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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1922.
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Erery Tuesday
"KENNETH C. HOPPER
OC TO HE It. I!. V.l'2'2.
THE O LUSO LETTER
The letter on this page from M. S. Hen
rique, in regard to Senator Charles Rice,
relates to an editorial that appeared in the
English section of the "O Luso," tiie 1'ortu
gttese newspaper of Honolulu.
The O Luso came out with a very direct
attack upon Senator Itice and intimated that
lie was due for a defeat at the polls this
ear owing to the fact that the Senator was
a czar, an autocrat, and that local people
were getting tired of his rule, etc., etc.
The Garden Island did not answer the
editorial of the ( Luso for the simple rea
son that it did not care to enter the political
controversy with so poorly informed an op
ponent and that it was under the impression
that the result of the election on October 7.
would he a much hetter answer to the editor
ial than anything we could do.
The Harden Island does believe though
that in all fairness the O l.uso should have
published Mr. IIcnriues' letter in reply to
the editorial and that in failing to do so
they have placed themselves in a very poor
Mr. K. ('. Hopper,
Editor (iarden Island,
Lib ue, Kauai.
Sir: Having replied to a certain article
published in "O Luso" re. the candidacy of
Hon. Charles Kice, and the "O Luso" having
refused the publication of my answer to said
article, as per copy enclosed, I would re
quest that you publish in your paper the en
closed answer to said article which was pub
lished in the "O Luso" on the 7th inst.
Thanking you in advance, I am.
M. S. HENR1QUES.
Editor of "O Luso."
In your issue of the 7th inst., there ap
peared some remarks concerning Hon. Chas.
Rice, who is seeking re-election from Kauai
to the Territorial Senate. These remarks are
of such nature that I, as a supporter and
a well posted one at that, of Senator Itice,
and well acquainted as to his qualifications,
his integrity, honesty and character, can
not very well let them go unchallenged. And
I think I will be supported by a majority
of the people of this county who do not go
much on attacks of demagogues on its men
in public life.
Senator Kice has represented the island
of Kauai for a number of terms in the legis
lature with great credit to himself and bene
fit not only to Kauai but to the territory at
large. If Senator Itice's opponent gave him
a close race four years ago, it was not be
cause of unpopularity of the senator, but
because of the vote-getting ability of his op
ponent who did not hesitate to use any
argument against the Senator, even that of
"carism" which your correspondent is try
ing to revive. And yet so greatly were the
thinking element in control that tin; Senator
won out over all the insidious propaganda
that was used against him.
Such attack as your currenspoudent mak
es against Senator Hie.' is the cause of good
men hesitating (o get into polities or to fid
low a political career. Your information as
to his unpopularity is not founded on
facts. Any great man is liable to be attack
ed by the soreheads, and the sorehead who
has given yon this information has not in
vestigatcd conditions thoroughly. Senator
Hire is at the height of his popularity at the
present time. People are beginning to realize
his worth; they are convinced that he is on
the square, and that 1 is yea means yea and
his no means no. The soreheads of course do
not admit this; they will never admit any
thing good of anybody else anyway, and
the bigger the caliber of the man. the more
venom they do spit forth.
Senator Kice has tried to make recom
mendations to positions, some of which dis
pleased those who were left behind. He could
not recommend them all; hi1 could recommend
one to a position at a lime. Hut there is one
thing he has done once he supports a candi
date, he will remain loyal to that candidate
to the last. Naturally those who lose, if not
good sports, feel sore. Hut this trait of loy
alty in the Senator should bo, as indeed they
are being, recommended by right thinking
Your rt.'feieiice lij Kice's opponent giv
ing him (Kice I a scare is causing many a
sideache to those who know the true con
dition of affairs here on Kauai. The laughing
is so great. The soreheads on Kauai are very
much in the minority, and it is freely pre
dicted by those who know, and my observa
tions bear out these predictions, that the
Senator will poll a higher vote than the
combined votes of his opponents at the com
ing primary. If the Senator won out four
years ago with a good campaigner against
him, and with the people poisoned against
his regime, he will win out more than ever
longer exist, ('ailing Kice an autocrat and
czar does not go with the people any longer,
for the intelligent electorate of Kauai have
found out long since that the Senator is
square; and what is more, he brings home
Thanking you for your valuable space,
M. S. HENUIQUES.
Kapaa, Kauai. September 27, '.'22.
THE CI! ASS SKIRT AM) THE UVEA
We have read with considerable interest
the controversy that is now raging between
L. A. Thurston, of the Advertiser, and (leorge
.Mel leu, editor of the Ad. Club organ, con
cerning the grass skirt ami the hula.
The most exciting article that we have
read was published in the Star-Hulletin con
cerning the meeting of the Ad Club at which
Mr. Thurston spoke against the hula as an
advertising medium for the islands.
The Star P.ulletin stated in its head
lines that the debate was pithy and witty
and published a bit of the argument between,
Thurston and a Honolulu business man,
who opposed Thurston's stand on the matter,
as a sample. Thurston made several state
ments concerning the origin of the grass
skirt and the wit in the replies of his op
ponent was both fast and furious.
The wit closely resembled the well known
style of King Lardner, for most of the an
swers to Thurston's statements consisted of:
"Aw gwan," or "Is that so," and there can
be no doubt that such a repartee must have
left Thurston flat on his back and gasping
for breath. At that we believe that it was as
good as any argument that any of Thurston's
opponents put up.
.1 SMIRCH LI'OX HAM All
The fight of Lorrin Thurston against the
hula dance has the support of every decent
minded resident of these islands. To use it
as a means of advertising Hawaii is, to our
mind, actually indecent and puts us in a
light on the mainland that is far from en-,
viable. The dance is a smirch upon Hawaii
and should be abolished by law.
One Kapaa citizen recently sized it up
by declaring that people are like watermel
ons. You can't tell a good on6 or a bad one
from the outside.
Politicians in Washington claim they
are capable of 'doing all sorts of dirty work
when they admit they can run the coal
Some of our Lihue girls once worried
about a hole in the toe of their stockings.
Now they worry about a hide in the knee.
The trouble with this country is that
too many politicians are making "key-note
speeches" when they ought to be at home
reading bed-lime stories.
A fashion writer asks a daily paper now
lying on our desk: "Why do men wear coals
in summer?'' (ienerally it is to hide the big
gest pari of a dirty shirt.
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