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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, AfRIL 24, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku. Maui, Hawaii, as second-das matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
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Proprietors and Publishers.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
AFR1L, 24, 1915,
PLANNING FOR OUR VISITORS.
The plan of entertaining the congressional party on Maui, as out
lined by the chamber of commerce committee having the matter in
charge, seems to leave little to be desired. While the entire two days
is well filled, thought has been given to the comfort of our guests, so
that there does not seem to be much danger that their visit here will
be extremely fatiguing. At the same time they willliave an opportunity
of seeing something ot our main commercial interests as wen as "ii'c
of the beauty of the island, and of meeting our people. The dividing
of the partv, right at the start, into small groups as house guests of resi
dents, should be appreciated, for it will largely remove the Cook's personally-conducted
feeling, and in the hours given to sight-seeing there
will be more freedom in following personal inclinations than when an
effort is made to keep a large party such as this, herded together all
the time. This puts a good deal of resjionsibility, however, upon our
people, and it is to be hoped that all who act as hosts will remember
that the visit is not merely a pleasure junket, but that these are the
nation's law-makers, and that they are here with the view of absorbing
as much accurate information and "atmosphere" as possible, which may
guide them in the future when matters Hawaiian are under considera
tion, in the national capitol.
The committee has very wisely decided to discourage, rather than
encourage the Haleakala trip, except to those who are athletic and
used to horseback riding. There is nothing to be gained by wearing
out elderly statesmen and ladies in a few hours, for the sake of a sun
rise, however fine that sunrise may be. The fact that this is the wise
course is none the less to be regretted, however, for it brings home most
strongly the inaccessability of our most advertised, and what should
be our greatest asset. The need for an automobile road to the summit
of the mountain is again emphasized.
The committee's desire that the visitors shall have every opportunity
of coming into close contact with the people in various walks of life,
is to be commended; and the informal form of luncheon at the Wailuku
armory, following a hour or so of speechmaking in front of the court
house, on Friday, should help out in this direction exceptionally well.
That the full party is to be given ample time to visit the Kuiaha
homesteads, is a matter for congratulation, since it may have very far
reaching results in the future of this island.
The departure from Lahaina, rather than making that the point
of arrival is also a happy idea, and it will certainly leave with our guests
a pleasant taste of the picturesque and of the real attractiveness of
Maui, that will not be soon lorgotten. Ana snouia tne primitive meinoa
of boarding their vessel also make an impression, it may be that this
will also redound to the direct benefit of Lahaina and the profit of all
Maui, in hastening the day when such method is no longer necessary.
And the luau under the Lahaina banyans. Nothing could probably
be more appropriate than this form of entertainment, for Lahaina has
a reputation for luaus, and this should be her special prerogative. The
fact, however, that previous congressional parties have been about
"luaued to death," as a contemporary expresses it, might warrant the
Maui committee in taking the matter up with the general committee in
Honolulu in an effort to have Lahaina's feast made the only real and
official luau of the entire visit to the Territory. Could this effected, it
would be a distinction for Lahaina and Maui worth while.
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IS THIS TO HELP THE HOMESTEADER?
If the legislature has the interests of the homesteader truly at heart
it will not be striking any blows at the federal experiment station, or
its extension work, or its control of the 1 erntonal Marketing JJivision.
If it dose persist in this course, the confidence of the small (aimers of
the Territory in the local law makers will be virtually destroyed. This
is not guess work. At a very representative meeting of the Maui home
steadcrs a few weeks aero, the matter of combining the experiment sta
tion, territorial board of agriculture, and College of Hawaii, was earn
estly discussed, and there was no uncertainty as to the opinion prevail
v ine. THE HOMESTEADERS DO NOT FAVOR THE CHANGE.
They have full confidence in the federal station. They are doubtful of
the territorial authority, subject as it is in greater or less degree, to
pressure, political and otherwise. This is a matter that affects chiefly
the small agriculturist. Hut he has not been asked for his opinion on
the matter. What conclusion will he draw, therefore, if the support
to the federal station is withdrawn? If the members of the legislature
want to help the small farmer they will not listen to the arguments of a
few persons or institutions which may profit by the change they will
get their ear close to the ground and heed what they hear.
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The death of the Holstein compulsory military training bill in the
senate, is a cause lor deep gratification, it demonstrates in a very
striking way the real sentiment of the American people against the war
movement. I he defeat of the measure is all the more significant from
the fact that Hawaii is influenced by the military spirit probably to a
much greater extent than any other part of the country. The tabling
of the bill on the recommendation of the senate committee, without
debate, was not an ordinary matter. The House had previously passed
it by a large majority, through the pressure directly and indirectly of
the military authorities on Oahu. The same pressure was concentrated
on the Senate, but in the meantime the commands of the people from
all over the Territory had become so unmistakable, that the fate of the
bill was assured. It was a popular victory if there ever was one, and
one which has effectually silenced the noisy advocates of a few weeks
ago. Hawaii has elevated herself in the eyes of the rest of the nation
by her stand in this matter.
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OUR ANTIQUATED POSTAL SERVICE.
With almost every rural homestead on the mainland in daily touch
with the world through the medium of rural free delivery of mail, the
fact that m all ilawan there is not a single free delivery route, em
phasizes how much behind our postoffice facilities really are. Here
on Maui we have several of the old "star" routes with a twice-a-week
service. This is true through Kula and a considerable part of the
Makawao district, where it should be entirely feasible to have a modern
rural delivery, fcven Wailuku has a very indifferent service, with
part of the transportation between ports and postoffice based on old
lasiiioned wagon transportation, instead of by modern auto service
thus requiring mails to close much earlier than really needful. The
matter might well be taken up by our chamber of commerce to see if
a little pep cannot be injected into our island postoffice officials.
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These are the days of the pocket veto when pet measures of the
legislature are likely to go into the gubernatorial chambr and never be
heard of again.
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If often takes a hard swat, such as Dr. McConkey got from Judge
jMuart, 10 snow a man wnai a 101 oi menus ne realy Has.
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