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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
OCTOBER 29, 1915.
STEVEN, THE FRIEND OF THE PORTUGUESE.
There is little in the scheme of O. A. Steven, to tnke settlers from
Hawaii to California that should appeal to the Portuguese of these Is
lands. The land which Mr. Steven offers may be good land. In fact
it ought to be very good land at the price he asks $125 per acre. But
California is not a bed of roses. In fact just now the whole state is
suffering front a depression in many lines of business that has resulted
in "hard times" for thousands. A family from Hawaii could not go to
the coast, make payments on a piece of land, build a house, buy horses
and other live stock, and farm machinery for less than $1500 or $2000.
And then they would just be starting. The Portuguese who has this
much money is certainly not suffering here in Maui. Nor are his chil
dren growing up into the deformed and blighted human beings that Mr.
Steven pictures in his circulars which he is distributing. On the con
trary the Portuguese as a whole are making remarkable progress here
in Hawaii, and for no other race does the future seem to hold out more
promise. On the other hand the Portuguese who have gone to the
coast from Hawaii have not made good in very many instances. Many
of them have found things very hard for them there, and many have
been glad to return. There are many around San Francisco today who
would be glad to come back if they could get sufficient money to come.
Mr. Steven has land to sell, and he hopes to make his money by selling
it tp people in Hawaii. He is not a philanthropist. He doesn't want
men who have no money. The man who has money will do well not
to give any of it to Mr. Steven, or to anyone else who would try
to make him believe that gold grows on weeds in California.
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THE FILIPINO PROBLEM.
The Kohala Midget, after analyzing the causes leading up to the
horrible murder of a young school girl at Kohala, a few weeks ago,
presumably by a Filipino, declares that something must be done for
uie Filipinos in Hawaii. The Midget is right. Whatever views we may
hold of the wisdom of the sugar planters in bringing this primitive
class of people to the islands in the first place, counts for nothing now.
They are here and are a factor that must be reckoned with. And of all
the races represented in Hawaii's polyglot population they have probably
received the least attention from social welfare workers. For our own
sakes, if for no higher reason, we cannot afford to despise or neglect
fiiem. The Midget suggests the Filipino camps as a field for the Y. M.
C. A., and the suggestion sounds good. It is also projwsed.to interest
the Filipino youths in the national guard, which is also a good idea.
Anything that will help to keep these irresponsible men from having
too much idle time on their hands is good; and from their nature it
is probable that it should not be difficult to hold their interest in some
really beneficial work. Kohala is not the only place that has had its
7ilipino depredations. Maui has had its share and will, undoubtedly
have more. It is high time that something be done.
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PROBLEMS THAT SPELL PROGRESS.
The permanency of Hawaii's pineapple industry is assured. The
boom period is over. The bottom dropped out of prices a year ago,
the fruit is decreasing in size, a lot of pineapple land has been worn
out, and various diseases are now causing the growers unconcealed
worry. These things were bound to come sooner or later. No one
doubts that they will be solved. And in the solving process, the pine
apple men are going to be drawn closer together and given a better
grasp of their business than they ever before had. The industry is
going the normal course of most new industries. Now the extravagant
and speculative features are being eliminated, and sound judgment and
conservative business sense are taking their place. A few years ago
none but long haired visionaries worried about exhausting pineapple
soils, drainage problems, or deterioration. Today the pineapple pack
ers are employing expert scientists to combat these difficulties. Ha
waii's second industry has about a solid basis.
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BETTER SYSTEM NEEDED.
The need of better organization in the Wailuku fire department
was emphasized on Wednesday afternoon when almost ten minutes time
was required to get the chemical engine out of the engine house in re
sponse to' an alarm. Fortunately the blaze was a small one and was
extinguished without the aid of the fire department. For some reason
the engine could not be cranked and after wasting a lot of time to get
Tt started, the county dump truck was called upon to pull it out upon
the street, where it finally got under way.
This sort of thing should not be. There is no reason why some
member or members of the sheriff's force, who would always be close
at hand should not be drilled in running the truck, without the neces
sity of waiting until some competent person in another part of town is
able to reach the engine house. It should also be the duty of someone
to crank the engine at least once daily in order that there may never be
any doubt about the engine s starting when an emergency arises.
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PROJECTS THAT DO NOT CONFLICT.
Because the Haleakala road project is a big one is no reason for
backing away from it. Steps should be taken to find out, with some
measure of accuracy, just how big it really is, and then whether or not
it can be undertaken with the means at hand. If it can be shown that it
is a practicable job for prison laborers, it should be started, even if its
prosecution by this method be slower, than might be wished. Nor should
the fact that Maui's first interest is in- the securing of a wharf at La
haina be considered a sound argument against this undertaking. The
wharf is a territorial project which must be put through the legislature,
The mountain road is one in which the legislature will not likely be
called upon lor assistance. Hence the two do not in any sense conflict
On the contrary, the fact that Maui enterprise has undertaken a pro
ject that must be considered as of territory-wide importance, should
make the arguments tor an adequate landing at Lahaina all the stronger,
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The Kauai chamber of commerce has adopted resolutions protest
ing against "any proposal to hand over water belonging to public lands
into the hands of private corporations or individuals." It seems that
the protest is aimed at the alleged plan of Col. R. P. Spalding to ge
control of certain water belonging to the Kapaa homesteads, through
flie connivance of Governor l'inkham, and to the great injury of the
homesteaders m the district. Ihe story sounds rather iishy, but the
resolution is a mighty creditable one for the Kauai chamber to pass
whatever the motive back of it may be. It is to be sent to the Sec
retary of the Interior, where it may be handy to refer tc in the
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