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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 1916.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Ofllce at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
MARCH 17, 1916.
AMERICANIZE THE ARMY.
Perhaps the United States needs a standing army of from half a
million to two million men, but it is safe to say that we will never get it
in time of peace until the present caste system in the army is abolished.
Young Americans simply will not enlist and then American people will
not stand for a compulsory system that would make their boys social in
feriors. The contention that discipline cannot be maintained in any oth
er way, will not stand close scrutiny. The French army seems to have
given a pretty good account of itself during the past two years, and yet
the French army is a vastly more democratic institution than is our own.
Off duty the French private fraternizes with his officers, and mingles
in social activities exactly as he would in civil life, and discipline lias
not suffered. In the English army, from which our own army has taken
the cue, the caste system is so rigid that officers and men may not con
verse together except in line of duty. Americans will not stand for
anything like this except from patriotic motives in case of war. The
army officers who are working unselfishly and conscientiously for a big
armv. because thev believe the countrv needs it, would do much to
further their cause if they would first take steps to reorganize the army
along French, or rather along real American lines. The American
army as it is organized today, is about the most un-American institution
that we have.
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POLITICS AND THE JUDICIARY.
If the rumor is true that Supervisor Pali was offered the appoint
ment of district magistrate at Lahaina in return for his resignation from
the board, the doubts felt by many as to the wisdom of taking the ap
pointing power of these lower courts from the chief justice and placing
it in the hands of the governor, will seem to have been well founded. Of
course there is no reason why the magistrates of the district courts
should not be political appointees than the circuit court judges or the
members of the supreme bench. But the whole system is wrong. That
a judge should be a creature of politics, and yet be untouched by the
relationship, is perhaps possible, but is certainly not to be expected. The
system of selection and tenure of our judges is certainly one of the
things that would stand improvement.
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HILO AND THE CIVIC CONVENTION.
Every one of the four Civic Conventions thus far held has been a
success, btt tkere seems little doubt that the Fifth Civic Convention,
which is to meet in Hilo September 21 to 25, will far eclipse all the
others in value of work accomplished. This is indicated especially by
the enthusiasm evident in Hilo over the big gathering, and from the
fact that the Hilo Board of Trade has already begun active work in
preparation for the event. The Hilo people are taking a particular in
terest in the big meeting, due in part doubtless to their pride in having
originated the civic convention idea. The results have amply justified
their hopes. The Civic Convention is already a permanent institution,
and one that means much to the future welfare of the Islands.
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"Lieutenant O. K. Sadtler, of the 1st Infantry, and a popular officer
at Schofield, is under courtmartial, but charge is not made public," says
a wireless dispatch from Honolulu. It would be interesting to know
by what right (except the right of might) the offenses of a man in the
service can be covered up from the public. It is true that the public
purse maintains the army, but no army ever existed that would not
abuse its power in great or small things. Being an autocratic and not
a democratic institution this must necessarily be so.
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If Wallace R. Farrington can accept the appointment of supervisor
on the Honolulu board made vacant by R. W. Shingle's resignation, Ho
uolulu will hare a man that will come about as near making good as any
one that could be found. Whether or not he will do any better than
Shingle did towards pulling the town out of its financial muddle, is open
to much doubt. The situation looks hopeless.
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The Choral Club is not only to be congratulated on the success of
"Queen Esther", but all Maui has cause for gratification in possessing
the Choral Club. The thanks of all are also due Mr. Harry ashburn
Baldwin, whose talents and enthusiasm for the work, have been so
largely resionsible for both the existence of the organization and the
success of Saturday night's production.
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It is drawing near the time for the regular baseball series. Inas
much as the national guard is just now absorbing the energies of most
of the athletic talent of the island, why not have a 3rd regiment baseball
league, and incidentally apply the screws of military pressure to see
that we have some real baseball during the coming summer.
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The county could not spare $50 per month for promotion work, the
supervisors told the chamber of commerce, about six weeks ago, but it
was able to dig up $150 per month for the national guard, last week, and
the strain apparently wasn't very great either. As a political move there
is no question as to which was the more expedient expenditure.
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The Maui County Fair has been launched. There isn't any doubt
that it will be a success, but the degree of success will depend upon
how hard every body in the county gets behind the project and boosts
A fair is a thing that everybody can have some part in.
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Honolulu is to have a "Baby Week". The idea is good. Perhaps.
Maui might with profit copy it as a feature of the First Maui County
Fair, to be held next Fall.
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