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THE MAUI XEWS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1914.
THE MAUI NEWS
Kntered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietors and Publishers
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
DECEMBER 10. pH-l.
M1SREPRESEXTIXG If. llf.l If ABRO. ID.
Sailing 1 y today's steamer for the coast, is a party of Hawaiian,
men ami women, bound for San Diego, where they are under contract
(or a year, to form the population of a "Hawaiian village." It isn't
hard to picture this village from the kind of material which is to corn
rose it. A bunch of hula girls heads the list. Then there are two obi
Hawaiian couples to sit about and weave fans and mats. There are
half a dozen or more "utility girls," whose utility is not entirely clear,
and then there is a quintet of singers.
Of course the show will be the same old misleading kind that has
been carried to the mainland time without number an incongruous
bunch of acted lies and caricatures not of Hawaii as it is, but of 11a
waii as some montebank imagines, or wishes to imagine it. in the past.
Preconceived notions of Hawaii, by persons who confuse 1 lawaiians
with Igorote savages of the Philippines, and lump the group in the hazy
realm of the "south seas," are to be catered to. Of what possible edu
cational value can there be in a hula wiggle? Or what kind of concep
tions of the Islands can be gained from the view of a few old men and
women weaving mats in a grass house? Only a few weeks ago a widely
circulated daily newspaper, published in Boston, and which prides itself
upon its superior intelligence and veracity, published a large picture of
some Filipino tribesmen, decked in warbonnets and not much else, and
labled it "Hawaiian Musicians," and published half a column of imag
inary yarns to carry the picture. This is the kind of misinformation
that Hawaii has been working against for twenty years' and it does
seem a pity that our own people, will deliberately conspire to keep these
old fictions alive.
Xor is such clap-trap necessary even from a practical and cold-blooded
money making standpoint. This was amply demonstrated at the
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, in Seattle, in '1909, when Hawaii in
a perfectly dignified way, maintained a building throughout the summer
that rivaled anything on the grounds as an attraction, and as a monev
making projiosition. During that summer half of the governors of the
di Herein states were outspoken in their pleasure at the entertainment
they received at the hands of the Hawaiian contingent. President Tal't
was a guest of the building; and the young Hawaiian women, repre
senting the Islands at the big show, were the center of all the social
activity on the grounds throughout the season. Moreover they were
not only a credit to themselves, but the benefits that their home land
has received through them has not yet ceased to be felt, nor will for
jcars. The fact is that Hawaii can make good among the best; and it
is humiliating to think of her only representation at a big exposition
being of the Pay Streak variety.
Official Hawaii is not blameless in this matter. Instead of being offi
cially represented at San Diego, as the scope of the exposition amply
warrants, it has centered all its efforts on the San Francisco show, and
left the field open to private enterprise which has its own ideas on the
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CARPETBAGGER STUART. .
We do not know Judge Stuart, the new appointee to the bench in
Honolulu, save by sight and in a general way. lie may be one of the
most learned men in the United States for all we know. The manner
of his reaching the bench in Hawaii, however, is rank injustice and
an insult to this Territory, lie is an out and out carpet-bagger and
the incident of his appearance in official life here overshadows the
carpet-bag policy of the national administration after the Civil War
111 the South, for which that party was most severely, for years, scored
by the Democrats. We have, in other words, the Democrats, doing in
a most flagrant manner the very thing which constituted their chief
campaign missile for years.
On the face of it it would seem that Mr. Stuart was billeted for the
position he now holds more than a year ago, and was sent down to Ho
nolulu to "hang around" until he had obtained the residence qualifica
tion necessary to his appointment.
It was a rank deal. It fairly slinks.- Garden Island.
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ADVERTISE THE ROSEU.E CROP.
The Marketing Division reports that it is flooded with roselles, and
in an effort to introduce this new fruit, is giving away generous sam
ples to Honolulu housekeepers. This is a good move,' but it might go
a step farther. One or more of the larger Honolulu retail grocery
stores would doubtless give space for a practical demonstration, where
an experienced lady "demonstrator" could dispense in an appetizing
manner the jelly, jam, and other products of this most excellent fruit!
v '1 he cost of .such an undertaking should not be great, and would prob
ably be cheerfully met by the farmers who have proven in the last few
years the roselle's possibilities. There is no reason why the roselle
should not come lo be extremely popular, for it lias all the qualilies lbat
should make it so; but like all new things it needs to be vigorously
pushed until its good qualities become appreciated.
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SEXSE AXD CEXSORSIIIP.
The ways of a press censor are mysterious and past finding out. East
week a British fleet met and overwhelmed a German squadron in the
Atlantic, near the southern extremity of South America. The news
(f the battle reached Honolulu by cable on Wednesday, and was elab
orately featured in the Honolulu papers. Not an inkling of the great
event reached the outside Islands by wireless until Thursday evening
when a mere reference was allowed to come through. Of course the
joung naval officer who sits in the wireless office in Honolulu and offi
ciously wields the blue pencil probably thinks he had a good reason for
depriving the people of the outside Islands of a vital news feature, but
to most ordinary mortals the mystery is beyond solution.
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MAKE THE THEATERS SAFE.
. The policy of locking the barn after the horse is' stolen is on the par
with the theater ordinance that will probably be passed by the Board
of Supervisors after the first fatal panic sacrifices a lot of lives. The
fact that Maui audiences are not exempt from the mad frenzy that
sometimes seizes a crowd, was demonstrated in a Wailuku play house
not many weeks ago though fortunately the stampede was checked and
no damage done. Most of the present theater buildings have plenty
of exits, but some of these exits would be the most fatal kind of death
traps were they ever called into actual use in relieving the pressure of
a panic-stricken mob.
KAHULUI, MAUI, T. II.
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