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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Oflice at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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will J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JULY 24, 1915.
PROM OT J OX COXTRIBUTIOXS.
It is rather a peculiar move the Alaui supervisors have
made, in view of the fact that they have just nominated a rep
resentative on the Hawaii l'romolion Committee. Yesterday
the clerk of the board notified the committee that the fifty
dollars a month the county had been contributing to the work
would be cut off hereafter. This will reduce the share Alaui
pays towards the upkeep of the promotion work to $85 a
month, which is approximately the Alaui share of the $500 a
month voted by the legislature.
Of the $.50,320 total which the promotion work will cost
this year for the whole Territory, Kauai will be contributing
$500 indirectly, Maui will be contributing $1000 indirectly, Ha
waii will contribute $720 directly and $1500 indirectly, while
Oahu will contribute $3000 indirectly and $23,020 directly
$3000 from the supervisors and $20,020 in contributions from
Honolulu merchants. The figures hardly show Alaui no ka
According to the Advertiser's figures Alaui is contributing about
1-23 of the amount that Honolulu does towards promotion work. It
would be interesting to know how near this ratio is the proportion of
tourists who ever see Alaui. In all likelihood Alaui's $1000 per year
is really much greater in proportion to value received than is Hono
lulu's $23,000. It should not be forgotten that Alaui gets no tourists
that Honolulu does not have first and last chance at their pocket books.
In other words, Honolulu always must skim the cream of this busi
ness, and the mere proportion of island visitors who may get to Alaui,
really means little, since this is the case. Alaui has attractions, but Ho
nolulu realizes on these in greater degree than it will probably ever be
possible for Alaui to profit.
Alaui has also just completed the new rest house on Ualeakala at
a total cost of about $4500 almost wholly for the benefit of the tourist.
It is true that possibly $1000 of this amount was subscribed by mem
bers of the last Civic Convention, other than Alaui citizens, but Alaui
still has to her credit the other $3500 spent, which is isn't so bad for one
year's tourist expenditure. It is not pleasant to be accused of shirking,
but it is nevertheless a satisfaction to feel comfortable in one's own
mind on the subject, regardless of how others (whose profits lie in that
direction) may choose to wag their lingers.
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THE OAHU DUPEXSUS. '
The obvious development of the military defenses on the Island
of Oahu is something especially striking to the but occasional visitor
from the other island. And there is a good deal that is not so obvious.
Xew batteries have been installed in Diamond Head and at other forts,
and Fort Shafter has quadrupled in size in the past few years. The
fact may not be so generally known, however, that the great Pearl
Harbor naval station is virtually finished, and could, if occasion de
manded, construct a battleship complete from keel up, right at the
present time. This statement was made a few days ago by a man con
nected with the work, and one amply in position to know what he is
talking about. The only feature of the Pearl Harbor plant not finished
in most essentials, is the dry dock, and this will require about two
years more work.
There has been objection voiced on the mainland, and in Congress
against the amount of the expenditures being made for defenses on
Oahu. But there should be no half-way measures in this connection
either there should be no defenses at all or they should be absolutely
impregnable. There is ground for argument on both of these proposi
tions, but none at all for a middle course policy.
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HAWAII HAS MADE GOOD AT PAIR.
That a large proportion of the tourists visiting the Islands this
summer have been in large measure influenced in their decision to come,
through Hawaii's exhibit at the San Francisco fair, is the unequivocal
declaration of C. Y. Wilmarth, chief steward of the Alatson liner Ala
noa. Hawaii people have found fault with the Hawaii building, Air.
Wilmarth says, because it is not filled with Hawaiian products, and the
things that arc in it are commonplace to them. But these are the very
tilings that interest mainland folk, he asserts, and he is positive that
the exhibit is a most valuable one to the Territory. Coming from a man
of Mr. Wilmarth's standing, coupled with the fact that he is in posi
tion to know whereof he speaks, the idea that Hawaii has failed to
make good at the exposition should be once and for all dismissed.
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The Honolulu doctors are kicking because the "Big Six" insurance
combination has broken down their fee schedule in connection with
treating cases arising under the new Workmen's Compensation Act, and
the insurance agents threaten to boycott the local medicos and import
scab bone-menders. It is just possible that the next legislature will
be called upon to adjust this and some other omissions in the act. The
insurance companies appear to have things pretty much their own way
in the matter of rates and conditions under which they will write com
pensation insurance. In some states which have workmen's compensa
tion laws, the state itself goes into the insurance business, in effect, and
tae insurance corporations are left out entirely. There are some argu
ments against this plan, but it will doubtless serve as a check to the
companies becoming unduly arbitrary.
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II. R. Hitchcock, who gives his side of the case in a letter to the
AIal'I News, published in another column of this issue, makes a strong
point of the fact that he was not given an opportunity to appear before
the board of supervisors and defend himself when the charges against
him were being considered. Air. Hitchcock has many friends both on
Alolokai and on Alaui who are confident of his integrity and who feel
that he was not treated fairly. Since he was not actually removed from
oflice by the board, which simply declined to reapioint him, it would
seem that lie lias no recourse in the matter, except to submit.
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IT IS TO BLUSH.
Editor Will Cooper, of our lithesome contemporary, the Alaui News
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was m uui unusi usi veeK-enu. iJumc luaui OOOSier, IS COOP, lilll IS
farming it and editing it synonymously, simultaneously and contempor
aneously, and he's just as slick at perpetrating a pertinent paragraph as
lie is at planting pineapples in place of prickly pears. Maui no ka oi
Oi, oi ! The Serv ice.
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Judge E. 11. Gary, the millionaire steel magnate, is spending hi
vacation in the Islands. He will visit the Volcano, but nothing has been
said ahout Ins Inking through Haleakala or over the ditch trail. What
the matter with Hume Ford and the promotion committee, anyway?
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With practically no water in the town mains, it is to be sincerely
hoped that Wailuku continues to have the good fortune to escape a fire
until conditions are remedied.
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