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THE GARD1 CN ISLAND. TUESDAY. MAR. 23, 1920
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER
The March bonui for plantation lab
orer! is 204 per cent. "You abominable
and poisnoui capitalists of Hawaii, who
squeeze the fleah and blood and face
with a sword of righteousness!" That
sounds like itl
Till) 11AM)S TURXED BACK
The reported reversal of policy
by win eli Congress will withdraw
tlie best lands from liomesteading
and lease tlieni out to the highest
bidder, is a retrograde step of
most significant portent.
With the information available
it is hard to understand this sud
den new departure. The insistent
demand has been heretofore for
the Americanization of the Is
lands for the building up of an
independent, prosperous, intelli
gent middle class, which would be
bound to the country and identi
fied with its best interests in a
word, a growing democracy.
The discredit of the Islands has
been, justly enough, that our sys
tem was a false one, of plutocrat
corporations dictating .to alien
serfs, and that both were undemo
cratic and uu-American. It was
nil wrong and we must remedy it
ns fast as possible by a vigorous
polocy of lioniestealing.
And now, when we have got
nicely started on this policy, we
are suddenly brought up with a
round turn ; the hands are moved
back for good and all, and the old
status of things is fastened on us
more firmly than ever.
That this should be done out of
a clear sky, without any special
investigation, and in spite of the
efforts of our Commission in
Washington to the contrary, seems
incredible. There must be a nig
ger in the fence somewhere. It is
scarcely to be thought that these
Congressmen in Washington, even
the Territorial Committee! out of
their own personal knowledge,
ever divined for themselves that
liomesteading was a failure in
Hawaii, and that there was no
use fooling with it any longer.
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LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE
Ve are in receipt of an interesting
and important letter from Col. Z. S.
Spalding, which, on account of our re
duced staff, depleted by the flu, we are
forced to hold over 'till next week.
Editor Garden Island "Rehibilita
tion for ths Hawaiians," is now the
cry .'Give them a chance to get out of
the city onto the land, and then as
sists them to own their own homes and
make themselves comfortable and In
dependent as farmers."
This has a kindly, optimistic sound
which commends it as a generous gen
erous policy toward a decadent people,
which commends it as a wisely gen
imposed on in times gono by. It Is an
easy way, out of our abundance, of
making good to them for past infringe
ment or past neglect. We will rehab
ilitate them; set them up again on the
lands, and make independent and effi
cient men of them, once more.
Eut win we, can we do it, in any
Seventy years ago the cream of the
Islands was given to the Hawaiians,
the common people of the Hawaiians,
by a land commission. The choice
bits of improved land all over the
country were given them outright.
They were known as kuleanas, the
"shares" of the common people. These
kuleanas though small, were veritable
homesteads and were sufficient to
furnish them a comfortable living.
Furthtrmcro those who were ambit
ious for larger areas were able to pur
chase grunts from the Government at
very reasonable prices and very large
areas of tho best government lands re
maining were secured by the Hawaii
ans in this wtiy. it
Gradually these patentees and their
descendentB have relinquished these
laud3 and moved away to town. If
they could mortgage or sell, or rent
them they were ready to do so; if they
couldn't they would leave them any
way. to lie idle.
To put people onto the land, and
even to help them stay there, will not
do 1.1 aeli good in the long run if they
don't want to stay, and have not the
qualities which will enable them to
make a success there.
Tho Ilxwaiiana have many most
estimable and delightful qualities, and
no one admires and appreciates thcae
qualities more than I do, but industry,
thrift, and business ability are not of
them, and these are the qualities
which are indispensable to success on
the land anywhere, and without them
they will not succeed.
Unless this rehabilitation process is
going to attach them to the land, so
that ihey become virtual prisoners on
their estates, and cannot leave them,
they ,will not stay there, and will not
be happy there. If the kuleana owner
of the byogone generation would not
do it, still lens will his modern descend
ent do it. If course there will be not
uble exceptions, as there have been in
the past, but they will be the except
ions. What tho Hawaiian needs, in com
mon with a great many other people
is not land, nor helps to holster him up
on the land. but the development of
thone virilo qualities of manhood which
will enubla him to hold his own In the
race for subsistence and success.
Finally, perhaps It may be ungrac
ious, and gratuitous to look behind the
scenes for ulterior purposes, but, ouo
cant help wondering how much of this
rehabilitation talk is genuine concern
for the well-being of the Hawaiians,
and how much Is political dust thrown
in their eyes, and other people's, to
cloud the issues and prevent them
from seeing what Is being done. The
coincidence of the rehabilitation
scheme and the withdrawal of planta
tion land3 from homesteading, is bus
picious, to Bay the least. It looks like
sop to an injured man.
Editor Garden Island To spot the
short-comings and exploit them, and to
forget the virtues of a man in public
service, this is perhaps an all too
I an accordingly moved to register
my appreciation of the good service
that was given to the public by M. G,
Santos, recent postmaster in Lihue
Under difficult and trying circumatanc
es he rendered, I believe, excellent
service, and did It with mote than us
ual courtesy and consideration.
It Is comparatively an easy matter
to find a public servant in such a po
sition, who will give satisfaction to the
influential patron, but not always so
easy to find one who has the courteous
answer and the courteous manner for
all alike rich and poor.
If the influenza situation continue
t-y improve there will be church aer
ices next Sunday at the Lihue Union
Rev. .John P. Erdman, of Honolulu
will preach. This is the pre-Eas'.o:
season when our thoughts turn to
Christ and His church. Sunday is
Palm Sunday. Let's re-assemble our
selves in the House, of the Lord and
Word has just been received that
the Kauai Evangelical Association
will- hold a special meeting in Hono
lulu, April 17th, 2 p. m. All concern
ed take notice.
The 98th Annual Meeting of the
Hawaiian Evangelical Association
will be held in Honolulu, April 17 to
20. This promises to ba one of the
greatest meeting in the history of the
association and is to be held simul
taneously with the Centennial.
NOTICE TO BRITISH VETERANS
All British Veterans who expect to
, be in Honolulu during the visit of
II. R. H. The Prince of Wales, and de
siring to join the Honolulu Veterans
in welcoming him, will please notify
the secretary of the V. G. A. D. E., or,
if possible, attend the meeting on April
5th, in the British Club rooms, begin
ning at 8 p. m. Advt.
will be paid for imformation leading to the recovery or
Pointer Bog, belonging to DR. E. N. YOUNG.
Desci iption: One and half years old, White
body with li ver-colored head, Large liver colored spot
on middle body. Answers to name of "MIKE."
of the Inter
we are sure
a case of 01
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