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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, JANUARY 9. 1917
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
The Nawiliwili Breakwater
I'iissonRcrs arriving at ami depart inn from Nawiliwili in the past ten
1nyn have had most harrowing expiTieix't's. W reuMzc that thin in not
"roo1 advertising" for Kanai, hut the truth is always the best in the
long r 11. It is doubtful that anywhere on earth, in a supposedly usable
landing place, have ladies and children and even men been subject
ed to so much nerve-wrecking hardship and danger as they have met
with here during and immediately following the holiday season. ' It has
been necessary to toss passengers from gangways into small lniats (hit or
miss) as the waves surged; and to take them aboard in the same danger
ous fashion. Baggage and valuables have been overturned into the bay,
and have been lost. It seems like a miracle that, not a few, but many,
lives have not been sacrificed ; and this can only be accounted for, per
haps, by t tie fact that the sailors of the ships are expert in manipulating
their landing boats and handling passengers in turbulent waters.
In the winter months passenger trailic at Nawiliwili is paralyzed
and there is no such thing as freight business on account of the exposed
condition of one of the most beautiful and serviceable harbor prospects
of which we have knowledge. The great fugar industry has to draw away
from its largest, most natural and most convenient port, and carry on
its shipping in a "eateh-as-cateh-can" sort of fashion, in small bays.
This state of things is not modern; it is not American. The United
States government would not allow it to exist a month on the Atlantic
or Pacific coasts, or the Gulf of Mexico. Why here?
Perhaps it is because we are so far away. Perhaps the members of
Congress do not yet realize the importance of the project, despite the
pleading of Delegate J. K. Kalanianaole and the endorsement of its
members who visited Nawiliwili a year and a half ago. Aside from the
matter of convenience and safety of passengers, perhaps they do not rea
lize the importance of this breakwater at Nawiliwili to the American
homesteaders who have taken up land, built homes and have staked their
all and the success of their children on sate and adequate shipping facili
ties at Nawiliwili. Perhaps they do not realize the importance of this
project to the dozens of American steamers and sailing vessels visiting
this island (A fine American vessel is now on the rocks at the mouth of
Hanapepe river as the direct result of insecure harbor facilities.)
The appeal of Kauai to Congress for the appropriation for the break
water and harbor facilities at Nawiliwili has never been a selfish one. It
is not in the slightest sense a "pork barrel" proposition. As the people
here know absolutely it to be, the project would ensure the safety and
, comfort of the American public travelling to and from this island ; would
prevent the wrecking of slops and loss of valuable property as now oc
curs at not infrequent intervals; would bring success to the American
homesteaders who have boldly struck out as pioneers in farming, as that
term is understood all over the United States; would facilitate the great
export business from this island to the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, as
well as intervening States; and would aid, as nothing else could, in the
increase of purchases by this island from the mainland of our country.
It is plain that we are not asking something for nothing. It is plain
that we are asking for something, to give a great deal more in return.
In fact it is perfectly clear to us here that the improvement would pay
for itself (from the standpoint of the people of the mainland of the Unit
ed States) in less than five years, and probably less than two years after
the facilities are ready to be utilized.
troops have to help it do picket duty i'tuid tin- nusquit llmins of Texas.
Had average lt)l(i wages been paid for ''regulars" on the l!io Grande
our standing army would have been full of men, the services of the Na
tional Guard would not have been required for police duty there, a great
deal of hardship and suffering would have been saved and it would
have cost the government and country a very great deal less.
It does not take either a strategist or financier to see that, with half
nn eye. .
Destructive Criticism .
The Prohibition Wave
Does the average reader of newspapers and current literature, in
terested in the remarkable temperance wave which has been sweeping
over the United States, actually know what the situation is today, after
the changes made by the recent election? Does the average reader really
know that there are only three wet States in America today? and that
only two of them are States of large population?
Well, it is a fact. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nevada are the
only States in America in which the liq"uor traflic continues to hold its
old -time sway.
