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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
LET'S HAVE SOME SONG BIRDS
Entered at the Tost Office at Walluku, 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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WILL. J. COOPER, : : :
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JANUARY 19, 1917.
A newspaper is now king of England.
The London Times, with its Northcliffe allies, has won the greatest
single battle in the history of journalism.
Northcliffe turned out Asquith and turned in Lloyd-George. North
cliffe engineered' the war council of five, which is also to be adopted in
Great as was Editor John Delane of the "Thunderer" in older days,
much more potential still is Editor Northcliffe of the "Thunderer" to
day, who began life as plain Alfred Harmsworth and who started his
journalistic career rvith $$oo capital.
Many newspaper men on this side of the Atlantic know Northcliffe,
and they know him to be the most dynamic, get-there sort of man they
ever encountered in England. A "fighter from Fightcrsiillc," but not the
kind who turns around in a circle waving his arms.
His course is that of the bee and not the boomerang. At this
moment this journalist is doing more than any other one man in Europe
to change the warfare on the kaiser.
Next to the kaiser he is going to h-ave the largest say in the grand
srving of armies and fleets a war between an emperor and an editor.
Philadelphia F'ublic Ledger.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF TOMORROW
Why not have some song birds in the Islands? The dearth of
these little feathered friends of the mainland woodland and field is
one of the things that the visitor to the Islands always' misses. With
the exception of the English sky lark we have virtually no bird songst
ers among the very few birds in the territory. I?y legislative provision
all of the counties have game funds which may be used for no other
purpose than to import game birds; and this has been carried on with
fair success. Hut there is more money right now in the Maui fund
than can well be spent for this purpose. Why not ask the legislature
to make it available for other birds than game birds? The southern
mocking bird, the robin, the red-bird, the oriole, and various others
would be most welcome immigrants. Of course there is the question as
to whether these little singers could survive the attacks of the pugnaci
ous minah and the ubiquitous English sparrow. Still it would be worth
LEND KAUAI A HELPING HAND
If Maui has any influence whatever in Washington it should be
exercised right now in behalf of the island of Kauai which is working
almost frantically to secure a breakwater for Nawiliwili. In all the
territory there is no island that comes so near being entirely cut off from
intercourse with the rest of the world in bad vheather as does Kauai.
Without one really protected harbor, Nawiliwili has been decided to be
the best place for creating one by means of a breakwater ; and it is but
just that the islands should unitedly back up her demand for it. The
Garden Island has several times this season missed getting her mail on
account of the rough weather, while passengers have been hurt, and
baggage lost by overturning boats, in efforts to make the dangerous
landing. No other island in the group is so badly off for harbors as is
To make education really useful to the child, is coming to be the
more and more insistent demand throughout the United States. Hence
trade schools and vocational training classes in increasing numbers.
Here in the Islands the need has long been felt. The recognition of
this need is beginning to bear fruit. The vocational schools in the past
few years is a faltering step in the right direction. We use the qualifica
tion because the great majority of educators appear to be but luke-warm
in their approval of the innovation This attitude is possibly due to the
feeling that the regular lessons have first claim on tne pupn s time,
and that the teacher's record depends upon the showing made in these
old established branches. The fact that our department of public in
struction seems to be depending more and more upon written examina
tions doubtless makes the teacher jealous of time spent on other things
than books. This objection has been voiced recently in connection with
a school garden contest which has been inaugurated with sanction of
the school department. "The department says 'go ahead' but expects
the regular course of study to be put through just the same," is the
way one teacher put it. And still the fact remains that children are not
much interested in simply books, and are generally much interested
in "doing things."
The impression one constantly gets in considering the public
schools of theUuited States, is that of inflexibility. All the youth of
the land is merged into an average, and the schools designed as nearly
as possible to suit the resulting composite pupil. Naturally a very large
number of children cannot fit this mold, and the result is distortion of
There is little doubt that the steady growth and increase in
patronage of private schools everywhere is in nature of protest against
this order of things. Parents realize, or perhaps simply feel, that their
children are not getting what -they need from the system which their
taxes go to support, and therefore willingly make further sacrifice in
hope that the private school will supply the remedy. Undoubtedly this
hope is but imperfectly realized, since many of the private schools dif
fer but little in fundamental principle from the public institutions. But
occasionally there is an exception.
