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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY. DJX. jo. j i i H
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
By L. W. de Vi Norton
This has nothing to do with the
Good Book, neither does it even con
tern our good Food Commissioner, but
it concerns each one of us neverthe
less, and has to do a great deal with
our duty towards our victorious fight
ing armies, our Government and our
selves. Therefore let us read. mark,
learn and inwardly digest it. if we are
reallv interested in aDy of these
Probably many will remember an'
amusing picture of a bedraggled look- j
ing hen, with a woe-begon expression. I
leaning against a doorway in an atti- j
tude of utter pessimism. She was ;
disgusted with life in general and
with mankind in particular and. as ,
a tear ran down her cheek, she said
"After all. what's the use? Today,
we're eggs, and tomorrow we're
bioonjjn' feather dusters!" That was'
on a par with the well-known adage to
the effect that life is ;u.st on thing
after another, for we may well sty
that life, today, is ;ust one tr;v after
another, and to socrer have w in
ished with ore :te.z we start arotler.
And we do it m.gtty theerf-jljy. f:r
Hawaii has made a un. f.r herself
a i.ame of extreme ioziir trr. m on
tiid of tie Ar.ritL cctlieit to tie
other for she tts g:ne ever the top'
in every.i-iz.r she Las been as ted to
vniertti -.- ;zi Las eves .-. ;-ef OMt
one of her great utters at a time of i
But stay a moment. Have we gone
over the top in all our undertakings?
Have we the right to crown ourselves
with the laurels cf the victor and to
be lauded before all America as an
example of the highest form of loy
alty aLd patriotism?
No, Kir, we have not. We Lave
done magnificently, but our task is
not yet complete, and it cannot be
complete until we have met our obli
gations and discharged the whole of
our debts to the Nation.
In what have we failed? Here is
the whole proposition in a nutshell.
We have failed in one respect only,
but in that respect we are still five
hundred and fifty thousand dollars in
the hole. The Nation asks us to
buy War Savings Stamps to that
anount before the end of the year,
ana there are no two ways about it.
it'r one of the things that has to be
done. end. since Hawaii does not know
ih-e meaning of final and definite fail
ure, it ie GOING TO EE DONE.
What precedent have we for doing
thiE? We have, surely, two of them.
First, we have the magnificent ex
f isple we have provided for ourselves
by the performances that have made
Hawaii an honored name throughout
the continent. aLd second, we Lave a
s;:'U greater precedent, which the text
of this little preachment supplies. "A
little child shall lead them."
What are the children doing? Let
me tell you. They are setting us an
example of thrift and loyal patriotism
tbat should sink right down into the
heart of each and every one of us
t-.-ity. and lead us to try and copy
them. In the Central Grammar School
there is a !:ttie girl, but she has a
heart of gold and a determination fed
by the fire of loyalty that should
make us honor her all the rest of her
life. This little girl went out and got
busy last October. She put energy
and impulse into her work; infected
all whom she Eaw with the spirit of
loyalty from her brave little heart,
and. by the end of the month Lad sold
War Savings Stamps to the tune of
over VI .DOC'.OC: ' I do not give her
name, but it ought 'o be emblazoned
in letters of gold on the honor boards
of the nation.
And thjs is but one instance of the
way in which the little children are
leading us in the lesson of patriotism.
The Junior Academy out at Punahou
opened its campaign on the Ivtb of
October. Ey the end of the month
those little kiddies Lad accounted for
nearly 1 4. 0 '.'.. (( worth of War Savings
Stamps, and tad 4 Colonels. 3 Majors
and li Captains in their regiment.
Bless their loyal little hearts: Thev
are still going wrong, and tby are nrt
goinr to stop a kne as we elders
continue to fail in cur duty.
The I'unabou Elementary School ac
counted for 2.S?1 Thrift Stamps and
44 War Savings Stamps in the first
week of its campaign, while the child
ren of the Kauai High School turned
in J3 i"f..'X' in only twelve days. And.
speaking of Kauai, there is one tiny
little school at Kilauea on that island.
