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f THE GARDEN IBLAKD, TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1921
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday
KESNETII C. HOPPER Managing Editor
TUESDAY APRIL 12, 1921
LET US HEED THE LESSON
The deplorable automobile accident regis
tered in another column emphasizes afresh tin?
!enron that should be taken very seriously to
b' art by the motoring public.
There are some accidents that are unavoid
able, and no one concerned is to blame. But
in most of the accidents, as in this, there is
a direct and more or less criminal neglect ot
infraction of law and ordinance. In this
we understand that very excessive speed is
admitted, and that within the speed limit zone
whore fifteen miles is the legal maximum.
8m h reckless defiance of law and common
sense, merits its own automatic punishment,
and very fittingly gets it. We are sorry for
the victims, but what can they expect? They
take their lives into their own hands when
venture forth on an escapade like that, and
what they get is properly coming to them.
r.ut the worst of it is that they involve
others who are entirely innocent. It might,
in I his case, have been another carload of in
nocent and law-abiding people that were
wrec ked and mangled instead of a stone wall,
with double the tale of disaster.
With a steadily increasing auto traffic the
utmost care must be exercised, and the traffic
ordinances must be scrupulously observed. A
careless driver is a speeding messenger of
cleat h, a constant menace to everyone on the
There should be some more effective control
of the traffic and some more effective means
of enforcing the traffic laws. Speed limit
signs are apparently little more than "hot air"
suggestions to reckless drivers; they don't
take them seriously. Such drivers need to
be brought up sharp, with a round turn, and
there surely ought to be some way of doing it.
It is a matter of daily, almost hourly exper
ience, that little or no heed is paid to the
speed limit signs, so that they have come to
be regarded as way-side flowers, ornamental
perhaps but not useful. A few sharp remind
ers, a few fines, or even jail sentences, if that
be possible, a few licenses revoked, would very
much renew the respect for law, and would re
store a much larger measure of safety to our
FORD AX OPTOMIST
Ilenry Ford, Detroit auto wizard, is an
opti'iiist. And if more men in this country
would take the same attitude toward business
he is now taking we'd all be getting along
about one hundred per cent better.
Ford says America is better than half way
along the road leading to a normal industrial
production. He forsees the purchasing
power of a dollar increased 14 per cent, and
he says at this very moment there is work for
everybody in the country. Speaking of work
in his own mammoth plant he says he will
turn out 80,000 cars in April. He admits he
doe n't know what "normalcy" means, exact
ly, iut feels the future rests in the state of
mind of the American people, and that if
that future is as bright as we would like to
have it then everyone must show a willingness
to work, to do the task in hand, and not to
expect in every instance the same inflated
wages he drew down during the war period.
Ford knows, and so does every man that
one of the biggest troubles we are facing now
is too many men want to draw big pay for do
ing as little as they can. Ford sees America
as the hope (if the world, but says she can
never prove to be that unless her citizens re
alize that it is sometimes necessary to make
sacrifices, even for our own good. So he
argues that right now, when we are possibly
called on to stick to our job even though the
pay may be a trifle smaller, is a mighty good
time to show a willingness to make the nec
I'residi nt Harding has selected General
Wood to investigate the Philippine situation
with reference to the request of the Filipinos
for absolute independence. General Wood's
report will be the basis for future Congress
ional action. If the Filipinos are found to
be prepared for independence the General's re
port will so state, in which case they will re
ceive the justice that their case merits. The
United States will not willingly grant Philip
pine independence as long as there is a pros
pect of insurrections in those islands, or with
an immediate prospect of the control passing
to some other power.
Japan has an eye upon the Philippines. She
wants them, and is doubtless interested in the
movement of the Filipinos to obtain indepen
dence, and once that is granted will lose no
time in starting a course of intrigue with a
view to demoralizing the new government and
finally acquiring entire political and economic
Japan is patient. She is willing to bide
her time; but she is also tireless and persist
ent, and will leave no stone unturned that will
aid her to obtain her desired objective.
The Philippines are an empire in themselves.
They are rich in timber and in minerals and
metals, and from an agricultural standpoint
than any other like territory in the world.
WHERE THE AIOXEY GOES
Kauai citizens who paid an incoue tax this
year possibly never stopped to contemplate
just where the money goes and how it is to
be used. So the following ought to be of
special interest: Out of every dollar you paid
as income tax, CSe. goes to pay-off our world
war debt and the debt we contracted while
running the railroads; 20c. of it is spent on
our present army and navy; the other 12c.
goes to pay salaries of public officials, cost of
harbor improvement, good roads, education
and peace-time activities.
Doesn't it look like they've got the cart be
fore the horse? Doesn't it look like we
ought to string the war debt over a long per
iod by spending the 12c. on it and the (Sc. on
education and good roads? When we ponder
over these figures there's no wonder there is
such a clamor against the apportionment of
the income tax, and no wonder that so many
are praying for relief from it during this generation.
KEEP TELL1XQ IT
Here's one little business hint we'd like to
drop for the benefit of those on Kauai who
have something to sell, and that is that most
people can't appreciate a good thing unless
they're told its good. You've got to make
them understand it's good if you want them
to buy it, and once they buy and find out
you're right they'll keep right on buying it
and lots of other things along with it.
The way to create a sales demand is to
keep telling the story of what you're offering
in a place where the people you want to sell
it to will see it. Unless you impress it upon
their minds you haven't told the story fairly.
If the first auto Ford turned out hadn't been
advertised the name wouldn't be familiar to
every man, woman and child in the land to
day. You've got to tell the man you want to
sell to that the thing you've got is good, if you
expect him to buy it. And years of exper
imenting have proven that the newspaper is
the best medium on earth for reaching him and
holding his attention.
The new census of Japan, which was re
cently completed and which was taken by
modern methods, is a surprise not only to
Japan herself but to the whole world. It
shows that there has been a decrease of more
than a million inhabitants since the census of
1018, which census, like many proceeding was
compiled from old registers. Japan's" popu
lation is found to be 77,995,510, including Ko
rea and Saghalion. The census also shows
the population of Japan proper to be 55,901,
110. These figures go far to show that
Japan's claim that she needs more land for
her rapidly increasing population is not well
founded. The census of 18S0 showed her
population to be 34,388,101 which allows for
an average increase during the past forty
years of 514,318 and a present density of 309
to the square mile, which is much below that
of several of the States of the American republic.
Uncle Sam allows you ?200 on each child
when you go to pay the income tax, but he
doesn't tell you how you can keep a child on
Don't wait until you want to roast somebody
to write your letter to the editor. We'd rather
hand out bouquets than brickbats.
The fellow who does the most talking
about how little sense the women have isn't
thinking about running for office.
Life seems short to every married man ex
cept the one who has to wait for his wife to
change her dress.
There is still one woman who can make us
love her whether she wears short skirts or
not, and that's the lady on the American
If someone is gossiping about you don't lose
any sleep. Gossip will rub off as soon as it
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