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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1914.
THE MAUI NEWS
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
DECEMBER 5. 1914.
SUBSIDIZING THE SMALL PARMER.
An effort will probably be made during the next session of the legis
lature to have a bill passed by which the Territory will furnish the
financial backing necessary to put Glenwood creamery upon its feet.
The matter has been suggested by F. A. Clowes, superintendent of the
Olaa experiment sub-station, and there is evidence that the idea will
find considerable support. The plan will of course be dubbed paternal
istic, or socialistic, but it is certainly worthy of a careful hearing. Here
sro some of the facts as regards the Glenwood proposition.
The district is producing about $3000 worth of butter per month
through individual effort, and under serious disadvantage from want
of a creamery. It must produce at least $6000 worth monthly to make
a creamery practicable. The experiment station lias demonstrated that
the district is amply suited to produce many times this amount of but
ler. There is no inducement for private capital to establish such a
plant because it would be dealing with a large number of small dairy
nun, and it would take time for herds to be increased and for profits
lo be assured. The farmers in the district are themselves unable to
finance such an undertaking, even could they be brought together, or
Nscssed the ability to successfully manage such a project. And yet
there is no question that the whole Olaa district would be, in a few
years, a highly prosperous section, could the milk which can be pro
duced there be properly utilized. It is not a gamble, for the Territory
would be practically certain to get its money back when the business
became established. Why should it not be the function of the govern
ment to help in a proposition of this kind in the most practicable and
only feasible way possible? Prof. Clowes estimates that about $300 per
month would be necessary for running expenses, about half of which
could be drawn from the present $3000 per month business. The amount
of money required is really triffling, yet because the proposition is out
of the ordinary, it is certain to meet with stubborn resistance. Dozens
of appropriations will be made by the next legislature for landings,
roads, bridges, public buildings and salaries, which if analyzed care
fully will be found to effect fewer persons, and in much less degree than
the proposed Olaa bill, yet because of custom they will go unchallenged.
1'rof. Clowes' suggestion is novel, but it is not unsound.
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DON'T DO IT, GENTLEMEN.
I f the supervisors want to put themselves above suspicion in the mat
ter of the county engineer's department, they will not pass the ordi
nance on the subject as it now stands. To give the county engineer
authority to hire and fire every road or water works employe from dis
trict overseer down, is the right principle. To tack on the words
"with the approval of the board" nullifies the whole idea. How much
independence can the engineer have when he knows that every appoint
ment or removal he makes, is subject to ratification by men who are
looking for votes? And will the engineer be likely to think more of
the welfare of the county if he feels that his own job may depend upon
his ability in controlling votes? The county needs an engineer, but he
won't be any better an engineer for having a lot of political strings tied
to him. The ordinance as it stands isn't fair to Hugh Howell; it isn't
fair to the people; and it isn't fair to the board that is asked to pass it.
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JOY-RIDING BY AUTO TRUCKA NEW STUNT.
The members of the Wailuku fire department, using the fine new
automobile fire truck for the purpose, took a joy-ride on Thanksgiving
day to the other side of the island. The entire afternoon was spent in
a picnic, and according to reports, there was no lack of refreshments.
The place of the .picnic was near McGregor's Landing, some eight
miles from town, and not even in telephonic communication. We have
been asked by prominent citizens not to say much about this stunt be
cause of the effect it may have on the reputation of the town. We will
therefore not say anything more unless the board of fire underwriters,
the supervisors, or some of our esteemed contemporaries on the other
islands get to saying funny things about our fire department, in which
case this promise is null and void.
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A SPLENDID ADVANCE.
The County of Maui has taken a step in advance by the official act
of its board of supervisors at a recent session in pronouncing a ban on
booze as far as all persons employed by the county are concerned.
"Hereafter no employe of any department shall be permitted, so the
resolution states, during working hours to frequent a saloon under pen
alty of summary dismissal from county service, and all heads of depart
ments are notified ot inform the board of any such violation of said
regulation that the offenders may be swiftly brought to justice.
The resolution states that this new ordinance is made for the
sake of greater efficiency in the public esrvice. Exactly. This is the
new order of the day. Booze and the saloons must go for the sake
What argument could be stronger? Good for Maui!
The intelligent public of Oahu would surely back up the Honolulu
Iioard in a move of this kind, and it would mean a long step in ad
vance towards the goal of an efficient and business-like control of pub
lic affairs. Star-Bulletin.
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HONOLULU CHAMBER CONFIRMS SUSPICION.
We couldn't figure out what was the matter with our feet, a few
weeks ago, but now we know it must have been chilblains. With a mean
temperature for the last week in Ocotber of 26.0 degrees (the Honolulu
Chamber of Commerce's official organ 'HONOLULU' is our authority
for the figures) followed by another severe period the first week in
November, when the mean temperature was 26.8 degrees, there can
scarcely be any doubt about the diagnosis. In light of these authora
tative statistics there can.be no reason to doubt that the mysterious
death in the Capitol grounds which has baffled the polite, was a plain
case of freezing.
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In cases where public support of a function is urged on the score
that the proceeds are to be devoted ot a charitable cause, a public state
ment in the newspapers should be made of receipts and disbursements.
It is the public's money that is being used in such instances and surely
the public has a right to an accounting. Garden Island.
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Since the Anti-saloon league has taken up bill board advertising in
Honolulu, it is logical to suppose that the Outdoor Circle and the Ad
vertiser have dropped off the water-wagon with a heavy thud.
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The bar being built in the county clerk's office is probably intended
to make the place seem more homelike to the county employes.
Tel. No. 1062.
Kahului, Maui, T. H.
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