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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered 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
Subscription Rates, $2.50 ticr Year in Advance.
WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
FEBRUARY 27, 1915.
HERE'S HAWAII'S CHANCE.
Uncle Sam's labor free bureau is again busy and the local post
offices have just received supplies of application blanks for those who
reed farm laborers. It doesn't even require postage to get the applica
tions back to the bureau's heaquarters in Washington. Other applica
tions arc on hand for laborers who want Uncle Samuel to find jobs
The questions which employers must answer are regarding the
kind of work, and character of labor needed, nationalities acceptable,
wages paid, whether green or experienced help is needed, whether fam
ilies or single men are wanted, hours of labor, number of hands that
can be used, etc., etc.
The government offers to buy tickets (provided employer furnishes
transportation money) and start the workers on their journey, and to
mail baggage checks to employer; but does not guarantee arrival.
Here is the opportunity for the Sugar Planters' Association to test
the assertion that a large number of American laborers would come
to the Islands if given a chance. It is quite certain that the inducements
here, when all things are considered, will not be found to compare un
favorably with most of the agricultural sections of the mainland.
QUIT TINKERING WITH THE TAX LAW.
The legislature will probably spend some time this session in tinker
ing with our tax laws. When they get through the result will probably
be that they will be only more complicated and unwieldy. What should
be done is to turn the whole matter over to a commission of intelligent
and scientific men with instructions to draft an entirely new and mod
ern revenue statute against the meeting of the 1917 legislature. The
territory needs a certain amount of money on which to operate. The
theory is to raise this amount in the most equitable manner possible, and
the more simple the method is, the more likely it is to be just. As it
is at present a premium is placed on sloth, and a penalty on enterprise.
The man who sits tight and does nothing, has light taxes. The man
who develops a business, improves his property, or otherwise proves
himself a good citizen, gets soaked at every step he takes. And when
it comes to taxing the poor wash woman or the woman who tries to
help out the family income by baking bread or cake for her neighbors,
the limit of injustice has been reached. These things are going out of
fashion in most places. It is time for Hawaii to wake up.
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A PLAN OF DOUBTFUL MERIT.
The plan recommended by Jared G. Smith to bring the College of
Hawaii, the Federal Experiment station, and the Territorial Board of
Agriculture and Forestry together under one head, would in all prob
ability not work out satisfactorily. As the Maui News pointed out
some months ago, such an amalgamation would depend for its success
to a very large extent upon the calibre of the man at its head, and the
chances are against finding a big enough man for the job. It isn't
amalgamation that is needed, but closer affiliation and cooperation along
lines where the work of the several organizations overlap. The main
work of these bodies is distinct; and with broad men in charge of them,
there should be no narrow jealousies or petty rivalries to mar the results
of earnest endeavor.
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A GOOD SUGGESTION FROM KAUAI.
Kauai wants the legislature to provide a dormitory to go with the
new high school opened at Lihue for the first time last fall. It is prob
ably a good suggestion, but if dormitories are thus to be had, let's get
busy and secure one for our high school also. The Hamakuapoko school
is making good, but it is at present only serving the pstrons of Central
Maui whose children are able to go to and from the school daily by
train or on horseback. With a boarding place in connection the insti
tution would be available to pupils from all parts of the county at nom
inal cost to their parents. Through this means the objections to send
ing children to Honolulu would in large degree be avoided.
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In the development of the submarine and its demonstrated effect
iveness, as seen in the present European war, is probably the cue for
the United States. The talk that we are likely to be invaded by a host
from across seas is the veriest poppycock. With the powerful unseen
weapon which we posses in our subamrine fleet, no rational man be
lieves that any foreign nation would undertake under present conditions
to land an army on our shores. Americans .refuse to be stampeded
by the wild vaporings of the Hobsons and Gardiners in and out of con
gress. The fallacy of the big armament as a guarantee of peace has
been made too plainly evident by recent history. We do not need much
of an army, and our navy should be designed chiefly with a view to de-
lense in case ot attack.
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The protest of the Maui News to the sort of representation Hawaii
is getting at the San Diego exposition through a bunch of hula girls
and mat makers, has been strongly endorsed by the Christian Science
Monitor. In a recent issue the Monitor quotes from this paper, and
urges the injustice of such representation of the Islands on the main
land. It is greatly to be regretted that the previous legislature saw fit
to leave San Diego out of its plan for official representation, in favor
of San Francisco, but it is not too late for the present legislature to cor
rect in part at least, this oversight.
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The Advertiser scolds dreadfully because the men of the national
guard failed to turn out for the Carnival parade in sufficient strength
to suit it. But it has the right idea. Hawaii has no real need for such
a luxury as a national guard any way, and the least it could do would
be to get out and parade on public hohdavs.
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One of the two hotels on the brink of Kilauea publishes a list of its
last week's guests 122 in number and almost all tourists. But we
haven't heard of any tourist toiling up Haleakala lately.
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The three hundred or more excurionists of the Great Northern
didn't even see Maui at all as they passed by on the way to the volcano
Kahului Railroad Co09s
Made from the toughest,
strongest hides, tanned by
the old fashioned Oak
bark method and water
proofed by the exelusive
Tel. No. 1062.
Kahului, Maui, T. H.
lrom Honolulu the moon had set.