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THE OAKDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 1121
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday
K "NNETII C. HOPPER Managing Editor
TI ESP AY APRIL 19. 1921
VrAXTED: A CHAIR OF JOURXALISM
We beg to commend the initiative and ent
erprise of the University of Hawaii in its pol
icy of ministering to the practical needs of
the community along Educational lines. It
undertakes to help the community along the
various lines of its interests and its problems.
A( cordingly we have courses for business men,
for sugar men, for housekeepers, etc.
Now, there is one other department that we
would like to add to the curriculum along this
same worthy line, and that is a department
of Journalism. Hawaii has a very real need
for home-grown journalists. However gifted
and well trained the newspaper man from a
broad may be he naturally lacks the know
ledge of our peculiar local conditions, our his
tory and traditions, our racial combinations,
and cleavages, our lines of social relationships
Mid a good many other things that only a ka
miiaina can know. And generally he betrays
Lis ignorance by the mistakes which he makes.
There is a fine sense of fitness and propriety
required in local journalism which comes only
to those who have lived here and who know
We need our own home-grown journalists;
and we have the material to make them out of
too. Our schools are turning out promising
young men and women whose talents run that
way, and their inclinations as well, but there
is no place within reach where they can get
the necessary training.
What we need is such a department in the
University, where this promising material can
be stimulated and developed for the pursuit of
this, one of the finest, most salutary, and most
useful of social arts.
LET US GO SLOW
Circumstances alter cases. A man may be
a sincere and consistent advocate of Home
steading and yet recognize that there may be
cases where Ilomesteading is out of order.
We believe that the Kekaha lands constitute
such a case. We understand, on reliable
authority, that these lauds are good for an an
nual revenue to the government, of $250,000 a
year. In these days of high taxes a goodly
nest egg of revenue like this is not to be dis
credited. The loss of this revenue means that
the tax payers must make up the loss. This
wi H be a material addition to our tax burdens.
. f honiesteaded, judging by the experience of
Waiakea, there will be a transition interim of
delay, and decadence, and great loss, conse
quent on the neglect and abandonment of the
fields and equipment. This will be a loss all
If homesteaded, judging by past experience,
these lands will not bring much more than a
tithe of their value. There would be a howl
of indignation if a value of $1000 an acre was
put on these lands, yet this is probably what
they are worth. Homesteaders will want to
get them for a song, for speculative purposes.
There is no valid reason why public property
should be given away as prize packages to a
few lucky individuals whose only virtue is that
they drew a winning number.
The problems of homesteading at Kekaha
are much more complex and difficult than
those of Waiakea because of the irrigation
drawbacks and the necessity for ditch systems,
electrical equipment, pumping plants, pipe
lines, etc. With hundreds of homesteaders
all wrangling and scrapping for water in a
dry time there is sure to be trouble ahead, and
probably much inefficient administration of
what water there is.
The proposed temporary measure of Legis
lature to suspend the Homestead law in cases
like that of the Kekaha Lands is an eminently
wise one, at least in the meantime, until we
know just where we are and what we can best
do in the premises.
ASSOCIATIOX FOR KAUAI
As recommended by us in our issue of April
5th, und the need of which was brought home
to the public in a more emphatic manner by
the tragic accident at Lihue on the night of
Sunday the 10th, steps are now being taken
preliminary to forming an automobile associa
tion for this island.
n. I). Sloggett, at the request of a number of
interested parties, has taken up the matter
ami is sending to Maui for a copy of the rules
and by-laws of the association on that island
to use as a guide for the Kauai association.
With a thoroughly organized association,
with influential members of each district
ready to receive reports of violations of the
traffic ordinance and see that they are proper
ly reported to the authorities; and with two
motor cops to patrol the belt road, we will
soon see a decided change for the better in our
There is one thing, though, that we will
have to have, to make the efforts at control a
success, and that is more stringent examin
ation of applicants for driver's licenses. If
applicants for licenses were required to pass
a good, stiff examination as to their ability to
drive a car, there would not be so many irres
ponsible drivers on our roads.
The automobile association is the right step
in the right direction. Now, if the supervis
ors will provide for the motor cops, we will be
in a position to do something.
TELL US ABOUT IT
It's big news in New York when J. V. Mor
gan returns from a European trip, and the
papers devote column after column to it. But
it isn't of as much interest to Kauai citizens
as it is to read in their home paper that a
former resident of the town is back here on a
visit, or that you are preparing to pay a visit
to someone in another place. Home news
holds first place in this community, and al
ways will. That is why we want to impress
upon you the necessity of helping to gather
that home news, that your home paper may
lay it before its readers. We want every per
sonal item we can get. We want to know
about all the visiting that is going on in the
community, for every visit is of interest to
someone besides the party making it. It
takes but a second or two of your time to jot
it down, or to keep it in mind and pass it to
someone from this office when you meet them.
It may appear to be a small item in your es
timation, and yet it may interest some readier
more than any other item in the paper. Re
member this, and remember that as you help
your paper so is it going to help you by help
ing the whole community in which yon live.
A REAL SOLUTIOX TO
THE BOOZE PROBLEM
Colonel Howard Hathaway's suggestion
that aliens convicted of violating the national
prohibition law be deported, is the real solu
tion to the booze problem in these Islands. -
According to word just received this sug
gestion will be recommended to Congress dur
ing its present session, by the Federal Bureau
of Immigration. It is to be hoped that it
will become law.
According to computation made by both
Col. Hathaway and district attorney S. Ct
Huber, fully seventy-five per cent of the
violators of the prohibition act are Japanese.
WOMEX ARE WOMEN TODAY
Now that the women of America have 'the
franchise and can vote and hold office equally
with men they have got another "bee in their
bonnets." They are no longer to recognize
man as the head of the household or as their
lords and masters. Shades of Hades! What
a pass! A woman's club in Washington, D.
C. has launched a "Keep-your-niaiden-uaine"
movement. The object of this movement is
to permit married women to keep their maid
en names, and the fact that they marry is not
to be considered as a cause for their surrender
ing their family names or even taking the
name of the, man they marry.
Women are no longer to be considered as
goods and chattels of their husbands, but as
equal partners in the household. The m?w
movement considers it unfair for a woman to
be compelled to take her husband's name as
it would be for a man to take the name of the
woman he marries. The question now arises,
what name are the children toi take? Are a
part of the children to take their father's
name and a part their mother's? Herein lies
a stumbling-block to the whole proposition,
and it is quite probable that the "Who's Who
Society" will fade away without having been
recognized as a necessity or even a sensible
There are two good reasons why a sensible
man never lies to his wife. One is he knows
it's wrong, and the other is he knows she is'nt
going to believe him anyhow.
"If moving pictures cause all the trouble,"
asked a man yesterday, "what caused it before
we had moving pictures?"
Many a man goes broke letting his wife
have the money rather than argue with her
and lose both argument and money.
Ford has invented a way to secure milk
without a cow. We hope he'll soon discover
how to print a pajer without type and ink.
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