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'" TUB GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, 'FEB. 8, 1921
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C HOfrPKR
FEBRUARY 8. 1921
Wl'AT TO DO WITH
Tie letters published in this issue, under
iiuo her Lead, in regard to the treatment of de
linquent children call attention to a matter
wlii h deserves tilt most careful consideration
of t.ie intelligent public.
Criminals are tht most expensive and undes
irable product that any community can raise,
and any plan which will reduce that output
will be not only a worthy humanity, but also
a m.ghty good investment.
I i spite of all the investigations, and all
the promises of reform, the Industrial School
for Hoys still remains a deplorable failure, as
the governor frankly admits. Evidently it is
a difficult problem, one to be approached war
ily and with an open mind.
While we are in hearty sympathy with any
constructive effort to deal with the situation,
we -ould suggest that an intelligent commis
sion should study the matter and work out
sonii; promising plan of solution, iu order we
may avoid the pitfalls into which other such
institutions have fallen.
V'c would commend "most heartily the iniel
ligent interest which Judge Achi takes in the
matter, and would bespeak for him a careful
and sympathetic hearing.
Prophecy in the sugar business has, been
' suc'i a signal failure of late that we are natur
ally suspicious of any forecast, however modest
it ii.ay be. However, here is the way "Facts
Abcut Sugar" looks into the future, and what
it sees. Take it for what you think it is worth.
The Cuban crop will be smaller than last
year; that much is pretty well assured. The
home crop will be about the same. There will
not be any large invasion of foreign sugars into
our home field this year, as there was last,
for the simple reason that there will be no high
prices to attract them. It was the phenomen
al -high prices of last year that brought down
our house of fortune about our ears and
wrought our ruin. The supplies in sight prom
ise iibout 8G founds of sugar per capita, which
with present prices, is a very moderate supply.
Present indications are that 11)21 .will be
marked neither by a serious shortage iior by a
disconcerting over-supply. Prices should
strengthen gradually and should show less ex
treme fluctuations than last year.
I) factlt should be more nearly a normal
sugi r year than any we have had since the be
ginning of the world war.
HIGHER RATES ALL AROUXD
O ir tax rate takes another jump this year.
It vas 2.;:C4 last year, now it is 2.90."
Tl e other Islands are having a similar ex
perience. Maui goes Kauai one better, with
a rate of 2.94, while Hawaii is content with
2.74, and Oahu with 2.57.
Ti e respective increases are; Maui 0.83,
Kaiui O.GIIG, Hawaii 0.47G, and "Oahu 0.28.
Maui is at the head othe class, with Kauai
It stands to reason, of course, that we cannot
have public improvements without paying for
theu.. If we will have roads, and bridges, and
schoils, and waterworks, and all the other
necessities and comforts of civilized life, we
nius just pay for them, and there is no use
Tl'ese things have been, and still are, phe-
nonoially expensive. In addition to this the
falli tg price of sugar pulls valuations down
with it, so that the tax returns are lower. This
inea ;s, of ourse, that the rate must be raised
to mrjet the deficit.
KA HALE O XA ALII
The advent of Princess Kawanamikoa and
the organization of the Hale o na Alii on Kauai
are events worthy of special note because of
what that organization stands for, and what
it is seeking to do for the Hawaiian race.
With a frankness and honesty that are very
eomiiendable, the Princess tells her people
that rhey must look to themselves for prosper
ity, influence, and advancement. IJy means
of industry thrift, intelligence and morality,
they must build up their own fortunes. In a
word, they must "make good."
We understand that the organization is part
ly a mutual benefit society in the interest of
the members, and partly a philanthropic or
ganisation somewhat along the lines of the Red
Ciwk, to assist and relieve need or suffering
anifig the Hawaiians.
Much of the work, however, will be of a con
structive permanent nature, seeking to prevent
and cure the evils rather than give mere tempo
The social charm and grace of the Princess,
as well as her wise tact, make her very popular
among the Hawaiians, and give her much in
fluence among them. It is a very commend
able work that she is doing and we wish her,
and those assisting her, much success.
AXOXYMOUS VOMMUX1CATIOXS '
This" office is in receipt of a communication
requesting the publication of a certain resolu
tion. As the communication is not signed by
a responsible individual, we must decline to
publish it. ,
We have stated repeatedly in these columns
that anonymous letters to the editor will not
under any consideration be published. In
this special instance, we would advise the wri
' ter to mail a copy of 'his "Resolution" to the
party or parties he wishes to reach.
OTHER PEOPLE'S BUSIXESS
Taking exceptions to the way other people
run their business is a favorite pastime of the
American people, and quite a few of that kind
of Americans make their home on Kauai. "ot
that this community is different from any
other, for it isn't in this respect. But juTst as
charity should begin at home so should the
work of eliminating criticism of others start .
It seems to be human nature for a fellow to
think he could run another fellow's business
better than it is being run. Take for example
the newspaper. You wouldn't run the paper
the way we do, would you? Of course not.
Possibly you could do a lot better, but this
much we know you would not run it the way
you think you would. 2so man ever ran a
newspaper, or any other business, just exactly
as he would like to do. There is a desire on
the part of every editor to please everybody
byt he soon learns it can't be done. He starts
in determined to print every item of news that
comes up, and pretty soon learns that he can
save a lot of sorrow and uuhappiuess by leaving
out some few items that occasionally come up.
Again there are times when he must publish a
story, even though it hurts some of his best
friends. If a certain itetn does appear it
makes some people mad, and if it is left out
others are mad because it wasn't printed. So
the newspaper is criticized either way it turns,
despite the fact that the editor 4vould like to
please everybody. The same is true of the
conduct of every other business. You might
run it differently from the other fellow, but
you wouldn't even then run it to suit yourself,
and we doubt if you'd ruu it any better. Try
to remember that before offering criticism of
the other fellow's business, for it will help the
business in which you happen to be engaged.
THE "BLUE LAWS"
There's a great deal of space being devoted
in daily newspapers and magazines these days
to a discussion of this country's possible return
to the old "blue laws" of Pilgrim days, and
since the matter has become national in its
scope naturally citizens of Hawaii are taking
their share of interest in the discussion.
Out of Washington conies a report that the
Lord's Day Alliance proposes to stop every
thing on Sunday which involves any kind of
manual labor. That would mean all trains
would stop, milk couldn't be delivered, Sunday
papers would have to. suspend; drug stores
and ice cream parlors would keep their doors
locked and auto pleasure riding would cease.
Not a gallon of gasoline or anytlwng else
could be sold on Sunday. At the same time
there comes a' denial of this, a high official of
the League declaring that it is proposed only
to stop everything which borders on commer
cialism. There could be ball games, if no ad
mission was charged, and autos could run
provided it was in order to get their owners
and their families to and from church.
We do not believe there is a more law-abiding
community in all the land than the one in
which this paper is printed and circulated. And
we do not want to see Sunday commercialized
to the extent that it will mean only a money
grabbing day. Put we do feel that our citi
zens are entitled to fresh air and exercise and
such innocent plofi'ure as they feel is best for
them after six days of labor. And any attempt
to legislate them into being any better than
they are is going to meet with a hearty protest
from them "right off the reel."
Where is the man who can say he never got
in a hurry but what a shoestring broke or his
coat got caught in the door?
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