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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1016.
THE MAUI NEWS
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WILL J. COOPER,
I i : EDITOR AND MANAGER
. . may 12, 1916
It is only a question of time until Maui county must wake up to
the fact that the ordinary macadam road is a mighty expensive as
well as unsatisfactory one for our conditions. Also that this same
macadam road, properly treated with oil or other asphaltun surface,
has amply made good on Maui, even under severe conditions of travel
and stress of weather. Plain macadam, well laid, is a good base for
a substantial road, but it will not stand the unraveling action of frequent
and torential rains, and the pull of automobile tires unless it is
bound together with some elastic and waterproof material. During
the past six months we have had excellent demonstration of the ability
of various kinds of road to stand the washing of excessive rains. In
every instance the plain madacam has suffered severely even more
if possible than plain earth roads where ditching was ample while
oiled roads in half a dozen places have had raging rivers turned onto
them, and came out with scarce a sign of damage.
Then again the cost of maintenance of an oil surfaced road is ex
tremely light, though it must be admitted that some of our best roads
have been sadly neglected. Just what the comparative cost of the two
types of roads is on Maui, and also the maintenance cost, possibly has
not been figured out. Enough is known however, to make engineers
and practical roadbuilders unanimous in agreeing that the oil surfaced
road, at whatever its cist, is the cheapest by far n the end.
The county is building some good road in the Lahaina district. It
has some good roads in central Maui, which are being allowed to go
to ruin for want of a little inexpensive and timely attention ; and a lot
of most expensive road tinkering is going on in various places on roads
that never will be anything but an execration to the public and an ex
pense to the county until they are fixed properly. It is to be hoped that
the county supervisors will get their eyes open to these facts, and shape
their course accordingly. If they do it will mean that they will take
steps first of all to take care of the good roads we already have; and
second, that they will build new roads only upon permanent lines, such
as they are working out on the Lahaina side.
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SHIELDING A TENDER CONSCIENCE
A sensitive consciencs is about as annoying as a sensitive tooth.
County Engineer Cox's conscience seems to be of this kind. It will not
let him close his eyes to what he considers to be inefficiency ; and it
makes him believe that he is responsible for a lot of things that the
supervisors say is none of his business. In short Mr. Cox's ideas of
an engineer's duties and responsibilities differ very radically from those
of the average politician. As a result, another crisis impends. At
present the board of supervisors is considering an ordinance designed
to shield Mr. Cox's conscience by specifically stripping him of practic
ally all the responsibilities which he now believes to be his. When this
bill goes through the county engineer will be a sort of mechanical com
puting machine. He will produce figures and specifications on demand
but presumably he will not have to pass on the carrying out of these
specifications, because that might not jibe with his conscience. The
chairman and members of the board will attend to all such matters.
They know how to do such things without friction, and are not handi
capped by exposed consciences. As matters stand now, it is freely ad
mitted that the county engineer is getting everybody in bad, politically
.because of his own lack of political sense. He refuses to play the game.
Complaints are coming in from all sides. He is too hard to please.
And he actually acts as though he thought a dollar of the county's
money should get a dollar's worth in results.
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It must be something of a jolt to the Navy League, and others
who presume to have a monopoly on patriotism, and who would turn
our country into an armed camp, if they had their way, to have Gener
al Nelson A Miles tell a senate committee on January 31, last, that
"The placing of an army on American soil is the last thing any
European government would attempt; it could never be re-embarked.
It would dissolve like snow beneath the midday sun. Whenever it has
been attempted it has resulted in disaster;" or when he says "These
overseas expeditions spring from the minds of men writing about
preparedness who know less about preparedness than anything else.
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Publicity ! The Ad Club ought to take its hat off to the Governor
and to General Johnson. It was a neat little trick, that of cabling the
war department an offer of the services of the Hawaii National Guard
for the Mexican border, and it was turned at the psychological moment
too. The joke of the matter is that some people in Honolulu have
grown almost hysterically indignant because they are too serious mind
ed to see the point. Of course our militia is not ready for real service
and just as certainly the federal government will decline the offer; but
Hawaii gets the advertising just the same.
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Fresh hope for diversified agriculture for the islands is held out
from the arrival this week of Entomogistl'ulloway from a bug collect
ing trip to the Orient. Mr. Fulloway is supposed to have brought home
among other insects, a parasite for the pink cotton boll worm. If this
bug does the work it is expected, Hawaii may be expected to come to
the front very quickly as a producer of fine cotton. It has been proven
that cotton fiber equal to any in the world can be produced here, provid
ed the boll worm can be controlled.
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Next week is "Humane Week" on the mainland. The auto spec
fiends, during the period, will probably all endeavor to inflict as little
pain as possible to their victims. In Europe, we understand, all the
latest inventions for rendering slaughter painless, will be brought into
use, even if it should slightly reduce the elliciency of the engines of war,
In Honolulu there will be but three humane days this year the 19th
20th, and 21st, and the pastors will on one day preach humane sermons
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If Representative Mann, of Illinois, ever had a chance to win the
seat m the White House, which he is believed to covet, he has certainly
damned his chances by his petty and ignoble statement that "the
President, as a political dodge, is trying to work up to a point where he
can get into war with Germany during a presidential campaign.
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