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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY SEPT. 16, 1919
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER
.COXOESTI0X AT LAXDIXO. I two coupon sections of the Maine
The largest measure of conges-j10 1,0 " forwarded to
tion vet seen at the Nawiliwili U'n'sident Wilson and Premier
lauding was that of last Saturday
when the machines were two or
three tier deep all the way from
bridge on the East to the foot of
the hill on the West.
This means that the roadway
is cramped to a narrow irregular
thread through which navigation
is dangerous to both cars and
The need of additional parking
space becomes more and more im
perative with each passing week.
The right to petition is one of
the inalienable rights of a free
people, and one which, it is to be
hoped, they will not lightly sur
render or neglect. But there is
undoubtedly a good deal of bun-
David Lloyd George. And We
signed and forwarded the same.
No, we didn't read the booklet,
and don't know what it is all
about, gut guess it is a good thing.
hTe almost universal reason for
signing a petition is that some
body wants you to. it costs noth
ing and you don't want to refuse.
Even with intelligent and respon
with yourself and ind erohc aft
witli ignorant and indifferent peo
ple it is more so.
Many of the long petitions, here
and elsewhere, are monuments to
the patience and perseverance, or
shall we say, the impertinence, of
those who have interests to farther
by means of them an axe to
The Governor has them pretty
well sized tin. Not lone auo in
kum, and manipulation about pe-. private conversation he said, "Oh
titions and their signature, which
tends increasingly to discredit
them, so that more and more they
will go. more or less directly, into
the wi'.-te paper basket.
There are doubtless some peti
tions which a man really wants to
sign, and will make an effort to do
so but mostly he signs as the
line of least resistance often
without taking the trouble to
read the petition or get any clear
idea of what it is all about. We are
in receipt of a "Meter-Gram" peti
tion from the mainland with a
booklet of 2: pages telling all
about it and why, and ending with
well, a good many of these peti
tions don't amount to much ! Per
haps you have heard the story of
Judge Wiedemann's experiment to
prove it. He got up a petition to
have a bridge built from Honolulu
to Lahaina so that people might be
saved the evils of seasickness.
and he got hundreds of signatures."
The moral is: Sign when you
want to otherwise, dont!
If you have anything to sell, or
there is something you want, put
a .little notice in the Garden Is
land, and you will get results. It
does not cost much.
LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE
The Beard of Supervisors
To the Editor of the Garden
Islda-n: Adverse criticism, per
haps, is human nature, at least
the common way of comment is
the adverse way. I wish to regis
ter an exception. It is with re
gard to our Board of Supervisors.
No intelligent, fair minded
man, I believe, can read the
monthly record of the County
Supervisors, and check it up by
what he sees in practical accom
plishment, without being im
pressed by the exceleut quality of
the work that they are doing.
They are all busy men, of neces
sity pretty closely tied down to
their daily vocations, it is most
comendable that they give so
much intelligent attention to
County affairs. The affairs of
the County constitute a big busi
ness, widely scattered and of the
most various and hetrogenous na
ture, that they should know
how to handle it wisely and effi
ciently, and that they should be
willing to give the time and at
tention to it, which it requires
these are qualifications which are
worthy of public recognition and
We are fortunate to in having
trained men. Experience is a
most valuable asset in supervi
sors, as well as in other trades
ami professions. In addition to
lines of life, they have not jarred
the unity and sanitv of the Board
r.very wormy interest can
count on a fair and impartial
consideration, and a square deal
on its merits.
Finally they are men of in
tegrity. It is significant that in
all these years there has never
been a breath of suspicion or re
flection on the absolute honesty
ami nusiness integrity or our
Boa nl of Supervisors. No one
has even suggested an "invest iga
tion" of any kind. No one has
seen the shadow of a "nigger in
the wood pile;" ;ind there have
been no rows or rackets within
the fold, with loud recrimina
tions, and large head lines in the
Honolulu papers. They have been
public servants with a large sense
of responsibility, going about
their business and doing it well,
and without any flourish of trum
pets or beating of drums.
We may well take great satis
faction in our Board and in the
good work which they- have uni
lornuy done m all these years,
and I beg to bear this testimony
to their integrity and efficiency,
and 1 have no axe to grind.
M. C. A. AND SABBATH
suitor uaraen island Since some
kind friend in lust week's issue of the
Garden Island mentioned the Y. M. C.
