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THE GARDEN ' ISLAND TUESDAY, NOV. 7, 1922
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Erery Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPKIl
NOV. 7, 1922
According to reports that are circulating
about the island, a number of local organiz
, ations are considering not
SHALL WE observing Armistice Day as
O USE RYE a holiday.
ARMISTICE Just why any American
DAYf organization should take
the attitude not to observe
Armistice Day is hard to fathom. Perhaps
now that the war is four years removed Jlnd
the danger that threatened has worn off, the
significance of the day is steadily losing
ground with' those whose patriotism is con
fined to periods when their own personal
welfare is at stake.
ISut the significance will always remain
for those who were Vitally concerned, wheth
er they served in the Argonne at lied Hill
or whether their shoulders were at the wheel
in Liberty bond and kindred drives, Armis
tice Day should and will always remain one
of the greatest days in their lives, for it re
presents the successful conclusion of the su
preme effort of themselves and their nation.
It is a day of celebration, for it repre
sents the removal of one of the greatest men
aces that has threatened the world and for
one man or any body of men to arbitrarily
lake the stand that the day is not worth
observing, when the majority of the Ameri
can people have seen fit to acknowledge it
as one of the greatest days in American his
tory, that man or body of men are placing
themselves in a very peculiar light in regard
to their status as Americans.
There are still a lot of things an editor
can't understand, and one of them is why
some people will call him
A DIFFICULT on a legal holiday or out
TASK! of bed at night to give him
an earful of scandal, or
tell him a report they heard about some
body's shortcomings and insist that he pub
lish it in bold bold black and white, while
the informant would not for the world sign
their own name to such an article. They
want the editor to be the goat at all times.
And these same hypocrites, whenever a rela
tive dies, expect the editor to write an obit
uary, oil, so sweet and nice probably going
on the theory that it will serve as an en
trance credential to St. Peter when the de
cedent has rapped at the pearly gates. We
have sometimes thought that the editor who
ran run a good paper, make both ends meet
and get along smoothly with all mankind
and womankind, is fit for any job, no mat
ter how big it is. And we don't think we'll
ever have occasion to chauge our opinion.
Recently a New York reporter interview
ed the business men in several blocks in that
city. He found that 70
LOOK AT per cent of them were born
THIS, HOYS! on farms or in small towns
exclusive of those who
were foreign-born. That ought to make the
average Kauai boy sit up and' take notice.
It ought to spur him on to better work in
the school room, for business conditions are
not going to change very much in the years
to come. The business of this country will
be in the hands of the men who are born and
reared in small towns or on the farms where
tliey had opportunities the city-bred boy
knows nothing of. There is a more encourag
ing atmosphere in those places than there
is push and scramble and people are so herd
ed together that they haven't the time, and
seldom the inclination to reach down and
lend a boy a helping hand. "Think it over
boys think hard. And then ask yourself
if it isn't going to best for you to stay right
here at home with your studies until you,
too, have reached the point where you can
become one of those 70 per cent who are
running business affairs in our big cities.
The dead letter office at Washington is
said to be swamped with political letters
and that's where most .of them belong.
We heard one Lihue man say yesterday
that he'd invest in a high juiced unto if he
wasn't afraid the neighbors would think he
More evidence that the ex-kaiser is not
in favor of peace is the fact that he's getting
ready to marry again.
Kauai girls should remember that it's not
too early to begin hinting around about what
thev want for Christmas.
Home folks take too much trouble in
making pleasure, and too much pleasure is
In many ways the new federal farm loan
banks are going to be a godsend, and in some
other ways they are going
STAY OUT to mitigate against the ul
OF DEBT timate prosperity of the
country. In conversation a
few days ago with a Lihue man who is pret
' ty well posted on financial affairs, we learn
that more farm and real estate mortgages
are being made in this country now than at
any previous time in history. He is of the
opinion that it is because money is more
easily borrowed now than it used to be, and
because people look more lightly upon debt.
