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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
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Entered at the Tost Office at Wnlluku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
FEBRUARY 0. 1915.
WELCOME, SIR KNIGHT AND PAIR LADY!
Primarily, of course, the visit of the delegation of Honolulu Knights
of Pythias and their ladies today, is a K. of P. affair. Put it is a
Maui affair as well, and as such all Maui joins in extending hearty
greetings to our guests. Our only hope is that they may get from the
occasion as much pleasure as their presence gives. Sir Knight, we
welcome you ! My Lady, we are yours to command !
ROMANCE AND WAR.
Romance has always followed war, hut never in all the world's history
has the heart-ache extended to the uttermost ends of the earth as it
does in the present awful conflict. Hawaii has felt the pangs keenly
in a hundred different ways already, but here is the latest bit of "human
interest" connecting the Islands with the terrible drama.
On board the Canadian-Australian liner Niagara, which sailed from
Honolulu for the coast yesterday, is Miss Ella Crandall, a popular
young school teacher in the Maui central high school, at Hamakua
poko. She is bound for Victoria. She will be in the Canadian city
but a day or two, returning to the Islands by the same vessel, due
here in less than three weeks. But it will not be Miss Crandall who
resumes her work in the Hamakuapoko clas6 room.
Miss Crandall goes to Victoria to be married. Then she will return
to Maui to take up the part of the tens of thousands of wives at the
present time, of waiting, and fearing, and suffering. For Miss Cran
dall's fiance is a soldier. His command has been ordered out. There
is barely time for her to reach him before he will be hurrying across
the continent with another Canadian contingent bound for the gory
battle fields of Europe. And another newly made wife will take up
her burden of suspense.
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A JUNKET WE CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR.
Kuhio's request to the members of the legislature for an appropriation
sufficient to bring a congressional party to the Islands early this sum
mer, is one which should require very little discussion. There is i't
room for argument on the desirability of such a party. If it is properb
selected it will be worth to the Islands many times its cost in the clearer
grasp which the nation's legislators will have as to things Hawaiian.
This was true in the past and it will be true again. Practically all of
our old friends in Congress who really knew Hawaii are there no more.
The new members show the usual twisted conceptions of things Hawai
ian, which nothing short of actual contact can cure, and we suffer
through this ignorance accordingly. There will probably be a differ
ence of opinion as to the amount that should be appropriated for this
purpose, and the details of its expenditure. Kuhio wants $30,000 st;t
aside, and its use not restricted to invitations to senators and repre
sentatives, but to include "other distinguished visitors". He also wants it
left entirely to his own discretion as to where the invitations should
go. But these are not the essential features. The real matter is get
itng those congressmen here, and there should be no quarrel about that.
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THE OUTLOOK FOR THE FARMER.
The intimation by Trof. Krauss that the federal government through
its department of agriculture, and with the strong cooperation of the
war department, has a program for developing the agricultural resources
of the Territory to the limit, is nothing that should cause surprise, un
less over the fact that it was not formally announced as a part of the
strategic policy long ago. Situated as these islands are, the importance
from a military standpoint, of having them as nearly independent as pos
sible of the outside world for food supply, is self evident. But the import
ance to Hawaii, from an economic point of view, of this policy, is inesti
mable. It means that our agricultural activities are to be subjected to a
hot-house forcing that will bring quick results results that under the
ordinary conditions would require years to accomplish. It means that
the unproductive areas will be brought under cultivation, and that the
Islands will become a big truck garden. And it means besides a new
era for the farmer. Certainly for the man with the hoe in Hawaii the
future is rosy with promise.
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In attacking Great Britain's commerce carriers with submarines, it
would almost seem that the Germans had taken the cue from Conan
Doyle's recently published story entitled "Danger!" In this story, which
was written some time before the opening of the great European strug
gle, the noted English writer evidently sought to point out to England
the vulnerable spot in her armor. The story told of how Great Britain
was brought to her knees in humiliating deleat by a little nation with an
imaginary name, which she had tried to annex. And it was accom
plished solely through a small fleet of submarines, which turned their
attention to destroying England's commerce carriers. In a few weeks,
according to Doyle's story, England was starving, and finally had to sue
for peace on the enemy's own terms. The cabled story of a German
submarine's commander giving the captain of a British merchantman
twenty minutes to take to the boats with his crew, and then sinking her
with a torpedo, is almost an exact duplication of Doyle s hero s method.
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If the supervisors at their meeting next week would take steps toward
having a new clock placed in the Kaahumanu church spire, or the pres
. ent one put in repair, it would be doing a very real service for the
poeple of Wailuku. During the past week mails and trains have been
missed because the old clock has lied to the extent of about eight min
utes. More than this its several facse alwavs tell different stories
There is really no place in town where the correct time may be obtained
with certainty. Because of its prominent position, the Kaahumanu
church clock should be made as dependable as such timepieces can be
made, which is a great deal more so than it is at present.
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There were several tourists on Maui this week, but not one cared to
tackle the Haleakala trip. Nor did they see the wonderful Koolau
ditch country. Maui's two greatest attractions might as well be in
central Asia tor all the benefit they are to ourselves or our visitors.
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With bread riots in Rome, government regulation of eating in Ger
many and France, and muttering from the masses of England over ever
4 advancing food prices, the end of the great war may be considered in
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Perhaps the supervisors might also be induced to appropriate a few
cents per month to keep a light burning at night on the front lanai of
the post olhce.
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George R. Carter couldn't beat the delegateship game but he can own
me Diggesi auiomoone in uie territory.
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Honolulu ought certainly to be proud of the first month's record of
its new business administration .
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next Wednesday rebruary 17.