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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, NOVERBER 2rt, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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will J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
NOVEMBER 26, 1915.
REFORMIST, THE MOVIES.
The Friend is authority for tin; statement that a plan is on font
in Honolulu ty which a free film exchange is to be established, and
free moving pictures supplied throughout the islands in an effort to
offset the effects of sensational and possibly demoralizing films now
shown through the regular channels. The people of money of the
territory arc expected to stand back of the cost of this project.
It is extremely doubtful if the plan will work out on the basis
proposed. In the first place it would be so expensive that difficulty
would likely be found in keeping it going for any great length of time.
In the second place a free show isn't likely to appeal very strongly,
especially when 5-and-10-cents admissions are the rule at the regular
houses. At least it will probably mean that the patrons will do their
level best to see the free pictures (if they are interesting) and to spend
their nickels for the exciting Indian and cowboy stuff as well.
The most practicable scheme along this line would seem to be
in the organizing and backing of a moving picture corX)ration, as
strong and as intelligently managed as is the present "theatre trust" of
these islands. Not being in the business primarily for gain, such an
organization should be able to give more for the money than its com
petitor. If proper intelligence were employed in directing the enter
prise, it would doubtless be possible to enlist a large part of the mov
ing picture houses in the islands, which at present have little or nothing
to say as to the kind of pictures they show their patrons, but must run
what they get, or nothing; and whether they show them or not, must
pay rental on what is sent. Many of these houses would probably wel
come a clean line of pictures, provided the service was thoroughly
dependable and efficient, and the pictures supplied could be demonstrat
ed to have equal drawing power with the old. Where the "trust" own
or control houses, it would be up to the reform movie corporation to
put it out of business by the simple exedient of giving a more at
tractive show for less money.
In recent years there have been various enterprises of the eleemosy
nary kind started in the United States, ranging from hotels and lodging
houses to various kinds of manufacturing establishments, and some
of them have been highly successful. But the successful ones are the
ones that have been established on a business basis, and the ones that
have been started on the charity plan have invariably been among those
to fail. There seems no good reason why good business and good
morals should not go hand in hand in the moving picture game, or why
Hawaii's amusements might not be elevated without violence to business
principles. There is certainly brain enough in the islands to put such
a plan through, though it is probably true, too, that money is often
easier to command than good brain power.
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REFRACTORY MATERIAL IN THE MELTIXC-POT.
There was much food for thought in the recent celebration in this
Territory of the Japanese emperor's coronation. It is not unlikely
that even the most optimistic of Hawaii's idealists, have been sober
ed in some measure by this demonstration, and made to doubt the ef
ficacy of the melting-pot. The average American does not doubt his
own loyalty or patriotism; yet it is difficult for him to imagine a na
tional celebration that, for from three days to a week, should so over
shadow every other interest as the Japanese coronation did for the
sons and daughters of Japan.
And what are we to think of such a demonstration especially here
in Hawaii, where a very large part of the Japanese are presumed to
be on the eve of assuming the duties of American citizenship on ac
count of their birth under the American flag? When schools are closed,
and when high and low, rich and poor, forget every other interest ;
and where the American flag is not to be seen, except at the consulate,
and at a few places where superior education has taught international
courtesy? And all this from a community of persons who owe little
or anything, save a sentimental regard, to the land of their birth, and
who do owe to the land of their adoption a wonderful degree of material
prosperity and promise for the future.
Not that Americans would ask foreign born residents to forget their
native land, or have ever failed to join, here in Hawaii, in celebrating
with our alien friends their national holidays; but it calls forth a feeling
of regret, not unmixed with concern, when America seems to have been
entirely forgotten in this celebration. And it forces the unwelcome
conclusion that some of the elements in the melting-pot may be found
of unusually refractory nature.
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REFORM THE REFORM SCHOOL.
It is still painfully evident that there is something radically wrong
with the management of the boys' industrial school on Oahu. The
last legislature spent considerable time in investigating the system of
handling delinquent children, and finally took the management of the
industrial schools out of the hands of the school department and estab
lished a commission to look after this work. But it is very evident
tfiat things have not improved; else there would never have been the
wholesale munity of lioys that occurred last Saturday at the Waialee
institution. And now we hear of boys in shackles and of boys being
beaten as punishment. It is entirely likely that Superintendent Tucker
is doing the best he knows how, but he has demonstrated that he is a
failure. He is not temperamentally fitted for the job he has been trying
to handle, and has made a botch of it. It may not be easy to get the
right man for this very difficult position, but there should be no ces
sation of effort until such a one is found. If the reform school is to
be a real reformatory, and not a preparatory school for the penitentiary,
as too many such institutions are, the commission should not rest until
it has solved the problem. It can be done.
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The Kauai folk, through their historical society, are doing com
mendable work in collecting and compiling historical data relative to
their island. Maui might well follow the example. This island, in
common with the other parts of the group, has had a most interesting
past, but much of this history is likely to be lost if the work of col
lecting it is delayed. The Maui News will be glad to co-operate with
a Maui Historical Society.
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Because her dressmakers happened to be born in Germany, Mrs.
Norman Gait, the President's fiancee can't get her wedding gown made
in I'aris unless she gets more acceptable agents. The turn-down will be
a salutary thing for America if Mrs. Gait has the back-bone to wear an
Anurican-made dress as she should have done in the first place.
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