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TIIK MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JULY 4, 1914.
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JULY 4, l'JH
COUNTY LAW NEEDS AMENDING.
HAWAII County will probably ask the next legislature to change
the county act. The City and County of Honolulu wants a new
charter. Maui needs an amended system of government. Kauai
hasn't been heard from, but probably could stand a few changes also.
Hawaii had the weaknesses of county government under present laws
very clearly brought home to her. The investigating committee, which
has for a year or more been trying to straighten out the tangle and to
send the victims of a poor system and of public carelessness, to the
penitentiary, is now offering suggestions for a better form of govern
ment. Maui has tried the county government act long enough to find
out a good many of its weak points, and various haphazard suggestions
are heard in line of remedy. But the matter deserves more than hap
hazard consideration. Against the convening of the legislature next
year, some definite recommendations should have been carefully
worked out. It is not too soon to begin. The commercial or civic
bodies of the several counties might take the matter up and put it into
the hands of a joint committee, where it could be thoroughly thrashed
out and discussed openly, and the best suggestions framed into a bill or
bills to be supported by a strong front of public opinion.
HILO'S GOOD FORTUNE.
THE Hamburg-American Steamship Company's great excursion
steamer, "Cleveland" will call at Hilo as well as at Honolulu,
on its next around-the-world cruise. And it will repeat the call
less than a month later, on its return cruise from San Francisco. Some
people haven't awakened to what this really means. In the first place
it means that for the two cruises, something like $50,000 will be left in
Hilo in good cold cash. It means also that some 2000 or more men
and women of means and influence will carry home with them to all
parts of the United States, the story of what the Island of Hawaii has
to offer to the sight-seer. The promotion committee deserves the credit
for inducing the steamship company to take Hilo into its itinerary.
Moreover there is every prospect that this is just the beginning of many
more such cruises to follow the opening of the Panama Canal. Maui
should be in position to profit by some of this business. We have at
tractions here, were they but accessable, that should command the at
tention of the world. But it's up to us to make them available.
IIBLP FOR HALBAKALA ROAD.
ACCORDING to Sheriff Clem Crowell, if Maui doesn't get an
auto road built to the top of Haleakala in the next few years, it
will be her own fault. Sheriff Crowell, who spent a part of last
week in Honolulu, states that he was advised by High Sheriff Jarrett that
the territorial convicts, who for the past six or seven years have been
building roads on the Island of Hawaii, are about to be brought back to
Honolulu, and that he will favor allowing them to be sent here to build
the Haleakala road, provided the people of Maui want them, and Gov
ernor I'inkham is willing.
The seven miles of road into the crater of Kilauea was built entirely
by prison labor, at a cost to the County of Hawaii of the necessary
tools, the food for the men, and the wages of a few luuas. It isn't the
fastest way to get work done, but it is undoubtedly the cheapest, and is
just as satisfactory in the end.
WHO HOLDS THE SHORT END?
TIIK 2,000,000 cases which will constitute this year's pineapple
pack, it is reported, have already been sold. Most of the pack
will not be ripe in the fields for another month or two. At
prices lower than any other fruit sells for, the Hawaiian product has
gone with a rush. The general opinion that such an extreme cut was
not necessary, would seem to be borne out by the eagerness with which
the big pack was snapped up at these bargain prices. The public
doesn't know what the packing companies' profits will be this year,
but it does know that the growers are being forced to accept for their
product much less than it cost them to produce it. Unless the packers
collectively can show that they have suffered an average loss propor
tionate to to average loss of the growers, they must continue to bear
the opprobrium of having taken an unfair advantage of those not in a
position to help themselves.
Incomphtency on the part of the election officials in many of the pre
cincts, is charged by County Clerk Kaae as the reason that the returns
in the plebiscite election held last Saturday were so slow in coming
in. Up to yesterday some of the voting places had not reported offi
cially. The County Clerk declares that the names sent in to the Secre
tary by the different precinct clubs are in many cases of persons so
illiterate that their appointment as election officials is a joke. The fact
that the job carries $10 pay, he says, has most to do with the recom
mendations in many instances.
Thk county bond issue would probably have done better had it been
held at a general election. It is not a flattering admission, but it seems
that the average voter in Maui needs the stimulus of a free ride to the
polls or of free cigars or drinks before he can see the importance of hih
casting his ballot at all. The personal touch of the professional politis
cian was lacking in the plebiscite election, with the result t4iat time
less than half of the registered vote was represented at the polls.
t will pay yoo
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