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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 1914.
THE MAUI NEWS
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A. Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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WHERE WE GET OFF.
WIIKN the Tari IT bill was under discussion at the last session
of Cotigiess, those interested in the domestic sugar industry
predicted that if the free sugar clause in the Underwood bill
became a law, it would benefit only the refiners of imported foreign
raw sugar, would seriously cripple, and, in all probability, totally des
troy the domestic cane and beet sugar industries, and that the con
sumer, in whose interest the bill ostensibly was to be passed, would re
ceive no benefit at all. At that time the Democratic leaders in Con
gress hooted at all of these predictions. They contended that the
domestic beet and cane sugar industry could live and thrive under free
sugar. They threatened that if this industry attempted to die, Secre
tary Rcdficld, of the Department of Commerce, would inject a salt solu
tion into their veins and use other drastic measures to foil the attempt.
Chairman Underwood did not manifest such an interest in the patient.
While believing, so he stated, that the industry would survive under
free sugar, his contention, as expressed in an official report, was that the
refining interests of the country were entitled to first consideration, and
present conditions resulting from the operation of the Democratic free
sugar schedule, indicate that this schedule was drawn for the benefit of
the seaboard refiners, rather than for the benefit of the consumer of
That free sugar will destroy the domestic beet and sugar industry, as
predicted by those interested iii that industry, is evidenced by the fact
that even the 25 per cent, reduction in the sugar Tariff which became
effective March 1, and the slump in the whole price of granulated
sugar, has compelled twelve beet sugar factories, so. far, to close their
doors, which means the loss of millions of dollars to Americans who
grow sugar cane and beets, the enforced idleness of thousands of
mechanics and technical experts, and a considerable blow to the gener
al prosperity of the local communities in which these factories are
That the prediction of those interested in the domestic sugar indust
rythat a reduction in the tariff on sugar would be of vast benefit to
the seaboard refiners of imported raw sugar, adding millions of dollars
to their profits has been fulfilled even within the short time since the
new sugar schedule became effective, is evidenced by the fact that four
of the large sugar refineries in New York and Philadelphia, which had
been idle for months, began operating on the day that the reduction in
the Tariff went into effect and announced that they would continue
working night and clay at full capacity. Louis Spreckels, superintend
ent of the Federal Sugar Refining Company, which led the fight in
favor of free sugar, and spent thousands of dollars in circulating mis
leading propaganda through its mythical "Committee of Wholesale
Grocers," declares that the reduction in the Tariff is the real and sole
reason for the full resumption of operations. The fact of the matter is
that the refiners have been purchasing raw sugar at as low a price as
possible, accumulating and storing millions of pounds of this raw pro
duct in bond, awaiting the reduction in the Tariff before passing it
through the custom houses. As soon as the 25 per cent, reduction in
the Tariff on raw sugar went into effect on March 1st, this sugar was
taken out of bond under the reduced rate, and by so doing the refiners
benefited approximately $6 a ton, aggregating millions of dollars addi
tional profits to them.
That the consumer will not benefit to any appreciable extent by this
reduction in the sugar Tariff is conceded by all those who have care
fully studied the situation. The refiners claim that the effect of the
reduction already has been discounted, and that instead of the con
sumer's price being lowered, it probably will advance in the near
future. Willett & Gray's Weekly Statistical Journal, in reporting on
the price of sugar during the first week under the operation of the 25
per cent, reduction, states: -..
"Raws declined 38c. (34c. owing to reduction in duty). Refined
In other words, the refiners saved 38 cents per hundred pounds on
their purchases of raw sugar, and the consumer pays the same price for the
refined product that he did before the Tariff reduction became effective.
Just where the consumer will "get off" under this new order of
things it is hard to tell, but all these facts go to prove that those en
gaged in the production of sugar in this country are good prophets.
If the rumor that Attorney Harry Irwin is to succeed Judge Kings
bury on the Maui bench is true, Governor l'inkham will have once
more made good in the matter of appointments. Those who knew Mr.
Irwin are aware of his qualifications for the high position of judge of
the Second Circuit, and while Maui people will be sorry to see Judge
Kingsbury step dow n, it is always to be remembered that it is a Demo
cratic administration at present. No one will be more pleased than
Judge Kingsbury to see a clean-cut straight Democrat take the office.
The appointment of Henry Walsworth Kinney to the position of
Superintendent of Public Instruction is a popular one, and Governor
Pinkham has shown by the appointment that he picks only the best
available men for territorial office. If all the future appointments are
as well made as that of Mr. Kinney, there will be "no kick coining"
from even the most rabid Republican.
It is to be hoped that the Maui supervisors have learned their lesson
and that, in future, no one supervisor will go ahead and order even a
dime's worth of material without the act being first sanctioned by the
whold board. The sooner the supervisors realize that they, individual
ly, have no more power than the garbage man, the better it will be for
themselves and the county at large.
The Glorious Fourth is approaching once more and the annual horse '1
races will, no doubt, attract a large crowd of visitors. May there be
clean racing as usual and a bumper crowd of people to enjoy the sport.
GALVANIZED WATER PIPE
PRICES ON APPLICATION.
Kahului Railroad Co's
Kahului, Maui, T. H.
Teh No. 1062.