A ferment is working in the great mass of educators for a school
that is elastic enough to fill requirements of the individual; but the
progress in this direction is slow. A great weight of inertia is holding
it down. In parts of Massachusetts the problem is sought to be met by
promoting by subjects and not by classes or grades. In New York
City and some of the other large cities the board of education plans
to furnish education along any line, at any place, at any time, where
half a dozen or more individuals can be interested. Large employers
of labor are inaugurating schools in common branches to supplement
their apprenticeship systems. Here in Hawaii the printing plants in
Honolulu have arranged with the Y. M. C. A. to give school training
one half the time to their boy apprentices. And here on Maui a similar
plan is in. contemplation by the Alexander House Settlement to co
operate with employers having apprentices in various trades.
All of these things are significiant and confirmatory of the impres
sion that better things are in store for the boys and girls of tomorrow.
THE DISTRICT NURSE
More than ordinary interest attaches to the news from Honolulu
that the island of Lanai is to be purchased by the firm of Libby, McNeill
& Libby, which purposes devoting it to pineapple culture. The special
dispatch to the Maui News says that $600,000 will be paid for the
property, and that 10,000 acres of it are adapted to pineapple culture.
Libby, McNeill & Libby is the latest comer in the pineapple game in the
Islands, but today it probably leads the procession. It has already
absorbed a number of smaller packing plants, and a rumor has persisted
ior some time that negotiations are on looking to a combination with the
Dole interests, the only concern now in the competing class.
Members of the Oahu delegation in the next legislature are talking
of a "great drive" to force through the re-apportionment plan which
will give Oahu a majority of both houses of the territorial law-making
body. Like some other great drives, this irresistable force may en
counter an immovable body with the usual result.
The miracle has happened. An appointment has been made to a
public office that has pleased all factions of the local democratic party
and the rest of the community as well. In nominating Curtis P. Iaukea
for secretary of the Territory, President Wilson appears not to have
tramped on any toes unless perchance Kuhio's
I nun ioi am nuiTrmnrtn a mno V
I uun iolmiiu uuii i LivirunaniLO
The Grip Of Evil
The evil that the world is prepar
ing to drop nowadays is militaristic
monopoly. We do not mean proper
preparedness against aggression; but
the world is preparing to cut out the
cancer of The Divine of Kings, the
greatest flim-flam ever worked on,
! poor human sheep. Education Is rap
idly bringing enough people out of the
sheep class to conduct human affairs
Death, disease, starvation, pain and
anguish make people think, and when
they have thought a little while, they
are somewhat Inclined to take steps
to prevent a repetition of the carnival
of death, disease, starvation angush
Whoever may win out Jn this pres
ent holocaust, the Kings will lose.
There is but one King Justice. The
If the coming legislature does no more towards fighting the great
white plague than to provide for the employing of an adequate number
of district nurses, it will have accomplished much. An efficient system
of district nursing is probably more efficient in checking and stamping
out tuberculosis in a community than are physicians. For this disease
is better fought by proper care and sanitation than by medicines.
Maui has had one or two nurses during the past year or two engag
ed in this important work. But at least several more could be and should
be employed. Every camp and every community in the county should
be under the constant surveillance of some one qualified to detect the
disease in its early stages, and by winning the confidence of the people
among whom they are working, be able to save other members of
infected families from the disease. Prevention is of course better than
cure, and the district nurse is able to do much towards this end.
