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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 1917.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday Morning
Kenneth C Hopper
J. M. Lydgate
What Is The Matter With OurSchools
The statistics of school attendance which we have been publishing
for a couple of weeks back furnishes food for thought.
The returns show that there are 1217 children in the first grade
508 in the 2nd, 242 in the 7th and 102 in the 8th. These figures are
not quite complete, but anyhow they are typical. Now how is it that
1217 suddenly drops to 5G8 and then later 102?
Those who are familiar with the conditions tell us that all along
the line there Is more or less retardation; more got into any one grade
each year than get out, which of course involves congestion in the lower
grades. If there were time enough and persistance enough even these
retarded ones would finally get through, and in tho long run the Sth
grade would hold its own with the first. But before that happens, time
is called, the age limit, 14 years, is reached and the children are turned
out just where they happen to be. Some have reached the (5th grade,
some perhaps only the 4th. However that may be this is the end of
schooling for them. ,
The school program is; enter at 6, do a grade a year for 8 years
and graduate at 14. But of couisc if there is any delay, anyfalling be
hind, and going over old ground, that upsets the machinery, that blocks
the outcome, and just that much is lopped off the end.
Now we understand that there is a great deal of this; much more
than there ought to be; and this is mainly the reason for this startling
discrepancy between the numbers at the beginning and the end.
If we ask why there is so much of this retardation in the lower
grades, or for that matter all along the line, we are told that the course
of study is too difficult, it is set for the capacity of the few who are ex
ceptionally favored by circumstances and not for the average intelli
gence; and accordingly a serious injustice is done to the great majority
for the benefit of the small minority, if indeed it be for the benefit of
It certainly would seem as though our public school system was
persistently biting off more than it could chew, and was suffering from
a chronic state of indigestion.
Manifestly this is a very unfortunate condition of things and one
that calls for careful attention. It looks as though the machinery of
our schools was lumbering, deficient and ineffective. It looks as though
we ought to examine the machinery and see what ails; and if necessary
we ought to call in the services of the expert and get the benefit of his
diagnosis and his prescription of a remedy.
The Dignity Of Labor In Spain
Spain is worrying over some of the problems that have already both
ered more progressive countries.
A recent article reports that she is over-run with candidates for pro
fessional occupations far beyond the need for them. No fewer than 8oi)
boys presented themselves for examination to fill 25 government positions
while in another case there were 2000 applications to fill 300 places.
Spain has long been filled with the vicious idea that only profession
al or clerical positions were fit for gentle people; that manual and mecha
nical labor were demeaning and disgraceful, and must be avoided by all
means. The pressure of a grim necessity is bringing Spain to a more
intelligent and sensible point of view and she is gradually waking up to
the realization that honest labor of any kind is ennobling rather than
There are people nearer at hand than Spain who have more or less
been laboring under the same misconception, and who perhaps are coin
ing to the light in the same way.
j Waimea Stables j
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Up-to-date Livery, Draying and Boarding Stable and Auto- I
Livery Business. J
AUTOMOBILE STAGE-LINE j
BETWEEN LIHUE ' and KEKAHA j
Leaving Lihue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I
Leaving Kekaha every Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. J
ARRIVING AT THEIR DESTINATION IN THREE HOURS I
. ' F. WEBER, Manager. -
Telephone 43 W Waimea P. O. Box 71 I
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has v. ; :' i ih z. Ii" g'b c sL-gr&de
TarUis;. tobacco that
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and -yd :-r'rs MILD.
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Where is the Food Commission ?
What has become of the Territorial Food Commission? Two or
three months ago it was continually in evidence with all kinds of in
formation, instruction, and advice, columns of it in every journal and
in almost every issue.
It was all immediate, and urgent, and insistent, like the cries of a
drowning man. Then all of a sudden it ceased, and now for some time,
there are only a few bubbles coming up from where the Food Commis
sion used to be. It is dead, or is it only dumb?
With so much to tell us at the beginning, and so frantic to tell it,
why this sudden collapse? Try us again with some of that interesting
and useful information tlmt you used to give us; we need it just as
much now as we did then.
Wall Papers That Please
Sonit papers have an irritating effect
on one's nerves and should be replaced
by others of more companionable char
actet. In our large 1917 stock, pur
chased at prices that effur our customers
a distinct saving, are manv beautiful,
restful designs of which yqur eyes will
never tire. We've made a study of this
subject; let us give vou our advice.
Write or call in person.
169 177 so. Kirg St.
The Inter Island Must Reduce Rates.
The decision of the Utilities Commission in the ease of the Inter Is
land does not surprise anyone. It has long been felt by the general
public that the profits of this company must be ''excessive, unreasonable
and unjust," and it will be a satisfaction to know tlmt the freight and
passenger rates must be restored to what they were before the last raise.
We would commend the independence and the "sand" of the Com
mission in rendering this honest and fearless decision. We were afraid
that it might be another case of whitewashing.
Are You Saving?
