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. THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY,. OCT. 19. 1920
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER
OCTOBER 19, 1920
LU Mil Ell I'll ICES
A shortage of housing accomodation! is still
nation-wide and tin mvomiianjing evils of high
rents and over-crowding is going to be felt in
the United States Ihis winter as keenly as it
was last. Abnormally high lumber prices, to
gether with high wages and high eosts of ma
terials have been holding back a building cam
paign. It has been hard to get materials with
out annoying and costly delays. It costs from
ISO to 270 per cent more to build today in many
parts of the United States and curtailment of
building and repairs on the fauns is reported
to be in proportion to the decrease in towns and
The prices of food, elothing and all other com
modities averaged last year in cost between 2
and 2.4 times as much as in so lumber
may be expected to more ihan double the pre
war basis. Yet it appears that lumber prices
during the spring of 1!20 was considerably
higher than costs justified. Lumber selling at
?40 in I'M!) jumped to SSC, jn March, 1020, an
unwarranted increase and one which hurt busi
ness. Right here on Kauai we know of building
that would have been done but for this tre
mendous increase. And yet the lumber market
is as uncertain as it was nine months ago.
Now comes a report that the government is
. to try its hand in lowei itig lumber And building
material prices, in the hope that next spring
will see an old-linie building campaign all over
the country. And in justice to the man who
lias worked for years saving up enough to build
his own home it is about time something was
BUSIXESS PROSPECTS GOOD
The committee on statistics and standards of
the Chamber of Commerce of the United States
has made a survey of conditions prevailing
throughout the country and predicts good busi
ness for the balance of the year, notwithstand
ing the fact that prices are falling, due to a
slackening of speculation.
Business is getting down nearer normal. Hay
ing is more liberal ami upon a safer basis than
has prevailed for many months. A lessening
of production is predicted in some lines. Crops
are good. The elevators are at a loss to find
means to store it until the railroad congestion
is relieved, and for this reason many forced
sales are being made below market prices.
There is a scarcity of building materials
which, combined with the high cost and un
certainty of labor, has stagnated building oper
ations. This is a lamentable condition, from
any angle it may be viewed; for the housing
shortage is acute in all business and manufac
turing renters. Rents have advanced to about
the limit, and landlords are demanding con
ditions that are positively impossible and harm
ful to the country's interests.
In California the citrus fruit industry is
enjoying a season of great prosperity, and the
Pacific coast is generally thrifty.
The herds and flocks upon the grazing lands
of the West are in prime condition, and the
prospect is unusually promising, although there
has been a decline in the juice of meat and
wool. All dairy products are high, and there
is no prospect of a decline.
The wild-cat speculations of the oil regions
have practically come fo an end; but the wells
are producing steadily, and the product is
easily convertible inlo cash at remunerative
In the South the boll weevil and excessive
rains have done considerable damage; but the
prospect is reasonably good.
All over the country crops of all kinds are
abundant, and the producers and consumers
Mark Twain once stated that everybody
talked about the bad weather, yet nothing was
done about if. That has been the condition of
the-country for the past three or four years.
Everybody has been talking about high prices,
gralt, profiteering and all soils of evil things;
but nobody seemed to think that anything could
be done to relieve the situation ; so they all
paid the price and continued to whine, not
having gumption enough to act collectively.
It now appears that (he talk was not entirely
without result; for conditions are developing
that promise to inspire confidence in all lines
of business, and to promote buying.
There has been a decided slump in wool,
cotton, cotton fabrics, silk, leather and leather
products, flour, grain, clothing, and almost
everything. Henry Ford has knocked the
props from beneath the high juice of automo
biles, and iron and other industries are pre
paring to meet conditions. The mailorder
houses have also joined in the mark-dow n, and
normal conditions are seen to be approaching.
The good news is an inspiration. Smiles are
now worn where frowns were the prevailing
fashion. High cost of living has received a
blow- below the belt that is staggering the pro
fiteers. The sugar hoarders are letting go of
their holdings, anxious to get out of what
promises for them to be a serious predicament,
although most of them deserve to be in jail.
The prospect, and even the realization of a
decline in prices is very gratifying. Retail
trade clings tenaciously to its prices, although
they are slipping. The people who have been
educated and are aware that wholesale prices
have been cut sufficiently to warrant lower
prices, and while the retailers fear a falling
market they are meeling-the situation with as
good grace as can be expected. The merchant
who buys low w ill be able to sell low.
Business has arrived at a condition similar
to that which ushered in the panic of 18734,
and while no such a demoralization of business
is expected, it is better for the country to get
down from the pinnacle of war prices, with the
least possible disturbance, and when normal
conditions are reached all will be happier.
The laborer wants to know what effect fall
ing prices will have upon wages. Henry Ford
h is illustrated the answer to that question by
cutting Ihe prices and maintaining wages at
present staudards. Can all manufacturers do
the same? if they can labor will be greatly
benefited ; but it is unreasonable to, presume
that present wage scales will be maintained in
all lines of industry. It is quite probable, how
ever, that they will never again go down to the
low figures that prevailed some years ago.
Labor demands a just remuneration for ser
vices rendered. The laborer is entitled to a
good living, and should have a wage that will
permit him to live well, educate his children,
and lay up money for his declining years, and
unless he can do that he is not being treated
justly. Labor is too well organized today to
accept starvation wages, or wages that are in
adequate to. the requirements of good and re
spectable living. Hence it is very improbable
that wages will ever again go as low as they
have in the past. One hundred per cent effic
iency will be demanded, and if given wages can
be kept up.
General Wrangel, operating upon the south
ern Russian front, captured 10.000 Soviets in
six days. At that rate a few months should
suffice to convince Lenine and Trotzsky that
Bolshevism will not make as easy a conquest of
Ihe world as they have anticipated. General
Wrangel is at the head of the all-Russian gov
ernment, and his armies are being recruited
from the Russian and Cossack elements that
have repudiated Bolshevism, and who are flock
ing to General Wrangel's standard in such
numbers that he feels fully able to successfully
combat Bolshevism in southern Russia, and he
has high hopes of redeeming his country from
the control of the insane fanatics who have
plunged it into a condition of chaos.
A cable dispatch from Budapest announces
that flogging has proven a most efficacious rem
edy in the case of convicteed profiteers. None
come back for the second dose. The system is
to be extended to less serious offences. Such
a plan might be adopted in America with ben
eficial results. "Use 'em rough" and they will
Manufacturers are aware that there will be
no need of cutting wages if production is kept
at 100 per cent efficiency.
The fact that the mail order houses have cut
their prices is the best evidence of all that
people are trading at home.
Let the teachers on Kauai be of good cheer.
A young man in Virginia who has been teach
ing for 15 years has just fallen heir to 1,000.
Another reason we have for knowing Kauai
people are growing wiser is the fact that they
are not chancing their money on election bets.
Most people have the hardest time deciding
what to do after they have made up their
Most men have come to realize that in this
day and time even a soft bosom shirt commands
a stilT price.
They say the paper iu which meat is wrapped
costs more than the meat. Yes, and it makes
lots poorer gravy.
Wheat is going down, but bread doesn't seem
to have heard anything about it.
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