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THE MAUI XKWS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 2. 1015.
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1AXUARY 2. 1015.
..y fxsTircrio.x nr. it n.is u.wn good.
The letter from lid win C. Moore, puUishcd in another column, is a
li th r that should he read hy the members of the next Legislature. It is
one of the strongest endorsemnets of an institution that has done more
to encourage diversified farming in these islands than all the hot air
-puitinj; and ink-s ilashin on the subject for the past quarter of a
itntiii v. Kula district1-is fairly representative of many oilier districts
mi the Territory, where until the creation of the Marketing Division
liie condition of the people was all hut hopeless. If they succeeded
in growing crops in a haphazard fashion, they were unable to sell them
PT any remunerative figure. Their output was not large enough to
; in.ii ! the attention of competing market men in fact produce com-ui'.'-Mon
nun. as known on the mainland, did not exist though as Mr.
Moore tells us there were persons who reaped a profit on the scanty
crops the Kula farmers were aide to raise.
The marketing division idea took shape about three years ago. and
t!ie subsequent legislature had the wisdom to endorse its work. It is
lot a perfect institution, but it has brought hope where none before
cis'ed. Il has done the pioneering work that private capital would
not look at. It has encouraged systematic agriculture, educated the
-To'vcts jn belter methods, introduced new kinds of crops, and improved
. 'pieties of .seed for crops already grown. It has proven beyond any
doubt th.it a great variety of produce can not only be successfully grown
i;i the islands, but that there is a tremendous demand for it. that was
before but imperfectly met from importations from the coast. In the
ease of the Kula farmers, it has organized them into a real organization,
and has shown them how to get prices that only a year ago they could
1 1 is not hard to find fault w ith any human institution, and the Mar
kthig Division is not invulnerable. Rut the thing to remember is that
il HAS MADli GOOD. It is a new institution. It has had to feel
its way and to overcome innumerable difficulties, man)' of which are
not apparent to the casual critic. One of its most serious handicaps has
I eeii the lack of working capital. It has been diing business without
a ecu! to go on. the legislature having forgotten this all important item.
While goods are sold on a cash basis it is not possible to get instant
returns from, say the army and navy departments, or from the big
hotels and business houses, and the result lias been that many an anx
ious shipper, who did not understand these things, and needed the
inotn-v. has grumbled. And there are other things that have -caused
kicks some perhaps well founded. Rut the Kula letter tells the real
slop, - the marketing division has helped the people it was intended to
help. And it is just getting well started. It is one of the really im
portant things that the coming legislature can not aliord to neglect.
a a a a a
choosing tiih h.isy way.
The Coimtv of Hawaii doesn't want to stand the bill for her own
olli. ial house-cleaning, and will ask the legislature to appropriate $20,000
to reimburse her for ihc cost of her gratt prosecution. In tact Hawaii
ioi -n't seem to be greatly impressed with the responsibility of running
i.n- ii;v.i affairs, and will ask the legislature to create a new depart
ment whose sole duty shall be the keeping tab on county officials. 1 here
also talk of abolishing the office of county auditor and throwing the
duties of this office upon the to-be-created Comptroller. But why such
half-measures? Why not ask the Territory to take over the whole
cheese? Just think how much more comfortable it would be for the
llilo Board of Trade not to have to bother about anything except to
find fault when things didn't suit. Resides it would remove a lot of
dangerous offices which now only serve to get a lot of people into
pilikia. 'Sure kela ! A malo is lots less trouble than pants.
a a a a a
)(')A"T SIDll-STEP THIS.
The llaleakala Rest House Committee is making a canvass for SI 500
to make up the $3000 needed for the construction of the much needed
shelter on top of the mountain. The money in hand was subscribed
bv people from the other Islands. The committee's task should be a
simple one in v iew of the fact that the rest house w ill be a most valuable
asset to the County. Besides under the circumstances' we can't afford
to be slow in digging up the rest of that money.
a a a a a
Kauai has a board of censors for the moving pictures shown on the
Island. The board was appointed by the chamber of commerce of that
Maud, ami thus far seems to have the endorsement of not only the
Kauai public but of the movies men as well. There seems to be a
imaiihmiv of effort on the part of everyone concerned to make the
popular pictures of real value to the community.
a a a a a
"lackass diplomacy", is what the Advertiser characterizes President
V. iisoii's note of protest to Iingland against the seizure of American
cargoes by the British licet. It's a safe guess that real Americans
Lcilerally are just jackasses enough to thoroughly approve this par
ticular piece of diplomatic correspondence.
OUR ISLAND CONTEMPORARIES
.GltlCINAL FIRE DEPARTMENT..
The Wailuku, Maui, fire- department
is original, it nothing else. The picnic
l,y Hie lull strength of the company
some miles from a telephone and
wiih the aid of the Tire nuto-truek as
a joy wagon certainly in the language
of the classics, "is going tsonie." Ha
K.ids About Sugar," a pulication
towards the support of which the Ha
waiian Sugar Planters' Association
-c i.ntributcs largely, is among those
publications which industriously re
ft r to Hawaii as "an insular posses
sion" and as a section that "be'ongi
lo l he I'niled States." This spread
ot' niis'inlorniation concerning the pol
iiical status of Hawaii hurts the Ter
ritory in dollars and cents as well as
sentimentally, and the sooner the
umar planters here insist upon a re
versal of the policy of "Facts About
Sugar" in this respect, the better.
The more we insist upon a fair deal
because we ui f a part and parcel of
the United Stajies and the sooner we
stop classing ourselves among the
"dependencies'.' and the "possessions'
the sooner will we receive the hear
ing to which we are entitled. How
can we expect to be listened o as a
part of the United Slates -when we
spend our money to declass our
I-et's have the Carnival attractions
as typical of Hawaii as possible. The
tourists who come here can see Wild
West shows and circuses of much
more merit than can ever be provided
for them here. 1-et us in the coming
Carnival make fuller use of at true
lions, entertainments and spectacles
Indigenous lo Hawaii, than has been
Hie case heretofore. It is such thing.
that tourists cross the ocean to wit
ness and enjoy.
According to the Star-Bulletin, an
1812 Stevens-Duryea car was sold last
Saturday for $700. It's simply won
derful what prices collectors of anti
ques will giv
for genuine old auto
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