In addition to these are a group of States in which they have local
option, in which less than fifty per. cent, of territory is without saloons.
These States are: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York,
Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, New Mexico,
Utah, Wyoming and California. These may be classed as "near wet"
The next group includes that of States having less than fifty per.
cent, of wet territory, and may be classed as "near dry" States. They
are: New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Indiana and
Finally come the group of "dry States," as follows: Maine, Vir
ginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama,
Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota,
North Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Washington and
Only eleven more Statrs are needed by the group in the last list
above to carry prohibition as a national proposition it requiring two
thirds (32) of the States to put through a Constitutional amendment.
The "drys" now lave nn admittedly close call on the seven States in
the second list above, and if they are gained, only four more will be
needed. In the first group the "near wet States" there are several
which are leaning strongly to the dry side of the question, and close
students of the situation tell us that there is liable to be a scramble
from that group, at tne next opportunity, for "the dry wagon."
It is very doubtful that the prohibitionists will be able to carry their
point at the present session of Congress, or even at the next although
they will lie abbs to put up a terrific fight. Two years from now, how
ever, unless something very extraordinary happens, it is highly probable
that it will be "curtains" for the liquor traflic in America.
The practise of indiscriminate criticism of the governors of Hawaii
has gone so far that it has become detrimental to the best interests of
the Territory. It is a. pasttime that costs nothing to those indulging in
if , but it confuses and sets at wrong angles public, business. Governor
Dole, Governor Carter, Governor Frcar, all good men, were badgered out
of ollice by niwre or less irresponsible critics; .and now Governor Pink
ham is coming in for pot -shooting from the same sources.
We can never have successful Territorial gevernment until a policy
of constructive, rather than destructive, criticism is adopted by oui think
ing men; and the irresponsible critics are suppressed entirely. And the
fault is entirely at Honolulu. The outer islands-'.have always taken a
broader, more patriotic stand in this regard. Honolulu's city government
is driven into confusion and scandal purely and solely on- account of
irresponsible badgering; and that government will never be a success
until the nefarious practice is stopped.
If the people of Honolulu would work with their city government,
in place of against it, the result would be far more satisfactory than at
present. And if they would work with the Territorial government, with
a view to constructive policies, in place of pulling backward and fryitc:
to pull down, there would be a different state of things and the whole
Territory would be better pleased.
v Reckless Driving On Roads
In this matter of reckless automobile traflic. it would seem as though
there was need for some more effective supervision ami some more ade
quate protection to the public.
The law abiding citizen, who pays his taxes, is entitled to protec
tion against lawless attempts on his property or his person, even though
it may be only in such trilling ways as may constitute annoyances rather
than injuries. In the menace of these automobile disasters we arc threat
ened not only by large losses of property but of life as well. The reck
less or malicious throwing of broken glass on the roads, drunken and
reckless driving, undue speeding in populous or dangerous places, an ex
clusive monopoly of more than half of the road, etc. these are a stand
ing menace to life and property, which even the most innocent and care
ful may not escape. It would seem as though, in a oivihzed community,
we ought to be protected against these dangers as we are supposed to
be against the burglar antl the sneak thief.
One of the courtesies of life which isassuming impressive impoitauce
in these days of increasing automobile traflic, is a fair shaie of the pub
lic highway. There are, we regret to say. too many drivers who "hog the
whole of the road," with much discomfort, and no liltle danger, to those
who must travel on the same roads with them. Many of them doubt
less have recently emerged from barbarism, and don't understand what
ourtesy is; they may have to be taught what right is, and what compul
There have already been some casualties resulting from tins sort of
folly ; the future boubtless holds many more. One of these days there
will be a grand smash-up, and a lot of people will he lulleM. 1 lien dras
tic measures will be taken to reform or eliminate these sons of Jehu with
their hearts of Jezebel; then we may at length be able to travel our roads
with a measure of comfort and safety. Heaven speed the day!
