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THE OARD.EN ISLAND, TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 1921
Issued Every Tuesday
I S LA N D
KENNETH C. HOITEU
APRIL 20, 1921
IXCOME TAX RESULTS
Those who failed to file their iucoine tax
returns promptly may now have an opportu
nity to pay the fine plus 25 due on their in
ronie as shown.
iH.efora the income tax law was enacted it
was predicted that the law would be a failure;
that it was not possible to make such a law a
success; that people would make false returns,
and thus all manner of opposition was-niade;
hut the severe penalties and rigid enforcement
of the law have convinced the people that the
law si both practical and successful, and that
it is better to obey it than to take a chance at
Many people have worried and fretted over
their returns, on account of their being unable
to understand them, and lawyers have made
good money in specializing as tax return ex
perts. It seems proper that the blanks
should be simplified and made so comprehen
sive that there would be no need of a lawyer to
fill them out, or for the average man to make
a mistake regarding the meaning of every
IMMIGRAN T FARMS
W. W. Husband, Uncle Sam's new minister
of immigration lias announced a plan which
he hopes will solve one of the problems of for
eign immigration and stop immigrants crowd
ing together in our larger cities.
The majority of those reaching America are
of the peasant class and essentially farmers,
lie points out that there are millions of idle
acres throughout the west and south that
could be put in productive condition, while
there are also thousands of small farms in the
east that have been abandoned in the rush for
the cities. Through the agricultural depart
ment and the farm loan act he is hopeful that
large numbers of these aliens can be influen
ced to settle down in small groups and be
come homeowners, instead of trouble-makers
in the larger cities.
We would suggest that he send a few thous
and to Hawaii to work on the plantations.
Bachelors on Kauai have reason now for
climbing on the anxious seat. "Wisconsin is
preparing law to tax bachelors, and it is
apt to so spread as to include every bachelor
in every community of the good old U. S. A.
Ten dollars ;,nnually would be the price lev
ied on those who have failed to take unto
themselves a wife, and it would go to the
school fund. Still another bill proposed is
to tax 'em $100 the first yen- and increase thai
at the rate of 100 a ye.-r for each succeeding
10 years they persisted in remaining single.
And this money would be usid to erect and
maintain a home for maiden ladies of .'55 or
over who bad no visible means of support.
Personally, we're not going In express an opin
ion regarding such legislation. But on top
of the present hi:",h cost of living mayl j the
prophet of old wl.o-wrote in the good book
that it was not well for a man to live alone
could see a wh le lot farther into the future
than some peop'e have credited him with being
able to see.
TLX El) TO D EAT 1 1
It takes .v.eniie to run a government, be it
Rational, s'.;e or municipal. You've got to
have monev r.ir necessary expenses in govern
ment just l! c same as you have to use money
in ordinary, every day business life. And no
loyal, patriotic citizen is going, to kick on
taxes that are just taid equitable.
But at t: c present time this country seems
to be running tax-mad. Not only has the
tax question become the principal problem and
topic of conversation in congress, but every
state legislature seems to have caught the fe
ver. And all this conies on top of the income
tax, admittedly the hardest tax burden the
American people have ever had to bear. In
stead of planning long-time payments so the
expense of the world war can be scattered
along into the years to come, there seems to
be an inclination m the part of home law
makers to pay off the vast debt in a very few
installments. And today Americans are be
ing taxed to the breaking point.
There isn't a man on Kauai or at least none
o whom we have talked, who objects to paying
a reasonable amount of taxes. No man wants
lo escape paying a just part of the revenue
necessary to keep our government going. But
he does kick, ami he has a right to kick, when
taxation gets to be a habit instead of a neces-fitv.
After all. u shortage o f white paper doesn't
bother some of us as much as a shortage of the
The north pole has lost none of its mag
netism. Commodore Peary's accomplish
ments in locating the long sought point have
not satisfied the world in general, and a new '
expedition headed by the Antarctic explorer
Sir Ernest Shackleton will set out in May or
June for a voyage to the north pole. If he
returns with unquestionable evidence that he
found Peary's initials cut in the axle of our
planet we will believe that he found it, or at
least Peary's location of it. If the north
poleMs in the midst of a polar sea, and upon
moving ice, it may not be of much consequence
as a landmark. If the pole is rigid and a
fixture Shackelton may be going there to re
babbit the bearings and oil the journal in pre
paration for the high-speed industrial activi
ty that is predicted for the coming season.
The United States is considering trade re
lations with Russia. The fact that England
has entered into commercial relations with
. (that country should not be considered us a
w rrant for the American government to go
and do likewise. We need nothing that is
Russian us long as that country is in the con
trol of the usurpers of liberty and the destroy
ers of human hopes. The Washington gov
ernment has received a message from Lenine,
appealing for a conference and announcing
that he would send a delegation to this coun
try for the purpose of negotiating an agree
ment. The message contained an argeement
that Russia would refrain from further exten
sion of bolshevik propaganda in the United
States. Be that as .it may. We have bol
shevists to spare and want no more of them
in America; neither do we need to traffic with
an outlaw government that exists in no man
ner by the will of the people it controls.
Many who made immense fortunes during
the war have suffered a shrinkage of their cap
ital, since a decline in industry has changed
prosperity to the verge of calamity. Some
lay their losses to the government's method of
taxation on incomes; but it is safe to assume
' that money made easily isvnot as closely
guarded as that which comes slower and by
Jird work. Others, more thoughtful, have
salted their profits and have laid away or have
invested where Ihey will return a good in
"omt?; but to the. 'masses.. the was has been a
lesson in finance as well as in frugality.
According to tlie Soviet organ Russia is
working to create a federation of all the Rus
sian State-! which formed a part of the old
Russian empire. The object of this union is
said to prevent-the spread of entente influence
in those countries. What success the promo
ters of this scheme will have depends largely
upon the other European powers; but it is
very evident lhat such a union would be detri
mental to the interests of the entire world.
Thai predicted revolution in Mexico has
turned out to be a J'izzle. The Arrieta broth
ers, who were said lo head the uprising, dis
claim any connection whatever with the move.
A few small railroad bridges have been burned,
but no serious damage l as been done, and the
revolt has vanished into thin air.
In proof of the decline in prices of woolen
goods the American Woolen Company, the
largest producer of woolen goods in the world,
has named prices for the fall trade ranging
from 45 to 50 per cent below price levels of
The great Ferris wheel that has been a land
mark in Paris since the international exhibit
ion is being dismantled. The material is to
be used in constru'-Hon work in the devastated
districts of Eraiive. The site of the famous
wheel will be used for a public market.
The money Europe is spending to try and
persuade America to cancel war debts would
go a long Way toward paying off some of them.
Maybe another reason some men waste so
much time i because they've got more of that
than anything else.
A Georgia judge has ruled that it's no crime
to steal liquor, and now the bootleggers are
seeking protection from their friends.
Some wives consider themselves charitable
when they merely let their husbands have
their own way.
If you want to see the value of nnylhing
climb, then just make that thing difficult to
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