Don't try to borrow yourself rich. Re
member, before you place tt mortgage on
your home or your land that every cent of
it, and added interest, must be paid back.
If you don't live to pay it back, your family
will have to. We know there are times when
it seems pretty hard to struggle along with
out ready money. But your forefathers usu
ally managed to get by without assuming
back-breaking burdens in the shape of mort
gages, and you ought to be able to do the
same thing. Every indication now points to
a far more prosperour year ahead than we
have had a good long while. Money is not
going to be as tight, and if you have paid
your debts as they came due you are still in
position to use your credit for most any rea
sonable sum without resorting to an iron
Stay on the job as long as you possibly
can without making your burden heavier by
going deeper into debt. Sacrifice every time
it is necessary. But don't get the mortgage
habit, for it's something you can't shake off
during the balance of your life.
Notj everyone has a nose for news. In
fact, if we started out to count noses on
Kauai today we feel sure
.1 yoSE we'd find very few that
FOR XEWtJ could actually "scent" a
news item, unless it was of
tremendous importance. And yet, every day
something is occurring in your home or your
neighborhood that is actually news. The com
ing and going of yourself and your neighbor,
receptions, sales, robberies, socials, weddings,
wedding anniversaries, club meetings, law
suits, cases of illness, funerals, all that is
of interest to someone... It may appear small
on the surface, yet of such things are read
able newspapers made. We can't be every
where at the same time, and we can't hear
all of the things that are going on that
should be in the paper. That is why we
would like you, and your neighbor, train
your nose for news, and send us or bring us
or telephone us items which you feel we
haven't heard. It all goes to make up your
home paper, and your home paper goes a
long way toward reflecting the hustle and
progress of the community in which it is
If the average man had to spend the
whole day as a telephone operator he would
change his miud about how the exchange ought
to be run.
We overheard a Lihue citizen declare a
few days ago that if hair tonic is as long
developing a jag as it is in developing hair
on a ball head it makes a poor substitute for
Your Friends Like It
THE bent argument we can put
forth In favor of your dealing
direct with the stocks and bonds
department of the Trent Trust Com
pany la that a number of your friends
are using it with entire satisfaction.
Ask them. Kauai people have re
ceived such good service thru direct
correspondence methods of dealing
in securities that our business with
the Garden Island Is increasing dally.
So to serve that we may continue
LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE
Editor Garden Island: In the edi
torial columns of your paper of Oc
tober 31st, you have an article about
anonymous letter writers and you
describe them as "seizing the oppor
tunity of expressing some hateful
sentiment without using their name,"
and of "belonging to the back-stabbing
class." Further down in the
same column you have a small para
graph which reads, "Rudyard Kip
ling says that In the recent war
England saved her soul, yes but
was the United States which saved
her bacon." I notice that you men
tion the name of the author of the
first sentence, but omit the name
of the author of the second sentence.
Who ever the author is, that sen
tence along with the author's name
(if you know It) should go where
you say all unsigned articles or let
ters should go, to the waste basket,
unless the author would add to the
sentence, "and by doing so saved
her own." I would like to wager the
author -of such a boastful sentence
has not. got a single decoration to
wear next Saturday the 11th, but
will be on the side-lines.
Our little quip about Rudyard was
Intended facetiously, but Mr. Walsh
apparently takes us seriously. This
Is not a Hearst paper and we are
not afflicted with Anglofobla, but
this Is an American paper and Mr.
Kipling in his discredited interview
took a slap at America, so we
could not fall to take advantage of
the opening Mr. Kipling gave us.
As to our war record we do not
believe that the Battle of Hotel del
Coronado was ever considered a ma
jor engagement, hence we wear no
decorations, and as to standing on
the sidelines next Saturday, it
would take a platoon of police to
keep us there.
Our advice to Mr. Walsh Is that
he write a letter to the Times about
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