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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, FEB. 15, 1921
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOTTER
FEBRUARY 15, 11)21
HAWAII AXD THE WORLD
The meeting of newspaper men of the ter
ritory in Honolulu on the 5th of this month
was the forerunner of what is destined to be
one c-f the, greatest events in the history of
' Hawaii the meeting of the world press con- .
gress in Honolulu nest October.
Loiriu Thurston, the master booster of Ha
waii, in sneaking of the coming event, said :
"F'rty nations are to be represented in this
congress. Think of it! There have been
mighty few occasions in history when the ac
credited representatives of forty nations have .
cuine together for any purpose. It might have
happened when they got together to parcel up
Europe and decide what they would do with
Napoleon, and at the jeace conference at Ver
sailles, but the times have been few.
"Without regard to race or faction it is up
to us to give these delegates such a welcome
and f ich an entertainment as they will remem
ber to their dying day."
Tit foremost publishers of forty different
natio. s approximately 400 newspaper men
will either here for that congress. They are
going to 1 entertained as "only the eoplc of
Hawaii can entertain. They will be given the
oppor; unity of seeing the wonders of our sev
eral islands wonders that cannot be surpassed
in any other land upon the face of the globe.
When these men (and women) return to
their homes they are going to be boosters for
Hawr. L Four hundred of the world's leading
newspaper men, from forty different countries,
as en husiastic boosters for Hawaii. Think
of it! The territory has not cut much of a
figure in world affairs heretofore, but after the
world press congress, Hawaii, the "Crossroads
of the Pacific", will assume its place of im
portance. The expenses attached to the press congress
will aniouut to approximately ?25,000, and is
to be borne by the people of the territory.
Ear ai v ill be asked to share in raising this
amour t, and, judging from past events, we
believ; the people of Kauai will not only gladly
contriout their share of the expense, but will
also assist in any other way that will tend to
make the entertainment program a success.
A FIXE EXAMPLE
There are children starving in Europe,
women are suffering, and once strong men are
break'.ig under the strain which the was has
given them as an inheritance. We are com
fortable here in our own lafld, and few of us
have the least idea that conditions are at this
moment worse in some European countries
than history has ever recorded. America has
heard the cry of starving children in Austria
through Herbert Hoover, and it is good to
know that she is answering, showing that she
can forgive a recent enemy, and that her big
heart will not permit little children to starve.
But the part of this answer which strikes us
most forcibly is the answer being sent by the
fanners of the United States. President
Howard, of the American Farm Bureau, said
recently in a speech at Chicago :.
"Farmers in 37 states have authorized me as
their president to offer enough American
grown com to feed the starving millions of
Europe, China, Armenia and other foreign
countries. And I promise that the farmers
will deliver their offerings promptly to the
point of shipment. This treasure will come in
voluntary gifts from 5 to 3,000 bushels, many
wealthy farmers having given as high as 3.000
All that the farmers insist on is the corn be
not sold, but must go straight to the people
who need it. The farmer is having a pretty
tough time of it himself just now, with grain
and hc: prices declining. But he comes to the
front when trouble appears; he realizes that
the good in the world outweighs the evil, and
he sets a mighty fine example for the balance
of the world. ' '
RAISE THE DUTY OX SUGAR
, Sugtr has always been one of the main
sources of Federal Revenue. From 20 to 30
per cet of the total customs revenue for the
last 20 years has come from sugar.
NoV when Congress is casting about for some
means of relieving the excess profits income
tax burden, it cannot well ignore the potent-ialitiei-
cf sugar. One hundred million or even
one hundred and fifty million dollars could
readily be raised by a sugar duty of 24 cents
a poui.l. This would be an easy duty to col
lect, a id would awaken less opposition than
any ot' er scheme which would raise the same
amount. Oreat Britain, long the citadel of
Free Trade, has placed a duty of five ceuts a
pound on sugar. Certainly two and a half
ceuts would be a very reasonable burden for
But aside from the revenue producing feature
of the matter there is the equally important .
protection feature in its favor.
