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' THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 1916.
THE MAUI NEVAS
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Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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KAHULUI RAILROAD GO'S
WILL J. COOPER, : : : EDITOR AND MANAGER
JUNE 23, 191 ft
CRAPE CULTURE AND THE PROHIBITION MOVEMENT
Probably tbc only tbing that bas thus far kept tbc state of
California from following tbe example of Washington, Oregon and
Arizona, and getting into the "dry " class, is consideration for the
grape grower of that state who is dependent on the manufacture of
e for tbe sale of his product. As it is, the state has a local option
;;i-v now which has the effect of making it partially prohibition, and a
f( i:nidab!e vote was piled up at the last elections for a state-wide law.
Few persons doubt that the certainty of hardship to lie wrought to the
grape industry was tbc only consideration tbat saved tbe day for the
liquor interests. Also there are few Californians, whether they lie pro
hibitionists or not, who do not believe that the victor' of tbe dry forces
was simply deferred. It is because of this belief that thousands of vinc
yardists have turned their acres over to other crops, or are casting
iibout preparatory to doing so.
In a very small wav a similar situation exists ritrlit here on ftiaui.
At the meeting of the license commissioners on Monday a formidable
protest was made by the residents of the Haiku-l'auwela- Kuiaha dis
trict against the renewal of the wholesale liquor license of tbe Kaupa
kalua Wine and Liciuor Company. The strongest argument in favor
of renewal was that if the license is refused it will mean a cutting off of
the outlet for the product of the winery, cause that institution to sus
(iend, and bring distress on several hundred Portuguese small farmers
who own stock in the company, and in whole or part depend upon it for
their livelihood in the sale of their grapes to it. Persons who would
otherwise actively oppose the continuance of the iquor house, did not
do so solely on this consideration, and in the belief that it would not be
fair not to accord the grape growers opportunity to find some other use
for their lands and labor.
But the warning has now been given. If tbe continuance of the
Kaupakalua winery is dependent upon the maintainance of the Pauwehi
liquor store, and the testimony is strong that it is, it is the part of
wisdom to prepare for the future. For tl;ere is every reason to believe
that the opposition to the store in question will not decrease as time goes
on. As in California, the tide of sentiment that makes communities and
states dry, and that seems to point to a national prohibition law in the
no distant future, is rising steadily. The man who has his money tied
up in the liquor business is wise if he recognizes these facts in time to
get it out.
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O. A. STEVEN'S CONSULAR ENDORSEMENT
In the course of a lengthy editorial on the bilking of Hawaiian
Portuguese by O. A. Steven through his California land scheme, the
Portuguese newspaper O Luso says :
"The Maui News mentions the fact that the impression seems gen
eral about Hawaii that the Portuguese consul general in San Francisco
endorsed the whole affair, thus creating an awkward situation for the
Portuguese consul general in Honolulu. We have it on the best of
authority that the San Francisco representative of Portugal at no time
endorsed this project, that if h is name was used it was without his know
ledge, and that he has written to his Honolulu colleague stating this
According to this, the letter ostensibly signed by the San Francisco
consul, which Steven made such good use of on Maui, must have been
a forgery. Somebody must have imposed upon Steven for we are cer
tain that whatever else he may be guilty of he is not capable of any
thing so crude as that. But the California consul should certainly look
into the matter..-
it is to be noped. mat wnen the Kauai chamher ot commerce
l.os i;ad time to cool off, it will reconsider its action of last week in in
stiuciing a committee to go 1-fore the next legislature with a demand
th . the territorial school system be radically monkeyed with. The only
brsis for this demand is that some of the Kauai people are peeved at
the action of the department in failing to reappoint two teachers who
are popular on the Garden Island. The fight is really against Super-
ir.tendeiit Kinney, who is blamed for the action in question, and an effort
to curtail his authority by changing the law .
This is mischievous. The school system is probably in far letter
shape at present than it has ever been before, and no small part in
Litis result is due to tlL' sensible course of the present commissioners in
giving the superintendent a very free hand in matters of administrat
ion. The old board took another course, and the result was insubordina
tion throughout the entire system amounting almost to chaos.
Superintendent Kinney lis not making good, go after his scalp, and get
someone in his place who can. But don't demoralize the wholu depart
ment by curtailing the superintendent's authority and then demanding
results. It can't be done.
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Dr. Wadman. who is now in Washington, in the interests of
the Anti-Saloon League, is making another strong ieffort to have
Congress pass a prohibition measure for Hawaii. When Hawaii goes
dry through the conviction of her own people, or when liquor is ban
ned bvcause congress enacts a law applying to the whole United States,
no one can object; but to have a specific law forced upon us simply be
cause some exceedingly tamest theorists have lost their sense of justice
:,nd a lot of legislators mav win a little political capital through the
enactment, isn't at all a square deal.
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The senate passed the volcano national park bill on June 3, by
.which not onlv the area including the craters of Kilauea and Mauna
Loa are definitely set apart as a public reserve, but also 21,150 acres of
the L'reat crater of Haleakala on this island. The bill will now become a
law when approved by the president . The senate eliminated an appro
priation of $10,000 for the park, which consequently has no maintain-
:m,iH fnnil whatever. I5v anotlier lull now itenuing in congress n w i
be unlawful to sell intoxicating liquors on any national park land.
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