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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, ft EC. 21, 1920
Issued Every Tuesday
K EXXET1I C. HOPPER
DECEMBER 21, 1!)20
AN ANSWER TO "KAWAIHAU
BASEBALL LEAGUE HOLDS
A 'QUIET' MEETING'
Tlic liiiliil our various leaders of athletics
I. ne of inotestiiif; games is verv nnuh to be le
' jihnvd. It would lie inure sportsmanlike to
i' side lv tl.e rulings of t lit umiires or referees,
l'uiy the game for tlie game's sake, and if there
l..is lieen an injustice done. Ihe public will
k:iow it and will honor the suffering team for
Iheir sorlsinanlike conduct in abiding by the
decisions of those in authority.
WHAT TO no WITH I'CBLIC LAXD
In a recent interview, Attorney-general
Harry Irwin voices a policy in regard to public
l.itids which may perhaps be taken as an
indication of what is coining, and is therefore
of considerable interest to the public.
lie thinks that l!ehabilitatioa is assuredly
(.suing. He holds that the successful return
i Kuliio means that Hawaii stands for that
measure. It was the single issue on which he
.. .is elected. Furthermore the special session
i.' Legislature went on record in favor of it.
Tii.it Hawaii wants the Kehabilitation measure
Yv'll be the natural inference of Congress and
i I will be given to them.
The really valuable residue of public land
n iw remaining, is some Mti.OOO acres of cane
land, and that we have got to make the most
of for revenue purposes. The day is gone by
when we can dabble in doubtful experiments
and fritter away our capital stock, as we have
largely done in the matter of hoinesteading.
We must conserve what we have left, and make
the most of it.
The way to do this is neither to homestead
it nor to lease it out, as we largely have done,
foi- a nominal rental, but to get from the plant
ations or other lessees what the land is really
As ii illustration of what has been done,
and what can be done, lie cites the case of the
Kekaha lands. Formerly the whole Kekaha
tract yielded an annual rental of only .",000.
This last year on a special temporary lease for
one year, the government received five per cent
of the crop, yhich came to S7,000, which he
figures came from about one fourth of the
wLnle area, making an acreage rental of about
70. an acre.
n the basis of these figures the Attorney
general estimates that the Government ought
to realize an annual income of three quarters
of a million dollar from these public lands.
Accordingly he advocates the adoption of
a per rentage basis of rental which would of
course make the actual rental contingent on
the quality of the laud, the nature of the sea
son, and the price of sugar.
This system would also have the advantage
of giving the small man a chance, he wouldn't
have to pay his rent until he had made it, and
it would be in proportion to his profits, or
'rather his receipts.
HOW MUCH BETTER IS ITf
Without in any way discrediting the Attorney-general's
plan, we venture to call attention
to one or two facts which somewhat dim Ihe
lustre of it.
We don't know 'exactly where the :(i.0OO
acres of Public Sugar lands are, but for certain
they are not all at Kekaha, and a very large
proportion of those lands won't produce the
crops that Kekaha does. Some of it probably
is Wailna mauka, that will grow four tons to
the acre rather than ten or twelve. The per
centage rental will shrink woefully there.
In any one year a plantation has say a fourth
of its land in plant cane, another in ratoons of
lower grade, another in course of preparation,
plowing, etc., and still another fourth lying
fallow. Now the per centage rental will be
collected on the one fourth in plant, at per
haps six tons to the acre, and on the second
fourth in ratoons. at perhaps four tons. And
that is all the rental there will be for thai
year. The other half yields no return, ami
goes rent free. That means lhat your whole
area pays on a basis of about two and a half
tons, or less if there happens to be any waste
land. This cuts your clotted cream of rental
down to something like ordinary milk.
A per centage rental again depeudsTm the
price of sugar. This last year of course it
made a wonderful showing. Hut that won't
happen again any lime short of the milleniuin.
With sugar at four cents, any reasonable per
centage rental won't look anything like so
With sugar at four cents, on the basis of
two and one-half tons to an acre over the whole
area, a five per cent rental would come to $10.
an acre, which isn't phenomenal.
With lands of the average or poorer quality :
with lands that cannot be kept in cultivation
the whole time, but must rest part of the time;
with ordinary prices of sugar; and with the
government taking the risks along with the
planter, the per centage basis of rental will
lose much of its charm.
ssTh Stay IF BdkH(ehemM
To be rendered in the Lihue Theatre, Sunday night, Dec. 26, 1920.
Chorus "Behold! I will send My messenger"
Trio "The Redeemer shall come to Zion"
Mesdames Rice and Ahana, Mr. H. W. Waiau
Tenor Solo "For the Lord shall comfort Zion"
Mr. R. W. Bayless
Chorus "Arise, Shine!"
t. Soprano Solo "Now when Jesus was born"
Mrs. Win. Rice, Jr.
Chorus (Men's voices) "Where is He?"
