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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1915.
THE MAUI NEVAS
Knttred at the Tost Ofllce at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Exery Saturday.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
FE BIOJARY 20, 1915.
"A d until all men unite in one unshifting standard for right doing
and that a standard which condemns anything less than the wholly
straight, clean way of honesty and truth, will troubles be lifted from the
I noil vinous.
The business of doini riht is an individual business.''
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Next Wednesday is the last day lor registering lie fore the Primary
Election. Jf you have a vote, don't lose it register NOW !
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WHAT MALI MUST WORK PGR.
The II ilo Board of Trade is considering the proposition of em
ploying a representative in Honolulu to devote his energies to inducing
the tourists who reach the capital to extend their visit to include the
Big Island also. Hilo thinks a priced man is needed for this joh, and
taiks of as much as $350 per month salary. The Maui Chamber of
Commerce has also had the same plan suggested to it. One of the
applicants for the 1 1 ilo job would also like to combine the Maui agency
which he thinks would work nicely. It wouldn't. There would soon
be the same complaint as at present that Maui is getting the short end
of the deal. If we are to have an agent other than the promotion com
mittee and the Inter-Island company, it should be a person having noth
ing but Maui's interests to consider.
But the time is not ripe for any such representation from this
island. The time is coming when this may be the right policy, but the
results that could be hoped for under present conditions would cer
tainly be disappointing no matter who was chosen for the job. The
average tourist cannot be induced to come to Maui to see sugar mills
or pineapple fields or ordinary scenery not very greatly different than
that he can see on Oahu. There probably isn't a resident of Maui today,
no matter how loyal, who could in candor recommend a visitor to come
to Maui, if he knew that that visitor could not possibly see any more of
Maui than can be seen at present from an automobile: particularly if
coming to Maui meant the sacrificing of a trip to the Volcano. WE'VE
GOT TO SI lOW THE TOURIST "SOMETHING DIFFERENT"
or he will not come.
A certain percentage of visitors to the Islands, to whom money aijd
time are inconsequential, will continue to come to Maui and be interest
ed in the points of difference between this and the other islands. A
certain number of others will ride a mule to the summit of Haleakala
and enjoy it. And there are still others who will search out the beauties
of the ditch country and rejoice in the exertion which the search neces
sitates. -: 4 vtW.i'si
But the great majority of globe trotters do not fit into these cate
gories. They are limited as to time or money, or both, and the great
majority of them instead of being athletically inclined are on the sun
set side of life, have been raised in cities, and cannot be tempted
far from a motor car. In short the vast majority of tourists cannot or
will not see Haleakala via a mule, or the ditch trail on foot orvon horse,
or submit to landing from a small boat at Lahaina, and consequently
will not visit Maui until they can.
We've got the goods, but we can't deliver them.
The destiny of these Islands as a winter playground for America
is something that probably few really appreciate. And Maui is to have
a full part in this future, because she has what the tourist wants. But
several big things must be accomplished in the meantime. The first of
these is an automobile road to the top of Haleakala. Tlje second is a
wharf at Lahaina, and the third is a road through to Hana and a wharf
at that point. Big? Of course they're big, but they are coming. We
cannot stop destiny, though we may delay it.
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LEGALIZED SQUEEZ1XG OF THE POOR.
County Treasurer Conkling, of Honolulu, has made the fearful dis
covery that a few wash-women, of various nationalities in Honolulu,
have failed to take out the $25 laundry license, with its additional stamp
of $1, making the total of $26. Here on Maui poor women, trying to
help out the family income by baking a few loaves of bread or cake
lor their neighbors, have been threatened with arrest unless they took
out a baker's and confectioner's license. These thingri don't seem right.
Whv should the government make it more difficult for such people as
this to live in order to keep them from competing with the big laundries
and bakeries. Instead of helping the people who need most help to
make an honest living, our legislatures have consistently conspired to
make their task of living the harder.
Every legislature devotes a considerable amount of its valuable
time to revising the license laws lest by some chance they have 'over
looked some one from whom a few pitiful dollars might be wrung. The
license system, for purposes of revenue, is wrong; and this wrong in
some instances is little short of criminal.
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GJVE IT A TRIAL.
W hy so much nervousness over the "short ballot" idea ? Does any
body suppose that it would completely wreck the county, in case it
didn't work? Because it has been a good thing everywhere it has been
tried is not an absolutely certain .guarantee that it would be the same
here, but is there any real good reason for not giving it a try-out? There
is no danger that Maui, or any other county, would not be able to get
rid of the system in case it didn't please the people. The vote of the
people would be the real test of the matter. Moreover it would be easier
to appiy this test under the new law than at present, because of the
"initiative" clause under which the people are able to express themselves
more directly and forcibly than under the present system. There are
always people ready to yell At zvon't work! They are the reactionists
the folk who would go backward rather than forward. Let's give
this "short ballot" idea a trial if we get the chance, with the under
standing that out it goes if we don't like it.
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THE CASE OF FORBES.
Word comes from Honolulu that an attempt is to be made in the
senate to prevent the confirmation of Charles R. Forbes as superin
tendent of public works. We do not know Mr. Forbes personally but
the recod he has made since he has been in the Public Works Depart
ment is the. kind of record that looks mighty gwd to the taxpayer. The
only thing that seems to be against him is that he is presumably a dem
ocrat, and that he was appointed bv Governor Pinkham.
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The idea of the local republican party declaring for a non-partisan
primary seems to strike some people as funny. But how about a non
partisan party for Maui? Just digest that idea for awhile.
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The Sierra will bring an excursion of 220 Knights of Columbus
from San Francisco to llilo and Honolulu in June. They will not stop
at Maui we can't take care of them.
Kahului Railroad Co
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the old fashioned Oak
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proofed hy the exclnsive
Tel. No. 1062.
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