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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY,, SEPTEMBER 15, 1916.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office t YValluku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
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KAHULUI RAILROAD CO'S
JAMES B. McSWANSON,
ACTING EDITOR AND MANAGER
": . 1916
FRIDAY; SEPTEMBER 15
City police usually think that if they were in the country they would
have no trouble in apprehending the wrongdoer after some reprehensi
ble crime. "Everybody knows everybody; it ought to be easy to find
the criminal," is a sentence that illustrates the city view. The police
invariably fail to take into consideration that the country districts pre
sent many unpopulated avenues of escape. . On the other hand the
country poliae always feel that if the crime had been committed in a
city there would have been "plenty of witnesses around," often an ac
knowledged block to the immediate capture of the criminal.
A reflection of the city police view was given in the Star-Bulletin
of last Friday when it said:
It is extraordinary that the Cooper murder mystery on
Maui has not been carried far toward solution. A crime
with the remarkable features this possesses, in a small com
munity, ought to be cleared away without great difficulty.
Just a little more intimate knowledge of the liana district might
have saved the Honolulu paper from this .error. The Star-Bulletin
editorial writer probably did not know or had forgotten that the liana
district extends for sixty miles from Keanae to Kaupo, and for thirty
miles from the sea to the summit of Haleakala, much of it a veritable
mountain wildernes a mountain wilderness double the size of that
on Oahu in which Murderer Grace and others have hidden for months.
However, the Star-Bulletin very fairly admitted its mistake on
Saturday, with these complimentary words for County Attorney Bevins
and Sheriff Crowell :
The Maui sheriff and police have acquitted themselves
creditably in running down the murderer of George Cooper
of liana. In fact, while cojnment was being made in Hono
lulu that the mystery would be solved with great delay, they
were securing a confession from the murderer. Incidentally,
the story of the murder is repulsive in its evidence of a long
held grudge by an Oriental laborer.
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BECAUSE IT IS THE AMERICAN WAY.
One of the primary reason why a country spends million of
dollars to educate its children and to insist upon this education,
is that it may raise up better and more patriotic citizens and
thus the country will benefit. When the question comes right
down to bed-rock it may be asked : "Why should a country go
to tremendous expense to educate the children of aliens who
only expect to stay in the country for a few years? Is it fair to
the country? Is it fair to the tax-payer?" Hilo Tribune.
Without any particular desire to start an argument, we would like
to answer the questions of Tribune writer in their order. Firstly, aside
from the qualification "children of aliens who only expect to remain
in the country for a few years" because it is an American principle;
secondly, it is an American ideal and belief that the country gains as
much from furnishing a free education as does the individual recipient,
and lastly, it is a fact that the alien in America has to pay as much
taxes as the citizen. ' '
But, frankly, we want to confess that in Hawaii there is another
reason, an answer in whole to all three questions, from which the writer
derives a whole lot of selfish, personal satisfaction, namely, anytime we
hear some one say that the islands are un-American we can always
stop the criticism by pointing to our public schools. At the l'east, let's
leave the American principle of a free education clear of the stain of
money-making envy in these islands.
ihe schools may spoil potential weiiaers oi noes in cane neias,
but they do turn out boys and girls with a fair comprehension of what
American liberty and equality means. And eventually we will learn
that even many of the children of Oriental extraction who have receiv
ed the benefits of a public school education are just as American as
some of those who hail from the states between the Pacific and the
MAUI IS INVITED
Our good friend and esteemed contemporary, Val Stevenson, edi
tor of the Hawaii Herald, has written to us that it is a mistake to state
that the Maui Chamber of Commerce has not been invited to parti
cipate in the civic convention in Hilo. He l'efers to various letters
which have been written to the chamber to corroborate his statement
Editor Stevenson should know : For months he has lieen busily engag
ed as secretary and publicity man for both the Fifth Civic Convention
and the Hawaii County Fair, and probably at the present time is more
familiar with the multitude of duties and detail involved in making
possible a successful double event than any other man in Hilo. Maui
men who have taken the initial steps toward inaugurating a county fair
on this island have already had sufficient experience to appreciate the
great amount of work that is necessary to create the one event, to say
nothing of two. If "Genial Steve" says that Maui is invited that is all
the assurance his Maui friends (where they are as numerous as on Haw
aii) will want. After all it is a simple misunderstanding. The heads of
the local organization had anticipated a formal invitation in addition to
the general correspondence. Hilo men have considered the newspaper
publicity and the correspondence as including a hearty invitation to all
Maui and all the islands to be present and enjoy the big double Hawaii
event. Maui men are not captious, and in accordance with the spirit of
the whole island group will send as many delegates and visitors as is
possible to Hilo next week.
MAUI TO LEARN FROM IIIEO.
Maui fair promoters are to go to Hilo to take a preliminary course
in county fair planning, organizing, publicity and accomplishment.
It may be that in the future Honolulu and Kauai will turn to both Maui
and Hawaii to learn the secret of success in staging county shows.
Anyway, it is an excellent idea for Maui men to acquire every iota of
knowledge available regarding the methods of the Hawaii n:n who
made their first county fair a huge success, and who undoubtedly will
set a still higher standard at the second show.
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