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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Ofllce at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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FRIDAY : : : : : OCTOBER 22, 1915.
KAHULUI RAILROAD CO'S
WANTED DATA ON HALHAKALA ROAD.
The Maui Chamber of Commerce has called a special meeting for
the purpose of deciding (a) whether or not it favors the construction
of a road to the top of Ilaleakala; (b) how to go about to get it. The
first question will doubtless be quickly disposed of, because there are
probably few persons in Maui today who do not believe that such a road
would be one of the great assets of not only Maui, but of the Territory
of Hawaii as well. There will be differences of opinion on the second
proposition, and perhaps some who will feel that the problem is too
big to tackle at all at the present time. Maybe it is; but the way to find
out is to find out, and not be content with arguing over the matter.
The Chamber should take time to get at the facts. Some pre
liminary survey work should be done, and a committee of engineers
should be asked to go into the matter of location ; character of road
needed; cost, and time of completion. It should be ascertained what
proportion of the work can be done with convict labor, and what
machinery will be necessary. It should be determined whether or not
it would be feasible to build a road of the kind demanded, in a period
of say five or six years, using ajl prison labor, and little or no machinery.
In short, until this kind of data is at hand, discussion will chase itself
around in circles and get nowhere. If the road can be built by prison
labor, we are assured that the Territory stands ready to supply the men
and to feed them. Maui will have to house them, supply the necessary
guards or lunas, and the tools and materials needed on the job. By
spreading the work out thin enough it would seem entirely feasible to
undertake it in this way, not making the yearly cost any greater than
could be comfortably borne.
President Frank F. Baldwin, did not exaggerate when he declared
to the Maui Chamber of Commerce that the view from Haleakala is the
most magnificent in the world. Nor was he wrong in asserting that a
road to the summit of the mountain would be one of the territory's
greatest attractions. No one on Maui will dispute these assertions. The
real question is can we build the road, and how?
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PEACE IN ARMOR.
There is small doubt that little Hawaii will soon be setting the pace
for all the rest of the United States in the matter of organized miliia.
The war department is anxious to spend money unstintedly to make it so,
and the territorial administration is committed to the plan. Already
the Hawaii national guard is getting about one-seventh of the total
$400,000 of the federal appropriation for national guards, and an even
greater proportion is available whenever it can be used. Then there is
tne personal element. It is hard to resist the enthusiasm of Sam
Johnson, whether it be in connection with street paving, ohia cross-ties,
or tin soldiers. In this instance the soldiers are not likely to be of the
tin variety, however, for Sam is first of all a soldier himself, and en
dowed with a genius for organization that can easily translate Filipino
head-hunters into really efficient civilized killers.
The old idea of the national guard as a sort of auxilliary police
force for squelching such things as strikes, and lynching-bees, does
not apply toHawaii. Here, as is frankly declared, its first object is to
augment the regular army as a defense factor in case of invasion by a
foreign foe. Of course the cost of this program to the islands will be
pretty stiff in more ways than one ; but then Hawaii is rich and doubt
less can stand the strain. And with the attractive program of athletics,
exemption from personal taxes, and other perquisites, there will be no
difficulty in keeping the ranks well filled. The "Isles of Peace" are
rapidly assuming the characteristics of an armed camp.
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The investigations of the Wailuku and Makawao waterworks tang
les will fall short of what is expected if they do not result in the estab
lishment of a system of accounting and auditing that will be at least
worthy the name. The work should not be allowed to rest until not
only the waterworks systems are put on a sound basis, but also the
police departments, magistrates courts, and any other offices of the
county that have the handling -of public money. The present condition
is unjust to the officials who have to work without any proper checking
system, as well as unjust to the tax payers. Doubtless most of the
county officials are reasonably honest, but it is unfair to place any man
in a position where his own word is all that he has to prove that he is
not a rascal.
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There is absolutely no excuse for having a lot of delinquent water
users on the books of either the Makawao or the Wailuku waterworks.
The county ordinance clearly states that when a consumer fails to pay
promptly his supply shall be cut off. The real question is why has the
ordinance not been obeyed? There wouldn't now be any occasion for
grand jury investigations, had the ordinance been enforced, because
there shouldn't be any such thing as a delinquent list. The employees
now on the grill are not the only ones to whom blame attaches, because
they should never have been allowed to get into the muss they have,
ii me piain laws ot the county had been entorced.
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Governor Pinkham's action in crantintr a full pardon to a friend
less Filipino check-raiser, as a rebuke to the miscarriage of justice in
the case of two upper crust embezzlers, probably meets with general
approval because the rebuke was so well deserved. The only question is,
win the lesson have any permanent valuer
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Maui cannot always be proud of the prominence she achieves
For instance it doesn't help our pride any to have a Honolulu news
paper, in reporting the details of a horrible murder and suicide case, due
to booze, state that "two demijohns of Maui wine circulated in the
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The Great Northern is really coming that is to Ililo and Hono
lulu. If Maui had a wharf at Lahaina and a road up Ilaleakjla she
might also get something more than indirect benefits from this lm
portant new passenger service.
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Like everything else, the cost of gambling seems to be going up
judging from the returns from the district magistrate's court. It is
likely to prove still more expensive when the circuit court gets a crack at
some ot the cases.
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The grand jury evidently does not believe in making one or two
men the goat when a lot of others are more or less morally, if not legally
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