Alto Solo "When Herod, the King"
Mr3. K. C. Ahana
3. Bass Solo (Herod) "Go now and diligently find this King"
Mr. Albert Horner
4. Chorus (Men's voices) "We bow to Thee"
5. rTenor Solo "The Star"
Mr. Sam Carter
6. Chorus "Guide them to Him"
THE PLAINS OF BETHLEHEM
7. Soprano Solo "And there were shepherds"
Mrs. Henry T. Sheldon
Chorus (Men's voices) "And suddenly there was with the angels'
8. Chorus (Ladies voices) "Glory to God"
9. Alto Solo "And the shepherds came with haste"
Mrs. K. C. Ahana
10. Chorale "O, come all ye faithful"
"11. Alto Solo "A Christmas lullaby"
Mrs. K. C. Ahana.
PART THREE v
A VALUABLE NEW FOOD PRODUCT
Tree fern starch is coining to th
front in Hilo. The product has beer
under experiment and on probation
for some time, and has now apparent
ly passed the problematic stage, and
bids fair to become a regular article
of at least Island consumption.
The starch is made from the inner
core of the stump or log of the tree
fern, also known as the pulu fern
which is more or less common on all
the Islands in the Forest belt, but is
especially abundant on Hawaii. The
value of this natural product was well
known to the ancient Hawa'ians who
used it in times of food shortage.
The log is barked or slabbed by
removing the outer corky layer, loav
ing the starchy core, which is about
the consistency and color of ivory
soap. This is ground in a power
mill, and then macerated with water,
in which the starch settles. This is
dried and ground to a fine smooth
powder, which is then packed in two
pound packages, by the Doty firm ir
iuio. who nave secured large con
cessions of the fern tree forest conti
guous to Hilo.
Some of the product has drifted to
Lihue, and is pronounced excellent
being very much like the famous West
A recent issue of the Advertiser
contains articles on this new product
as well as recipes for its use. It
to be hoped that our local stores will
Soprano Solo "The Angels of the Lord"
Mrs. Wm. Rice , Jr.
13. Intermezzo Instrumental
14. Tenor Solo "And being warned of God"
Mr. Chas. Keahi
Chorus (Ladies voices) "A voice was heard in Raman"
Chorus (Men's voices) "Accursed King"
Quartette "He slumbers not"
Mesdames Rice, Ahana, Messrs. Bayless, Waiau.
Bass Solo "Love is His Throne"
Mr. H. W. Waiau
Finale "Sing and Rejoice"
Mrs. Ralph W. Bayless, Directress
Mrs. William Grote. Pianist.
36 participants in chorus
LETTER3 FRCM THE PEOPLE
The Dalles (Chronicle) Dec. 1:
btories about the big trust freezing
out independent companies, salting
wells, obliterating towns in its fight
to control the oil production' of the
I'nited States, are well known, but
the Standard of Indiana will cut
$12,500,0(10 melon for its employees
Moreover, let an employee become ill
the company sees that he vant3 for
nothing. The Standard Oil Company
may be grasping, but the price of
gasoline did not leap skyward during
the war as did other things. In
face of the critically diminished sup
ply of fuel oil, the price did not in
crease materially only enough . to
pay increases in cost of doing busi
ness. Any company lhat has the
welfare of its men at heart to the
extent of cutting a $12,500, OipO melon
for them, is more good than bad.
Editor Garden Island Wc have al
ways understood that your paper
stood for the welfare of ALL KAUAI.
011 have nhvays given prominence to
ports, believing, as the gentlemen
ho are hacking sports in Kawaihau.
that sports are one of the chief means
of promoting Americanism, democ
racy and good morals. If this, our
opinion, of your paper be the true one.
we cannot understand 'Ww you allow
me use or your columns ior sucn ob
structive literature as the article
above mentioned. That article has.
on the face of it, no other purpose
than to kill sports in Kawaihau. Why
should an Irresponsible kid be allow
ed in a respectable paper to ridicule
respected men who for no other rea
sons than humanitarian ones give
their time and money to the promot
ion of clean sports. We consider the
iction of the young man who Is the
nithor of this article absolutely un
sportsmanlike, low and despicable
his aim, to break up sports in Kawal
hau just because in a dispute he has
:ecn worsted. Or perhaps as a gentle
man who is at present more charitably
disposed than we are, terms it: "The
Whine of a Spoiled Child."
