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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietor and Publisher
Subscription Rates, $2.50 ter Year in Advance.
KAHULUI RAILROAD CO'S
WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
AUGUST 21, 1915.
A QUESTION FOR THE PEOPLE TO ASSIVER.
The supervisors have no rijht to refuse to permit Sunday moving
pictures if the people of Maui zvant them. They have the right by law
to grant the privilege, and they are supiosed to administer the law in
accordance with the wishes ot the public they represent. Their own
individual opinions should not weigh any more than their opinions as
citizens. If it is not wrong for a man to see moving pictures on week
nights, it is no more wrong for him to view them on Sunday, provided
it squares with his own conscience. It in no way interleres witli the
rights or privileges of others. It is a matter solely for individual judgment.
Almost all of the arguments against Sunday movies strike at the
kind ot pictures shown. But this contention holds with equal force any
night of the week. If a picture is not ftt.to Le shown on Sunday, it is
not fit to be seen on Monday or any other time. The supervisors have
never bothered their heads on this point, though it is a much more vital
one than the mere day of the week. The Mali News stands for, a high
moral standard in public entertainments as in other matters, and will
gtadly hold up the hands of the supervisors in any effort they may make
to bar pictures that should not be exhibited. But that the morals of the
community would suffer from clean Sunday performances, we do not
believe. In fact there is good reason to believe that properly conducted
and supervised Sunday shows would prove a moral asset, as they are
conceded to be at other times.
We repeat if the people want Sunday movies no one has a right
to deny them the privilege. If iliey don't want them, it will take no
action by the supervisors.
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A PLACE FOR CONCERTED ACTION.
It is sincerely to be hoped that no more lives must be sacrificed in
order to impress the fact that Maui must have a safe wharf at Lahaina
or some other point on the leeward side of the island. Two persons
drowned and two. boats swamped and another almost wrecked, all within
a period of scarce three months, should be sufficient to demonstrate for
all time that the present landing are not safe, and can never be made
safe so long as small boats are required to be used. To recall that the
money for a ships' wharf at Lahaina was at one time all but available,
and was then lost through short-sighted policy, can do no good, except
mat it may strengtlien the determination ot the public that si-cn a
blunder shall not be repeated. The passenger traffic over the south coast
landings is much greater than by Kahului, the only port on Maui that
has an adequate wharf, and this will doubtless continue to be the case.
1 he argument that McGregor s is safe when Lahaina is not, was dis
proved this week when a boat was nearly w recked there, and the wharf
itself partially washed away by the heavy swells. It is time that the
people of Maui took a definite stand in demanding one proper landing
on the south side of the island, and hold to the program until it becomes
a reality. Lahaina is the logical place for such a wharf. When it is
built it is time enough to consider other landings.
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THE WAILUKU WATERWORKS.
There shouldn't be any penny wise policy adopted in connection
with the Wailuku-Kahului w:ater system. This is the most important
waterworks in the county from the number of persons concerned, and
there should not be any disposition to make a patch-work job ot it
superintendent rorbes recommends a 10-inch line from the intake to
Market street, and a 6-inch line from Market street to Kahului.. Other
members of the loan fund commission say an 8-inch line on the upper
part of the system is big enough. If it is, all right. If it will have to
be replaced in a few years with a larger line, it most certainly is not
right. It is true that there is but S19,U00 available from the loan fund
for the purpose, and that this is entirely inadequate. Mr. Forbes urged
that the County make up the difference. Ihis would seem to be entirely
teasonaule. With proper handling this waterworks should pay hand
somely so that any money expended may be considered a good invest
ment. It is not in the same class as the Kula pipe line, where it seems
hopeless to ever expect a commensurate revenue. Nor is the county
unable to do its part. It has on hand today about $70,000, of which
$33,000 is the unappropriated balance in the improvement fund. Let's
get all the light on this matter possible, and then build for the future
ana not lor the immediate present.
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That Judge Edings is to be permitted to remain on Maui, as he
wishes, is irood news to everyone. It is also a matter for congratulation
that Attorney General Gregory changed his mind and has had Judge
hitney reappointed to the Honolulu bench. Likewise the reappoint
ments of Chief Justice Robertson, and Circuit Judges Parsons and Mat
tnewman of the Third Circuit (Hawaii), are generally gratifying. The
administration has no doubt done more to strengthen itself in this Terri
tory, by thus proving that it places efficiency ahead of politics, than al
most anything it could have done, But it had everybody guessing for
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In a Coast interview alleged to have been had with Jeff McCarn, the
district attorney is reported to have said that he was attacked by a big
gang of toughs and beaten up something fierce, simply because he would
not bland for prize fights. After he was an almost unrecognizable mass
of pulp, he attempted to defend himself w ith a gun. Beats all w hat liars
newspaper reporters are, anyway !
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If the spilling of a few steamship and federal government officials
at Lahaina this week was a cleverly staged bit of theatricals, as has been
suggested, it is pretty safe to believe that the actors had not all been
coached to their parts, though they acquitted themselves like profes
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Kohala isn't a very large place, but she is doing her best to get
into the limelight. Not content with her one wholesale liquor house,
and unnumbered blind pigs, she now proposes adding four more saloons
to her list, lheres more than one way of advertising.
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Two thousand dollars a year is the very least amount on which
it is possible to raise the Smart baby. But he'll be a smart baby indeed
if he is able to keep up the pace after his guardians have finished the
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Civilization is no doubt still moving forward, but in light of history
of the past year, including the Thaw fiasco and the more recent Leo
I"rank horror, it must take an optimist w ith a microscopic eye to meas
ure the progress.
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The Board of Harbor Commissioners has provided itself with gold
badges tor its memhers. Maui citizens would he glad to vote them a
few real medals if they could provjde a real wharf at Lahaina.
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Perhaps Superintendent Forbes was bluffing when he offered to
make a survey for the Haleakala road, if tire supervisors would ask him
Lever Handle Stop Cocks,
SIZES, !4" to 2H" INCLUSIVE.
Square Head Stop Cocks,
SIZES, " to 2V2" INCLUSIVE,
SIZES, W to 3" INCLUSIVE.
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Telephone No. 1062
Kahului, Maui, T. H.
Why not call him, anyhow?