INow I Are you saving your money to invest in the next issue of
the LibertyLoan?" asks the editor of Leslie's Weekly. This is the ques
tion that concerns every patriotic man and woman. Failure of a war
loan would be a national humiliation. It would give fresh courage to
the enemy. It would be the first failure of the kind in our history. It
must not be. It will not be if from this time on everyone will set aside,
from clay to day, pennies, dimes, or dollars, as circumstances will per
mit, and be in readiness to subscribe to the new loan when announced.
It will be in small aa well as large denominations. Everybody with one
dollar or a million will have an opportunity to subscribe. It will yield
generous returns. It will be gilt-edged. It will be something to talk
about to your children and your grandchildren and it will be a lesson in
thrift as well as of patriotism. Begin to save now. The nation needs
vour help as much as it needs the help of the brave boys in the field.
The aggregate of the small subscriptions should be very large and should
go far toward assuring the success of the new loan. Advertiser.
Use Home Grown Mill Sugars
We would urgently recommend the use of our delicious home
grown, unrefined, straw-colored sugar instead of the dead white, insipid,
refined sugar. It cost upward of one cost and a naif to renin it and up
wards of another cent to transport and handle it back and forth; this of
course must go onto the cost of such 6Ugar to the consumer; and when
all is said and done it is not to be compared, in our opinion, to our own
home-grown product in taste flavor.
The use of refined sugar is a habit, an expensive habit, perhaps a
bad habit; anyway it is one that we should ''cut out" during these days
of war eeonov.
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Du-hroy Motor Co., San Francisco
"From our owe, and the exocrtencca
of Saxon owners, vc knew iioroIne
to be a most sate f ii:tory motor oil."
Cuylcr Lr?, San Francisco
"It has proven nr. tirely Satisfactory ,n
J. W. Leavitf Se Co., Loj Anfcclci
"Zerolens is our choice for use in
The Universal Morur Co., Sacramento
"have no hesitancy in recommend
ing it to Ford owners."
Thus endorsed by Leading
because the records of their ser
vice departments show that Zero
lene, correctly refined from Califor
nia asphalt-tmse crude, gives perfect
lubrication leu wear, more power,
least carbon deposit.
The Standard Oil for Motor Cars
Dealer everywhere and tt our
it r vice lotions,
For tractors, Zero
Order It . By Mail!
- Our Matl Oiidkii Department is excep
tionally well equipped to handle nil your Drug
and Toilet wants thoroughly and at once.
We will pay postage on nil orders of "(' and
over, except the following: .
Mineral Waters, Ha by Foods, Glassware
and articles of unusual weight and small
Non-Mailable: Alcohol, Strychnine,
Rat poisons, Iodine, Ant poison, PIer
cury Antiseptic Tablets, Lysol, Car
bolic Acid, Gasoline, Turpentine, Ben
zine and all other poisonous or in
If your order is very heavy or contains much
liquid, we suggest that you lrave it sent by
Benson, Smith & Co., Ltd.
"Service Every Second"
The Rexal Store Honolulu
We still have a quality of
in corrugated galvanizsd sheets, for Culverts, Mill Roofs,
Flumes, Structural Iron Workt Bridging, Ktc.
Because it is 99.84 Dure iron. Reduces maintenance costs to
HONOLULU IRON WORKS CO.
Will Show the Children
Mr. Case is making arrangements
to give .simple entomological de
monstrations to the advanced grades
of the public schools, the Y. M.C.A.
clubs, and other similar institutions
that may appreciate them. Re
duced to simple terms this means
that he will show specimens and
explain the ravages of such des
tructive insects as the cane borer,
the melon lly. the leaf hopper, the
wood borer etc. lie will also give
elementary instruction in spraying
for hliehts ami nests.
Henry Waterhouse Trust Co., Ltd.
buys and sells
RKAL KSTATK and
STOCKS and BONDS
and rents SAFK DIvFOSIT BOXKS
Fort and Merchant Sis.
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delicate perfume. , ...
,.,.., ror Sale el Has a most pleasing
1 Made in the clean- l effect on delicate skin,
est most sanitary fact- . r be()de( makn t
ory in the world. - , L.A SlU healthy and clean.
H" A NY "9er win eU yo that Michelin
IJ"" s Univcrs.-il8 give remarkable mile-
ft r,c. Why? Because these unequalled
'v tires coataia more quality rubber and
(to .r.ovo th'3 ty having us weigh a
J) Michelin in comparison with other
J noa-skidi You will find the Michelin
wf W ti om 13 to 15 heavier than the average.
g s!T ou owe " to yurso1' to give these
Ml At hiph-quality, mojerate-priced Urea
mI 'ff a trial.
pstj M ' KAUAI GARAGE
jj Mrs 1 A 11 i' ii)prie'or
Michelin Casings ateju-l a, 4t.,J as Mk hclin ReJ Inner Tubes. ' JWl
which arc often lmiiutJ it colur but never in quality. -TV'Jf'