A. as giving silent approval to Sunday
good nature ability we have most-j inovies 68 hown by iu fai,ure t0 be
lv men who have seen a L'ood ,ep,e8ented at the noting of the
many years of special service, and!nard of Supervisors when'the Sun-
during these years thev have Uav ordinance was passed, bo it known
gained a lot of most valuable!10 men JU8t what the Y. M. C. A
special knowledge of the prob
lems with which they have to
stands for with respect to the Sunday
The Y. M. C. A. was represented at
l'artlierniore there is a stability ' tne nrst meeting considering the ques-
and coherence about the policy of
such a Board, that can't be ex
pected from one whose personnel
is shifting all the time, and which
has one policy today and an en
tirely different one tomorrow.
They are fair-minded men,
alive of course to the interests of
their own particular districts,
but also alive to the interests and
well being of the County at large.
Whatever factional lines of cleav
age there may have been in other
tion of granting the petition of Mr.
Fernandez and voiced its objections
clearly. The result was that action on
the matter was deferred until the next
meeting. At the time of the second
meeting however all three Kauai sec
retaries were in conference at Hono
lulu. At this conference with some
35 secretaries present and voting the
Young Men's Christian Association of
Hawaii defined their attitude and went
on record as favoring, first, the Satur
day half-holiday to be generally grant-
all regularly conducted religious serv
ices on Sunday; third, the favoring of
Sunday afternoon recreational sports.
We regard Sunday in America as a
Christian holiday, Instituted and main
tained by the Christian church. It any
one is inclined to djspute this we re
fer him to American history. It would
be presumptuous upon the readers' in
telligence to cite the facts. While It
is now a matter of law of the several
states it nevertheless grows out of
the spirit of the Declaration of Inde
pendence, the modern political creed
of all liberty-loving nations. In this
great declaration, second in sacred
ness only to the Bible itsolt in the
hearts of the American people, the
Christian's God is mentioned four
times in as many different ways.
If history does not furnish reason
able evidence of the connection be
tween Christianity and the Sabbath,
we may point to the non-Christian na
tiosn today do they have a rest day
once in oeven? Do our Oriental neigh
bors on Kauai, excepting the Christ
ians, observe the day of rest? Look in
the rice fields and fishing quarters
next Sunday before ypu answer.
We submit therefore that the Ameri
can Sunday is a sacred day of rest
instituted by Christanity in lieu of
the Hebrew Sabbath. Is it fair play
then to devote the entire day to per-
sonol business or pleasure, without
supporting materially and morally the
Christian organiations primarily re
sponsible for maintaining such a day?
Are the people who spend Sunday
forenoon shooting doves, Sunday after
noon at the baseball game, and Sunday
evening at the movies really good
We do not object to the movies on
Sundays as such. We show them our
selves occasionally on Sunday as most
up-to-date churches do on the main
It is the spirit of the day for which
we contend. We object on the one
hand to the commercializing of Sun
day; on the other, to the keeping of
Sunday hilarious instead of keeping
it holy. Of course if it is the policy,
like some governments, to prevent the
mass of people from ever thinking a
serious or lofty thought, this jaz pro
gram for Sunday is most efficacious.
We waited to see if the people of
Kauai really approved of the Puna
hou team playing baseball on Sunday
morning at the church hour and were
glad to . note that some did not. That
game certainly contradicted the con
victions of Punahou's founders.
The Y. M. C. A. believes in keeping
the Sabbath holy. We allow plenty of
freedom of conscience in determining
just what sort of restriction that
means. But we feel safe in our stand
that it forbids the commercializing of
Sunday and allows some time to wor
ship. We believe in plenty of fun, an
abundance of recreation, moving pic
tures, church and social pleasures all
in their proper places. We believe in
the Americanlaztion of the stranger
within our gates and that those of us
who are free-born have a responsibil
ity to our weaker brothers that we
We bclievo in the spirit of Ameri
can manhood as expressed by the man
whom Marshall Foch styled "the
greatest Individual hero of the war"
and to which the American people as
sented by the reception they gave to
Corporal Alvan C. York of Tennessee.
This true-blue American killed 20
Germans, captured 132 prlnsoners, put
35 machine guns out of action and
broke up an entire battalion in the
Argonne sector on October 28th. On
the fourth-of-July last, while Dempsey
and Willard were pommeling each
other to amuse 40,000 people at To
ledo, O, York was being welcomed on
this sacred American holiday by 100,-
000 church folks at Columbus in the
same state. When the Columbus
throng became quiet enough for him
to be heard, York made a short, simple
speech, with scarcely a reference to
his historic exploits in battle, closing
with these words: "People ask me
what I am most interested in, whether
in movies or vaudeville, or something
like that. Well, the thing I am most
interested in is Christianity and what
I can do to help those who have
drifted away from God get back to
Him. The greatest work in the world
is the spreading of the gospel of
Kauai Y M. C. A. stands for that
type of American manhood and will
strive both Sundays and week days to
J. O. WARNER.
Editor Garden Island As there has
been a great deal of publicity lately
in regard to Kauai school affairs, I
think a little more wont do any barm
and request that you publish th three
enclosures in your next issue.
