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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 1921
THE GARDEN ISLAND
Issued Every Tuesday
KENNETH C. HOPPER Managing Editor
TUESDAY - MAY 31, 1921
EX ROLL THIS WEEK
. On Friday and Saturday of thin week an
enrolling oflleer of the United States Naval
Keservo will be at Port Allen. He Lopes to
get enough men enrolled in the Kauai reserve
to justify him in giving us an Eagle boat to
kc i over here all the time.
If you are between 17 and 33 years of age,
and if you want to enroll in the Reserve, see
this man either Friday or Saturday. If you
want to get a little more information about it,
call A. B. Braue, of the Kauai Railway Coin
piivy on your phone or stop in and see Mr.
Eliy at the MeBryde plantation. If they don't
cot vince you that you want to join, you will
bi ;i trifle different from most of the men they
have talked to in the last few weeks.
We want to compliment Mr. Eby and Cap
tain Braue for the interest they are taking in
developing a good, wide-awake naval reserve
corps on Kauai. We hear that they are going
after a corps of at least 100 local men and we
believe that they should, and will, get them.
We are told that as soon ns they do get the
first hundred volunteers we will be given an
Eagle boat to keep here all the time.
Fine work! We want the corps and we
want the Eagle boat.
And, by the way, how about a reorganiza
tion of the National Guard? Maui and Hawaii
are not throwing away their fire engines just
because the fire is put out. Why should we?
We are not looking for a fire and we don't be
lieve we are going to have one. But a country
town without a lire engine of any kind is cer
tainly "pickings" for the little old fire god.
An outside island with no fortifications, with
no men that could hit the side of a house
shooting from a distance of thirty feet or so,
would be in a fine condition if any national
unpleasantness should develop.
Again let us say that we don't believe we
are going to have any trouble. We have no
country in mind when we say that we should
be prepared to defend ouselves in case of an
invasion. Neither has our country any parti
cular criminal in mind when it organized its
police department. But it occasionally finds
good use for it just the same.
HARD TO UNDERSTAND
It is a triile hard for the mind of a layman
to grasp the reason of a good many things.
For instance, we can't, for the life of us, see
why County Attorney Kaeo should ask a jury
in the circuit court to hang a man and then
ask the governor not to do so. We can't see
why he should waste his time, the time of a
dozen busy jurymen, and the time of a circuit
judge, in putting over a first degree murder
verdict if he is going to ask the governor to
change the judge's verdict .when it is given.
The case involved is the murder of a little
fourteen year old school girl by an old villa n
that is old enough to be her grandfather.
This man had sharpened a butcher knife the
day before, got drunk enough, on hi own
brew, to muster up courage to attack a
helpless girl and then stabbed her several
times in the face and breast. The blow that
caused death sent the point of the knife so far
through the child's body that it struck the
backbone and broke off.
Mercy for a man who is down and out is
a fine thing. We believe in that. But we don't
believe in letting a beast murder a defenseless
little girl, simply to take revenge on her
parents, and get away with it. We are mighty
glad that the governor sustained Judge Aclii
and the jury. If they think that such a crime
as this will get them anything less than a
death penalty there are probably a few more
imbeciles who will be sharpening their knives.
Now that we have found out. what a bunch
of tennis ''sharks" we have on our island, lets
wallop a few of those Honolulu pretenders.
The bigger they are the harder they'll fall.
As much as they wanted to see fast and
furious tennis exhibitions, we didn't notice
any of the plantation men weeping over the
rainfall Sunday afternoon. Water is a sort
of a novelty in some of the cane fields these
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