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ly the general hopeful prophecy that
the necessary connections would be
forthcoming when required. There
must be definite financial assurances
of responsible parties, such as those
referred to, and vouched for by large
and responsible Arms.
There was another matter that
would have to be taken into considera
tion, that was the increased cost of
materials and labor. These have in
creased for this kind of work, about
40 per cent, so that the original con
templated investment would not begin
to cover the work, and this might af
fect the income, both on the part of
the Federal authoiities and the local
And this again will accentuate the
reasonable contention of Congress
that so large an expenditure can be
Justified only on the assurance that it
is needed, and will be used to an ade
quate degree. We don"t know yet
what the various improvements con
templated will cost but say a million
and a half on the part of the Federal
government and half a million on your
part. Now that is a lot of money, too
much money to spend for no adequate
purpose, or to let lie idle after invest
"From what I learn hero this even
ing I gather that the assurances for
the necessary railway connections will
be satisfactory; the little gap hero at
Waimea that thus far remains un
provided for is so small, and the cost
of bridging It so inconsiderable,
that I feel sure it will be provided for.
There is, however, the further question
of railway service. As I understand it
you propose to link together plantation
railway systems, which will make a
through railway service. Is there any
assurance that such a service will be
forthcoming? I understand that some
of the interests on this side of the Is
land that now ship through Port Allen
are quite satisfied with the present
facilities and will not use the proposed
Nawiliwili harbor to any great extent,
Mr. Broadbent, by way of partial
reply, called attention to the well
known fact that everonce In a while
we had a big Kona which rendered
every unprotected port on the South
and West side of the Island danger
ously unstfe for deep-sea vessels,
especially sailing vessels, they could
not get out In the teeth of the storm-
end even steamers were endangered.
Just a few years ago two such vessels
were lost at Port Allen, in the course
of a couple of weeks, and one other
escaped by the narrowest margin.
"These Konas don't come every
season, but they are liable to come
any season, and they come with very
little warning. With a perfectly safe
and commodious harbor at Nawiliwili
shipowners will insist on transferring
their service to it, as over against the
Kon i threatened Port Allen."
W. F. Sanborn raised the question
as to whether these railways would
not have to become common carriers,
and be responsible for the transporta
tion of all freight and passengers that
It was commonly agreed that a
proper time schedule service would
have to be t arranged .so that there
wou'.d be no conflict between the local
plantation business and the through
public service. This, however, could
be easily arranged.
Mr. Lydgate inquired as to whether
there was any time limit set within
which these preliminary guarantees
must be secured, failing which the
whole enterprise would be called off,
or would it stand open until such time
as the conditions could ba met, If not
now, then at some future time.
Col. Newcomer replied that, pend
ing any definite action to the contrary
by Congress, it would remain open in
definitely. A similar case might be
cited in that of Monterey, where an
important harbor proposition was con
tingent on railway connection with the
San Joaquin Valley region. The neces
sary definite assurances were not forth
coming, and the matter has been left
hanging for some six years.
"And this suggests that even though
the very promptest action be taken,
you are going to have a liberal al
lowance of time to make good on your
guarantee, from four to five years, at
the least, and probably more."
Mr. Cheatham thought that if it was
a matter of only a few thousand dol
lars, even $20,000, to make this Wai-mea-Kekaha
connection the Kauai
Chamber of Commerce ought to pledge
themselves and guarantee that it
would be made.
Governor McCarthy came to the
assistance of the situation with the
suggestion that they could bank on the
help of the Legislature to meet a little
difficulty like that. He had supposed
that this connection would run away
up into largo figures, but if it was a
matter of only a few thousand dollars,
that could be easily arranged. "Kauai
had always been very modest indeed in
making demands on the Territorial
Treasury and this would certainly re-j
act to her advantage when she really ,
needed money for a worthy enterprise I
like this." i
He was sure that all they would
need to do was to ask for it at the
hands of the next Legislature, and they
would get it. And that next Legislat
ure might not be so far away, as there
was every probability that there would
be a special session after the return
of the Commission from Washington.