ERIC A. KNUDSEN.
' Kekaha, Kauai, T. H.,
Sept. 8, 1919
To the People of Kauai:
Greetings: I just want to express my
thanks to the 758 friends of Kauai
ed to laborers; second, the support of j who in no uncertain manner showed
their appreciation of my work as
School Commissioner for Kauai for
the past four years. It has been my
constant aim to Improve the standard
of teachers, and today the schools of
Kauai are better equipped than ever
to furnish the children of Kauai with
Unfortunately the Governor has seen
fit to take sides in a purely local fight
and has listened to a few lies emanat
ing from the office of the counsel hired
by my opponents.
It is not for me to question the
Governor's right in seeking for my
resignation and I gladly hand back to
him the office to which he appointed
me on the 4th of August, but I just
want you all to know that I appreciate
the unsought and wholehearted sup
port given me by so many on Kauai.
ERIC A. KNUDSEN.
. Honolulu, Aug. 29, 1919.
Eric A. Knudscn, Esq.,
Commissioner of Public Instruction,
Dear Sir In view of the recent dis
turbance in school matters on the
Island of Kauai, I feel that the best
interest of the Department would be
served by your severing your connect
I have not asked for your resigna
tion up to the present time, as I be
lieved that under the circumstances
you would have handed it In without
waiting to hear from me.
Wiile I want your resignation I
wish to save you as much as possible
and knowing that you intend to leave
for a trip to the mainland in October,
it would be satisfactory to me if you
delay handing in your resignation un
til the eve of your departure. How
ever this matter I will leave to your
Very truly yours,
C. J. MCCARTHY.
Governor of Hawaii.
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Kekaha, Kauai, T. H.
Sept 8, 1919.
To His' Excellency, Charles. J. Mc
Carth, Governor of the Territory of
Hawaii, Honolulu, T. H.
Sir I beg herewith to acknowledge
receipt of your letter of August 29th,
and hand you my resignation as re
quested. Having just received my
commission on the 4th of August, and
an overwhelming Vote of confidence
from the people of Kauai, some 758
votes for me against a paltry 79
against me, I had every reason to be
lieve that my efforts to improve the
standards of education were appreci
ated, and I cannot understand how
you could have expected me to resign
especially as I am conscious of no im
proper actions on my part, and I most
emphatically deny and brand as utter
ly false the charge made by Mrs.
Burke's friends that I was at the bot
tom of the Kapaa rumpus, and it
seems strange that you should have
given credence to a story which all
Kauai knows is false.
That you give me credit for hard
work I thank you. Your method of
showing approval Is unique. That you
have listened to a small but wealthy
clique, and taken sides in a purely
local fight I think most unfortunate,
for by your act you have destroyed
the dignity of the office of Commis
sioner of Education on the Island of
Kauai, so that in the future no inde
pendent, self-respecting person would
care to take it. As for your sympathy,
pray do not waste it on me.
Yours very truly,
ERIC A. KNUDSEN.
Kapaa, Sept. 13, 1919.
Editor Garden Island Please find
enclosed resolution adopted by the
Democratic Club of Kawaihau, which
Please publish in your paper:
WHEREAS, the people of Kauai, by
an overwhelming vote, as shown by
their petitions to the Governor, have
expressed their absolute confidence in
the impartiality and integrity of Mr.
Eric A. Knudsen, while holding the
office of commissioner of Kauai
AND WHEREAS, upon due investi
gation by the Democratic Precinct
Club of Kawaihau, Kauai, that the
said Mr. Eric A. Knudsen, was in no
manner connected and affiliated with
either side in the differences among
certain of the school teachers of
THEREFORE. BE IT RESOLVED
that the said Club express its regret in
the action taken by the Governor and
that it make known its unchanged
confidence in his Integrity in the dis
charge of his duties, both as such com
missioner and as a citizen.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED
that a copy of these resolutions be
forwarded to the press and Mr. Eric
Adopted this 12th day of September,
A. D. 1919.
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