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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the 1'ost Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JULY 31, 1915.
PROHIBITION BY CONGRESS.
There are persons who believe sincerely that Hawaii should be
ruled absolutely from Washington. There are undoubtedly some per
sons who hold that the principle of local government is mistaken, and
that our w hole nation would better be handled through agents appointed
directly by the federal government. Hut such a conception of govern
ment is not common and is foreign to the American idea of self gov
ernment upon which our nation has its foundation. The Anti-Saloon
Tcague has again adopted resolutions urging upon congress the enact
ment of a liquor prohibition law lor Hawaii. Now the members of
this organization should have gone further and recommended to con
gress that all self government be taken from Hawaii; else they convict
themselves of inconsistency.
However meritorious the object of the Anti-Saloon league (and
few today honestly believe that the liquor trallie is anything but a
curse to any community ), its members hae no right to go over the
heads of the people in this matter, unless they are prepared to sur
render self government in any and every other matter. That the end
justifies the means, has been the sophistry under which the church has
perpetrated terrible crimes in the past; and it is still the cloak under
w hich many well intentioned reformers seek to accomplish their objects.
The argument that the Hawaiian electorate is not to be trusted to
deal with the liquor question, is a dubious one. The same argument
is used everywhere by those who would raise the moral standard of the
country by force. And yet the whole history of the world shows the
tallacy of such effort. The world is progressing, but only so fast as the
mass of the people which makes the population of the world, progresses.
Individuals, and communities, and nations may forge ahead of the gen
eral procession, but the' deceive themselves if they think that their
sliced is a measure of the movement of the great army of man
kind. It is doubtful if any permanent reform was ever brought about
by compulsion. The awful events which the world has been witnessing
for the past year, should make us wry humble. Alan has indeed climbed,
but lie has still a long way to go. The trouble with our reformers is
that their zeal breed impatience. They are not content to build, brick
upon brick, a solid structure really worthy of their efforts.
In the matter of liquor, Hawaii is not going backwards. The senti
ment against the use of alcoholic beverages is growing stronger and
stronger, just as it is everywhere, and for which sentiment the tem
perance reformers arc in no small measure responsible. Xor does any
one doubt that the end of the saloon in Hawaii is in sight. But as a
matter of principle, and for the sake of precedent, it is up to the
people of Hawaii to protest to the utmost against prohibition by con
u n u u
"Civic Righteousness" has been select' J by the Kauai Chamber of
Commerce as the general topic for discussion at the fourth annual civic
convention. It is a good title,, and is comprehensive. Righteousness
is a broader word than many probably imagine. In fact it is synonymous
with broadness. It is derived from two Anglo-Saxon words meaning
right and w isdom, and really means the doing of the right thing in a wise
and prudent manner. Civic righteousness therefore conveys the idea of
government conceived and executed, not simply in honesty and with
good intention, but also w ith wisdom and prudence. In short it means
just good government.
The delegates from all of the islands are to be asked to discuss dif
ferent phases of this subject, and there is plenty of room for the best
minds of the Territory to expand in developing the theme. Civic right
eousness, in fact, is the keystone upon which the idea of the Civic Con
vention is based.
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LET'S HAVE THE BAND.
The effort being made to organize a band in Wailuku should meet
with all the encouragement possible. Just at present the community is
fortunate in having a number of first-class bandsmen, and others who
have had some experience and are passable musicians. A fair assort
ment of instruments are already available, and the cost to start the or
ganization will not be great. If the men who are interested in forming
the band are really in earnest, and they seem to be, they deserve stron
support. Because a creditable band will be a real asset to Maui.
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The Honolulu chamber of commerce certainly has a summary way
ot disposing of its delinquent members. Witness II. Gooding Field's
unexpected retirement from the organization and automatically at the
same time from his position as member of the promotion committee.
The Maui commercial body isn't quite so drastic in its methods as yet,
but the sentiment is growing in the local chamber that the member who
hasn't civic pride enough to keep his membership dues paid up, isn't
ot much value to the organization and ought to be eliminated.
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The Consolidated Amusement Company ought to come across w ith
a liberal contribution to the Anti-Saloon League in recognition of the
invaluable advertising which Dr. W adman has given one of its produc
tions. If the picture in question isn't one "of the biggest money makers
of the year for the season it will not be the fault of the genial head of
the antis, and human nature will have belied herself.
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Governor Frear, champion of the people against a greedy street
railway corporation, and ex-Governor F'rear, counsel of that same cor
poration against the people, is an example of one of those perfectly lo
ical, and eminently ethical metamorphoses of the legal profession that
lurnishes valuable mental stimulus to the lay mind.
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A Korean forger touched the Baldwin National Bank for $20. If
that man isn't brought to book in a very short time it won't be for lack
of effort. A brewery manager and a bank clerk recently got away each
with thousands of dollars of other people's money and no effort is being
made to locate them. And vet we boast about equality belore the law
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Accident compensation insurance should be welcomed by employers
in the same spirit that property owners welcome the opportunity ot pro
tecting themselves by insurance from tire losses. There is no doubt that
the present orkmen s Compensation Act has its weak points, but the
principle is sound.
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The Filipino delegate to congress announces that he will try to
have a law passed to prevent Filipino laborers being exported from the
country. It is not improbable that there are a few persons in Hawaii
who will wish him success in his eitorls.
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A world famed organist is in Honolulu, lie is going to see the
Volcano, but nothing has been said about his hiking up llaleakala or over
the ditch trail. hat s the matter with the Promotion Committee, any
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