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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, JANUARY 9. 1917
THE GARDEN ISLAND Issued Every Tuesday Morning Luther Dermont Timmons Editor TUESDAY JANUARY 9 The Nawiliwili Breakwater I'iissonRcrs arriving at ami depart inn from Nawiliwili in the past ten 1nyn have had most harrowing expiTieix't's. W reuMzc that thin in not "roo1 advertising" for Kanai, hut the truth is always the best in the long r 11. It is doubtful that anywhere on earth, in a supposedly usable landing place, have ladies and children and even men been subject ed to so much nerve-wrecking hardship and danger as they have met with here during and immediately following the holiday season. ' It has been necessary to toss passengers from gangways into small lniats (hit or miss) as the waves surged; and to take them aboard in the same danger ous fashion. Baggage and valuables have been overturned into the bay, and have been lost. It seems like a miracle that, not a few, but many, lives have not been sacrificed ; and this can only be accounted for, per haps, by t tie fact that the sailors of the ships are expert in manipulating their landing boats and handling passengers in turbulent waters. In the winter months passenger trailic at Nawiliwili is paralyzed and there is no such thing as freight business on account of the exposed condition of one of the most beautiful and serviceable harbor prospects of which we have knowledge. The great fugar industry has to draw away from its largest, most natural and most convenient port, and carry on its shipping in a "eateh-as-cateh-can" sort of fashion, in small bays. This state of things is not modern; it is not American. The United States government would not allow it to exist a month on the Atlantic or Pacific coasts, or the Gulf of Mexico. Why here? Perhaps it is because we are so far away. Perhaps the members of Congress do not yet realize the importance of the project, despite the pleading of Delegate J. K. Kalanianaole and the endorsement of its members who visited Nawiliwili a year and a half ago. Aside from the matter of convenience and safety of passengers, perhaps they do not rea lize the importance of this breakwater at Nawiliwili to the American homesteaders who have taken up land, built homes and have staked their all and the success of their children on sate and adequate shipping facili ties at Nawiliwili. Perhaps they do not realize the importance of this project to the dozens of American steamers and sailing vessels visiting this island (A fine American vessel is now on the rocks at the mouth of Hanapepe river as the direct result of insecure harbor facilities.) The appeal of Kauai to Congress for the appropriation for the break water and harbor facilities at Nawiliwili has never been a selfish one. It is not in the slightest sense a "pork barrel" proposition. As the people here know absolutely it to be, the project would ensure the safety and , comfort of the American public travelling to and from this island ; would prevent the wrecking of slops and loss of valuable property as now oc curs at not infrequent intervals; would bring success to the American homesteaders who have boldly struck out as pioneers in farming, as that term is understood all over the United States; would facilitate the great export business from this island to the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, as well as intervening States; and would aid, as nothing else could, in the increase of purchases by this island from the mainland of our country. It is plain that we are not asking something for nothing. It is plain that we are asking for something, to give a great deal more in return. In fact it is perfectly clear to us here that the improvement would pay for itself (from the standpoint of the people of the mainland of the Unit ed States) in less than five years, and probably less than two years after the facilities are ready to be utilized. troops have to help it do picket duty i'tuid tin- nusquit llmins of Texas. Had average lt)l(i wages been paid for ''regulars" on the l!io Grande our standing army would have been full of men, the services of the Na tional Guard would not have been required for police duty there, a great deal of hardship and suffering would have been saved and it would have cost the government and country a very great deal less. It does not take either a strategist or financier to see that, with half nn eye. . Destructive Criticism . The Prohibition Wave Does the average reader of newspapers and current literature, in terested in the remarkable temperance wave which has been sweeping over the United States, actually know what the situation is today, after the changes made by the recent election? Does the average reader really know that there are only three wet States in America today? and that only two of them are States of large population? Well, it is a fact. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nevada are the only States in America in which the liq"uor traflic continues to hold its old -time sway. In addition to these are a group of States in which they have local option, in which less than fifty per. cent, of territory is without saloons. These States are: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and California. These may be classed as "near wet" States. The next group includes that of States having less than fifty per. cent, of wet territory, and may be classed as "near dry" States. They are: New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Indiana and Minnesota. Finally come the group of "dry States," as follows: Maine, Vir ginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Only eleven more Statrs are needed by the group in the last list above to carry prohibition as a national proposition it requiring two thirds (32) of the States to put through a Constitutional amendment. The "drys" now lave nn admittedly close call on the seven States in the second list above, and if they are gained, only four more will be needed. In the first group the "near wet States" there are several which are leaning strongly to the dry side of the question, and close students of the situation tell us that there is liable to be a scramble from that group, at tne next opportunity, for "the dry wagon." It is very doubtful that the prohibitionists will be able to carry their point at the present session of Congress, or even at the next although they will lie abbs to put up a terrific fight. Two years from now, how ever, unless something very extraordinary happens, it is highly probable that it will be "curtains" for the liquor traflic in America. The practise of indiscriminate criticism of the