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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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WILL i. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JULY 3, 1915.
the iroKKMiix's compexsatiox law
While the new Workmen's Compensation I,av, which went into
c 'fleet on Thursday, may prove to he defective, it is gratifying to note
t lint public opinion seems to endorse the principles of the measure, al
most unanimously. The plantation interests have been foremost in mak
ing the returns required by the law, and in evincing every desire to live
up to the provisions of the rather complicated act in spirit as well as
in letter. It seems quite likely that sugar plantation workers will not
profit especially by the law, for practically all of the big companies
have in the past amply taken care of injured or incapacitated employes.
Instead of paying a disabled worker approximately fifty percent of his
regular wage, as the law requires, in most instances he has received his
lull pay. Also dependents of deceased laborers, although often living
outside of the country, have been provided for voluntarily by the com
panies, which under the law will not be required. In general, the large
companies do not seem to feel that the law will impose even as heavy
a financial burden on them as they have been voluntarily carrying.
But where the law will be of undoubted benefit is to the workers
in the many small industries, farm hands, store and shop employees, and
employes of contracotrs, and even county and territorial employes. It
is from this class of workers that almost all the suits for damages for
personal injuries in this territory have arisen in the past not from the
plantation workers. The Workmen's Compensation Act will make these
suits unnecessary. If a workman is injured, there will be no question
as to his own responsibility in the matter, or as to what .he shall receive ;
save only in case he deliberately maims himself, or was drunk at the
time, of the accident, and in these events the burden of the proof is upon
the employer. Xor will the solvency of the employer make any differ
ence, since the law requires employers to protect their employes by ade
quate insurance. Also the employer may not, under heavy penalty, re
quire his employes to contribute in any manner towards thir own in
surance fund. Moreover, the fact that the insurance companies, who
are expecting to do a big business under the new law, will certainly see
that there is no carelessness or negligence in the enforcement of its pro
visions. It is very possible that a year or more will be required to get the law
to working in systematic manner. It does not look as though it would
be a fat thing for "ambulance chasing" lawyers, but it does look as
though it would be a very comfortable thing for everybody else con
cerned. 8 n n
CHILDHOOD AXD TUB SPOILS SYSTEM.
It is certainly disheartening when a man of the calibre of Judge
Willi am L. hitney, of the First Circuit Court and of the Tuvenile
Court of Honolulu, is refused reappointment solely because he happens
to be a republican and the administration apparently has a democratic
lawyer that needs the job. It is on behalf of the community that we
refer, and not to Judge Whitney, who doubtless will have a good deal
better job, financially considered, than he now has on the bench. Judge
Whitney's conspicuous work for almost fifteen years, as a district magis
trate and a circuit court judge, has been in connection with juvenile
delinquents. A young man, he has been peculiarly fitted for dealing
with this particularly difficult class of work. He has devoted his whole
time and energy to it. His personality has made it possible for him to
set youthful offenders and delinquents back upon the straight path,
where most persons would have failed. He has been instrumental in
framing special laws for the dealing with children, and his real sympathy
and understanding has always urged him to the fore in all movements
looking to the amelioration of the wrongs against childhood, or in the
brightening of the sordidness of life to the little unfortunates of the
And yet the attorney general has notified Judge Whitney by cable
from Washington that he does not intend to recommend his reap
pointment. It takes just such an act of crass stupidity to convince one
that no mistake was made in selecting the animal which symbolizes the
dominant political party.
COXSISTEXCY, THOU ART A JEWEL.
I know an estimable lady who suffers acutely if she is deprived of
her afternoon cup of tea. Yet she is a zealous prohibitionist, and her
Husband never smokes in the house. I know a man who is rendered
actually ill when by a mischance he misses his morninjr cud of coffee
Hut he vigorously denounces the use of alcoholic liquor and has small
tolerance for the tobacco user. 1 know a man who has a "tobacco
heart," who claims he can't give up his black cigars, but who will not
keep a man in Ins shop who smokes cigarettes. And I know still an
other man, who is far gone with kidney disease, who apparently doesn't
know that pure water is the true nectar of the gods. He always drinks
beer says it's sterilized and safe and he rails against the fool who
will burn out Jus inner tubes with fiery whiskey or other spirits.
Yet tea, and coffee, and tobacco and beer are all absolutely useless
and unnecessary, and each of my friends would unquestionably be
better oil without his pet vice. Hut such is the perverseness of human
nature that none can be convinced of the inconsistency of his imsition.
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GET READY TOR THE CIVIC COXVENEION.
It is only a little more than two months until the next Civic Con
vention, which is to be held this year on Kauai. The date has been
lixed for September 2o and 27. It is by no means too soon for Maui
to be getting ready for her part in the big event. Last year we had the
Honor ot entertaining tins representative body, and we shall certainly be
expected to do our part as delegates this time. There will be some papers
to prepare, and some reports to submit. Maui doesn't do things by half,
but it is not well to put olt preparation until the last minute,
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TRY THE ANTI-TREATIXG RULE.
If the Maui License Commission can stop the practise of treating in
saloons (and it is a pretty safe guess that no wise liquor dealer will
try very hard to prove that it can't) it will be doing a very real benefit
to the temperance cause. Nor is it likely that many saloon patrons will
seriously object to the order. The only dawback appears to be that
it will not affect the wholesale houses, which sell liquor that may not be
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