Its pupils are few in cumber and eo
poor in pocket that many of them
have hardly any pockets at all. And
yet. they have accounted for 1273.00
worth of War Savings Stamps in less
than a month. God bless their little
Another tiny school at Holualoa.
away over in Kona. Hawaii, whose
pupils are almost all children of Ori
entals. Las already turned in t3S"0.S0.
with more to follow. wLile the kiddies
of the West Hawaii district, adminis
tered by that . splendid woman. Miss
Bertha Ben Taylor. Lave bought with
tbeir own little nickel, no less than
ID. 703. 73 worth of stamps. Think of
the poverty of these little tots and
then remember that this sum repre
sents tZ.'.2 epr heed. Isn't it just a
record to be mighty proud of?
The list could be extended over
columns of this paper, but space is
limited. We have already more than
a dozen full generals of the W. S. S.
Army, among the islands. Do you
realize that for a child to attain this
rank, he or she must account for
worth of War Savings Stamps?
It may be more easy for the child of
high social standing, but the odd part
of it is that nearly all the Generals
in the Territory are the children of
the very poor.
Is my text justified or not? Are
the children setting us a high example
or are they not? Are we proud of
them, or are we not? Of course we
are. but are we going to let it go at
that, or are we going to get out and do
some. digging on our own?
It all comes back to the fact that
we owe JSDO.O'Xi.OO on a debt of honor:
and debts of honor always have to be
paid. Even the little kiddies realize
that much, and tbey are nobly doing
their bit in order to help us pay it off.
How about our Christmas presents?
Can we make them help? The Oahu
Sug r Company is giving a 3 percent
Christmas present to its stockholders,
in addition to its usual dividend. That
makes a little gift of over J24'1000.00.
almost half of our War Savin? Stamp
debt. Can't we all make a Christmas
By KENNETH G. DUFFIELD
Member Author's Committee.
American Defenne H'x i' ty
I will not driiik from a German cup
Or eat froxa a German plate.
1 will not d-al with a German man
All foul with German hate.
I'll U'c no drub- with a German name;
That's grown on German land.
I'll eat no f"od and drink no beer
If made by German hand.
1 1 will not te a German tool,
j R.azor. or knife, or saw.
1 will T"t tn-de with a German shop
Thfct lives b the German law.
I will not Fail on a German ship,
, Whre Get m;-.n songs are sung.
I will not breathe where Cod'B dean air
j Is soiled by a German tongue;.
I'll not forg'-t those awful deeds.
To girls and little boys.
No mere I'll hang on Christmas trees
i Those blood-stained German toys.
' I will not take a German's word.
' He'll break it if he can.
, There is no love in a German heart,
j Or faith in a German man.
hi is my oath when war in done.
I I'll swear to keep it true.
And since I know you feel the same.
! I'll pas it on to you.
Peers, 1 I A 71 .a.
washes woolens perfectly
The things you knit, and the things from
which you hope to get longer weardeserve such
care. It cleans, softens, lengthens the life of
It' the perfect family soap for all
household purposes and helps in the
, "save and serve" campaign.
Tell your grocer to send you a
cake of CRYSTAL WHITE today.
American Factors, Ltd.
Wholesale Distributors for Hawaii
present to ourselves of some W. S. S.?
Why not? It will discharge our debt
to the Nation: it will put us over the
top in the only thing in which we have
failed; and it will be a safe and good
investment which will all come back
to u in the near future.
What are we going to do about it?
The children are leading us today.
We cannot afford, for our honor's
sake to let them do the work. Let's
all go to it. and wipe out that debt !
before Christmas cornes. Lord knows
we have plenty to be thankful Mr.
when we think of those black Christ
mastides of the past four years when
our dear ones were dying for us j
"over there." j
Let us say "God bless the children"!
and then get out and put this thing;
so far over the top that we shall
astonish even ourselves.
And so shall Hawaii celebrate this
coming Christmas with honor, and a
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