'Our Army Problem
The American papers are just now full of a lot of talk about the
failure of the National Guard on the Kio Grande.
It is plain that a large majority of the writers are "pen soldiers"
The National Guard is made up of men with business responsibili
ties which are disrupted when they are called away. In many cases (in the
States, we mean) they return from a ampaign like that on the Rio
Grande, to find themselves out ot employment. Worst of all, their
families, in a very large number of instances, suiter, for the reason that
the pay of soldiers is insullicient to keep up the expenses which 'National
Guardsmen had previously been called upon to bear.
Had there been war on the Rio Grande it is a safe gamble that there
would never have been a complaint from a true National Guardsman.
But when it developed into a case of hanging around for months and
picking cactus thorns out of their feet for pasttime, the murmurs started
The whole trouble with our army system has its beginning and end
in the pay of the men of the regular army. There is no flinching from
that proposition on the part of anybody. We go ahead and decide on a
larger army. Then, with bugle calls and attractive posters on the walls
in cities, invite the young men of the land to enlist. Every man from
the time of Joshua knows the hardships 1 a soldier s life, and it s dan
iters. Ami what do we offer our young men for this sacrifice?
Fifteen dollars a month, when any foreigner in the United States
can make fifteen dollars a week packing brick up a ladder!
The proposition is unworkable, is absurd yes, is ludicrous; and
the sooner we Americans look it squarely in the face, and act according
ly, the U tter.
There is nothing the matter with the National Guard. It is not th
fault of the regular army that its own ranks are not full and that Stab
Sknatok Cnn.UNuwoitTH, it is reported, will introduce a bill in the
T.riricln-iirn tbr Tinvtiom' nf whicli will he to wine out the onen saloon ar d
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confine the liquor trailic to restaurants and hotels. His object, he says,
is to do away with the objectionable practice of' "treating." if the ob
i,..t iu fiivvnctlv ntntoil whv would it not be a better li'iin for Oahll ami
the other islands to adopt the Kauai idea? Here we have no saloons at
all. Liquor is sold only in bottles, to be taken away, so that the so
called "treating" practice is unknown. However, almost anything
would be an improvement on the open Honolulu saloon
' 1 in Invitation to All 1
Dcn't -waste your time and strength
on hand pumps! Just drive up to our
, place and get all the air you want
We maKe no charge for this service.
It's merely one of the many courtesies
we are always glad to extend to you.
Pon't thinK that we expqct you to
buy gasoline or oil every time you
stop here. We Know that one often
needs air or water when he doesn't
need anything else.
And we Know that the low price
we charge for the grade of gas and
oil we handle is the only inducement
necessary to get you here when you
want anything in that lino.
Kauai Garage Co., Lihue.
KAUAI CORRESPONDENCE INVITED
Office: Hawaiian Hotel
P. O. Box 524 HONOLULU
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There is no reason on earth Ji.v a fat man should not
look as trim and smart as a slender man. It all depends
on the ch.thesiie wears. We build stiLis to fit any form
stout or slender and guarantee to make you look smart
and well dressed.
Call and Examine Oar Suitings
Sails Cleaned, I'nwd and
Ue. aired on -di;-t p,ot in .
Army Uniforms Our Specialty
WONG HOCK SHEE
Tip Top Bldg - - - Lihue
I Order It By Mail!
a Our Mail Order Department is exception-
ally well equipped to handle all ycur drug
3 and toilet wants thoroughly and at once.
We will pay postage on all orders of 50c
p and over, except the following: Mineral
Waters, Baby Feeds, Glasswar e and articles
of unusual weight and small value.
b Non-Muikble: Alcohol, Poisons aisd Idamable articles.
If your order is very heavy cr contains much
I liquid, we suggest that you have it sent by
Haas Candy a Specialty. Boxes 35c, 65c, $1., $1.25
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jrfenson, bmim cfc- Co., Ltd.
"Service Every Second"
8 The Rexail Store Honolulu
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Wholesale Liquor Dealer
Telephone No. V)2.
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