First and last the sugar business ofitke Uni
ted States is a very large business. It is no
longer a matter of the cane sugar interests of
the Islands of the sea, and Louisiana, but the
beet interests of the Pacific Coast and Western
States as well. From all these interests
there is an anxious outcry that they cannot
continue to raise sugar at present prices under
present conditions. Unless some protective
assistance is given, the great sudustiy will be
crippled or ruined beyond recovery.
Surely a plan which will at once produce a
vast revenue for public needs, and protect and
foster a great industry, will commend itself to
an intelligent Congress.
THE DIGXITY OF LAW
It is an easy thing to make laws, but laws
are something quite different from' law. and
The charge has been made against the Amer
ican people that they are content to remedy
evils by framing acts and passing bills and
then let.it go at that, with the serene assurance
that everything is all right.
The deadest thing in the world is a dead let
ter law. Most things when dead are harmless :
but strange to say, a dead-letter law is dan
gerous. It discredits all law, and pulls all
law down into contempt.
The main fundamental factor of civilization
is respect for law. The dignity, authority,
and sanctity of law, as law, must be kept su
preme and inviolate or we have begun to drift
into the condition of Russia and Central Eu
rope. When any law becomes only a scrap of
paper we have begun to juggle the whole sys
tem; to pull out the underpinning which sus
tains our whole social and national fabric.
Presumably the laws are right, but right or
wrong they are the laws, and ought to be en
forced and ought to be obeyed.
When we as a people have reached the point
where we begin to set up private judgement on
the law, and dictate as to which laws should
be enforced, and which we will obey, and
which we will defy, the seeds of anarchy heve
been sown, and we don't need to look abroad
for Bolshevism, we have it right at home.
Freedom of thought is all right, freedom of
speech, withjn temperate limits, is all right,
but wheu it comes to freedom of action to do
what we "darn please" without regard for law,
that is the most vicious kind of Bolshevism
and there ought to be no place for it in our
WHAT ABOUT HEAVY TRAFFIC
The preseut badly eroded and ravelled out
condition of our roads, due partly to recent
storms, and partly to heavy traffic, emphasizes
anew the necessity for the limitation of speed
and weight of heavy traffic.
Some months ago the Chamber of Commerce
took up this matter and passed strong resolu
tions, recommending such limitation.and ap
pointing a committee to advise with the Board
of Supervisors in regard to the matter. What
has become of that committee, and what, if
anything, is being done?
Every gieat invention is but a stepping
stone to a greater achievement, and what the
next century may bring forth in the line of
applied science is beyond human ken. Turn
back the pages of history and get posted upon
the conveniences enjoyed by the people of a
century past, note the advances that have been
made to the present time, and then speculate,
if you will, upon what people will be doing in
2021, one hundred years in the future. It may
be that the automobile will have passed out
and that the family will, when desiring to take
a run into the country, just go to the closet
and bring out a pair of wings and fly away,
and they may have something even better.
Congratulations are due the Advertiser for
the "Pineapple Edition" recently published.
It is the first time this important industry has
received the attention it deserves at the hands
of the local press. Kauai received its full
share of publicity and shows up most favorably
as compared with the other islands.
We agree with the man who said the other
day that most of the "unrest" in this country
is caused by "Dollar Itch."
No man ever gets so powerful but some weak
little woman can set her foot on his neck any
time she wants to.
WORLD'S WETTE9T SPOT
DOES STUNTS IN THE
WAY OF HEAVY RAINS
Mt.' Waialeale, the wettest spot on
the face of the earth, has been doing
stunts in the way of pcrclp'tr.tfng
moisture. B. T. Rush, assistant engi
neer of the fnited States geological
survey, recently made the ascent ot
TVaialeale under the guidance of W.
V. Hardy, former assistant engineer,
who installed the big 900-inch cupper
rain gauge about two years ago at -an
elevation ot 5080 feet. They found
that 690 inches ot rain had fallen for
the thirteen months ending February
The five-year average for the moun
tain summit, prior to 1920, was 476
inches; hence it appears that there
70 inches more rain in 1920 than the'
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