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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1915.
THE MAUI NEVA3
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
NOVEMBER 19, 1915.
HA 1 1' A IPS TIIAXKSG1 FIX G.
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. It should nnt he hard for Hawaii
to give thanks, for it is doubtful if any place in the world, this terrible
year, has been more blessed with good things than have wc. Certain it
is that our material prosperity has been great. While all Europe is
convulsed in the most awful war of all times, these islands have not
only been far removed from this strife, but have even profited greatly
because of it. An unusually good harvest has been marketed at war
prices. And everybody has profited in good measure. At the present
time the laborers on the plantations are receiving a bonus equal to
20 per cent of their earnings for the year, amounting to over $700,000.
This bonus is based on one per cent for each dollar above $70 at which
sugar averages for the year, and this year the average price has been
$K9.8oS per ton.
It is true that the satisfaction from such prosperity as this is not
unalloyed, for who can forget that in certain measure it has been
brought about through the convulsions that are racking half the world?
I'.ut a big sugar crop, sold at high prices is not the only cause
tliese islands have for being grateful for material well-being. Almost
nfi lines of business have been good, and where we have lost in one
direction, wc have more than had it made up in another. Thus in
losing the Pacific Mail fleet, we are to have the services of the Great
Northern, and a new Matson liner costing over a million and a half
dollars. Travel to the Territory has been greater than ever before,
and the outlook for the future never was so bright.
In view of the series of defalcations which has cast a cloud of
disgrace on certain parts of our territory, some may be inclined to
feel that our material progress may have been at the cost of the moral
fiber of the community; but there is not good grounds to believe that
flie public conscience has not been keenly sensitive to this disgrace,
and that the exposures are a sign of moral health rather than of disease.
Here on Maui progress is evident on every hand. Our citizens
seem to have awakened from the indifference which seemed char
acteristic but a year or two ago, and are not only demanding be r
things, but are showing a disposition to take hold themselves and help
to make them better. And unless all signs fail the coming year holds
even more in store than the past has shown. While it is not for us to
be proud of what in so large a measure is fortuitous, it does behoove
us to be glad and thankful.
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" 'The Edge of the Crater', and Other Poems," is the title of an
attractive little volume just issued from the press of the Paradise of
the Pacific by Will Sabin. Some of the verses are likely to live, for
Will Sabin is moved by the genius of a true poet in much that he
writes. To the people of Hawaii Mr. Sabin is already well known
for the verses he has written in the course of his newspaper work
covering some fifteen years. Through his booklet, many outside oi
the Islands are likely to make his acquaintance also. Some of the
best things he has written do not appear in the present volume, and
may have been lost. Most of Mr. Sabin's poems breathe strongly of
things Hawaiian ; and even those less apparently so, are doubtless in
fluenced by the atmosphere of the Islands, which has come to be almost
inseparable frot.i the author and everything he writes. His present
volume will doubtless be accorded a hearty welcome.
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The county of Maui lost 61 in school enrollment this year over
last, according to reports just compiled in the department of public
instruction. Kauai dropped back 11. Hawaii lost in attendance in
every country district but through increase in the town of Hilo,
shows a slight increase for the county. Oahu county districts show
the same tendency to loss of pupils, but in less degree than in the other
islands, but the city of Honolulu pulls the attendance of the whole ter
ritory forward by its gain of 1268. East year's report showed the
same condition of affairs the country losing and the city gaining in
school population. Honolulu's gains do not seem abnormal, but why
the country districts are losing' is something that ought to be explained.
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The action of the supreme court in exonerating Judge McKay of
any intentional wrong-doing in connection with the affairs of his of
fice, is a matter of gratification to the Judge's many friends on Maui.
Not that his integrity had ever been doubted by those who know him
best, but some fears were expressed that on account of technical ir
regularities in keeping the records of his office, to which the court took
occasion to refer, he might be held to have forfeited his office. The
conclusion of the high tribunal is therefore generally pleasing.
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The Hilo Tribune suggests that a graft commission be appointed
to dig into the rottenness that seems to pervade Honolulu. The Tri
bune points out that Honolulu was the most insistent and clamorous
for the commission to clean up the Big Island's filthiness a few years
ago, being certain that the people of Hawaii could not make a good
job of it themselves. "Why not give her some of her own medicine?"
the Hilo paper asks.
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"Hula Beans" is the name that San Francisco has given the red
Maui bean, which promises to make these islands famous. This par
ticular Maui product, credited principally to Kula, seems to have won
favor on the mainland, and is now being shipped to Boston in con
siderable quantity. If it makes good with the Boston bean-eaters, the
fame of Maui should be secure.
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The Kohala Midget, after several years of hard work, has finally
succeeded in getting several miles of macadam road built in the dis
trict, and it has now started a crusade to take care of the roads that have
been built. If it succeeds in this last highly quixotic undertaking it
will have something really worth while crowing about.
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The 1916 carnival poster is off the press and is being distributed.
It is not especially artistic in design or coloring, nor striking in idea;
but it carries the name of Honolulu boldly and will doubtless serve the
purpose for which it was primarily intended.
Red Cross Stamps For Sale
80",; to Kula Sanitarium and Anti-Tuberculosis Work on Maui.
1 0,"o to Anti-Tuberculosis League of Hawaii.
1 0 to American Red Cross Society.
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