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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1917
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Luther Dermont Timmons
Government Control Of Wireless
Last week the Kauai Chamber of Commerce received a wireless ap
peal from the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce to protest to Delegate
Kalanianaolc against the passage of the hill in Congress which provides
for the United States government taking over and operating the com
mercial wireless systems hetween coastal points of America and ships at
sea; and, without definite information as to what the bill really was,
and confidence in the good judgment of the parent commercial body at
Honolulu, the head of the local Chamber complied with the request,
recommending to the Delegate that the bill be "held up" if jwissihle un
til Kauai could be heard from.
Since that time the condensed statement of the contents of the bill,
printed elsewhere, came in; and upon reading it many people will doubt
less wonder if the scheme might not really I- a good thing in place of a
detriment. The government handles tin mail business quite satisfactori
ly, and some of our best thinkers are coming to the conclusion that it
should also carry on our railroad and, perhaps, steamship enterprises.
There are more important reasons why the government should control
the wireless so many in fact that a whole page might lie written on the
subject. Of course it is possible that the opponents of the idea may see
in the measure the crowding out, or hampering, of commercial business
by government necessities and rules, but the suspicion is probably far
The Mutual Telephone Company has earned and deserves the appre
ciation of all the Islands for the excellent wireless service which it main
tains, and Kauai, first and foremost of all, perhaps, wishes to add to its
reward in nlace of lessening it. At the same time it occurs once in a
while that corporate as well as individual interests must be set aside, for
the general welfare; and we confess that we are just a little konalua an to
whether or not this is one of those cases.
Kauai Liquor System
A correspondent, writing in this issue, intimates that Tiik (iAKDkn
Isi.ash has, in the past, expressed itself as favorable to the liquor regu
lations and svsteni of the island of Kauai. If any reader of this paper
has so interpreted our position, he has made a mistake.
W regard the theory of the Kauai liquor plan to be a step ahead
of the svstems at Honolulu and on the other islands, for the reason
that the saloon does not exist and the objectionable practice of
treating in liquor establishments is made illegal. As we have remarked
before, we think it would be a good thing if the Kauai system of hand
ling the liquor trallic could be made Territory-wide, for it is certainly
an improvement on the schemes of other counties with which we are ac
quainted. The existence of "'blind pigs" in the business center of Koloa and
the failure of the police there to take action are matters about which we
know nothing. The grand jury will meet very shortly and we hope our
correspondent, who happens to be an old and law-abiding resident, will
feel inclined to impart his information to that body. This is a matter
that should by all means be cleared up; and if the police of Koloa have
overlooked illicit liquor selling in that town they should be severely
The drift of things in these Islands is unquestionably toward prohi
bition, and it is only a qdestion of a short time when Hawaii will In
definitely and permanently in the "dry" column.
Work Of Hawaiian Board
Among the various agencies making for a better Hawaii the Ha
aiian Board easily takes rank in the lead. We have plague spota and
danger points in our body politic! which may be guarded and restrained,
but are not cured by police supervision; and so long as thv remain we
are sitting over a social powder mine, with an explosion ahead of us
at any moment.
The Hawaiian Board, woiking along the inevitable lines of social
transformation through the regeneration of character, is engaged in a
great work, among all races, and all classes, on these Islands, for a re
constructed manhood, with the assured conviction that when we have
better men and women we shall have better social conditions, with the
elimination of vice, ami crime, and strife, and poverty, and filth, and
all the other evils that follow in the wake of that blighting agency called
Every additional mission station, every additional church, every ad
ditional Christian means safer and cleaner and sweeter conditions of life,
not only for the elements of society di recti affected, the Filipinos or the
Japanese, or the Chinese, but for all the rest of us. for we all sit together
on the edge of the social volcano, where these disaffected elements grum
ble and groan beneath.
From our viewpoint it seems a tough proposition for the United
States to take a country by conquest and then refuse to allow the inhab
itants to become American citizens. Judge Vaughan,Jof Honolulu, re
cently decitled that Filipinos could not become American citizens, be
cause they are not of white or African negro nativity. This seems ra
ther tough on a people who have been forced to adopt the American Han
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unu live in Minn i? oi liiMUiir possession OI UIC I'll II CU FuuteS, J he
original mistake, as regards Hawaii, was made when I,. K. Pinkliam
was sent over to the Philippines to recruit labor. Hawaii Herald.
Bonus Helps Maui County!
The following is from the Maui News:
According to the report 4 the sheriff's department to the lmard of
supervisors, covering the month of December, tines from gamblers
amounted to 8LS(X). The pol ice say that since the big bonus payments
among plantation laborers, gambling in the camps has been unusually
Kvr.vi itikns who have not. yet written letters to members of Con
gress urging the passage of the bill providing for a breakwater and sale
harbor at Nawiliwili should do so this week. No time is now to be lost,
as the bill will lie taken up in Congress toward the middle of February.
Ix't every member of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce do bis part in
this matter. Wc have the finest kind of a chance to getthe appropria
tion through this time if everybody with a friend in Congress will do
"the needful". Don't hang back and leave the work to someone else.
Do YOUK duty; and do it at once.