governors of Hawaii has gone so far that it has become detrimental to the best interests of the Territory. It is a. pasttime that costs nothing to those indulging in if , but it confuses and sets at wrong angles public, business. Governor Dole, Governor Carter, Governor Frcar, all good men, were badgered out of ollice by niwre or less irresponsible critics; .and now Governor Pink ham is coming in for pot -shooting from the same sources. We can never have successful Territorial gevernment until a policy of constructive, rather than destructive, criticism is adopted by oui think ing men; and the irresponsible critics are suppressed entirely. And the fault is entirely at Honolulu. The outer islands-'.have always taken a broader, more patriotic stand in this regard. Honolulu's city government is driven into confusion and scandal purely and solely on- account of irresponsible badgering; and that government will never be a success until the nefarious practice is stopped. If the people of Honolulu would work with their city government, in place of against it, the result would be far more satisfactory than at present. And if they would work with the Territorial government, with a view to constructive policies, in place of pulling backward and fryitc: to pull down, there would be a different state of things and the whole Territory would be better pleased. v Reckless Driving On Roads In this matter of reckless automobile traflic. it would seem as though there was need for some more effective supervision ami some more ade quate protection to the public. The law abiding citizen, who pays his taxes, is entitled to protec tion against lawless attempts on his property or his person, even though it may be only in such trilling ways as may constitute annoyances rather than injuries. In the menace of these automobile disasters we arc threat ened not only by large losses of property but of life as well. The reck less or malicious throwing of broken glass on the roads, drunken and reckless driving, undue speeding in populous or dangerous places, an ex clusive monopoly of more than half of the road, etc. these are a stand ing menace to life and property, which even the most innocent and care ful may not escape. It would seem as though, in a oivihzed community, we ought to be protected against these dangers as we are supposed to be against the burglar antl the sneak thief. Automobile Courtesy One of the courtesies of life which isassuming impressive impoitauce in these days of increasing automobile traflic, is a fair shaie of the pub lic highway. There are, we regret to say. too many drivers who "hog the whole of the road," with much discomfort, and no liltle danger, to those who must travel on the same roads with them. Many of them doubt less have recently emerged from barbarism, and don't understand what ourtesy is; they may have to be taught what right is, and what compul sion means. There have already been some casualties resulting from tins sort of folly ; the future boubtless holds many more. One of these days there will be a grand smash-up, and a lot of people will he lulleM. 1 lien dras tic measures will be taken to reform or eliminate these sons of Jehu with their hearts of Jezebel; then we may at length be able to travel our roads with a measure of comfort and safety. Heaven speed the day! 'Our Army Problem The American papers are just now full of a lot of talk about the failure of the National Guard on the Kio Grande. It is plain that a large majority of the writers are "pen soldiers" only. The National Guard is made up of men with business responsibili ties which are disrupted when they are called away. In many cases (in the States, we mean) they return from a ampaign like that on the Rio Grande, to find themselves out ot employment. Worst of all, their families, in a very large number of instances, suiter, for the reason that the pay of soldiers is insullicient to keep up the expenses which 'National Guardsmen had previously been called upon to bear. Had there been war on the Rio Grande it is a safe gamble that there would never have been a complaint from a true National Guardsman. But when it developed into a case of hanging around for months and picking cactus thorns out of their feet for pasttime, the murmurs started The whole trouble with our army system has its beginning and end in the pay of the men of the regular army. There is no flinching from that proposition on the part of anybody. We go ahead and decide on a larger army. Then, with bugle calls and attractive posters on the walls in cities, invite the young men of the land to enlist. Every man from the time of Joshua knows the hardships 1 a soldier s life, and it s dan iters. Ami what do we offer our young men for this sacrifice? Fifteen dollars a month, when any foreigner in the United States can make fifteen dollars a week packing brick up a ladder! The proposition is unworkable, is absurd yes, is ludicrous; and the sooner we Americans look it squarely in the face, and act according ly, the U tter. There is nothing the matter with the National Guard. It is not th fault of the regular army that its own ranks are not full and that Stab Sknatok Cnn.UNuwoitTH, it is reported, will introduce a bill in the T.riricln-iirn tbr Tinvtiom' nf whicli will he to wine out the onen saloon ar d fc"' ...X- j,....-. . V- - -i - - , confine the liquor trailic to restaurants and hotels. His object, he says, is to do away with the objectionable practice of' "treating." if the ob i,..t iu fiivvnctlv ntntoil whv would it not be a better li'iin for Oahll ami the other islands to adopt the Kauai idea? Here we have no saloons at all. Liquor is sold only in bottles, to be taken away, so that the so called "treating" practice is unknown. However, almost anything would be an improvement on the open Honolulu saloon ' 1 in Invitation to All 1 i: !l J Dcn't -waste your time and strength on hand pumps! Just drive up to our , place and get all the air you want We maKe no charge for this service. It's merely one of the many courtesies we are always glad to extend to you. Pon't thinK that we expqct you to buy gasoline or oil every time you stop here. We Know that one often needs air or water when he doesn't need anything else. And we Know that the low price we charge for the grade of gas and oil we handle is the only inducement necessary to get you here when you want anything in that lino. Kauai Garage Co., Lihue. MAX GREENBAUGH Manufacturers' Acknt KAUAI CORRESPONDENCE INVITED Office: Hawaiian Hotel P. O. Box 524 HONOLULU y . J There is no reason on earth Ji.v a fat man should not look as trim and smart as a slender man. 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