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THE MAT'I NEWS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
TO AID THE KAVPAKAI.UA WINE GROWERS
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JANUARY 12, 1917.
The country paper is the nucleus of community life, and tlir country
must measure its progress by the community. The country editor exerts
more of an influence on the community than any other agency. He is
the advance agent of its civic progress, the stimulus of its s-'cial life,
the big brother of the church, the patron saint of the school. Merle
THE WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION LAW
One of the important matters to which the coming legislature should
pve careful attention, is the revision of the Workmen's Compensation
Law. This piece of progressive legislation has been in operation over a
year and a half. It has proved its value but it has also developed a
number of weak points which should be eliminated.
Terhaps the most important change needed is in connection with the
administration of the act. At present each county has a separate board
of five members, and each board works absolutely independent of the
other boards. The four boards interpret the law without reference to
each other. They make their own rules and rulings without consulting
each other. The boards sit as court to determine cases, and each 'may
rule, differently on the same data. All of which stands for confusion
and misunderstanding. The legislature should put the work of the
entire territory in the hands of one commission. The chairman, at
least should be paid to devote his entire time to the work, and a paid
representative of the board should be on each island.
Steps should also be taken to compel a uniform form or policy
to be written by every insurance company wishing to do business under
ihe act. Provision should be made for small employers obtaining compensa
tion insurance at very much less than the present $10, which is the
nrnimum fee of the insurance carriers at present. A territorial insur
ance bureaus should be established, to do business on conservative
business lines, but such bureau should probably not be given a monop
oly of the business.
An employer should be required to provide more than $50 worth
of medical or hospital treatment; and two weeks without any pay at all
for an injured employe is too long to be just. Retter provision should
be made against evasion of the law by employers. The statute should
be more specific in defining a workman or an employer.
There are other provisions that might well be modified, but these
given are among the more important. Iawaii's law is probably among
the best of similar laws in force throughout the United States, and in
the main it is satisfactory. It has been given a fair trial, and on Maui
at least, it has had the earnest support of the larger employers of labor.
With judicious amendment it should be one of the most helpful laws on
the statute books.
TOURISTS AND BANANAS
The world as we know it is made up of more or less curious combin
ations or affinities, such for instance as old maids and cats, the south
ern darkey and a mule, an Irishman and his pipe, to take a few com
It remained, however, for some eastern genius to recognize the
relationship betwen the banana and the American tourist, and to de
monstrate the remarkable possibilities for profit from the combination.
Whoever this genius was, his idea is today recognized in the "banana
trust," or to use its officially recognized title, the United Fruit Com
pany. Incidentally the United Fruit Company has made the banana the
most important fruit in the world, second possibly only to the apple;
and has brought about this miracle in some twenty or thirty vears time.
It has not only made the banana a necessity instead of a luxury, all
over the United States, but it has discovered to thousands of Americans
the fascinations of sea voyages through tropical waters.
All this development has been on the Atlantic seaboard, but a
similar development seems imminent on the Pacific coast. It would
seem that either the banana trust itself or one of the great mainland
railroad systems is overlooking more than a good bet in this connection.
The railroads, for instance, have in late years been taking more than
passing interest in the tourist business to Hawaii, and the Hill group
has for the second season, put a palatial passenger steamer on the run
to handle its part of the traffic; and this despite the fact that difficulty
has been found in getting a proper complement of freight for the ves
sel. Of course it is possible that the Great Northern is really on the
California-Hawaii run simply because she would be a financial burden
any where else. It is only on this theory that one can reconcile the fact
that the banana-tourist combination has not been recognized before
this by the company. With Hawaii able to raise all the bar-anas the
whole western United States and Canada can eat, and with a quick,
ali-water haul against a four thousand- to six thousand-mile water and
tail haul as at present, it would seem that there could be no real
competition from the big eastern banana concern.
The Great Northern is not best adapted to the banana trade. She
has the necessary speed, but she lacks the ample ventilated holds for
caring for the fruit. The United Fruit steamers are smal'er, but are
built primarily for handling bananas, and besides have s;jeed and
luxurious accomodations which make them popular with the traveling
public. Several such vessels running out of San Francisco, Puget
Sound, and possibly Los Angeles, could easily be kept supplied with
banana freight, and the passengers getting should be possib'e ; !so.
It will be, remembered that the Unitd Fruit Company worked on
the plan itself some eieht or nine vears asro. kecninnr tun rm Kim.
gathering Jata for several months. It was supposed that arrangements
had been made even to the price to be paid the growers for the fruit,
and the arranging with the board of agriculture for brii dri'j to the
Islands under proper supervision, a shipload of banana plants of the
varieties desired by the company. Then the matter dropped. It was
reported that Southern Pacific interests, which would be nirrhe.l bv tin-
cutting off of a large volume of trans-continental freight, were able to
siae-irack tne plans, ihe tact also that the United Fruit Company
owned f ew or no American built vessels and was therefore rot in nosi-
tion'tS enter immediately the coast-Hawaii trade, may have had some-
ning to ao witn tne matter.
