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Tllfl OARp.EN t.dLAND, fpt&pX?, SEPT. '21, 1920
THE GARDEN ISLAND
lued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER Managing Editor
TUESDAY SEPT. 21, 1920
WJIEX WOMEX VOTE
We're hearing a goo-1 ileal of talk on Kauai
these days about what will come to pass now
that the women of the nation are to have the
ballot. In fact, just at this time it is an all
absorbing topic all over the United States.
One man's opinion is as good as another when
it comes to predicting the outcome-of this new
reform. Both old-line parties claim it will help
them. Each one claims to be the favorite of
the new voter. So you can take your choice of
either opinion. The women themselves, or the
leaders who have worked hardest to bring about
Hutfruge, claim they can poll ten million votes
in the United States. There are others who de
clare they can't get more than five or ten out
of every hundred women entitled to a vote to
go to the polls and cast it. And you are at lib
erty to believe either side of this argument you
want to. It's a political year, one filled with
all kinds of wild eyed rumors, and the man who
can't find something to suit his own personal
opinions is certainly hard to satisfy.
Personally, we are not venturing an opinion
as to just what difference it is going to make.
All we know is there are enough good men and
good women, honest men and honest women of
this country to keep it from going to the dogs.
All we know is that the majority is generally
right, as our history shows. And we can dis
miss the much-talked of problem of suffrage by
saying that the women of thiscountry may be
depended on to do what they believe, is best for
the country. And whatever they do won't be
far wrong when everything is summed up.
WHAT CAX BE DOXE IX PAVJXC,
An achievement of bygone yea .-k it was hud
more than a quarter of a century ago a stretch
of three blocks of pavement on Main Street,
Yisalia, California, stands out as an excellent
guide for road-builders of today.
Away back in the fall of '94 Captain William
Worswick, pioneer paving contractor one of
the oldest on the Pacific Coast laid this pave
ment. Since then the world has seen many and
stufienduous changes, but the surface of Main
Street, Yisalia, has remained the same.
Season after season of heavy traffic during
the hottest months, when the fruit-industry
activities are at their height, has not visibly
impaired it. The heat of twenty-five summers
and it grows warm in Yisalia has effected
no deterioration; there is no sign of flowing,
rolling or rutting. This summer heavy trucks
and trailers, piled high with loads bound for the
canneries and packing houses, pass and repass
over it, as they have done for years, and it is
the same Main Street as of old.
"I consider it a remarkable example of what
can be done in paving," writes City Engineer
L. II. (Jadsby, of Yisalia, and' because of his
interest anil ours he dug up the following facts
concerning it :
It is described in the old records as "a pave
ment consisting of an asphalt concrete foun
dation with an asphalt cement surface."
"It actually consists," writes Mr. Gadsby, "of
an asphaltie concrete base about six inches
thick, with an asphalt wearing surface a good
inch in thickness." Gravel hauled by team from
from the foothills some twenty miles away was
used as an aggregate in the base, the sand was
procured in this vicinity. Nothing has been
spent for' maintenance on this pavement, and
it is in excellent condition today. We have no
doubt but that this pavement is good for many
future years service, in spite of the treniendius
increase of trafiic, in volume and especially in
T1IAXKS TO PROHIBITIOX
Honolulu police court records for the first
six months for the,years 1!(18 and 1 !() show
respectively 1!)40 and 15!2 convictions a fall
ing off of 348, or 18 per cent. Arrests for
drunkenness for these same years show 211
and 1!2, or a falling off of more than SO per
cent. Nineteen eighteen was a wet year, 1920
a dry one. In view of the fact that the popu
lation has greatly increased during these two
years this is a significant showing.
The popular outcry that there is more booze
drunk now than in the old days of license when
it was cheap and easy to get and also very
deadly does not seem' to be upheld by these
There is undoubtedly too much liquor being
drunk, and it is no doubt most injurious in its
effects. Nevertheless we are much better off
under prohibition than under license, and no
respectable community would go back to the
old state of things.
However, the price of sugar hasn't yet come
down to the point where both presidential can
didates are claiming credit for it.
We heard a Waimea man say yesterday that
it'll cost a good deal more to hold elections
now that women can vote, as there'll have to
be a mirror furnished for every voting booth.
While mother is learning the mysteries of
politics, father can learn the mysteries of cooking.
"You might say if you wish," whispered a
well-known Lihue man the other day, "that
marriage is a silent partnership, with the man
the silent partner."
LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE
Editor Garden Island I beg to call
the attention of the agricultural and
gardening public, as well as the county
road authorities, to the rapidly spread
ing advent of that new and menacing
past known as JohtiBon Grass. It is
an underground creeping, Jointed grass
which immediately settles down to
business wherever it gets a start, and
sets out to capture the earth. It makes
an amazing growth In a very short
time, and is exceedingly difficult to
eradicate because of its deep and
powerful rooting system, and because
every Joint grows.
What it can do, and how it can take
possession of the road-sides can be
seen within a stones throw of the
Garden Island establishment. The
other day it was a very modest new
comer, hard to find among the other
road-side weeds; now it dominates the
landscape for a hundred feet or more,
and four or five feet high. It is seed
ing the wind and the birds will carry
this seed all about, and Johnson grass
will be a menacing invader in ail di
They say it Is good for stock, and
if cows were the only consideration of
life, that would be all right.
Those who know the most about it
promptly eradicate it if possible, and
at any rate try to peep it In check. It
stands to reason that the best time to
eradicate it Is right now, and I trust
that the road supervisor may be able
to take the matter in hand.
IT IS A LIE
Time brings wonderful changes. Nowadays
the Kauai man who wears old clothes gets mad
if you don't notice it.
Now that the women can vote we suppose it
will keep all the men folks busy on election
day sharpening lead pencils.
It is to be hoped that Lihue Plantation, when
they get their big generating plant completed, will
find it possible to reduce the present high rate for
electricity, to a point where it can be used for cooking
purposes. If they can make a rate of about four cents
everybody In the district will Install electric ranges.
In answer to a rumor going around
that he succeeded in tabling a bill
which Representative Kaahu intro
duced at the last legislature providing
for the formation of a waterworks In
the Kapaa homesteads, Representative
Aguiar, in a signed statement given to
a representative of this paper, brands
the rumor as a deliberate falsehood
spread by his opponents to belittle his
chances in the coming election. His
signed statement Is as follows:
"Anybody who says that Rep. S. K
Kaahu introduced a bill in the last
legislature providing for a waterworks
in the Kapaa homesteads, and that I
had it tabled, is a deliberate liar.
Rep. S. K. Kaahu did not introduce
any bill for a waterworks In the Kapaa
homesteads, and I challenge any per
son to show where and when Rep,
Kaahu did introduce a bill for a water
works in the Kapaa homesteads.
"I did introduce two bills providing
$35,000 for water works in the Kapaa
homesteads, but both failed to pass
both houses on the ground that water
works in any County are absolutely
County matters, and not Territorial."
(Signed) M. R. AGUIAR, Jr.
Rep. 6th District.
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