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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JULY 10, 1915.
A BAD FAITH PROPOSITION.
The report from Washington this week, to effect that the Demo
cratic leaders propose to amend the organic act of Hawaii so as to
permit of the appointment of mainlanders to positions on the benches of
tiie Territorial courts, is disquieting, to say the least. Such an act would
1c little short of treachery towards Hawaii. The organic act is more
in the nature of an agreement between these islands and the rest of the
country than merely a piece of national legislation. And this matter of
appointments was one .of the points that received careful consideration
at the time of annexation. Hawaii was not annexed by force, nor were
her rights of self-government unrecognized when the draft of her consti
tution was made. For congress to deliberately break this tantamount
promise, because it has such power, could have no justification whatever.
Because the administration is unable to find men of its party in the
islands of the calibre necessary for judges, is no valid reason for making
us the dumping ground for a swarm of hungry mainland office seekers.
If Hawaii was suffering from judicial incompetence the case might be
different, but no one has for a moment presumed to suggest that the men
who are being refused reappointment have not eminently made good.
The case of Judge Whitney is particularly a case in point.
Nor have the apointments to federal positions of mainlanders, in
the past year or two, been such as to warrant confidence in an extension
of the practise. It is not reasonable to expect to get men well founded
in law, and of a calibre which Hawaii has a right to expect, willing to
accept appointment of uncertain tenure, and at salaries such as arc offer
ed by Hawaii judgeships; because such men ordinarily could not afford
to do so. It therefore stands to reason that in making the proposition,
the welfare of Hawaii is given no consideration, and that its only object
is to help the dominant party pay off a few of its political debts at
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DEMOCRATIC CHANCES FOR NEXT YEAR.
Already the mainland press is giving a large amount of space to
the probabilities of the national presidential campaign next )ear; and
the quitting of the cabinet by Bryan is generally accepted as having
great significance in the matter. That Bryan has fired his first gun in
his candidacy for the presidency, is quite generally believed, although
some writers predict that he will continue to support Wilson for re
election even though he has deserted his post on the matter of American
neutrality. The republican press generally sees a rift in the Democratic
ranks through Bryan's differences with the President, that will make a
republican victory easy at the next election. Also many editors believe
that with Bryan's influence removed from the national capitol, the ad
ministration will from now on be practically unable to put through any
constructive legislation during the next session of congress, and hence
will be weakened in its appeal to the voters for endorsement.
It seems quite certain, however, that if Wilson wins a second term
it will be largely through the support he has won and will be able to
maintain in his handling of our relations with Europe. For it does not
seem likely that the work of the Democratic party in the matter of
legislation or general administration of the laws, has been such as to
warrant the people in demanding more of it. The unscientific slashing
of the tariff, and the seaman's law which goes into effect in November,
and which threatens to put the American merchant marine completely
out of business, will go far towards cooling the enthusiasm of the
people for more legislation of like kind. Wilson has undoubtedly gained
a strong hold on the country through his foreign policy, but the next
election is more than a year off. Can he hold his popularity against
the drag of his party accomplishments for another twelve months? The
chances seem to be against it, even though Bryan's disaffection does not
affect the situation.
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COUNTY POLITICS AND GOOD BUSINESS.
In refusing to wink at a plain case of misuse of public property,
even though it means the loss of an admittedly competent employee, the
new board of supervisors has started well. Nor is there any doubt
that this act will go far towards establishing the board in the confidence
of the people generally. It would have been comparatively easy to
have used the whitewash brush in the case of the Mblokai district over
seer, and from a political point of view this might have been justified,
because Mr. Hitchcock undoubtedly has a strong following in his com
munity. But when politics and honesty in public affairs do not jibe it
is refreshing to see politics brushed to one side.
The new board of supervisors takes up its duties under rather more
auspicious conditions than usual. The county finances are such that
it need not be unduly hampered in its work. There are a lot of things
waiting to be done ,and public sentiment has crystalized on many of
them to such degree that the board will have strong endorsement in any
constructive and business-like work it undertakes. The board also starts
out in general harmony, without which best results are impossible. If
at the close of its adminitration the board can point to results accom
plished, in tangible and self-evident form, it will have the best possible
endorsement for re-election.- And there is good reason to believe that
the members of the board are sincere in their determination to work
along these lines, and not simply to see how many jobs they can parcel
out among the voters in the next two years.
WHY A COUNTY ENGINEER ?
There is some talk In the board of supervisors of doing away en
tirely with the office of county engineer. Such an idea is a mistaken
one. Most of the work of the county has to do with construction work
of various kinds roads, bridges, school houses, and other public build
ings. Grades, elevations, plans and specifications are constantly to be
prepared. To expect to have this kind of work done by any except an
expert, is absurd, and to hire such work done haphazard were also a
penny wise proposition. It is easy to see how the county might lose
the amount a full year's salary of an engineer on a single moderate
sized contract, through lack of proper designing or exX'rt supervision.
A competent engineer at $3600 per year is one of the very best invest
ments the county could possibly make.
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RE SUNDAY MOVIES.
Unless one be convinced that Sunday moving pictures are morally
wrong, and that it is his duty, as his brother's keeper to prevent others
from being injured by them, he has no luteal grounds for opposing
this character of amusement. The man who doesn't believe i'i this form
of Sunday amusement does not need to patronize it, and inasmuch as
they cannot hurt him, he should no more assume to prevent others fron
exercising their choice in the matter, than he should expect to be pre
vented from running his automobile on Sunday, because some persons
may believe this form of recreation to be wrong. The only test as to
whether we should have Sunday movies, is whether or not the people
want them, and that can best be found out by trial.
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