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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 191 J
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SATURDAY. ..... APRIL 15, 1911
An Asyl um For the "Lame Ducks.'
TITHE national monetary commission has been converted into a
1 comfortable asylum for political "lame ducks," says the San
Francisco Call. Most people supposed, for instance, that Sena
tor Aldrich went out of office on March 4th, but they were grievously
mistaken. Mr. Aldrich is not only in office as chairman of the mone
tary commission, but he retains as his office and headquarters the room
that he occupied as chairman of the senate finance committee. Senator
Hale and Senator Flint, who went out of office at the sa me
time as Aldrich, are similarly provided for in the asylum. At the
other end of the capital former Congressman McLachlan is the benefi
ciary of the same kindly and convenient shelter. These offices are not
filled by the executive, but by appointment of the presiding officers in
the senate and house. A Washington dispatch describes the situation
"Instead of having a meeting place of its own, the monetary com
mission has become a sort of a leech on congress. As long as the mem
bers of it were members of congress, they received no compensation
and used for offices the committee rooms to which they were assigned
as members of the senate. Now there are seven of them .who draw
$7,500 a year and have offices provided for them, and most of them in
sist that their offices shall be some room they have already occupied as
members of the senate."
The way the"lame ducks" are hanging on to their committee roms
has already caused some scandal and is likely to become the subject of
inquiry on the floor of congress. It seems as if a place on the monetary
commission might easily become a life job, and there is not at the
present moment the smallest prospect of any action on the multiplicity
of schemes for currency reform. It is true that only one member of
the "lame duck" .club has as yet promulgated his plan of reform, but
the others will be compelled by a sense of decency to do something in
that line unless they all belong to the "me too" class and are content
to let Aldrich do all the planning while they confine themselves to the
punctual collection of salaries.
Honolulu is again seething with factional politics. Politics is pro
bably a necessary evil in these days of enlightenment, but when the
public health is at stake, it seems that the politicians should be willing
to stand aside, and let the reins of government be handled by compet
ent and trained men. The Territorial Board of Health is and always
has been, hampered by political machinations, and when the Board of
Supervisors, through the County Physician, tries to perform a genuine
service for the city, the politicians step in and threaten to prefer
charges. Perhaps it would be better if someone would prefer charges,
and then the public would see who was doing the real work.
The correspondent from Paia requires no answer. - We only publish
the letters to oblige the writer, as he appear anxious to see his efforts
in print. We cannot say we admire his style, and while we may have
seen worse, we do not recall it at present. His effort savors too much
of mud so much so that we are inclined to think he must have mud
where bis brain should be. '
Easter exemplifies the triumph of life. Life is the supreme fact.
'Let us believe only in life, refusing to be domineered by the unsubstan
tial wraith called death, refusing to be diverted thereby from "the up
ward looking and the light." Then Easter will be to us the most signifi
cant, the most inspiring, the most uplifting of all the days that dawn.
Russia is importing typewriters by the thousand from the United
States. There is something that goes with the American typewriter,
as a usual thing, however, that Russia cannot import.
The Resurrection of Man.
(By James A. Edgerton.)
IF faith in man were music
And love of man were song,
Then might I sing a measure
To move the world along
Its theme, the Christ that is to be,
The Christ in all Humanity.
Tried by his sense illusions,
Himself man has denied,
Has scoffed the God within him
And has been crucified,
Has borne his cross up Calvary,
The Christ in all Humanity.
Now from his tomb self builded
At last he shall be freed.
That will be resurrection
And Easter morn, indeed!
And he shall know himself and see
The Christ in all Humanity.
I hail him, the arisen,
With lilies at his feet, ,
Called forth by his own angels
In resurrection sweet.
Roll back the stone of self and free
The Christ in all Humanity.
(Continued from Page I.)
initiation, Grant says:
"It was five minutes to 9 o'clock
on the evening of a hot .July day
when the two entered a small taver
ns in the Vicaria. They had both
frequently been there before, but on
former occasions the youth had been
obliged to remain in the public
room, while his master passed
through a door beyond.
