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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, OCTOBER IV 1912.
(Continued from page J.)
White Plague'' is a terrible tiling.
It offers no grip to the strugglcr.
It took great minds, and the essence
of human patience, to beat through
its ghostly intangibility to a spjt
substantial enough to bo vulnerable.
There are three responsibilities
There is the responsibility to take
care of the person who is nfllicted
with tuberculosis. The government
must do this in largo part. Un
fortunately so many victims of this
disease aro unable to care for them;
selves. The government must meet
this responsibility as best it can.
Its lawmakers must offer enough of
their pity of suffering human kind
to make it possible in some part;
the administrators must make the
fight even one for their own people;
the judiciary must permit itself to
be influenced by the untechnical
call of humanity and uphold this
need in its courtrooms. The govern
ment, with the earnest private as
sistance given to it, hopes that it
can take upon its shoulders the care
of every person who needs it. It
must be done. It looks as if it can't
be, but the world moves a little
The second responsibility rests
upon those who are in the clutch
of the white plague, or over whom
is held its deadly menace. Upon
them is the duty to protect the
people with, and among whom they
live, and who protect them. The
government will seek to spread a
gospel of education in every man's
way. Those who do not avail them
selves of this, are moral criminals
in the community, who stoop even
to murder to attain the ends of their
complete selfishness. There aro not
many of these.
The third responsibility is a great
one. It is even greater for that
there is not attached to it ambition
of the government official who is
situated amidst ideals he can plainly
see and is entrusted to carry out,
oi; that sad personal interest of the
tuberculosis patient, who sees in
everything attached to his disease,
something peculiarly intimate to
It is the responsibility of the hale
and hearty and the well-provided
for, the responsibility to think of
number two, always a difficulty
duty to reconcile one self to. Only
an interest In this crusade will ful
fil this responsibility. If the hale
and hearty become interested in it,
the chances of the afflicted increase
a hundredfold. If every such per
son became interested, then the
interest would be an intense one,
the more intense in ratio to the
number of people interested. Tho
chances of the afflicted leap even to
a thousand-fold more. Interest, I
would remind you, is digging the
Panama Canal. .
I would like to stand on every
road on this island and point to
each one of you as you passed and
tell you to become interested. I
can't do it. I wish I could.
Responsibility rests upon the heal
'thy because tuberculosis can be
cured, I may say easily, if it is
, treated in its inception. It becomes
the duty of each person in the Ter
ritory of Hawaii, no matter to what
nationality he may belong, lo closely
watch those nearest and dearest to
him, and given them their fighting
chance, by reporting the ease at once.
Listen The statistics from sana
toria for consumptives, where pati
ents in all stages of the disease are
received, show that twenty-five per
cent, leave absolutely cured; forty
to fifty per cent, leave as much im-
proved, many of them being again
S capable of earning their own living.
In institutions where only patients
jn the early stages of the disease are
- received, as many as seventy to
( wenty-fivc per cent have been cured.
Last year 303 people died in this
Territory from tuberculosis. All
of them once pnswd through the
early stages of the disease. Two
hundred and twelve of them sii"U!d
Mrs. L. P. Jones will sing on
Sunday evening at the Union
The All-Chinese ball team that
toured the- States, may possibly be
seen in action on Maui.
II. Gooding Field, the financial
expert spent a' week in Wailuku
and then went to Honolulu.
Inspector Gibson, of tho Educa
tion Department, left for liana
today. He will inspect the schools
in that district.
In fuftire all applicants for chauf
feur's certificates will have to satisfy
the examiner that they have a
thorough knowledge of the ordi
nance, besides knowing how to
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The Women's Guild of the Church
of the Good Shepherd will hold a
social meeting at the residence of
Mrs. G. A. Hansen, Wailuku, on
Wednesday, October lGth, at 2:30
The opening dance of the season
will be given at the Alexander
House Gymnasium on Saturday
evening October 19th. Gentlemen
get your tickets early. Only fifty
Mrs. L. F. Jones will sing "The
Prodigal Son'' at tho Makawao
Union Church on Sunday morning.
All who know Mrs. Jones pronounce
her voice one of the best sopranos
that Maui has ever head.
Last Saturday the victorious Maui
ball players were entertained at a
great luau. All Wailuku turned
out to honor the boys. The oars
men were also there, and cheers
were given for the bunch.
II. M. Ayrcs, the well-known
newspaperman is once more in the
active field of weekly journalism.
His "Tropic Topics" made its first
appearance last Saturday. It is
brightly written and looks like a
At the Wailuku Union Church
on Sunday evening the Choir will
sing, "My God, Accept My Heart
This Night." Mrs. L. F. Jones'
solo will be "Face to Face." This
was composed by Herbert Johnson,
the famous tenor of the Ruggles
Street Quartette, Boston. It is one
of the most popular solos of recent
The ministers of Central Maui
will meet at tho Wailuku Union
Church for the regular monthly
school on Thursday of next week.
The meetings will begin at 9 in the
morning, and will last until noon.
After luncheon the Committee of
Nine will hold its session in the
study of Rev. R. B. Dodge. Some
matters of importance will come up
at that time.
have lived out their lives by your
Your lack of interest did that.
The Anti-Tuberculosis league and
the board of health will see that,
within the next few months, every
person in the Territory has a chance
to become as familiar with the
symptons of early tuberculosis as
Uncle Hiram is with his"rheumtiz."
If a people has this knowledge and
acts upon it, there is an iron wall
presented almost at once to the in
viduous attack of the white plague.
Nor is there reason to be like the
hero of Jerome's "Three Men in a
Boat,' who read a patent medicine
catalogue and promptly felt all the
symptons of every disease he read
about, reducing himself to a physi
cal wreck and, I believe, eventually
catching tho mumps. .
Sooner or later there will be in
Hawaii an honor roll of men and
women. They will be people who
realized that, upon their activity,
rested matters of life and death. At
the end of this time there must be
either that or a list of mortuary
tablets. A name on the first will
mean a name off the second. Those
dead will not have died bravely in
that best of deaths, where duty has
lighted the path to the last precipice.
They'll be dead because this com
munity did not do ITS duty.
Ed. Note: This is the first of
several papers by Doctor Sinclair,
others of which will appear in the
columns of the Maui News, from
time to time. They are of except-
iona! interest and vitally iinpn-tant
to every home. We tunt that they
will bo elud it'd with fare.
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