Col. Newcomer declared that the
way things were going he thought they
could open up the quaries and begin
operations any time.
There was one other minor problem
which had arisen which was a matter
of the interpretation of the Act, viz:
as to the meaning of the 600 feet strip
extending back from the water-front.
In view of the fact that the water
front will be filled in and moved for
ward a good deal, it is not quite clear
where the 600 foot line will run. We
are awaiting a ruling on this point
Dr. Trotter, the new president of
the Board of Health, was then intro
duced with the premise that he, in
company with the other members of
the party, had made a careful detailed
visit to all the various sanitary appli
ances of the Kokee region, and he wa3
the man who had the say-so about it
we would like to hear what he thought
The doctor said that when he saw
about the unsanitary condition of
things there in the newspapers he
"went for" his boy who had been up
there last summer at the Knudsen
camp and the boy came back at him
"Oh, now, hold on Dad that's all
bunk! I was captain when we broke
up camp, and I know everything was
left in first-class shape."
"Of course I think It is very im
portant that there should be no sani
tary contamination of the water sup
ply sources of Waimea or any other
community, and I think there ought
not to be any washing or bathing in
the stream up here at these summer
camps. But with the careful provision
that has been made in every case for
the disposal of waste, and the public
ity and emphasis which has been given
to the matter, there is every assur
ance that the sanitary requirements
will be met. And as an evidence of
my confidence in this respect I will
say that I hope to bring my wife and
family to Kauai to spend part of the
summer at Kokee."
C. S. Judd, the Superintendent of
Forestry, being called on, replied that
having ridden 35 miles that day he was
tired of sitting, and was glad of a
chance to stand up. He was an en
thusiastic beiiever In these summer
camps and had pushed the matter
somewhat against the judgment of
some members of the Board. Perhaps
there has been some slackness in the
observance cf tho necessary sanitary
precautions, but I am sure that this
will be obviated in he future."
President Broadbent then Inquired
as to the present status of the Kaana
Park project. "We wore very much
interested In it and very much con
cerned lest It fall by the way and
come to nought."
Governor McCarthy replied that the
proclamation setting it aside as a pub
lic park was all ready for signature,
when the matter of sanitary irregular
ities at Kokee came up, and he thought
it would be well to let the matter rest
until he and the representatives of the
interested departments could come
down and see for themselves just
what the situation was. And now, on
his return, and just as soon as he was
in receipt of favorable reports from
the Board of Health and Forestry and
Land Departments, the matter would
be closed up.
Mr. C. T. Bailey, Sunt, of Public
Lands, dealt out some plain facts as
well as some hopeful reassurances in
regard to homesteading and home
steaders. A very considerable part of
the homesteading failures of the past
could be laid at the door of the Land
Department. The holdings were too
small; there were no roads; and suit
able cane growing contracts were not
"But all the fault was not on the
side of the Land Department. There
were some homesteaders who had no
use for hard work, and who preferred
to have their callouses on the broad
area in the rear than on their hands.
"Now we are going to give them
land enough to make a reasonable
living on; and give them roads so that
they can get onto their land right
away with the means of cultivation
and occupation; and we are going to
do what we can to assure them fair
"Farthermore, we are going to pre
elude, as far .as we can, all npeculat
Ion. And if any of your friends have
en idea of taking a chance in these
new Wailua homesteads, with the idea
that they can transfer a lucky drawing
to someone else, for a consideration,
you can just tell them from me that
they "won't be able to put it across!
"Another advantage that I think the
homesteader will appreciate is that of
direct, personal contact with the Sub
Agent, who can give his whole time
and attention to land matters. Formal
correspondence is more or less of a
burden and a bugbear to many of
them; a direct talk with someone who
knows is much more satisfactory.
With these changes and improvements
homesteading gives much more prom
ise of success than heretofore."
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way of entertainment, Percy Lydgate
gave a couple of recitations, and Fos
ter Horner told a couple of war stor
ies, and J. H. Coney, a near war inci
dent which bore the marks of a fertile
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