It is quite certain, however, from the investigations in;.de nt thi
ne that there was no question, even that long ago, as to market for
irun, or or tne possibility ot the Islands supplying all that should
teeded. With the growth of population on the coast since that time,
outlook should be much better now.
Considerable local interest attaches to the information, recently re
ceived here, to effect that the department of agriculture's chemists are
working on the proposition of making a palatable beverage from the
tin fermented juice of the Isabella grape. Miss Alice R. Thompson, as
sistant chemist of the Hawaii experiment station staff, who has been
in Washington for some time, is said to be devoting much of her time to
this work, and with very encouraging promise of success. The likeli
hood that prohibition legislation by the Congress may soon put the Kau
pakalua wine makers out of business, makes the problem of finding some-
new use for the Isabella grape a vital one in the Makawao district. The
local grape is said not to be naturally well adapted to the making of
grape juice owing to an excess of tannin. It is the problem of removing
uus inai ine government chemists are now wrestling with.
After all its quarrel with the Governor over the matter of an
educational survey for the Islands, the College Club now admits that
Mr. Pinkham held the whip hand all the time and still holds it. It ap
pears that the bureau in Washington which would make the survey,
must be asked officially by the Governor. Hence the very great un
certainty in the matter.
If the cost of manufacture has not advanced to any great extent,
which is true according to a recent report of the federal trade com
mission, it is high time that the Attorney General was getting busy to
find out why printers and publishers have to pay from two to four times
what they used to pay for print papers.
With Honolulu getting about half its sustenance from the tourist
trade which twelve years of hard work has built up, the Honolulu board
of supervisors has cut off its picayunish stipend of $250 per month to
the promotion committee. And yet some people would voluntarily let
Honolulu manage things for all the rest of the Territory!
The grand jury in Honolulu has recommnded that prison sentences
be made to take the place of fines in cases of gamblers of standing
police records. The same thing might be tried on Maui with good effect
only it might cut down the county's revenues quite materially.
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The practise of .indiscriminate crit
icism of the Rovernora of Hawaii has
gone so far that it has become detri
mental to the host interests of the
Territory. It is a pastime that costs
nothing to those indulging in it, but
it confuses and seta at wrong angles
public business. Governor Dole.
Governor Carter, Governor Frear, all
good men ,were badgered out of of
fice by more or less irresponsible
critics; and now Governor Pinkham
is coming in for pot-shooting from the
We can never have successful Ter
ritorial government until a policy of
constructive, rather than destructive,
criticism is adopted by our thinking
men; and the irresponsible critics
are suppressed entirely. And the fault
Is entirely at Honolulu. The outer
islands have always taken a broader.
;more patriotic stand in this regard,
j Honolulu's city government is driven
into contusion ana scanaai purely ana
solely on account of irresponsible bad.
gering; and that government will nev
er be a success until the nefarious
practice is stopped.
If the people of Honolulu would
work with their city government, in
place of against it, the result would
be far more satisfactory than at pres
ent. And if they would work with the
Territorial government, with a view
to constructive policies, in place of
pulling backward and trying to pull
down, there would be a different state
of things and the whole Territory
would be better pleased. Garden Is
A Honolulu policeman shot a reform school boy who was trying
cape from him. The boy wasn't much hurt, which was the police
s good 'uck. The officer is still holding his job.
'he Star-Bulletin refers to the fish of the Islands as the poor
food. We're glad to know at last why we have never been able
rd much sea food.
There is no mystery about opposi
tion to Delegate1 Kuhlo's bill to make
the governor an elective instead of
an appointed official. The first main
objection to it is the very lively su
spicion that Kuhio and his special
political advisers have their eyes on
the governor's office as the place to
put Kuhio. The second main objec
tion is that is unwise for several re
asons to turn adrift the highest office
in the territory on the political sea
at a time when the direction of the
tide is unknown. So long as the
governorship is an appointive office,
with its present requisites for quali
fication, Hawaii will be governed by a
responsible man. There is nothing in
recent territorial elections to guaran
tee that election by machine politics
would give a governor whose charac
ter and ability measure up to the
grave responsibilities of the office.
Kuhio and his advisers have played
exactly the sort of a game to discredit
the proposal his bill now makes. ThM
is the plain fact and it might as well
be stated as hinted. Star-Bulletin.
Reports from Maui state when the
wardrobe trunks of the Ingersoll
Musical Comedy Company went as
tray the beaux and belles of the Val
ley Isle came forward and loaned the
members of the company enough
clothes to carry through a three-night
program. Thus again i;i the old-motto
"Maui no ka ol " justified, on what
other island, we would like to know,
would the inhabitants be ready on a
moment's notice to fit up the Inger
soll chorus with what little it requires
to be presentable? Advertiser.
I On the Other Islands
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TALK OF ABANDONING
The business interests of the inland
of Hawaii arc concerned Just at pres
ent over the proposition of abandon
ing the Glenwood experiment station.
The sentiment appears to be divided.
If the station is to be maintained, the
legislature will probably be asked to
appropriate $400 per month instead of
J200 as at present.
