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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1916.
THE MAUI NEIAS
Entered at the Tost Offlce at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second clas matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
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will J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
:AUGUST 25, 1916
SUGAR STOCK QUOTATIONS BY WIRELESS
Through an arrangement with the Honolulu Stock and Bond Ex
change, the Maui News will, about the first of September, begin receiv
ing daily reports of the quotations of the more active slocks and bonds
listed on the Honolulu board. These reports will be published in The
Daily Wireless and will also be displayed as bulletins at our office.
Friends of the Maui News are cordially invited to make fullest use
of this new feature.
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THE PEOPLE ARE TO BLAME
cost of road
Some startling statistics arc contained in a report
period of January to June inclusive, made recently by
neer Joel P.. Cox to the board of supervisors.
The report shows a remarkable discrepancy in the
maintainance work in various parts of. the county. For
cost of feeding a muie for one month, which in Molokai is given at $5.53
per month, and in Wailuku at $6.66, in the district of East Makawao
s S20.35 ! This is simply the cost of feed and does not include any
iahor charge whatever. The total cost of a mule's maintainance per
month ranged from an average of $11.25 in Lahaina, $15.55 in Wailuku,
to $3S. in East Makawao. In like manner the cost of keeping a work
'mule per working day in Wailuku was only 84 cents, while in East Mak
awao il was $3.1 1.
For the blacksmithing and horseshoeing of 15 mules in Wailuku,
which worked a total of 1669 days, it cost the County $187.40. For the
.same services in connection with 11 mules in East Makawao, which
worked probably less than 1000 days, the sum of $313.80 was spent.
In Kuiaha, under a contract arrangement with the homesteaders,
lie cost of dragging dirt roads is given in the report as $1.50 per mile,
'or the rest of East Makawao the cost is given for January, $1.84 per
uile ; for February, $2.09 per mile ; for March, $4.65 per mile ; for April,
S3.40 per mile ; for May, $8.60 per mile. No report is made for June.
These are the extreme examples of the variations which show all
through the report. Most of it cannot be logically explained. The
cost of feeding these animals cannot well be controverted, because the
county has good evidence that it paid the feed bills. In many other mat
ters reports are of little valfte, the Engineer admits, because there is
little uniformity in the keeping of records by the district overseers of
the different districts, and some overseers ignore the matter of keeping
records almost altogether.
These facts are not new, and the discouraging thing about it is that
few persons seem to care. When the report of the Engineer was sub
mitted, the figures excited scarcely passing comment. And yet there is
.lot a member of the board who would for a moment think of permit
'ing any such loose, haphazard, and absolutely indefensible ' policy to
exist in any private enterprise with which he might be connected.
Moreover of all the citizens of Maui who read this, it is safe to pre
dict that not a dozen will care sufficiently to give the matter a second
thought it's the county's business. And ye in the light of such indiff
erence, people will complain at bad roads, and inefficient public labor,
and continue to blame and abuse everybody except the guilty ones
If the responsible people of Maui, represented perhaps by the
chamber of commerce, would insist on an adequate and uniform system
of reports from the various overseers, and uion the fullest kind of
publicity of these reports, much of the present evil would at once be
eliminated. The Maui News is not making charges of dishonesty or
of graft, but of inexcusable inefficiency, the results of which are almost
as bad. And as in other communities where like conditions exist, the
the only permanent cure lies in the people themselves.
THE PACKING MERGER MYSTERY
Just what kind of a merger the Hawaiian pineapple packers could
make with the Alaska salmon packers and California fruit and vege
table canners, as is reported to be contemplated, has been puzzling a
good many people, nor has the mjstery been lessened through any at
titude of candor on the part of the men supposed to be engineering the
movement. The most likely guess is that the move is one of defense
against tha great Armour intersts which in recent years have been mak
ing themselves keenly felt in practically every line of food packing on
the Pacific Coast. It is probably true that the selling economy possible
to the Iibby,McNeill & Eibby Company, which is the branch of the Arm
our syndicate handling food products outside of meats, through its com
prehensive system, is an important item in competing against the unorg
anized packers. Nor is it to be wondered at if these independents
are hoping to hammer together a marketing machine that will reduce
neiling costs, and at the same time keep within the pale of the federal
anti-trust laws. If they can succed, the result may be beneficial to ev
erybody concerned through the elimination of needless middlemen ;
thrugh it is not clear why any such highly desirable and commendable
object should be the occasion for any great amount of secrecy.
llilo is sparing no pains to make the coming Civic Convention the
most important of any that have been held, and there is little doubt
that she will succeed. Maui entertained the third meeting of the body,
and sent a good delegation to the fourth gathering at Kauai last year. It
is to be hoped that the chamber of commerce committee which at present
has the matter in hand will be ably seconded by Maui citizens generally
in sending a representative number to llilo next month .
The abolishing of the quarantine inspection a announced, is to ap
ply only to passenger vessels arriving at Pacific Coast ports from Ha
waii, and not to vessesls arriving here from the mainland. Truly the
working of official medical minds is mysterious and past finding out.
Thirty-four members of the Honolulu chamber of commerce were
nil that could be stirred up to attend a meeting to consider so important
a. matter as a bonding of the city for much needed improvements.
Sounds like the Honolulu body has the dry rot again.
The whole territory shouldn't be expected to dig up the money for
Honolulu's streets and waterworks, but that is what the business ele
ment seem to demand when they refuse to approve a county bonding
plan and ask to have the legislature help them out.
Perhaps the late styles of dress pattern doing with awning stripes
'!ave had something to do with High Sheriff Jarrett's decision to abolish
stripes as a prison costume.
Electorates do not go wrong unless they are neglected and allowed
to be misled. Star Bulletin.
Some people seem to think
our business is merely selling
building, material. Selling,
however, with us is only the
Our business is putting the
material you want in your
hands in the shortest possible
time. We specialize in speed.
May We Slave an Oppor
tunity to Prove ft?
Telephone No. 1062
Kahului, Maui, T. H.