"As soon as all had taken their
places, the capo, who acted as pre
sident, rose, and, after making a
few remarks, produced a list and
gave it to the picciotto who stood
before him. The later at once be
gan to read the roll call. Each capo
rose as soon as he was named and
presented his Giovani to the associ
ation. ) When this ceremony was
finished the Giovani Onorati were
drawn up in the center of the room
and an oath was administered to
each, by which he bound himself
never to reveal anything that he
knew or suspected with respect to
the camorra, and in case of his be
ing seriously wounded in the course
of the evening or at any future time
by one of its members, to preserve
the name of the assailant a profound
secret, 'trusting to his brothers, and
to his brothers alone, to help and to
avenge him.' As soon as the oath
had been taken the Giovani Onorati
returned to their place.
"The list was now produced, and
the first capo brought his pupil for
ward. He was an overgrown, weakly
youth, and challenged the smallest
of his rivals. They unclasped their
knives and ran at each other, but
so clumsily that everybody saw the
duel had been prearranged and the
president ordered them to be ex
cluded from the assembly, which
was at once done. II Turco's was
the second name, and as soon as it
was mentioned Domenico stepi)ed
forward. He bowed to the president
and the other capo and said ho re
signed his right to choose an op
ponent, but was ready to meet any
ope who chose to match him. An
underset, but powerful youth, Circo
by name, at once offered himself
and a terrible conflict ensued.
In about five minutes, however,
Domenico struck his enemy such a
blow in his side that he fell to the
ground and was unable to rise. Two
picciotti at once took up the wound
ed man and carried him through a
side door into a neigh boring street,
where they left him.. It was not
heartlessness that induced them to
do so. An' arrangement had pre
viously been made by which a con
siderable number of respectable citi
zens had bound themselves to go
home that way in twos and twos and
to see that any wounded person they
chanced to find was brought to the
Domenico had distinguished him
self in that Ranguinary initiation
and became a young hero of the
camorra. Later he had a more
serious test of his- fealty. He had
to submit to going to jail for two
years to save an old Camorrist bur
glar. Subsequently -he becomes an
agent of the camorra, a leader.
In that way are the members of
the order trained in the bloody ser
vice which the Italian government
is now trying to stamp out from the
beautiful environs of Naples and the
terrible sides of Vesuvius.
(Continued from Page 6.) :
letters from favorite authors regard
ing the condemnation and praise of
the sheriff's department and read
ing these in the public press has
possibly kept the collective mind of
the detective force off the more bur
densome matters. Of course the
waterfront has had attention even
from Mr. Doyle and Mr. Lake, both
of whom may take credit for some
good work. I see by the newspapers
that Doyle seized Craig while Lake
read the warrant to. him. In an
other paragraph the reader is told
I understand there is to be a
move in the House that will result
in clipping the wings of some of the
Territorial officials and reducing the
salaries of others. Fairchild's steam
in the Senate moistened the tongue
of Quinn to the extent that he led
the movement to make the salary of
Surveyor three hundred dollars after
Fairchild had moved to make it
fifty dollars less. I am told that
the House is expected to use the
pruning knife on all salaries. Camp
bell will be lucky if he comes through
at all. There is a strong feeling
against him and the end of the
investigation into the land depart
ment may show us a system that
the members will not agree to con
tinue. In my opinion Campbell
has too much to do.
I believe something will be done
to keep the lands in the hands of
actual homesteaders instead of al
lowing them to drift into the area
of a plantation. It is this that has
stamped graft on the homestead law.
I remember that only a few weeks
ago there was to be an attempt to
take homesteads from holders on
Hawaii on a faked charge that the
conditions were not kept. As the
land is immediately adjoining Olaa
there maybea reason. It is one
of the things to be fixed at this ses
sion if Correa of Oahu. and Hewett
of Hawaii have a chance to carry
out their intention. ,'.
Brown's Banking Bill may come
up again Tuesday for reconsideration
as Kalama of Maui and Brown of
Hawaii were not present when the
vote was called. So many of the
leading people of the city have pro
tested against the measure I have
no thought it will go through.
Palm Sunday and Holy Week
were appropriately observed in this
Miss Lucy Adams will teach a
Shakespeare class every Thursday
evening, at the Baldwin Settlement
Mrs. E. II. Rogers has a room at
the Lahaina Hotel.
Contractor Hutchins has finished
his work on Lahaina roads, and has
gone to Hilo.
Entertainments are announced
for Thursday, Friday and Saturday
evenings at Hale Aloha.
Opposite Wailuku Bank
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