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The Garden Island. [volume] (Lihue, Kauai, H.T.) 1902-current, June 03, 1919, Image 2

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Kauai First, Last and all the time.
Managing Editor
JUNE 3, 1919
We have a homely proverb,
"Half a loaf is better than no
I!ical." There are a great many
people, apparently, who do not be
lieve it. If they can't get just
what they want they wont take
anything. Very seldom in deal
in? with the problems. of life can
we get just what we want. We
hae to do the best we can. And
Mirely if we have common sense
v e will accept the half a loaf, for
The time being anyway, and make
the best of it.
There has been much dissatis
faction and condemnation dealt
out to President Wilson because
lie hasn't carried the League of
Nations and the I'eace Tertns
through to a successful issue as
formulated by the United States
and approved by the Allies. When
it comes to any kind of a league,!
or any kind of a conference, you :
Lave got to take into considera
tion the other fellow; what lie
want-;, and what he will do if he
doesn't Lret it. and the best out-'
come that you can expect is a com
promise between your demands
uud his concessions.
That the President formulates
a demand, and even delivers an
ultimatum, and then finally ac
cepts something much less satis
factory, simply means that he has
had like all the rest to yield
more or less to the inevitable and
take the best he could get.
We who stand on the outside,
and know little or nothing of
what is going on; We are not in
any position to know what can
ami what cannot be done. We
would do well to hetd the impat
ient response of Lloyd George
"Let us alone, we are doing the
best we can !"'
There have been two particu
larly shocking and unprovoked
murder cases lately, the fatal out
come of which was contingent on
the handy reach to a near revolv
er. In both cases there was a sud
den flaring up of an ungovernable
passion, with no adequate justifi
cation and because a deadlv
weapon was immediately avail
able, the deed was committed.
Had there been no such weapon
close at hand, the flood of passion
would have abated in a few min
utes, and the criminal outcome
Is there no way by which these
primitive, savage races, who have
no jower of self control, can be
deprived of these most effective
deadly weapons?
It would be a blessing to them,
as well as to the community
around them if they and their
quarters could be searched and
everything in the shaje of a fire
arm taken awav from them.
The following Is the second of the
series of letters from the Dole boys
In France:
France, Aug. 30, 1918.
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when our period there Is ever. We are
very lucky In our selection of our billet
as we have the most attractive town
around here. We were a day and a
half on the train coming here, which
was a very tiresome ride due to the
nature of the train. The men had ordi
nary box cars, while the officers had
second class compartment cars, with
five In a compartment which gave us
very little chance to lie down.
The country surely Is Interesting as
we go through It. The people here
are nowhere near as depressed as are
the English, from what we saw of
them, and they are overjoyed that the
Americans are here. They will do
any thing for us in their power. We
are the first American troops that
have been to this tection, so it Is up
to us to make a good impression, and
not take too much advantage of the
good will of the people. The men are
quartered in barns or other similar
buildings around in the village, in de
tachmentc, depending upon the size of
the occommodations, while the officers
are taken, as a rule, into private fami
lies, usually only one to a place. 1 am
in the house of Madame Gerigny. As
near as I can make out. the family con
sists of the Madame, her mother and
two girls about twelve and fourteen
(Madelene and Susanne) and a boy
about eighteen that I don't think be
longs to the immediate family. He
speaks a little English which he learn
ed in school, as he had planned before
the war to go to America. None of the
others speak a bit of English, so a fel
low can't help .but learn a little
French. The Madam's husband may
have been killed in the war. I have
not learned that yet. Nearly everyone
in town Is in mourning for some one.
You should see the beds they have
here. They are simply a mass of
feathers. Mattress and covers are
stuffed with feathers. A fellow needs
a step-ladder to get Into them in the
first place, and then he sinks way out
of sight. They sure are a joy to our
bones after sleeping on so many dif
ferent kinds of beds, etc. My room is
very nice except that there is no place
to hang my clothes. None of the
houses seem to have bathrooms, but
there are some very nice baths in town
where we go. It is funny to me that
a people who are, with hardly an ex
ception, neat and clean, have no bath
rooms. Few even have running water.
But the people certainly are neat and
the children are the most attractive
as a whole that I have seen anywhere.
We learn more French from the
children than from the older folk, as
they all are anxious to talk to us, and
are quick to get the meaning of our
attempts. Last night I went calling
on a couple of young ladies, of from
twenty to twenty-three years of age.
Guess I'm getting along, don't you
think so? By the use of conversation
books, we had little trouble in making
ourselves understood. They had a
brother who had been killed. They
had his picture and the Croix de
Guerre which he won.
We haven't received any mail yet
but I suppose that we can look for It
any time, maybe tomorrow and maybe
in a month, as mail coming this way
is very irregular. I am awfully anx
ious to hear what unit Kenneth was
assigned to, and whether he has come
across yet, and also the same con
cerning Jack.
Major Stewart Edward White is our
District Billeting officer, and he ate
dinner with us yesterday and today,
so I suppose we will see quite a little
of him until we get well onto the
ropes, at least.
The thing that seems most out of
place in the French towns is the
open sewers. Otherwise they are al
most spotless. They have some queer
little shops. You go into one and may
find most anything in it. You can't
tell from the outside as a rule just
what is sold.
The people think we are crazy be
cause we ask for water to drink. They
dring only wine here and they laugh
to beat the band when we Insist on
water. It usually takes about three
trys before they are really convinced
that it is water we want. A fellow
"lias almost got to drink wine with
them in their homes, or they are great
ly insulted If we don't. I can't say
that I like the stuff though, and get
along with as little as possible. The
officers, at present, all eat at the
Hotel de France, but soon we will have
a regular officers' mess which will be
much cheaper, and probably more to
our style, though we sure get good
meals. They seem to have an abund
ance of meat here, while in England
there was practically none. They have
their regular rations for the people in
the towns, but they have a sufficiency
of everything but bread and sugar.
We furnish that ourselves from our
rations. A few of the officers arrang
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they are staying, but in that case,
they have to replace the food they eat
as the family is allowed to buy only
so much.
We are having lovely weather at
present, warm and bright. We sure
will be lucky if we should be left here
till next Spring, but I guess we'll be
called to the front long before that, at
least as part of our training.
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