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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1917.
THE MYUI NEWS
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JANUARY 26, 1917.
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DO WE U'AXT PROHIBITION THIS WAY?
That the lower house of the Congress has seen fit to eliminate the
referendum feature of the pending Hawaii prohibition hill for Hawaii,
is to be regretted. Those who believe in the old doctrine that the end
justifies the means will not think so. But it should lie remcmlcrcd that
under that excuse some of the most horible crimes in the history of the
human race have been committed. There isn't any doubt that Hawaii
would be bcttcrofTif alcohol as a beverage were utterly tabu here. Liquor
drinking is a curse to many and does no good to anyone. But so is
tobacco a curse to some, and certainly is not necessary in the human
economy. Yet the Congress has a right to make tobacco contraband if
it has a right to ban liquor from the Islands.
Were Hawaii a state instead of a territory, there could be no
question in the matter Washington couldn't interfere. But being a
territory, having no voice in national legislation, and with not a senator
or representative beholden to the Islands for a single vote, if admits
of but one of two interpretations: either the people of Hawaii are deem
ed unfit to govern themselves, or else the prohibition forces are willing
to invoke the excuse of the old inquisitionists the end justifies the
And yet The Friend, which is certainly a prohibition mouth-piece
in the Islands, has consistently been an advocate for statehood for Ha
waii. Prohibitionists for two years have been claiming, and we believe
the are right, that the people of Hawaii, if again given the opportunity
(O speak on the matter by means of a referendum election, would vote
j-trongly in favor of the proposed bill. But they are not willing to put
it to a trial if they can accomplish their purpose otherwise.
Of course prohibition is coming for the whole United States unless
public opinion takes an abrupt about face very soon. It would not be
surprising if the present Congress enacts an amendment bill to the con
stitution that will outlaw the liquor traffic throughout the country.
Such a measure would have to be ratified by the legislatures of three
fourths of the states, but in view of the number of states already in
the prohibition column, this should not be long in coming. But until
this time comes, or until we vote ourselves dry, or until we are willing
to cast aside all pretentions to statehood, and supinely confess that
we have not the ability to manage our own affairs, Hawaii should resist
the efforts of her overzealous friends unless we are permitted to be
heard in the matter.
With the foregoing in type, the wireless last evening brought the
news that Hawaii's citizens are after all to be allowed to speak for them
selves on the matter of abolishing booze, ..This is gratifying. It shows
that the nation's lawmakers are disposed to deal fairly with Hawaii. On
the other hand a big resjionsibilrty has been handed us. It's up to us
not to fall down. It's going to be a hard fight. But if all the men and
women in Hawaii who believe that the Islands would be better off with
out liquor will exert themselves to this end one tenth as hard as the
booze interests will to save their hides, there isn't any doubt about the
lesult. Opposition doesn't defeat a reform movement nearly so often
as does indifference or laziness.
SUGAR BONUS AND THE LABOR SITUATION
It is doubtful if the Islands have ever faced so serious a labor situ
tion as the present time. This may not be apparent just now to the sugar
industry, but the future isn't as cheering in this quarter either as it
Outside of the sugar plantations the crisis is already here. There
is probably not a small industry in the islands which is not seriously
handicapped by lack of dependable labor. None too plentiful in any
event, the laborers of all nationalities have now of one accord flocked
to the cane fields and sugar mills on account of the big bonuses which
high sugar prices are bringing to employees of this industry. Only the
unrealiable or unfit are left for other work., and few of these.
In this issue of the Maui News is an advertisement of the American
Can Company for fifty men, for which twelve cents per hour is offered.
Probably never before has a big factory in the Islands found it
necessary to thus hunt for common laborers. Certainly never before
has there been as little hope of finding them. The pineapple fields in
Haiku, Makawao and Peahi are suffering for lack of field hands to
cultivate them; and new planting has been delayed or postponed indefinit
ely for want of men to do it. Japanese contractors, who have gone into
the pineapple business, are in some cases almost on the rocks on ac
count of inability to hire help all the men they had counted on have
gone to the plantations.
Even in cases where equal wage with that of the plantation is of
bonus, and one Maui man at least has given up the struggle of keeping
up his establishment without help, and has moved his family to a hotel.
Even in cases where equal wage witr that of the plantations is of
fered, the free-masonry of the big sugar fields, together with the more
or less uncertainty of the bonus, stems to act as a magnet to attract
and hold the best of the laborers.
Of course no one expects five- and six-cent sugar to continue al
ways. When it drops back to normal, as it must, and the bonus is a thing
' of the past, what will happen? Will things fall naturally into their old
grooves without friction? Probably not. And yet what can be done
about it ? It's a big problem.
A man should be given credit for having convictions and for
courage to pubii-.lv cle.'are . vdi convictions even though they run
counter to the modem moral code. Supervisor Horner, of the city
and county of Honolulu, has openly declared, over his own signature,
that he favors a protected and licensed red-light district for the city!
Of course Mr. Horner must know that such a suggestion being now
utterly de trap in any American community, must spell the political ruin
of him who dares to advocate it. It is at least more to his credit that
he is willing to speak up and get out, than, as there is reason to susiect
is true of some other Honolulu officials, he had played the hypocrite
in the matter.