At the present time there are upwards of one hundred patients be
ing treated at the Kula Sanitarium, while the health authorities have
a list of nearly two hundred more who should be in the institution
were there accommodations for them. Of course it is to be hoped that
provision will be made for these two hundred soon, not only for their
own sakes, for if taken in time there is little doubt of complete cure,
but that they may cease being a menace to others. But whether this can
be accomplished or not, the work right in the people's homes should
go on continuously. This can only be done satisfactorily by the district
Sunday Shows Vindicated
If there should be any left of those
once not In favor of the opening of
the .moving picture' theaters on Sun
day evening, a visit to almost any one
of them on the Sabbath should go Jar
towards satisfying an investigator ot
the fact that these entertainments
are benefiting the community general
ly. At the Liberty theater, for Inst
ance, the crowd which Jams it to
the door each Sunday evening and
which enjoys the excellent programs
of pictures and music, contains al
ways a fair proportion of young
people whose evening without the
theaters would almost undoubtedly be
very much less profitably spent. The
average moving picture these days of
censorship Is wholesome as well as
entertaining and offers a substitute
for a great many other things less
wholesome, to say the least. Advertiser.
Cheap Loans To Farmers
The Haiku Farmers' Association, of
Maui, will recommend to the Legis
lature a "rural credits bill" by which
it is hoped that it will be possible for
agriculturists to obtain long time loans
at advantageous rates of interest
through the banks and trust com
panies, but with the Territorial gov
ernment acting as intermediary. The
object is excellent and the theory
equally aB good; but, of course, the
banks and men who have money to
loan will have something to say. We
remember a State which a number
of years ago passed a law making the
legal rate of interest In that State
two percent. The banks and trust
companies, naturally, transferred
their business to other States in which
the rate of interest was higher. The
result may easily be Imagined.
Money follows the most advantage
ous grooves. It is folly to try to bring
it below its standardized commercial
level, and to do so is to frighten it
away and leave conditions worse than
they were before.
The small farmers of the Hawaiian
Islands have public sympothy with
them, and that is worth more than the
results of any efforts they may make
to obtain cheap loans from the banks
and trust companies. ,The former is
an advantage; efforts in the direction
of the latter might prove otherwise.
Despite the local dislike of carpetbaggers it looks as though the
Islands will soon acquire some more. A federal judgeship is now vacant,
as well as the Honolulu postmastership both big plums. And there
are besides two circuit judgeships vacant. The local democracy is hustl
ing around frantically for men to recommend for all of these jobs
but without much prospect of finding timber of right quality. Even
if they should find men it is expecting almost too much that the chance
of Washington politicians to pay some political debts will be overlooked
or withstood. We can only hope that we will not draw another Jeff
McCarn or Judge Stuart.
After coming all the way from the Chico normal school to take
positions in the Islands, two young men ( ?) are going right back home
because they could not be given positions in the same school! Funny
thing their mothers' ever let them leave home at all. Who said molly
coddles? . .
Last week human nature, in its
simple goodness, bubbled over in our
office in such an, unexpected way that
we have to pass it on. An old China
man came and offered to plank down
cash to have his card of thanks print
ed to the doctors for curing his son,
whose skull had been kicked in by a
horse, so that it did not seem possible
that he could live. We know that
there will be a fainting fit when the
doc's read this, as they are so un
accustomed to anything more gentle
and loving kirks. But, all the same,
there's a real good streak left here
and there in this fighting, sizzling old
world, if you only run across 'em.
The Department of Instruction has
issued a notice that hereafter no ex
cuses will be granted for non-atteno
ance from school on account of the
holidays of any foreign nation. This
is sensible and self-respecting. Why
should we maintain schools that must
be closed because a new king happens
to be born in the Orient or a new
republic launched? Only American
and the customary church holidays
will be honored by the schools here
after. Kohala Midget.
The Hawaii Shinpo objects to Gov
ernor Pinkham on the grounds that he
has caused pilikia owing to his anti
Japanese attitude. Well, is he not an
American? It Is an admitted fact
that there Is nothing gained in creat
ing an anti-roreign feeling among
those whom we have welcomed to our
beautiful Hawaii Nel, but it is getting
to that point where our Oriental
friends should begin to realize that
we are all Americans and should get
together for the best interest of our
country the best country in the
world. Hawaii Post.
