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THE GARDEN tSLAND, TUESDAY, MAR. 1, 1921
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER - . . Managing Editor
TUl'SDAY ... MARCH 1, 1921
A WET BUNCH '
In answer to "Subscriber", whose letter
appeared in the Garden Island last week, we
bluhingly admit that we were present at that
Chamber of Commerce meeting in Waimea.
They say one is judged by the company one
keeps. If this is so, all we can say is that we
will try to be more careful in future,
Those present at the Waimea meeting were:
Tre.. Lyle A. Dickey, deacon of Lihue Union
church; J. M. Lydgate, secretary, and pastor
emeritus of Lihue Union church; Th. Brandt,
mai ager of the Bank of Bishop & Co. Waimea;
Dr. A. II. Waterhouse, Rev. Midkiff, Frank I.
Pugu, instructor of industrial training in Kau
ai schools; C. B. Ilpfgaard; Principal Sessions
of Waimea school ; Carlos A. Long, tax assess
or; J. D. Davidson, manager of Hofgaard's
store, J. I. Silva, and Ye Editor.
What could you expect from a bunch like
THUSE ARE TUE DAYS
' FOR PUBLIC ECONOMY
There are times, perhaps, when extravagance
is iii order. There are certainly other times
when economy is in order. Some months ago,
with 20-cent sugar ruling, extravagance may
have been excusable; but today with sugar at
C cents, and costs away up in the skies, the
most rigid economy is in order. '
And what is true for the individual is no
less true for the public. The waya of unsound
finance are no less unsound when worked out
on a large scale, and in public places, than
they were on a small scale and in private af
Bills involving all kinds of expenditure,
much of it on a large scale, are fairly raining
down upon the Legislature.
Some of these demands for money are for
thing's which we mu;f have, and are therefore
. to be approved, but many of them are for very
doul tf ul purposes and ought to be denied.
Thib menacing array of bills should be scanned '
with-an unsympathetic and unflinching eye of
rigid economy. Everyone of them should be
balanced up with the question "Where is the
inomy coming from ?"
Owing to' the low prices of sugar, not only
will incomes shrink, but valuations as well, so
that both Territorial and County revenues will
be vry materially decreased. In the face of
such decrease, we must keep our public expen
If we fail to do this two alternatives will
meet us, higher taxes, or a larger public debt.
2o c ue assuredly can look with any degree of
patience on higher taxes. We can borrow
money still for worthy public improvements.
But this is a remedy to be applied sparingly.
( Debt means interest and 'sinking fund, and
heavier burdens again for the future justifi
able and commendable sometimes, and for
some purposes, but not for the purposes con
templated in most of those bills.
The wise policy is the conservative self-denying
cue of sober, careful economy. Let us get
alonj without some of the things which we
would like to have and live within our in
comes, let us reduce old debts' rather than
pile up new ones.
We trust that- we speak for the very large
element of sane and intelligent people of these
Islands, when we bid our law-makers to weigh
all. demands carefully, and go slow on public
' In recent talks with Kauai business men,
and from a careful perusal of outside news
papers, we are inclined to believe that prices
on everything are about to become settled
again, and that no decided drops need be ex
pected in the future. Of course, there will be
a few things selling possibly a few cents cheap-"
er. But prices generally appear to have reached
a solid foundation now, and if changes come
throughout the spring and summer months it
will ) e toward a higher level.
Fo." this reason the man who has been on a
"buy;ng strike" should himself get back to
normal. We realize that the time for wild
spending has gone by. War with all its hor
rors lias gone. We cau't forget it, but we can
leave it in the past like any other bad memory,
and .et back on the job as we once were. No
merchant is going to encougage you in foolish
spending. But we believe you will Le wise
in aci-epting their verdict that prices have at
last 'reached the stable point, and that fluetua
' tions will now be small either way. Whatever
you Lave held off buying, now would be a safe
time to buy it. Factories announce the per
iod of readjustment fast uearing an end, and
they i. re now in pretty good shape to see into
the future, a thing they could not do a year
ago. They are assuring your home merchant
a stable price, as a'rule, on the things he buys.
So we feel you are pretty safe in taking the
merchant's word for it that you are not going
to profit very much, and may stand to lose, if
you do not go back to buying in the old way.
WHY THEY FAILED
Kauai business men should be interested in
a report sent out by the government showing
the percentage of failures and their causes dur
ing 1920. Of course it forms rather disheart
emng rending, this story of the other fellow's
misfortune, but it carries a lesson of value and
one that deserves careful study.
The high spot in the report is that of the
entire number of concerns which failed in the
United States in a single year, more than 90
per cent of them think of that more than 90
per cent of them were establishments that did
not advertise. If there was ever an argument
in favor of using printer's ink in a judicial way,
your Uncle Sam has presented it through this
-report. , '
We presume that in most instances these un
successful concerns did not advertise because
they were satisfied to drag along. Then came '
the readjustment period and they found that
the very thing which was putting their com
petitors over the bumps advertising had
been the one thing they had ignored. The
merchants who used printer's ink got rid of
war-price stocks at even money or better, and
were able to stay on their feet. The fellew
who had goods that were declining in value
daily and didn't have brains enough to use the
papers to tell the people that he wanted to get
from under took his place with 'the 90 per cent
who are now sadder but wiser in the ways of
the business world.
BIRD PROTECTION PROFITABLE
The passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act was a wise piece of legislation that has
netted the United States more than $20,000,000
in actual food value. Minnesota alone re
ports 2,058,400 ducks killed with a food value
of at least f 1,500,000.
The enforcement of the law against spring
shooting of migratory game birds has permit
ted them to multiply rapidly, and they are re
turning to feeding-grounds which had been
abandoned by them for a number of years.
Thus it appears that protection of wild game
birds from the ravages of game-hogs has given
the 7,000,000 hunters of the United States an
opportunity to enjoy a healthy sport that un
protected would soon have put an end to wild
Canners are predicting a big drop in the
price of canned goods, and why not. The
bottom has dropped out of the sugar market.
Labor is cheaper, and the raw materials cor
respondingly lower. Canned goods have been
so high the past year or two that the demand
has materially lessened. Now if a new pack
will reduce the price the consumption will nec
The Unibsl States has good cause for alarm
regarding its oil supply. The oil production
of the United States during 1920 was 443,402,
000 barrels, while consumption totalled 531,
180,000 barrels. The increase of 10,000,000 in
the net stocks of the country is due to the im
portation of 108,175,000 barrels of petroleum,
which is more than double the import of 1919.
Consumption is on the increase, while product
ion is falling off, due to the failure of wells in
many sections. Prospecting for oil is now
going on in the hope of locating new fields.
As Emma Goldman has expressed a prefer
ence to an American jail to the" so-called free
life in Russia, she might be accommodated. All
over the states there are empty jails. Massa
chusetts is boasting of possessing several that
are not occupied, and as there is no further use
for them, one might be shipped to Emma for
her special and private use; but there should
not be included in the gift any return privilege.
The real beauty in buying your groceries
from a mail-order house is that by taking $20
worth at a time and paying cash in advance
you can get three pounds of sugar for a quar
The reason Dad's pants are no longer cut
down for Willie is that when he gets through
wearing them there's no room amid the holes
for scissors to get a footing.
The blank look seen on the faces of many of
our citizens these days is caused by the thing
we call a tax-blank. t
Most men who would like to reform some
thing usually want to begin on the other fellow.
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