The board of harbor commissioners have proposed condemning
a strip of land along the beach from the Honolulu habor entrance to
Diamond Head, and constructing thereon a magnificient boulevard. Al
ready the swelling chorus of "it can't be done" is clearly audible even
at this distance. It's cheerful attitudes like this that side-step recogniz
ed duty and pass the job along to others in the future when it is pretty
certain to be still harder. Hawaii, in common with the rest of the
world, would be a better place in which to live it cultivated the "wel
can !" spirit more diligently.
SHOULD WE OPPOSE GOVERNMENT WIRELESS CONTROL?
No one today would dream of recommending that the government turn
over its monopoly of handling the mails to private corporations .because
nobody believes that private interests could handle the job so well. But
there are plenty of objections raised when from time to time it is sug
gested that the government should also handle telegraphic and telephonic
Just at present the introduction of a bill in the Congress which
would place under government supervision all commercial wireless
plants, has created consternation in the management of the local wire
less company. The commercial bodies of the Islands have been called
upon to fight the proposition. They have therefore protested, but
certainly without any very serious consideration of the matter. It seems
just possible, however, that the step proposed might be one of advance
ment even if it did injure a single business, and that Hawaii should
hesitate before putting herself in the osition of an obstructionist to
A national guardsman is being tried by a court martial in Hono
lulu for not attending drill. His name has liot been made public. This
kind of star chamber justice may be one of the reasons why young
American citizens look askance at military service.
"Fanning Islander May Swim Here," says a Honolulu headline.
He is probably out for the long distance record.
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Many new and marnificent features. All former attractions larger and
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Where, When and what You Will
PAN-PACIFIC DAY, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19th.
Landing of the Kings of the Carnival, at foot of Fort street A pic
turesque representation of the arrival of the Kings of Pacific lands
to attend the Carnival.
Pan-Pacific Pageant, on principal streets of Honolulu, containing fifty
two floats portraying the history of Hawaii, and as many more
showing the life and customs of other Pacific countries.
Pan-Pacific Luau, in PanPacific Pavilion A native feast with all the
Ball of All Nations, in Palace Grounds Folk dances of Pacific countries
and open air dancing for the Carnival crowds.
HAWAII DAY, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th.
Hawaiian Pageant, at Kapiolani Park A colorful performance pre
sented by sixty Hawaiians depicting the romance of an ancient
prince of Hawaii.
A Night In Hawaii, at Bijou Theater A three-part sketch, with chorus
singing and hulas of native Hawaiians.
THIRD DAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st.
Hibiscus Show, in Pan-Pacific Pavilion An exhibition of selected blos
soms from the gardens of island growers.
Band Concerts, in the Palace Grounds by Hawaiian and military bands.
Army and Navy Ball, in N. G. H. Armory An evening of dancing to
the music of two military bands. (Invitational.)
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd.
Military Review, of all the U. S. troops stationed on Oahu, including
artillery, cavalry and infantry.
Swimming Meet, part 1, at Navy Slip National championship sprint
contests between island and mainland swimmers.
Japanese Lantern Parade Thousands of marchers and many floats with
Masked Ball, in Armory A night of fun and dancing.
FIFTH DAY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd.
Children's Festival, on Oahu College campus Patriotic exercises by
public school pupils, with a chorus of 1014 voices.
Director's Ball, in Armory The social event of Carnival week.
SIXTH DAY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th.
Swimming Meet, part 2, Navy Slii Long distance contests of swim
mers for championship honors.
WaterPageant An illuminated parade of water craft on Honolulu
Harbor, followed by a remarkable 45-minute display of fireworks.
EVERY DAY FOR SIX DAYS.
Carnival Circus at Aala Park, with menagerie, freaks and electric il
lusions in thirty sideshows. Merry-go-'round and dancing on
grounds. "The Fun Spot of the Carnival."
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Matsonia ' 39 Dec. 27 Jan. 2 Jan. 10 Jan. 16
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Lurline 106 Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 13 Feb. 20
Wilhelmina 92 Feb. 7 Feb. 13 Feb. 21 Feb. 27
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SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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Daily Passenger Train Schedule (Except Sunday) ,
Tin following schedule went into effect June 4th, 1913.
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5 a!3 17
5 Jo'3 07
3 09 3 05
4 45 2 4o
4 44 3
4 40 2 35
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7 4o 2 304 35
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1. All train, dallv
2. A Special Train (Labor Train win 1.... w.n.,,... ..
. -n ' uiutu umiy, except auna.ji.-i
" m"' 'rrlTln l KahulUl at 6:59 m- and conn.cttn wit 1
the 6:00 a. m. train for Puunene.
S. BAGGAGE HATES: 160 pound, of personal baggage will b. carried fr..
of charge on each whole ticket, and 75 pounds on each half ticket, ws.a,
baggage In In charge of and on the same train as the holder of the tick.?
For excess baggage 25 cents per 100 pounds or part thereof will
For Ticket Fares and otiier informat.on see Local Passenger Tari I CI 0.
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