Carhanza is to le given another chance to rcstoie order in his own
way in Mexico. What he will do (or fail to do) may be inferred from
his futile efforts in the past to control the ragged bands of brigands who
are overrunning his country. To nil nppenrnnces Villa is stronger than
ever has a larger force of men and his outlaws are better cqipped. At
the same time there seems to be less confidence in Carranza, and certain
ly less fear of his power. It looks to us that the Mexican future is dark
er than it has Wen in years (if that lie possible) and that no improve
ment is in sight.
They now have in American cities isinglass shields for automobil
ists which are claimed to be far superior in every respect to the goggles
commonly worn. The new protector consist? of a sheet of isinglass 14
inches long and 7 inches wide which fastens upon the head and is worn
under the hat or cap. It protects the whole lace from wind, dust or
rain, and there is not the eye-strain occasioned by the use of goggles.
This is one of the new "wrinkles" which v;? suppose progressive Kauai
will have In-fore long.
Tiikhk will, we suppose, always be a demand for copper, and in
vestors in copper stocks will without doubt be playing safe f.'r a long
while to come. At the same time t lie great war in Europe has been
bringing to the fore many unusual substitutes for necessities which we
had hitherto thought could not be satisfactorily duplicated. We have
information, for instance, that in (iermany the use of copper has been
dispensed with in building locomotives, alt hough before the war that
metal was considered absolutely necessary in the construction of railroad
engines. Now fire boxes and stays, formerly of copper, are of cast iron,
while the smoke and steam tulies, oiling cocks and thin pipes are of
weldless drawn steel. For other parts in which copper was formerly
employed they now use cast iron, with a special alloy of tin, lead anil
antimony. It hath Inch said that "Nccesity is the mother of inven
tion. "It might be added perhaps that "War is the mother of Necessity."
Ancient Palestine is a section of the world which, while not being
fought over as were Belgium, Poland and Serbia, is suffering extreme
privation and hardship on account of the war in Europe The small
trade of the region has been destroyed; the meager bilongings and earn
ings of the people have been taken in the way of taxes for war purposes,
and destitution and desolation have reigned for some time. Now we hear
that disease lias appeared to lini.-h the work begun by starvation. At some
future time the Christian world will conceive the idea of purchasiii"
Palestine from its masters, and by some such irrigation schemes as we
have in the western States restore to that land the prosperity it enjoyed
Tin: Jaxi ahy Paradise Of The Pacific, editted by Will Sabin, is a
most attractive nuinlicr. Artistically it would be a credit to a greater
city than our capital, while it is freighted with much material of value
ami interest. The "Paradise," as it is familiarly known, has been
steadily improving in all respects, and Kauai people who do not receive
it in the mail are really missing a great deal.
The incident of a Chinaman cutting up a Filipino at Makaweli so
thoroughly reverses the usual order of things that we asked that the
information be carefully refeated before being put into shape for tin
paper. And even yet it sounds "backwards."
Jt iKiiMi kkom the banging of fireworks at the beginning of Chinese
New Year Sunday night we opine that all the devils and their kin folk
have been thoroughly frightened from Kauai for at least a year to come.
m Bring Us the Hard Jobs
Wo have saved many automobile
owners the trouble and expense of
returning broften parts to the factory
The fact that we are equipped to do
welding on broKen castings or can
mafee new parts tf necessary Is a big
asset to this oommunity.
No matter what your trouble Is,
bring It In Lo us. Dont thlnh. that any
job is to bij br us. We have facilities
that will surprise you. And our prices
are exception-lly reasonable.
Give us a chance to figure on your
smaller Jobs, too grinding valves,
burning out carbon, etc. You will find
us always able to please you.
Kauai Garage Co., Lihue.
WAIMEA HOTEL BAKERY
Fine Bread, Pics, Cakes and Pastry of
every description on hand and made to
All orders entrusted to us will receive our
prompt and most careful attention.
J. I. Silva, Prop.
ONE of the LEADING HOUSES for all kinds of DRY
GOODS. BOOTS & SHOKS, MKN'S FURNISHINGS.
CIGARS & TOBACCOS and NOTIONS of every description,
FOR WINK. BEER and OTHER LIQUORS, Ring Up 73 V.
Main Office, Eeele, Kauai. Tel. 7 1 W.
E I or I Ic Dr, All Ymr
Laundry and Dry Cleaning
There is no reason on earth why a fat man should not
look as trim and smart as a slender man. It all depends
on the clothes he wears. We build suits to fit any form
stout or slender and guarantee to make you look smart
and well dressed.
Call and Examine Our Suitings
Suits Clcnncil, Pressed unci
Uciuircil mi !licirt notice.
Army Uniforms Our Specialty
WONG HOCK SHEE
Tip Top Bldg - Lihue
Order It By Mail!
Our Mail Order Depament 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 Inftamable 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
Wholesale Liquor Dealer
Telephone No. 102.
Henry Waterhouse Trust Co., Ltd.
buys and sells
REAL ESTATE and
STOCKS and BONDS
and rent SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES
Fort and Merchant Sts.
Territorial Messenger Service
P. O. Box 524
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