still behind, while Oahu is deep in the hole.
Let the taxes be so increased that Kauai will at the worst periods
of the year be six months ahead of the financial game in place of three
or four months behind; and Honolulu ami the other islands may be able
to swing even for once. It will be sounder business, a lot of intere st will
be saved and we will all feel better about it.
The law puts it up to the Legislature to fix the rate of taxation, ex
cept in years when the legislature does not sit; and we hope something
will be done at the coming session to relieve the situation. T lines are
good, and if the different counties are ever to pull out of the hole, thir
is the opportune moment. Lean years are sure to come. We cannot
hope for perpetual prosperity; and when the grass becomes short let
our county finances be in such shape that we may the easier weather
WALL & DOUGHERTY
Wishes its Many
Customers on Kauai
A Very Merry Christmas
Happy and Prosperous
The Kaiser's Peace Proposals
The neutral part of the woild undoubtedly views Avith disappoint
ment the refusal of the olive branch held out by Germany to the Allies,
and the apparent failure of the most promising chance of peace Europe
has had since the war began. Of course it was not expected that the
terms proposed would be accepted in toto or at once; but the Kaiser cer
tainly laid the foundation for a settlement of the dillieulties, which,
after thorough discussion and some adjustment, might easily have led
to lasting peace. The surly contempt with which the proposals were re
ceived in France, England and Russia will not favorably impress neutral
Of course it is to be remembered that the Allies are suspicious of
the move of Germany. They are afraid it is a maneuver to gain time,
in which food and financial problems may be readjusted and, perhaps,
the military establishment rehabilitated. They may have reasons for
thinking so, of which we, at this distance, know nothing Bnt
there was a certain sincerity about the proposals which any person
blinded by hatred or prejudice, could not overlook; and the
blanket" so quickly thrown over the offer of peace will doubtless b
appointing to most Americans.
We have? had enough of the war. The whole world is sick of it.
Every country involved has already lost more in property and money
than can possibly be gained "by it even through complete victory, to say
nothing of the millions of lives that have been sacrificed.
A telegram the other day to the effect that I'resident Wilson was
considering a plan tor a comnmation of neutral nations with a view to
ending the war interested us very much. If such a combination existed
at the present moment it might prove very effective in bringing about
calm and interested consideration of the peace question. Battleships
ami armies wouli I not unrequired. J lie eninargo of exports applied by
the United States, South America and the neutral part of Europe would
do the business.
What we want is peace in Europe. How it is attained makes lit
tle difference to the neutrals. To date it has been a ca.-cof plain raei
suicide, without gain to either side ami, now, without promise of any
that could possibly offset the cost.
Honest Work at Honest Prices
There are two highly important
points for a, man to consider before
having his car overhauled.
The first point is to assure himself
that the men who are going to worh.
on his oar are mechanics expert
enough to locate and properly repair
all the parts that need attention.
The second point is to convince
himself that he can trust the shop to
give him an honest accounting of the
amount of worh. that was actually
done on the car.
We gladly welcome an investigation
on both of these points. We have
the facilities, the worlunen and the
business methods that will more than
saUsfy all who investigate.
Kauai Garage Co., Lihue.
The work for Nawiliwili harbor may be greatly aided by personal
letters from Kauai citizens to friends iu Congress. Little attention is paid
to resolutions, memorials, etc., for the reason that our national lcgi-da-tive
k)dy is simply Hooded with such things, and while this batch of
stuff is being read every morning the Congressmen are either in the lob
by enjoying their cigars or are reading the morning papers. Personal
letters, however, carry appeals direct to Congressmen. They will think
alnmt them and will act. Let our citizens write letters to all the Con
gressmen whom they met here a year and a half ago and the problem of
getting the harbor proposition through will In; greatly simpliliul.
It is ansoi'sckii from Honolulu that the bonus system of
be continued by the sugar plantations through 11117. We believe it to
be a mistake to hold this bonus and pay it out at one clip. Let it .
paid by the month. The laborers will be better satisfied, and thev will
realize more of value from the money. The 11) 1(5 plan of filling the pock
ets of the lal)orcrs with money in a day has had a demoralizing el feet
and should not be repeated.
Thk 1'itoMoTios of Major Gaylord I'. Wilcox f,, 1. eolonel of the
Fourth Infantry augurs well for the success of the National Guard on
Kauai. As captain of one of the companies at Kealia and. later, as bit
talion commander, the new colonel demonstrated tlie l':ict that- he is a
"live wire," and under his guiding hand the Fourth Infantry will un
doubtedly make early and very satisfactory progress.
There is no reason on earth why a fat man should not
look as trim and smart as a sl.ider man. It all depends
mi the clothes he wears. We build suits to fit any form
stout or slender and guaranl'i to make you look smart
and well dressed.
Call and Examine Our Suitings
Suits ('leaned, l'resseil ami
Repaired on short notice.
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Tip Top Bldg - - Lihue
WAIMEA HOTEL BAKERY
Finv llread, I'ics, Cakt s mid I'astry of
every description on hand and made to
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. All orders entrusted to us will leeeivo our
prompt and most careful attention.
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it is used in the coaling plants at Balboa and
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in any damp, corroding climate, for
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Wholesale Liquor Dealer
Telephone 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, $1., $1.25
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