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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, MAY 15, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post 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 per Year in Advance.
SiahofluD Railroad Co
WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
MAY 15, 1915.
THE PRESIDEXT OX NEUTRALITY.
"I am not speaking in a selfish spirit when I say that our
whole duty for the present, at any rate, is summed up in this
motto, 'America first.' Let us think of America before v.e think
of Europe, in order that America may be fit to be Europe's
friend when the day of tested friendship comes. The test of
friendship is not sympathy with the one side or the other, but
(letting ready to help both sides when the struggle is over."
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OX I OX DAY.
ome folks think of the oilier fellow and don't eat onions. Tliis
is the day to eat onions because you do think of the other fellow.
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A SAXE STAXD IX A CRISIS.
There seems no likelihood that the United States can he stampeded
into any hasty action on account of the European war, regardless of
the provocation. And the test of the Lusitania incident has l.een a
searching one. Although appalled at the horror of such wholesale mur
der in the name of war, there does not seem to have been more than a
sjKiradic tendency anywhere to force this nation into the all but uni
versal fray. Perhaps we have been dulled by the months of carnage.
In any event it speaks well for the responsibility and temper of the
American people. The calm and strong position taken by President
Wilson and our national leaders doubtless has had its effect. Rut we
cannot forget that in America the people themselves rule in a time like
this, more strikingly perhaps than under other circumstances. Presi
dent Wilson could not declare war if he would. The people, through
Congress, could. We cannot forget how President McKinley was over
whelmed in the days following the sinking of the battleship Maine, and
President Wilson would doubtless be no more successful in staying
such a deluge. But the flood is this time self restrained. And it is in
this intelligent self restraint that an American may well feel a thrill of
pride. We do not doubt our power, but it is in this confidence of our
strength that we find our forbearance. v.
In the meantime the seriousness of the problem forced upon us
as a nation has in no wise been lost sight of, and President Wilson un
doubtedly stands for the American people as he never did before in
his stand that in the sinking of the Lusitania, the Cushing, and the
Gul flight calls for the strongest kind of protest. But it does not call
for war on the part of the United States. Nor should this protest be
directed to Germany alone. Great Britain has been equally guilty m
principle, in denying rights of neutral vessels on the high seas. Each
side has been actuated by like motive namely to prevent comn;or"i ies
reaching the ports of the other. England has used her fleet to this
end; Germany, her submarines. And each side justifies iu actions by
the acts of the other, and by the exigencies of the situation, regardless
of the rights of neutrals.
It is entirely likely that our protests will be wasted for the pres
ent. When the war is ended we shall undoubtedly be in a slror.g posi
tion for having made them. But until' this happy hour arrives, it i
well for us to remember that there is practically nothing now to take
Americans or American ships into either German or English waters
except the lure of gold. And while we do not concede any of our
rights in this respect, should we as a nation think for a moment of
plunging into war at the behest of Mammon?
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ARMY OFFICERS AS TAX DODGERS.
It will pay to watch the outcome of the tax-dodging injunction suit
instituted by army officers on Oahu, by which they hope to escape bear
ing their fair share of the cost of maintaining the roads which their
machines do their full share in destroying. Perhaps mere common
civilians may pick up a few joints in this gentle art. The contention
of the bill of injunction is purely a technical one, being that on the
date fixed by law for assessing property in the Territory the automobile
in question was upon a federal reservation.
Taxes to be just, must bear equally upon everybody, The man
who avoids paying his just burden of taxes, is not a good citizen, lie
deliberately lets his neighbors carry his part of the load. An army offi
cer, by his own traditions at least, is supposed to be something more
than a good citizen. He is presumed to be a sort of shining example
of all of the virtues. In our barefoot days he stood on the highwi'
peak of our ambitions and dazzled us with his splendor. Later v.e
found that his shining foot gear conceals extremities of clay, lie is
but a man after all: earning his living by offering to die for his v . i.
try, if need be, and dodging his taxes when he can.
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A JOB FOR BIG MEX.
When the legislature by joint resolution provided for the ap .oint
ment of a commission to revise our taxation system and make recom
mendation for future legislation on this important matter, it acted
most wisely. It now remains to be seen whether or not the Governor
can pick out five men big enough for the job. Our present tax laws
are complicated, unwieldy and inefficient. Nobocry really understands
them. It naturally follows that they cannot be equable. Simplification
should be the watchword of the commission in its work. Much pro
gress has been made in recent years on the matter of taxation, so the
body will have some good patterns to cut to. A government needs a
certain amount of money to keep its machinery running. The ques
tion is how to raise this money so that everyone bears his just share of
the burden. It's a matter every citizen should be vitally concerned in
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Some one has started a rumor that the Bevani Grand Opera Com
pany is likely to prove a disappointment on Maui, for the reason that
the stars will not feel it worth their while to exert themselves in so
small a place. Such a suggestion does violence to the first principles of
art, and we have every reason to believe that the Bevani company is
made up of real artists. The Star-Bulletin this week comments edi
torially on this very ponit as follows:
"The Bevani company in the face of discouragingly
small houses has held to a high operatic standard and
the principals, chorus, conductor and orchestra never al
low their performances to grow careless or lacking in
energy because the audiences are small."
M M K M
The calm, and dispassionate (we almost said "neutral") tone of the
Honolulu Advertiser during the past ten days of tension is most highlv
commendable. This is not thq time for any Rooseveltian pyrothecnics
or saffron hued journalism. )
Ii Wll TBI MIOTIIl WI
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Twelve Light-Plain Rail-1 1-8" Thick Glazed-Single Strength Glass
Size of Glass Opening!
7 in. x 9 in 2 ft. 1 in x 3 ft. 6 in.
8 in. x 10 in 2 ft. 4 in. x 3 ft. 10 in.
9 in. x 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. 4y in. x 3 ft. 10 in.
10 in. x 12 in 2 ft. 10 in. x 4 ft. 6 in.
10 in. x 16 in 2 ft. 10J in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
12 in. x 16 in 3 ft. Ayz in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
12 in. x 18 in 3 ft. Ay 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. 10 in. x 5 ft. 6 in.
30 in. x 36 in 2 ft. 0y& in. x 6 ft. 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 . Sizes Made to Order
-Tel. No. 1062.
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