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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAV, APRIL 28, 1916.
THE MAUI NEWS
Kntered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued livery I-'riday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
APRIL 28' 191.
A X.ITIOX'S VXRllST
To the man in Hawaii who holds a fat hunch of dividend paying
sugar stocks, and even to the laborers on the sugar plantations, (he
future naturally has a most rosy tint. The same is doubtless true of the
small proportion of the people of the mainland whose interests are di
rectly connected w ith the shipping lines or munition plants. For these the
steady soaring of the cost of living has little personal significance. Put
what of the great mass of the people not directly in touch with the
industries which are profiting so enormously from the great European
struggle? The very prosperity of the few, which lias a hearing on
the cost of all commodities either directly or indirectly through added
cost of transportation, or the scarcity occasioned by the insatiate
demands of war. makes it harder for the majority to live. We are
beginning to see it here in Hawaii, and the pinch is becoming much
more acute over a great part of the mainland.
'nr U the outlook for the next few years bright. The conditions
just outlined must of necessity cause discontent and unrest, and the
efforts at readjustment arc almost certain to be fraught with serious
disturbance. The prospect of a general strike of the railroad workers
of the country, and of the seamen manning American owned shipping
is already causing uneasiness that is being felt here in the Islands, as
well as on the coast. And the adjustment of this threatened trouble
will only relieve, but not cure the general ailment.
Short-sighted prophets have heralded the frightful losses of
Europe as America's gain; but such gain as we may derive is likely to
be most dearly bought. The world is too small too closely knit to
gether for one part to be injured and the rest not to suiter also.
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The attempt which is being made by some 125 homesteaders on
the island of Hawaii to establish a co-operative sugar mill at l.aupa
hochoe will be watched with much interest all over the territory. P.e
sides some 2500 acres of land now held by these small farmers, the
territory has been asked to open 1500 acres of cane lands now under
lease to the Laupahoehoe Sugar Company. This will give the new
association some 4000 acres to draw from. It is proposed to build a
0000-ton mill, and the homesteaders are to be incorporated under the
co-operation law passed by the last legislature. This law in effect limits
the holders of stock to the farmers themselves, by limiting the voting
power to members of the association, and not in accordance with the
amount of stock held. It will be the first company of importance to
attempt to do business strictly on a co-operative basis, and hence its
progress will doubtless receive more than usual attention. Co
operative societies have been very successful in different parts of the
world, and the idea is spreading rapidly. Someday it is safe to as
sert they will succeed in Hawaii, but whether that time has arrived is
still to be demonstrated.
The unreliability of the dyes used in the manufacture of almost
every class of colored fabrics has become a matter of much concern in
recent months. Just how serious this is is indicated by the advertise
ment of the leading cleaning and dying establishment of the Islands
in this issue. Not only are colored goods of uncertain quality novvdays,
since the European war has shut off the supply of dyestuffs, but the
prices in many cases arc out of all proportion to the true value of the
articles. It would not seem that this should be a matter of so much
concern here in Hawaii as in many other places. Time was when
local people by preference wore white clothing much more than at
present. Why should they not revert to this custom, which certainly
lias much to recommend it, aside from the factor of economy? People
on the mainland may be forced to adopt uncolored clothing, if the
war keeps on a while longer, but the prospect should not be alarming
to us. White goods are the sensible thing here, and if the dye famine can
help to bring them into more general use it will not be a matter of
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lias the Governor exjerienced a change of heart with regard to
the merits of his suit against the Rapid Transit company? The suit
has not yet been decided by the supreme court, but he is now busily at
work on a "compromise" franchise scheme which apparently takes no
note of the elaborately worked un case asrainst the corporation. In
cidentally, the territory was supiosed to have a few hundred thousand
dollars at stake on the results of this action in the courts. From this
distance it looks as though the orderly sequence of procedure has be
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Why is a democrat? is naively indicated in the following lament
of the official McCandless-Democratic organ of Honolulu, as follows:
"President Wilson's acts, so far as Hawaii is concerned, have
seriously disheartened the best element in local Democracy. Appar
ently he thinks that Democratic patronage should be used by him in
conciliating the Republican party. He hasn't changed the sentiments
of the members of that party by his actions, and he will find when it
comes to election they w ill be against him to a man.
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An example which Maui officials might well follow is the vigorous
activity of the Hawaii county attorney, police, and sanitary officers, in
an effort to stop the practice of spitting on sidewalks and in public
places. The town of Hilo is to be placarded, and the law against this
filthy and dangerous custom is to be strictly enforced, it is said. That
a man's free right to exiectorate when and where he pleases should be
questioned, would probably be something of a nov elty in Wailuku.
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It is reported that the new Matson liner, now being built at the
Union Iron Works, San Francisco, is to be named "Maui." Captain
Alatson is said to favor this name, and he will probably also favor
having it bestowed by a Maui girl, which of course would be highly
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Don't forget that YOU have an interest in the Maui County Fair.
It's up to YOU to make it a success.
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