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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1921
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER Managing Editor
TUESDAY - AUGUST 16. 1921
HELP II CLP "ASSISTANTS"
There were two very interesting items in
the report of the (supervisors meeting publish
ed in last week's Garden Islaud. The first
"A petition (1U5I50) from Honorable S.
K. Kaeo, county attorney, fur the approval of
his appointment o.' Mr. Eugene K. Aiu, as de
puty county attorney at a monthly salary of
200.00 and to be allowed a clerk at pay to
be approved by the Hoard was received."
The minut',s of the afternoon session had
in j art:
"He. County attorney's petition above.
Upon motion firm Mr. Brandt, seconded by
Mr. Menefoglio and by a unanimous vote the
appointment of Mr. E. K. Aiu was approved .
but at a salary of ?100 a month; and by the
same vote an appropriation of five hundred
dollars was set aside and to be paid out of
available moneys in the treasury to pay this
expense for the balance of the year."
Another interesting item reads:
"A report '11!C1 from Honorable K.'C.
Ahana, treasurer, for the employment of a
permanent clerk in his office at a salary of
$12." a month upon the motion of Mr. Mene
foglio, seconded by Mr. Silva, was granted."
If these extra assistants are actually
needed to efficiently carry on the work of
these offices, if the present occupants are so
rushed that' they cannot do the work as they
should do it, and if the employment of these
men will help to improve the service we re
ceive from the tame officers, we're glad the
asistance was given. We're glad to be taxed
some more to pay for it. AVe are willing to
let a few of the bad spots in our roads stay
bad so that these men may be hired. For, of
course we realize that we can't have every
thing. And a few of 'the trips we have taken
lately "sorta" convince us that roads are
one of the things we can't afford just now.
We haven't enough money coming in to pay
for them or to keep in decent repair the
ones we have.
But we are not particularly anxious to
write another check, on a checkbook that al
ready has much red ink on it, , for help that
is nqt needed. We don't say that this help
isn't necessary. The supervisors granted the
request and they undoubtedly looked into the
matter carefully before they did so.
It hasn't been very long since an elec
tion. We don't remember that either of these
two county officers took the public into his
confidence and told that it would soon be
necessary to raise the tax a little to hire as
sistants for them, if they were elected. In
fact, "I saved the county the hire of a clerk
for two years, doing all the work myself" was
a mighty strong talking point for one of the
Boys, if you have done enough work in
the past that yon should have assistants all
the time, we owe you a lot and we are mighty
grateful to you. If you are talking a little
post-election siesta, we're sorer than pet boils
TA.XKS AM) THE SOU)! UK HOXUS
Government economy and the soldiers' bo
nus bill are disturbing features of the present
Congress. At tlrj present time there is a gen
eral cry for economy in government service;
but if Congress passes a bonus bill that will
cost a billion and a half, and possibly five
billions, there will be a howl of dismay from
coast to coast. It will mean an increase of
taxes over the l!)-0 level, and the average
man's income being much decreased, hard
ships must certainly follow, or at least such
is the outlook. It is suggested that the gov
ernment might borrow several billions of dol
lars. There is no doubt that it could; but
that means a depreciation in the value of
government securities, a lowering of the price
of liberty bonds, and an embarrassment that
wise financiers seek to avoid. Already the in
debtedness of the government is ten per cent
of the total wealth of the nation. An increase
in the debt by any considerable amount must
necessarily bring this government nearer to
the condition of the European governments
that are struggling with a depreciated cur
rency and questionable credit. Our soldier
boys deserve the bonus, and under normal
conditions would receive it promptly, but how
to meet it now is a serious problem.
The United States government is steering
clear of foreign entanglements, but its domes
tic affairs are a maze that is trying the nerves
of Congressmen and financiers.
Iii k in the old days our girls would
a k "Does he drink?" Now the first thing
they want to know is: "lias he got a car?"
"DRY AS Till SAHARA"
Governor Farrington has announced his
administration is going to be as "dry as the
Sahara." The announcement was made in a
very dry voice so dry it almost crackled.
If there was, bootlegger' within ear
shot, it must have given him a sinking sensa
tion in the midriff, because there was no
doubt that the governor meant just what he
said. It had a lonesome and very final sound.
We don't know how the chief executive
is to going to bring about this state of utter
aridity, but he has a reputation fr bringing
things about. No doubt he has u workable
scheme of some evrt. We earnestly hope so.
There is too much bad booze being made and
vended here, and the amount is increasing
instead of decreasing. All of it is not Okole
hao or what passes by that name nowadays
but corn whiskey brought in from the out
side. How it gets in is one of the things
which the revenue sleuths should worry a
bout, and doubtless do.
Japanese are acknowledged, even by the
better element of their own race, to be the
most persistent and industrious offenders. We
say in passing mat there is medicine being
made to fit their case, and venture to predict
that within a reasonably short time these
gentry would rather take a chance on jump
ing head-first into a kettle of boiling tar than
to harbor a still on the premises. We sus
pect that landing wet goods from other is
lands is going to be also rated as an extra
We fully realize that the consequent
drought is going to cause much licking of
parched lips in bungalows as well as barracks
and in gilded hostels even more, perhaps,
than in lowly flop-houses. But when bar
racks and bungalows are on the same pipe
line, what shuts off the supply of one must
of necessity deprive the other of its supply.
Probably it concerns your Uncle Samuel
but little when a private citizen gets lit up
like a Christina;; tree and gives an imitation
of Juggernaut in the vicinity of Waikiki, or
uses his six as a stump-puller along the coun
ty highway, but it is something else again
when a perfectly good go'vernment uniform is
, ruined by being .shot full of holes in a drunk
Yeh, perhaps the Governor can well af
ford to speak with conviction, knowing what
he knows. Something very unpleasant is evi
dently about to happen to the itinerant bar
tender. When is a man worth a million dollars?
Is it when he possesses that amount, or is it
when his value as a citizen can be reckoned to
that amount? Possession of money or prop
erty does not by any means make a man valu
able to his community, his state or the na
tion. He may have a million dollars and at
the same time be one of the cheapest men in
his home town. lie may be morally deficient,
a tax dodger, an oppressor of the poor or less
fortunate than he; he may be a grouch, or may
. have numerous other extenuating qualities or
propensities that detract from his value as
an exemplary citizen. If a man 'is worth a
million dollars he is worth si million dollars
to his country. He may possess that amount
and yet be a le.ic'i upo.i his fellow-men.
War is responsible for an international
handicap of 50,000,000,000,000 and approxi
mately 70,000,000 human lives, directly and
indirectly. These figures are staggering but
they are true, and as a result excessive taxa
tion will hamper all industrial and individual
life for generations to come. Eleven out of
twelve Europenu nations are spending today
in excess tU" their incomes, and three out of
four countries of the world cannot raise en
ough money to pay their running expenses.
Austria is in the hands of a receiver, and oth
er nations are, on the verge of bankruptcy. A
reformation in Austria's finances and her cur
rency are her only hope. What hope the oth
er distressed nations may have is not yet in
sight. The lessons of the war should be suf
ficient warning for an international peace
and general disarmament. No one nation can
safely abandon militarism. The' move must
be simultaneous and with honesty of purpose
that wtll achieve the desired result.
Chicago is to have a woman's band. This
is no organization for the production of "Jazz"
or any other inharmonious soul-destroying
jargon or confusion. Heal harmony is the
object. The band will have 2.10 pieces, and its
aim is to create a desire among young girls to
st ud v music.
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