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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1915
THE MAUI NEVAS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Faper Published in the Interest of the People
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WILL J. COOPER, : : : EDITOR AND MANAGER
SATURDAY, : : : : MAY 1, 1915.
GROWTH BY EDUCATION.
There was nothing remarkable in the work of the legislature just
ended. Most of the bills passed were amendments to statutes already
on the books. There was not much freak legislation, and nothing se
riously objectionable was enacted. In fact the concensus of opinion
seems to be that the eighth legislature has sidestepped most of the im
portant measures before it for consideration. The fact, however, that
important legislation should only be the result of completely worked out
ideas, not of a few alone, but pf the community they are intended to
govern, is perhaps justification for the course taken. In a democracy
lawmaking should go slow until it is backed by insistent public demand.
And this lias been rather an off year. Except in the matter of the
compulsory military training bill, the people have not taken any really
deep interest in measures proposed. On this particular measure, how
ever, there was no doubting the sentiment of the people, and the results
were in accordance with this sentiment. And it is to stimulate such
interest in public affairs, that many states have adopted the initiative
and referendum principle, such as the Maui county republican commit
tee recently advocated as a platform plank. There isn't much chance
of such a radical change being made soon in this territory, nor should
it be, until it has been well digested by the people. But the seed is
planted. W hen the time arrives it will come, and people will wonder that
it's value had not been recognized sooner. This is progressive evolution.
The history of the past is the best assurance of the future. As water
seeks its own level, so is it difficult to raise the standard of a community
by legislation, much above the level of the people as a mass. Revolution
cannot do it.
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THE DIPLOMACY FETISH.
A socialist writer holds that the world will never be free from
war until the policy of secret international diplomacy is abolished.
There is a lot in this idea. That a nation needs to employ a lot of
smooth tongued, and oily tricksters for the purpose of trying to outwit
similar organizations maintained by other nations, ought to be a thing
outgrown in this age of the world. America has played a very im
portant part in modifying the old ideas of diplomacy in fact before
the birth of the American nation, international law was a thing prac
tically non-existent. And "American diplomacy" has, since the days
when Franklin represented America at the court of France, stood for
straight-forward dealing and avoidance of subterfuge and hair-splitting.
But even now there is a great deal of apparently unnecessary and alto
gether undesirable secrecy and mystery built up over our negotiations
with other nations. "The balance of power" and the "peace of the
world" used to be presumed to depend upon diplomacy. It isn't any
more. And just at present it looks as though diplomacy would score
another war between China and Japan, while the world for weeks has
but vaguely understood what the trouble is about. Public matters that
can't stand the light of broad day, whether it be in a county super
visors' chamber or the officers of the state department, had better not be.
Light never hurts in the long run, and it is the cure for a lot of ills.
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WHERE HONOLULU POINTS THE WAY.
The City and County of Honolulu has recently appointed a pur
chasing agent, and within a few days will adopt an ordinance governing
the new office. The idea is one that cannot help spelling efficiency and
economy in big letters. But more than that, it should be an ispiratfon
to the other counties. Here in Maui a scientific and modern system of
buying supplies is something badly needed. Some improvement has been
made in the past year over the old haphazard method, but there is much
room for improvement still. Much of the standard materials such as
feed, fuels, oils, building materials, office supplies, etc., might be pur
chased in large quantities, contracts being let on estimates for from four
to six months supply, on requisition by the heads of the various depart
ments. Careful reports should be kept in systematic manner of tenders
made and prices paid, as a guide in buying. All parties are pledged to
a careful and economical administration, but unless some change is made
over the past there is bound to be a great amount of needless waste.
The running of the county should be considered as a business proposi
tion, for judged by the amount of money it handles it is a big business
concern. And there is no more reason for lax methods in buying for
the county than there is for a private corporation, The supervisors of
Maui should study the Honolulu ordinance. It is entirely possible that
it may be improved upon, but the idea is all right.
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A SUGGESTION FOR THE ADVOCATES.