REJECTED AK ED
Dr. Charles F. Aked, who resigned
his pastorate in San Francisco to go
on Henry Ford's mission to Europe,
and who was not reinstated by his
congregation when he returned, of
fered his BerviceH to Cpntral TTnint
church recently. It is understood
that the offer was turned down on
grounds that Honolulu -una
not a large enough field for so prom
inent, a pastor.
IN HARD LUCK
With two scows waterlogged and a
third on the rocks at Malua gulch,
misfortune appears to be dogging the
steps of the new contractors of the
Hilo breakwater. Besides the monet
ary loss, the work will be seriously de
layed by' the loss of the means of
transporting rock from the Waipio
The pineapple work planned this
year by Dr. II. L. Lyon, pathologist at
the planters' experiment station, will
consist of growing seedings, field ex
periments in' cultivation and fertiliza
tion ,and the study of pineapple wilt.
SAILOR KILLED BY FALL
Eddie Kahalekini, a member of the
crew of the Inter-Island steamer Wai
lele, fell from a mast of the vessel
to the deck, on Thursday of last
week, and was instantly killed. The
accident occured while the ship was
at Kukuihaele. The sea was very
rough at the time.
BREAKWATER WORKMAN KILLED
Takigi, a student from the Hilo
Boarding school, who was working
during the Christmas holidays on the
Hilo breakwater, was crushed to
death by a huge rock which fell upon
If we send a man the Post for a
year on credit, we are merely advanc
ing him five dollars on monthly in-
stalnients, without interest. If he
nays five dollars at the end of the
year, we have only lost interest on
the five dollars. If he don't pay us at
all, we not only lose the five-spot and
the interest on the sum, Ixit also con
siderable interest in him as a subscri
ber. Do you get us? Hawaii Post.
Should a tariff be placed on foreign
raised coffee, there should be much
joy shown by the men who are inter
ested in the industry in these islands
and other parts of United States.
But if the new tax is to be an internal
revenue one, there will be weeping
and gnashing of teeth heard on all
sides. Hawaii Herald.
Mrs. Mary Jesus, a native of Made
ira, but who has been a resident of
tho Islands for 50 years, has just cel
ebrated her 99th birthday. She is
still strong and does all her own
Ed Webster, who was on Maul dur
ing the county fair, doing decorative
work, and who has been in Hilo since,
is in jail because he persisted in run
ning a clothes cleaning plant without
first taking out a license.
The volcano of Kilauea is said to be
more active at the present time than
for many years. Prof. Jasgar, the
volcanologist declares he has never
seen anything in the volcano line so
The body of Joseph Pokali, a well
known Portuguese resident of North
Kona, was found on New Year's day
floating in the ocean at Kalnaliu
beach. Foul play is suspected.
Charles Blake, an attorney of Kauai,
was instantly killed by his head com
ing in contact with a post on a bridge
as he was riding in a automobile.
Kauai defeated the Oahu polo tesm I
in the New Year's game on ihe Garden
Island, by a score of 9 to .
in ordering shoes from "r larie
winter stock. Eootwca- will be
send on approval, if y." have
established an account wil't us. It
wi'l be well to do so now.
II V have a large assortment in the
very latest shapes and materials.
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voyage R HonouIu
PORTS OF CALL.
S. S. Matsonia..
S. S. Wilhelmina
S. S. Manoa
Honolulu and Hl'o.
. S. Alanoa )
S. Lurline f To Honlu'u and Kali :'ut.
S. S. Lurline Carries Livestock to Honolulu and Knhulul.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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Daily Passenger Train Schedule (Excepi SurXj'
lli following schedule went into effect June 4th 1913.
9 7 S 3 1
P M PM PM AM AM
7. 1" :
1 25 8 426 35
1 15 8 30 6 25
5 23 3 2"
5 203 17
5 10 3 07
5 09)3 05
4 s 2 47
4 5i(2 46
4 452 4o
4 44'- j-
4 402 35! i7 45l.
7 49 .
.. Kahului ..
L" Spreck- "A
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L,.. Huilcu ..A
6 40 8 50'
6 50 9 ool
7 02I.. ..
7 03 .
J 30 3,3
I 4o3 4
' 523 5"
2 05 4 u
2 07)4 12
2 144 19
2 154 20
2 23U 28
2 25(4 30...
2 3Jl4 35',...-
TOWARDS 1 AHULCI
1. All trains daily except Sunday. ?
2. A Special Train (Labor Train) will leae wiluku daily. erceDt Sunday..
at 5:30 a. iu.. arriTin at KjihulvU, a$ 5.4 a. -M.. an.! cuanactlnc ' rltk
the 6:00 a. in. train for Puuneuj, .. ,$' .' y ' I
3. BAGGAGE ItATES: 130 pound of rr;ai bast.aso 111 U carrU fr
of charge on each whole Ucket;.aud VsXoUnda oa each bait ticket, ikii
baggage la in charge of and on the aaie train as the hoM.-r of the '.ickeu
For excess baggage 25 cents per -Q pounds or pail ihereof will k
charged. . . .
For Ticket Fares and other infornmtio, aee Local rassen?. r Tari L C. 0.
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