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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the l'ost Office at W'ailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietors and Publishers
Subscription Rates, $2.50 riCR Year in Advance.
KAHULUI RAILROAD GO'S
WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
AUGUST 7, 1915.
The world's conception of what is proper and wliat improper, wliat
is moral and what immoral, is constantly shifting. And our opinions on
these matters are becoming much more tolerant as the years go by.
Some few decry this obvious tendency as a weakening of public morals,
but doubtless the more trustworthy observers take rather the opposite
view. The subject has been brought to the fore during the past week
through the opposition in Honolulu to the presenting of a moving pic
ture in which a nude woman appears as one of the characters. After
it had been viewed by a large committee of prominent citizens, it was
allowed to be shown, and as might have been expected, the advertising it
received through this opposition, lias made it the biggest attraction of
There is scarcely a doubt that this picture would have stood no
chance at all a decade ago, or perhaps within ev en a much shorter time.
T.ut sentiment on these matters is taking a much more healthful tone.
A good many of us can well remember the time when women were
scarcely supposed to have lower extremities at all other than feet. It
is a far cry from that lime to the split skirt and diaphanous gown.
And yet how brief was the period that even the most daring of these
modern dresses could attract even passing attention. Pictures are pub
lished today in profusion in magazine illustrations and advertisements,
that only a few years ago would have barred the publications from the
mails. Those who have visited the exposition at San Francisco know
that that great show is adorned on every hand by sculpture in the nude,
and they also observed that it was taken by everyone much as a matter
There is no reason to believe that all this is not a healthy sign. Asso
ciate anything with evil, and evil is bound to follow, the human form
being no exception. Prudery has done more mischief than license
probably ever did: because prudery suggests evil, and license Haunts
it. And the human animal, not normally degenerate, turns from the
ugly reality and grasps at the suggestion of something desirable but
As an evidence of the real soundness of modern moralitv. tl fart
at public sentiment has placed its tabu on prize-fighting, even to
aking the exhibition of light pictures illesral. where once such exhibi
tions were at least very generally tolerated, is an example in case. In
the tirm stand against gambling in all forms, and in the steady pressure
of opinion which must soon outlaw liquor from our land, are also evi
dences of an awakened public conscience. The progress made against
vice of various kinds, and the enlightened efforts towards eliminating
the evils of city slums and the exploitation of women and children in
factories and sweatshops, are certainly evidences of a sounder morality
man vvc cci Knew ill Ilie past.
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-.. i.IUi nuim is glowing ueuer ; aense ignorance in
the masses is being conquered, and with the Weht of irnowlpflorp thf tilt-
falls that have beset the past, are disappearing. And beauty, whether
of the human form, or in any other example of God's handiwork, is a
stimulus in this direction.
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DO IV E MEAN BUSINESS?
If active work on the construction of the road to the summit of
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4im.cmaui uuimu uegin witnin tne next lew -weeks it will be either be
cause Maui deliberately chooses to block the game, or that Superin
tenclent forbes, of the Public Works Department, is four-flushing. And
Mr. I-orbes hasn't that reputation. Maui has rightly felt that the Halea
kala road is a project in which the Territory should be interested even
in trrfattr tfrrnn l-iic ..-... ,.: it - i
b.vv. ,U1I wumj,, S1UI.C u is a general, ratner man a
special asset. Anrl with thic lin f i i i.
j,. ....... inn luiv wi iiu3uiiiii dunusi everyuouy agrees.
High bhenff Jarrett has for months stood ready to put from fifty to one
hundred convicts at unrt nn tli.
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erally believed that the work is already under way. The fact is that
me roaa nas never been even surveyed, and the Maui board of super
VISOrS has evinced but lanrrnirl inff.tv.ct in til
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Iovv, however, Superintendent Forbes offers to relieve the county
of even this preliminary work. In short the matter is put right up to
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aim guuu auu strong, at mat. it s up to the super
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A WASTED PUBLIC ASSET.
Superintendent of Public Works Charles R. Forbes is credited with
the statement that in his opinion the K ula nine linp. now sparry fivp
years old, has depreciated something like 60 per cent 30 per cent from
natural causes and an equal amount due solely to neglect. If any
stronger argument for a real business administration of county affairs
exists it is hard to imagine what it can be. That mnn than half f fi,
value of a great investment should have disappeared in a few years time
with comparatively little to show for it, and most of this, preventable
waste, is certainly a reflection on the ability of the men who have been
entrusted witn me county administration during this period. The pres
ent board ot supervisors is trying to lind out just what is the matter
witn tne iuia pipe line, and why, and to devise a remedv. The inviti
gat ion is timely. If the members can effectually grapple with this Jonah
project save what is left of it, and make it serv e their purpose for which
it was intended, they will have gone a long way towards justifying the
iiMuiueiivc oi me people in electing tliem.
The assurance given by Superintendent Forbes, speaking for the
loan fund commission, that no time will be lost in Pettinu- unrW etartPH
on the reconstruction of the Wailuku-Kahului waterworks system, will
be most welcome news to residents of both towns. Under present condi
tions the health of both communities is menaced through possible con
lamination, Wailuku is without water for several hours daily, and Kahu
lui has to depend on water drawn at nierht in bath-tubs and other rnn
tainers to last through the day. The danger from fire is not one of the
least ot the serious elements in the present situation.
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The Hawaii board of supervisors is interested in the matter of a
purchasing department similar to that inaugurated by the city and county
of Honolulu some time ago, and which is said to be proving most satis-
lactory as a money saver. Something of the same kind has also be
suggested for Maui, and it doesn't take a man with extra good eyes to
see mai u is neeuea.
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The owner of a newspaper w ho probably wouldn't for a moment con
sider going into the liquor business, who in fact editorially takes a stron
stand against the traffic, is yet willing to help others sell liquor by selling
them his columns for advertising purposes. It's a point of view that
isn t easy to get.
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The Hawaiian Pineapple Company paid its shareholders $S750 ii
dividends last month. Jlut nobody has heard of any of the pineapp!
growers getting wildly dissipated on the proceeds ot the $0 a ton v.hic
the canneries have been paying them for their fruit.
Round and Hexagon
Brass and Copper Pipe,
Hard and Soft
Flat Soft Rolled
Spring Brass Wire.
Telephone No. 1062
Kahului, Maui, T. H.