Now that the compulsory military service bill is safely out of the
way it might not be a bad idea to see how much enthusiasm could be
aroused in a purely voluntary organization for rifle practise. Wailuku
could probably get together a strong club if the matter was taken hold
of in the right manner, and it should be possible to build up a keen
rivalry between island and inter-island teams. If the rifle range which
has been on the way for so many years for the local national guard
company ever arrives, it will be available for citizen marksmen as well
as guardsmen. Moreover the government will supply rifles and a cer
tain quantity of ammunition to all who care to practise. Of course the
leaders in this movement will be the advocates of the compulsory train
ing bill. Even if they aren't very keen in the matter, perhaps if they
would imagine they were being "compelled" it would help stir up their
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GO SLOW ON THE ROSELLES.
Marketing Superintendent Longley is quoted as very strongly trg
ing the farmers of the islands to plant roselles, at the same time stating
that but one firm is known to be in position to take any very large quan
tity. It is to be hoped that Mr. Longley is not overly optimistic in this
matter, but in any event it might be just as well for the farmers to err
on the side of conservatism in the matter of planting this crop. A few
j ears ago there was a big demand for cabbage in the islands, and later
Hawaiian grown cabbages of excellent quality could scarcely be civen
away. The same thing has been true of sweet potatoes at times, as well
as of some other products.
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In Mexico the people like to see bull fights. Americans don't care
much for this kind of "sport", chiefly because the bull never has
chance. Imported players may make a winning team, but Maui people
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are noi xuexicans mey win noi spena ineir money to see a slaughter.
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Hawaii wants a naval militia and is going to have one. Oregon has
cne ana is trying to get na ci it. it sue succeeds in passinc a bill nsw
before the legislature, Hawaii will probably be able to get the cruiser
Lioston, which is now the Oregon training ship.
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The legislature has opened the way for a new industry in Hawaii
Kahului Railroad' Co.'s
Twelve Light-Plain Rail-1 1-8" Thick Glazed-Single Strength Glass
Size of Glass Opening.
7 ;n, x 9 in. 2 ft. 1 in x 3 ft. 6 in.
8 x 10 in 2 ft. 4 in. x 3 ft. 10 in.
, 9iox 12 in 2 ft. 7 in. x 4 ft. 6 in.
10 in. x 12 in 2 ft.' 10 in. x 4 ft. 6 in.
10 in. x 14 in 2 ft. 10 in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
10 in. x 16 in 2 ft. 10 in. x 5 ft. 10 in.
12 in. x 16 in 3 ft. 4 in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
12 in. x 18 in 3 ft. 4 in x 6 ft. 6 in.
Twelve Light-Check Rail-1 3-8" Thick Glazed-Single Strength Glass
Size of Glass - Opening.
8 in. x 10 in 2 ft. 4J in. x 3 ft. 10 in.
10 in. x 12 in 2 ft. 0y2 in. x 4 ft. 6 in.
10 in. x 16 in 2 ft. l0'2 in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
12 in. x 16 in 3 ft. 4J4 in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
12 in. x 18 in 3 ft. 4y2 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.
Four Light-Check Rail-1 3-8" Thick Glazed-Single Strength Glass
Size of Glass Opening.
15 in. x 28 in 2 ft. 11 in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
15 in. x 30 in 2 ft. 11 in x 5 ft. 6 in.
15 in. x 32 in 2 ft. 11 in. x 5 ft. 10 in.
15 in. x 36 in 2 ft. 11 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.
Two Light-Check Rail-1 3-8" Thick Glazed-Single Strength Glass
Size of Glass Opening.
28 in. x 24 in 2 ft. 8 in. x 4 ft. 6 in.
28 in. x 32 in 2 ft. 8 in. 5 ft. 10 in.
30 in. x 30 in 2 ft. 106 in. x 5 ft. 6 in.
30 in. x 36 in 2 ft. I0y& in. x 6 f t. 6 in.
Two Light-Check Rail-1 3-8" Thick Glazed-Double Strength Glass
40 in. x 32 in .3 ft. 8 in x 5 ft. 10 in.
Other Sijzes VL&cJe to Order
Tel. No. 10G2.
Kahului, Maui, T. H.
the trapping of mongoose.