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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JUNE 19, 1915.
SHOULD WE C1LIXGE OUR RACE MEET DATE?
It is questionabfe if Maui is not making a mistake in celebrating
the Fourth of July on Saturday, instead of on Monday, as will be done
elsewhere in the Territory. By proclamation Monday has been set apart
as a legal holiday by the Territorial authorities, so that we shall be
obliged, in some degree at least to obescrvc it as well as Saturday. Be
sides, as Oahu has a charter convention election on Tuesday, July 6,
Honolulu will get two legal holidays together, which will make it feasi
ble for many to come to Maui if there is anything to come for. It is
not too late for us to get in line with the rest of the Territory. The mat
ter should be given careful consideration.
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GROWING PINEAPPLES AND PULLING TOGETHER.
There isn't a shadow of doubt that the pineapple business of this
Territory will win out. And this implies that the pineapple growers
who use reasonably good judgment, who do not try to go too fast, and
who have some sticking qualities, will win out also. The move which
is gaining headway on Oahu to market as great a quantity of fresh fruit
as possible, is on the right track. Also is the plan sound of doing this
marketing co-operatively, as is being undertaken through the Territorial
People who sec nothing but obstacles in this connection, should con
sider the obstacles which have been confronted and been overcome by
agriculturists in California and many ohter states, through shoulder to
shoulder work. Anyone who knows what difficulties have been sur
mounted in organizing, in marketing, in packing and transportation, in
open and hidden opposition, not to speak of insect, fungis, and bacterial
pests without number, which were always about to wipe out every
thing anyone who really knows of these things, concerning not one or
two lines of industry, but of practically every one which now amounts
to anything at all knows that Hawaiian pineapple growers have not
by any means been tried to the limit.
Hawaii can ship fresh pineapples to the Coast successfully. Hawaii
should ship the bulk of her pineapples that way, canning only the under
or over sized or surplus fruit. Hawaii should have such an organization
to carry on this business that it would not for a moment be under domi
nation of shippers or middle men. The business is big enough to insure
this our people n'ill pull together. (Read the history of the California
citrus fruit growers' early fights with the railroads, with the refrigerator
car trust, and with the commission men).
The value of the Hawaiian pineapple trade today is some $6,000,000
or $7,000,000 per year certainly enough, one would think, to warrant
some voice in how the consumer should be served. Yet the packers,
by their own-statements, confess that the jobbers of the United States
have been making monkeys of them for the past three years.
These islands can grow pineapples as probably no where else in
the world. And we shall continue to grow them. Also we shall learn
to grow them still better than at present, as we shall learn to pack, and
ship, and market them. But the biggest thing will be learned that must
be learned will be in pulling together. -
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TEAM WORK FOR MAUI BEAUTIFUL.
With the exception of Maui, every county in the Territory has its
one or more organizations devoted to the beautifying of their respective
communities, and in other ways endeavoring to make them more pleas
ant places in which to live. Maui should not be the exception in this
sort of enterprise. We have the public spirit and the enterprise, as is
evidenced by a number of thriving clubs and associations of literary or
social character. It would seem that some of these might well broaden
the scope of their endeavor, to consider the elimination of needless
ugly spots that mar the harmony of our island's general beautv.
There probably isn't a visitor to Maui who does not exclaim at
the effectiveness of the magnificent tree-lined avenue through Spreckcls
ville; or the road between Kahului and 1'uunene. These trees were
planted by private enterprise, but they are striking examples of what
might be done with practically all of our roads at small outlay. The
truth probably is that we have been so used to having beneficent private
individuals think and act for us, that we fail to appreciate our com
munity responsibility in these kinds of things. Honolulu, solely through
its band of energetic women known as the Outdoor Circle, has planted
thousands of trees in the parks and along the drives about the city,
which are already adding greatly to the appearance of the city, and
whirti in a few years will redound in even greater degree to the credit
ot tnese generous workers. J his organization has also curbed the bill
boards, removed hundreds of unsightly fences, spurred the city authori
ties to a keener sense of their responsibilities and in many other ways
made themselves a very real influence and power in the community.
In like manner the women of Kauai have long been engaged in
making their island still more worthy to be called the Garden Isle, and
their club (the Mokihana Club), will probably soon be even more prom
inently recognized, through the making of it an auxilliary to the Kauai
Chamber of Commerce.
As before remarked, Maui isn't lacking in either steam or enter
prise it is simply that our energies are directed in other lines. The
question is: Are we making the best of our talents?
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SPORT FOR SPORT'S SAKE.
For the sake of the sport (and that's all there should be in our
baseball) no opportunity should be missed to bring to Maui other teams
that are inspired by like motives. It doesn't behoove us to encourage
teams to come here who are simply out for the coin.' In the case of
the Stanford University team, now in Honolulu, no mistake could be
made in bringing it here, if it is willing to come for its expenses, as was
at first announced. And in a case like this it should be a very simple
matter to have these college boys taken care of in private homes, as was
done with the Congressional party. Such young men should not only be
welcome guests, but would undoubtedly enjoy their visit better than
if quartered all together in a hotel. Incidentally the question of cost
would not be hard to solve.
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A NEW LAW THAT PROBABLY AFFECTS YOU.
Frobably comparatively few persons in the Territory really appre
ciate how vitally they will be affected personally by the new Workmen's
Compensation L,aw, which was passed by the last legislature, and which
goes into effect on July 1. The truth is that every employer of labor,
whether it be one servant or a hundred laborers, must make proper re
turn by the first of the month, or be subject to a severe penalty. Also
he must carry insurance on his employes, or give bond to insure the
payment of compensation provided for in case of injury to workers
under the act. It will pay everyone to read the resume of the new act,
which is published in another column in this issue.
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Bryan may be lacking in some of the qualities of a statesman but
he is on solid ground when he declares that preparation for war pro
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