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TUB GARDEN ISLAItD, TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 1921
THE GARDEN ISLAND
I tilled Ercry Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER Managing Editor
TrESDAY - - - - JANUARY 25. 1921
Oi l! GREAT SIOMEXT
The greatest moment in the entire history of
Kauai ha arrived the moment to which every
ci:ireu who has the welfare of the inland at
hart. ha looked forward, bnt which we had al
most given up hoj of ever realizing WORK
O THE XAWIL1W1LI HARBOR PROJECT
HAS ACTUALLY B lir, UN !
How many realize the fnll significance of this
fact? of what it actually means to this island?
Hw many realize the great possibilities' of
Kauai with our deep-sea harbor at Nawiliwili
p itilities that are bound to become realities
w'thin the next ten years?
t cjes not require mnch vision to see the
tt mettids of people visiting Kauai every year,
with uany of them staying to make their homes
here to go into business or to bny farms for
many thousands of acres will have been opened
tp before that time, and provision will have
been made to provide sites for those who wish
to enter into business.
There will be thousands of acres cultivated
that are not touched today, and many things
wi'l be grown for the market that are not
th .ngat of today.
The opening of Nawiliwili harbor to deep-sea
traffic means the growing of our little rural
villages into fair sized cities, with all the con
veniences and enjoyments that go with such im
provements. It will mean the opening up of
large and commodious hotels, and the establish
ing of summer (or winter resorts at our fam
ous scenic spots.
Kauai, ten years from now, will not be recog
nized as the island of today.
CALIFORXIA DOES XOT WAXT
LABOR FROM HAWAII
The warning sounded by Governor Stephens
of Califirnia regarding the influx of additional
labor into that state, should be taken seriously
to heart by the laboring element of thsse
Islands esj.eeially the Portugese, who are
intending to go to the mainland.
The laborers who are leaving Kauai to go
to California are chasing a rainbow in the hope
of finding the pot of gold, and, like all people
wlo chase rainbows, they are doomed to dis
f i" tjointinent, because, for them there is wait
in.; no pot of gold in California.
They have been told about the fabulous
w. ges they can earn in California but they
do not know that they can get these large
w ges for only three or four months in the
yetr. They do not realize that they will have
to' pay rent for the hotises they live in; that
they will have to buy fuel to cook with and to
ke ;p them warm in winter. They do not
ki-ow that they will have to buy heavy expen
se e clothing. They will not be able, as here,
to allow their children to run around in no
m re clothing than the law actually demands,
bet will have to buy shoes, stockings, and
m; ny other things that will more than eat up
th-.: difference in the wages that they get here
an 1 what they will get there.
The conditions on our plantations may ot
be ideal, but they are being improved as rapidly
as possible, and we predict that in a few short
ye-iM at most, the living conditions of the em
ployees on our plantations will be better than
thi y would ever be able to make for themselves
California is a great state for the skilled
mechanic or business man, but it is no place, at
the present time, for the day labore . Reports
coming from the mainland state that the large
industrial plants are letting people out by the
thousands, and that for every job there are
hur dr'-ds of applicants.
l'nd?r those conditions, what show will
thc-e laborers leaving Hawaii have? Far
beit?r for them if they stop chasing rainbows
aoi be content to remain where they are.
THEY'RE HIT HARD
Taat vact number still of the opinion they
can buy cbeajer from a mail order catalogue
tn:m from the borne merchant have certainly
been hard hit in the past few months, and indi
cations are they'll learn a pretty costly lesson
if they keep up the practice.
Every person who knows anything about the
markets of this country at all knows they have
wavered and changed more in the past few
mouths than for many years gone by. An
article might sell at one price one day and be
several cents lower the next. There has been
a gradual dropping, and the man who bought
from day to day, at the home stores got the
benefit of it. Not so with the catalogue buy
ers. The catalogues are figured up oue week
on prices prevailing that week. It requires
a vek or two to get them printed ami another
we -k or two to get them into the hrnds of the
bu.wrs. Another week elapses before the
orCcr is sent in so the things bought from the
catalogue are bought at prices several weeka
old. It has kept the catalogue houses in hot
water trying to change prices to meet the
rapidly changing markets, and you may rest
assured that when there has been any money
lost by reason of the changes it hasn't been
the mail-order houses that lost it.
