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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1914.
THE MAUI NEUS
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
DECEMBER 12, 1914.
TEACHERS AS STICKS.
After being virtually dead for years, the Oaliu Teachers' Associa
tion has felt a slight stirring of life, and decided that it will remain
alive a little while longer. That it will do any more than this, is very
undoubtful. It is one of the anomolous things to puzzle over, that
teachers, who might be supposed to rank near the top in point of in
telligence, really are near the foot of the ladder when it conies to look
ing after their own interests. In thi class room they teach the youth
"the moral in the story of the bundle of sticks, and are utterly obli
vious to its application to themselves as a class. Than teachers, there
is probably no class of workers who have more grievances, real or im
aginary, yet the scrub-women of some of our cities show more intelli
gence and infinitely more spirit, in getting what they want than have
th pedagogues. This condition isn't peculiar to Hawaii. It is well
It doesn't take any great amount of gray matter to see what tre
mendous potential strength there is the vast army of school teachers of ;
ur ocotintry. Yet, with a few notable exceptions, there is no practical
cohesion among them. Instead of marching shoulder to shoulder and
lighting out their battles as a unit, petty jealousies either repel them
like scraps of paper negatively charged, or they are apathetic on ac
count of outside interests, or for other reason. They, who should be
leaders, are too often driven; and instead of conducting their busi ness
in a dignified and positive way, their course is usually that intrigue or
of weak individual complainings.
What teachers in general need is a course of education for them
selves that will shake them out of the traditional ruts of their calling
r-.nd get them into real warm-blooded contact with the busy world out
si. le the limits of their own narrow caste. The ignorance . of the ave
rage teacher concerning a lot of things is pathetic;. The only way
to get wise is to get into the game, and quit being ornaments on the
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THE PRICK OF NEGLECT.
The lighthouse tender Kukui last week spent several days at Kihci
fixing a marking buoy to warn deeper draft vessels of the shoal not far
from the landing. This is one of the last missions in the local waters
of the trim little vessel which was built by the federal government some
six years ago for use in this district. For a long time Alaska has had
an eye on our boat, and has been quietly but affectively pulling wires
in Washington to get her. ' Their efforts have at last been successful,
and the Kukui is ordered to start north next week for permanent
station. In her place Hawaii gets the Columbine, a little old tub, out
of date, and entirely unsuited for much of the work necessary in these
Alaska got the Kukui because her pull in Washington was good.
Had Hawaii had a live representative on the job instead of no repre
sentative at all, the chances are that Alaska's efforts would have been
vain. It is not impossible that the Kukui can be gotten back even
yet, if proper effort is made, and to this end every commercial organ
ization in the Territory should take the matter up with vigor. It means
dollars and cents to the Islands if we can succeed.
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A lot of politicians are trying to convince the people that Maui
doesn't need a county engineer. Of course such talk is foolish. Is
there a plantation or other business organization which has roads,
ditches, reservoirs and building to construct and maintain' that could
possibly get along without expert engineering advice? There isn't one
that would not soon go broke if it tried it. The plantations pay big salaries
to their engineers, but the engineers save money to the plantations.
When business is bad, and sugar plantation have to save money, you don't
see them discharging their engineers, because it is right then that they
are most valuable. But the county lays off Its experts when it is short
of money, and lets its roads and machinery and buildings go to ruin.
And this is just what the politicians are urging now. They say the
county is hard up: therefore don't have on engineer. Road lunas
plenty good enough. They are wrong. A capable engineer will save
his salary to the county a dozen times over. The thing is to get the
right man, and then give him a chance.
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The breaking of a small spring, which will cost three cents tore
place, caused a lot of inconvenience in the Maui Ni;ws office yester
day, ami compelled us to "boil down" and eliminate a lot of news
matter. It's just one of the things that help to make printers philosophical.
TURKS SINK BRITISH SUBMARINE.
BERLIN, December 6. British submarine attempting to run gauntlet off
Dardanelles discovered by Turkish fort and sunk.
STILL ANOTHER REVOLUTION.
EL PASO, December 6. New revolution started. Salazar and Campo call
upon all true Mexicans to join them against Guiterrez, Carranza, and Villa.
Carranza has given orders fo rdestruction of Vera Cruz Mexican railroad.
British own property. Complaint filed with State Department by the British
TROUBLE IN PORTUGAL RUMORED.
LONDON, December 5. It is rumored that the entire Portuguese cabinet
SAY IT WAS BLOODIEST BATTLE YET FOUGHT.
PETROGRAD, December 5. Bloodiest battle of war In Europe fought
between Germans and Russians. Germans were trapped by Russians near
Lodz. Germans had to cut way out with bayonets for fifteen miles. Germans
lost 90 per cent of their officers. Fighting last 36 hours. Germans charged
over mounds of their dead.
GERMANS CLAIM HOLDING GROUND.
BERLIN, December 5. Official report says French attack on German line
in Flanders and south of Metz was repulsed. German army is advancing on
La Basse. German operations in Poland taking normal course.
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