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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Offlce at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JUNE 26, 1915.
H7Z-.V JUSTICE surs THE HOODWINK.
A few weeks ago an ignorant Korean in Honolulu murdered his
wife whom he believed to have heen unfaithful to him. A jury, em
paneled without difficulty, quickly found the wretch guilty of murder in
the first degree, sentence was passed and confirmed, and in a few days
more society will kill another human hcing in the name of the law. Justice
will have been vindicated. A year or two ago a man of prominent fam
ily killed another in a drunken hrawl in a disreputahlc dance hall. A
prominent lawyer came five thousand miles to assist in defending him.
With the greatest difficulty a jury was secured, and when the verdict
was rendered, the murderer walked from the court room a free man.
A Chinese clerk in a Honolulu bank stole a few hundred dollars
and escaped to the Orient. He was soon hunted down, and is now
serving a long term of imprisonment. Another clerk in a neighboring
institution stole thousands of dollars, deliberately casting suspicion on
his fellow clerks, causing some of them heavy loss in making up short
ages caused by his peculations. When the crime was finally uncovered,
this clerk was permitted to make a partial restitution and then leave for
the Coast. He was not even placed under arrest. A territorial official
absconded some years ago with some $20,000 of public funds. Although
his whereabouts has been very definitely reported, no real steps were
ever taken to bring him to justice. The manager of a big business
concern a few months ago diverted to his own use $40,000 or $50,000
(perhaps a great deal more). He was permitted to pay a part of it back,
and then allowed to go. It is now proposed to bring him back for trial,
but who can doubt the kind of a legal battle that will be waged in his
behalf, or that he is almost certain of escaping eventually any serious
Yet we are told that Justice knows no distinction between high and
low, rich and poor; also that she wears a blindfold. There is a strong
suspicion that the bandage sometimes slips.
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TIME TO KEEP COOL HEADS.
There is nothing surprising in the fact that the United States is a
good deal stirred up over the possibilities of our becoming embroiled
in the general European slaughter. Nor is it strange if a good many
ordinarily rational persons have come to believe that this country is
imminently in danger of being invaded. With nothing but war news
and war talk on every hand, it would be passing strange if our sense of
proportion should not in some degree be thrown out of balance. The
truth is, however, that unless we ourselves start something, there is
less danger of our being molested now than there probably ever was in
the past. Moreover, it is not reasonable to believe that following the
present war in Europe, either victors or vanquished are going to be in
position to undertake another great struggle for a long time to come.
Nor is it likely that there will be the inclination.
We are urged to be prepared for war. In the light of the above
facts why should we be more prepared than we now are? Those suf
fering with the war-fear mania urge us to build battleships. Yet the
lessons of the present war would seem to indicate that the modern
battleship will soon be as impotent against under sea fighters, as are the
old wooden war frigate's against present day steel ships.
This is not the time for America to get hysterical. But it is the
time to keep our heads cool and to do what we may to check the fear
ful orgy of blood which is belying the claims of civilization of half the
world. The United States has her part to play, but it is not to test our
mettle on the fields of armed strife.
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A TERRITORIAL DISGRACE.
In kicking II. P. Wood out of the promotion committee one thing
is very certain, and that is that the publicity body has incurred the bitter
resentment of a large majority of the citizens of the Territory. This is
evidenced by the fact that every paper in the Islands, with the sole ex
ception of the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, has taken occasion to most
strongly condemn the nasty, underhanded attacks made against Mr.
Wood's character in the fight against him, as well as by many other ex
pressions of public opinion. And the evidence is the more significant
from the fact that some of these same papers and individuals have not
been in sympathy-with Mr. Wood's methods. There may be more cap
able men than Mr. Wood for the job, though it is doubtful if the pres
ent committee will be able to find one. But to treat a man who virtually
created publicity work in Hawaii, and who has borne the brunt of the
up-hill fight for more than ten years, as Mr. Wood has been treated, is
nothing less than a disgrace to the Territory. The most regretable feat
ure of the matter is that instead of strengthening itself, the promotion
body has unquestionably lost the confidence of the community in a
measure that will be difficult to regain.
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REASON FOR LOCAL PRIDE.
In a class of thirty-eight graduates from Punahou Academy this
year, four are designated as scholarship honor students. And of these
four, Maui claims the first two prizes.
The distinction is a real one, and one which may well occasion
pride not only of the famHies and friends of these two Maui girls, but
of Maui people generally. It means that of these thirty-eight young
people who have successfully finished their course, four have distanced
the rest in accomplishment, in application, and in deportment. And
more than half of this honor is Maui's. Miss Violet Kaleimomi Keola
and Miss Mabel Wilcox, we're proud of you!
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Civilization is only comparative. We look back scarcely a hundred
years and find our dignified ancestors solemnly engaged in burning
witches. Today we are witnessing a display of human savagery such
as has never been seen since the world began. We see a great city
almost a whole state resolve itself into a howling mob demanding
the life of a man suspected of a dastardly crime. We still acquiesce
in the exploitation of women and children in our industrial entv, ises.
And there are many anomalies in our courts that go by the name of
justice, ii'e wonder how the generation of a hundred years hence will
look upoour own boasted civilization.
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Ililo has the courage of her conviction that she isn't getting a
square deal from Honolulu in the tourist business. Her business men
have accordingly pledged themselves to raise $500 per month for the
next two years to carry on her own. campaign. The most of this sum
is to be paid to a Honolulu agent. L. W. de vis Norton, who recently
arrived from Austrialia, has been named for this job.
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If Secretary Wood hadn't been fired until next month, it's a safe
bet he wouldn't have been fired at all four new members take their
seats on the board at that time.
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