To come to the accusations made
against the directors of the Kawai
hau Athletic Association, the writer
of the article being himself one of the
directors constitutes himself the judge
of them all saying that a majority of
the directors knew no more about
baseball's inns-and-outs, or how to
properly decide vital baseball proh
lems, than a layman knows how to
solve the Federal income tax law
The majority in this case is all the
directors with the exception of him
self, and the minority: those that
know the inns-and-outs of baseball,
are only himself, since all voted
igainst his claim with the exception
of himself. This assumption is cer
Uinly humorous if not tragic. The
bone of contention between himself
and the directors is: that they sua
tamed the Alr.es protest. Ihe one
sufficient reason for the directors'
aetio.n in this matter is that
the munagci' of the Liberties agreed
to have the game, which was played
between them and the Allies on he
day of the Catholic Fair, postponed
Whether that agreement was made
ho night before or the yea." before is
indifferent ;o the issue. If the man
ager of the Liberties had not agreed
to this postponement and if the Lib
erties had appeared in uniform, ready
to start the game, and if the Allies
had not appeared on time, the game
would have been declared in favor of
the Liberties, and no one would have
kicked. 1C the notice was too short
the manager could have refused. But
he agreed to the postponement, and
that was sullicient. Tha conclusion
which he draws from the decision of
the directors, lhat two teams in
league with a regular schedule, had
the power to postpone any game at
any time for no apparent reason, with
one day's notice, is false, too. In this
case there was sullicient reason. The
President, Vice-President, and Treas
urer were approached and the Presi
dent with the latters' consent decided
that if it was agreeable to both man
agers of the teams, the game could
be postponed. The time at which the
agreement was made is not of any
account. The authorized agreement is
Our league is called a BUSH
LEAGUE. We never pretended that it
was a Big League. We just pretend to
be a Junior League, formed for the
purpose of supporting Athletics to
the best of our powers. That some
big leaguer entered it and then found
fault with it, is not our fault. He
should have stayed out of it. Our
league is no place for Big Leaguers
The two other reasons he gives why
the directors are supposed to have de
dared themselves in favor of the pro
test seem to any fairinindcd man per
fectly reasonable, since it makes no
difference what had been done before,
as long as every body agreed to it;
but it made a big difference in the
case where one party does not agree
to the breaking of rules and regula
tions as in this case.
The fact of it is that the Liberties
had no team ready to play but that
seeing they would have an easy vic
tory, they scraped together three men
who never during the season had had
a uniform on and did not have one
for the occasion.
Childish and more than childish it
Is to publish little bickerings that
may have taken place during the
meeting, such as the Aeuiar inci
dent. But more than childish or
rather malicious it is to put in print
and to mention names in the case of
Robert Okii'a'H misunderst.nding.
This, of course, has been written for
effect, namely, to show how stupid
the Directors are and how unfit to
give a Heels. on r.tnee one or tnem at
least loe:i iw iinderstar.il simple
English. yw, for the benefit of
the author of tl:is slam, it might bo
well to mention that Mr. Robert Oki
ta has had as good an education and
understands English as well as ho
Next, if the Directors thought
that now the lime had come to en
force the rule, we do not see any
thing absurd in this. The president
of tim Leasee does not pretend to
lie an export in Big League baseball
but lie thicks he was not at all
absurd in mling that if no team
shows up at the time of utartiug
both teams forfeit the game. If
this is not a correct ruling he would
appreciate very much being put right
in this matter.
Last of all conies a llttls flatter,)
for the president and tht-n a slam,
for slamming is in order now. The
writer's comparison is certainly
amusing. But Isn't it a fact that all
of us have gone to school at some
time in our lives, and during that
time we played games? That
whether later we became ministers
or bookkeepers or mulo drivers, we
remember something of the rules of
these games? That because the
writer of the article is a bookkeeper
ho is not by that fact r better judge
of baseball thafl the president who
is a priest? That the rules of base
ball are not so extensive that anyone
with a little brains can have a fairly
good knowledge of them? That a
judge in a court is not sue posed to
know every law in the Code? But
that the lawyers on both sides have
to show him the law and thiit then
he Just uses a little common sens
and decides? If that bo so, why
ould not a priest be the president
of a baseball League, as well as a
millionaire the president and a
plantation manager the vice-presi
dent of the Kauai baseball League
As long as he is chosen by a major
ity without his own connivance, as
long as he has a fairly good know
ledge of the game, and especially,
as long as ho has a little good judge
ment? The writer of the article
was one or those who chose the
priest as president, but now that
this particular priest has made rul
ings not to his liking, he is not fit
for the presidency.
We kindly ask you, Mr. Editor, in
fairness to the Kawaihau Athletic
Association, in fairness to its elected
officers, and for the welfare of clean
sports, to print this our answer to
the above mentioned article of vitu
The Directors of the Kawaihau
Per M. S. Henriques,
Note The article referred to In
the above letter was written by Mr,
G. M. Shak and appeared in the Gar
den Island of last Tuesday. It was
supposed to have been published as
a letter to the. editor,, witn. Mr.
Shak's name signed at the bottom
but. through an oversight,, was pub
lished as a news Item.
This department is maintained for
the purpose of providing the public
with a means of expressing them
selves on matters -of public interest,
All lettern received will be published
in this department,, providing the
writer's name is attached. We will,
however, have to request future con
tributors to this department to con
fine their letter to not more than
half a column. Ed.
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