It is certainly proving a costly lesson to
those who won't patronize their home mer
chants. But it is a deserved punishment, and
they must suffer their losses with the know
ledge that they are really, not entitled to sym
The Revenue AgentV Interview, in, another
column of this issue, emphasizes the critical
importance of a wholesome public sentiment
as the fundamental basis of any efficient en
forcement of the prohibition law. Coming as
it does from expert, experienced sources, this
advice is the more worthy of careful consider
ation. No man can know the difficulties and
drawbacks of enforcing the law better than
tl& Revenue Agent does. When he cries for
the help of the public in the uneven contest
with the law breaker, he needs that help, and
he ought to have it. He is working in our
interest and enforcing our laws against the
powers of darkness and corruption. We
ought not to abandon him in the contest.
THE US FOR TUX A TE SITUATIOX
Unquestionably the overwhelming purpose
of the American People is to establish Pro
hibition in this country. Otherwise why the
Constitutional Amendment to that effect?
The trouble is that having so decided and
legislated, the general public doesn't want to
be bothered about seeing it through. They
feel as though they had done their duty, and
have nothing more to do.
And this might work out all right were it
not that there are private and nefarious inter
ests, often of the most unscrupulous character,
ranged up against law enforcement.
It is worth perhaps $10,000 a year to the
successful moonshiner, even in a very moderate
way, to defeat the Law. It is a very live issue
to him, and he leaves no stone unturned to do
it Men of that kind are furtive, and wily,
and unscrupulous, and are likely to be more
than a match for the ordinary, indifferent, pre
occupied general public. The moonshiner
looks after his interests, no one looks after
the public interests, and the results are nat
urally what they are.
WHAT WE CAX DO
Now what can we do about it? What ought
we to do about it?
t We can strengthen the hands of the law.
We don't want to turn detectives, and run
down criminals. We probably wouldn't be
much good at that anyway. But we can help
most effectively by showing where we stand.
If the criminal runs away with the idea that
public opinion is with him, he is very much
emboldened in his pursuits, and it is very hard
to (L?al with him. It is up to us to disabuse
his mind of any such illusion, and to see to it
that he gets no comfort or aid behind the lines.
On the other hand we ought to uphold the
agents of the Law. By means of sympathy,
moral support, and such other effective aid as
we can give, as good citizens we ought to
strengthen their hands. They surely ought
to be relieved from buckiug the back pressure
of an indifferent or hostile public opinion;
there ought to be no enemies in the rear.
The hands of the Judges also ought to be
strengthened in the same way, and a full-tide
pressure of public opinion might well tone up
the Courts into dealing out the most severe
sentences within their power, under the law.
With an active, virile, decisive public opin
ion, that means business and insists on results,
the problem of enforcing prohibition would be
a comparatively easy one.
The manner in which the Inter-Island Steam
Navigation Company handles, or more proper
ly speaking, manhandles freight at the Nawili
wili landing is an absolute disgrace. The
landing, last Friday and Saturday, presented
a spectacle more nearly representing the scene
of a dynamite outrage than the' landing place
of general merchandise. Boxes containing
bottled goods such as catsup, tomato sauce,
etc. were broken open, the bottles smashed and
the contents mixed up with other produce.
Bags of flour and rice and Japanese produce
were broken open and scattered everywhere
even crates of eggs were smashed. The whole
awful mess presented a sickening sight.
It is true the congestion of freight necessi
tated sjeed in the handling of the goods, but
lhere was absolutely no excuse for the reckless
manner in which things were thrown about.
$TORM VICTIMS OP
WAIMEA NEED HELP
The following unsigned cotnmunicV
tlon was received by this office last
Friday morning after being mUsent
to Honolulu. Ed.
Editor Garden Island:
The flood which cleaned Walmea
Sunday January 16 wai the biggest
It took a store owned by Kioche.
Nothing was saved. The family has
nothing but the clothe they had on.
Punilei's house was taken and they
saved themselves by running into
the caves near by.
Nakamura's children saved them
selves by clinging to the trees and
the house was carried several yards
Hofgaard's store was flooded with
water about 2 feet high. Damages
to thousands of dollars. Many poor
children are without clothes.
Many houses in town were flooded
and left mud about a foot or lest In
them. We have heard of floods of
other lands and here we experience a
little ofit, and it is terrible. Let us
do something for these sufferers.
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