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winter stock. , Footwear will be
send on approval, if you have
established an account with us. It
u-ill be well to do so now.
We have a large assortment in the
rerv latest shapes and materials.
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FREIGHT AND PASSENGER
December, 1916 January, 1911 February, 1917
,, . Leave Arrive Leave Arrive
STEAMER aBf F. Honolulu Honolulu 6. F.
Lurline 104 Doc. r Dec. 12 Dec. 19 Dec. 26
Wilhelmina 90 Di e. 13 Dec. 19 Dec. 27 Jan. 2
Manoa 37 Dec. 19 Dec. 26 Jan. 2 Jan. 9
Matsonia .' 39 Dec. 27 Jan. 2 Jan. 10 Jan. 16
Lurline 105 Jan. 2 Jan. 9 Jan. 16 Jan. 23
Wilhelmina 91 Jan. 10 Jan. 1G Jan. 24 Jan. 30
Manoa 38 Jan. 16 Jan. 24 Jan. 30 Feb. 6
Matsonia 40 Jan. 24 Jan. 30 Feb. 7 Feb. 13
Lurline , 106 Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 13 Feb. 20
Wilhelmina 92 Fib. 7 Feb. 13 Feb. 21 Feb. 27
Manoa 39 Feb. 13 Feb. 20 Feb. 27 Mar. 6
Matsonia 41 Feb. 21 Feb. 27 Mar. 7 N Mar. 13
Lurline 107 Feb. 27 Mar. 6 Mar. 13 Mar. 20
PORTS OF CALL.
S. S. Matsonia )
S. S. Wilhelmina lo Honolulu and Mllo.
S. S. Manoa
S. S. Lurline j To IIonolulu and Kahulul.
S. S. Lurline Carries Livestock to Honolulu and Kahulul.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Sfime 3ableJCalwItti Slcilroad Co.
Daily Passenger Train Schedule (Except Sunday)
The following schedule went into effect June 4th, 1913.
5 33 3 3o
5 23j3 H
5 2 3 J 7
5 1 3 07
4 5 2 47
4 5i 46
4 45 4"
4 44 V
4 4o'a 35
1 25 8 42 6 35
1 15 8 30.6 25
.. Kaluilui ..
L" Spreck- "A
" Hauia "A
L Haiku A
1 3o,3 35
' 4o 3 45
' 42 3 47
52 3 57
2 05I4 10
2 15 4 20
2 23:4 28
' assenitr Pimnpr Blstaece
iw a M Miles
2 50 6 00 7o
3 00 6 10 2.5
The Oahu supervisors appear to be
in a bad hole but while there has
been much talk about their shortage
and a bluff put up about sending the
solons to jail, under the existing law,
nothing will come of the matter. The
Hawaii supervisors have recently been
under fire also but they have done
well enough to please most people.
2. A Special Train (Labor Train) will leave Wailuku dally, except Sundays., I
at 5:30 a. m., arriving at Kahulul at 6:50 a. ra.. and connecting vlUt
the 6:00 a. m. train for Puunene.
3. 11 AGO AGE RATES: 150 pounds of personal baggage will bs carried free
ui cuarge on eacn wnoie ticket, an! 75 pounds on each half ticket,
baggage is in charge of and on the same train as the holder of the ticket
For excess baggage 25 cents per 100 pounds or part thereof will U
For Ticket Fares and other Information see Local Passenger Tariff I. C. 0.
No. 8, or inquire at any of the Depots.
Once 'Jim" Coke starts climbing
there is no telling where he will stop.
A month ago he was an attorney, and
now he is on the supreme court bench.
It is hard to keep a good man down,
although sometimes, people cast ' in
narrow moulds try to do so. It is good
to see some of the local talent getting
recognition instead of all the jobs go
ing to carpet-baggers. Hawaii Herald.
The recent flood of gold into the
United States, and the awful rise in
the cost of provisions, makes a feller
think of that ancient fable of the king
whose touch turned everything to
gold. Look out! Uncle Sam. Ha
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