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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1917.
THE MAUI NEUS
KAUAI AND THE TERRITORIAL ROADS PLAN
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
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WILL. J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
FEBRUARY 16, 1917
A GOOD PLATFORM
The platform framed ity the republican county convention yester
day is one thatany man should be glad and support, and any honest candi
date proud to stand upon. If the republicans of Maui can do as we'l
in nominating and electing men to uphold these party pledges as they
have done in framing the platform, the county should be well governed
in the next two years.
It was gratifying to note how consistently, one after another the
pernicious, reactionary propositions were turned down and disposed of.
First the proposal to elect supervisors by districts instead of at large,
got the ax. As one delegate expressed it, "we don't want to go back
to the old days of a king in every district." The election of supervisors
is to remain without change.
Next the primary law was re-endorsed in short order. Nobody
seemed to feel any interest in urging that the old convention system
should be re-established, as had been suggested, and as is being talked
of in other parts of the territory. The vote was emphatic on this
There was some difference of opinon on the matter of filling vacanc
ies on the board of supervisors. If will of the delegates rtn be made
law, however, the go error wiil no longer be able to mix into county
affairs as in the past. Nor is it likely that vacancies will hereafter oc-.
cur under the plan proposed of making county elective officers ineligible
to appointment to salaried territorial or federal positions during the time
for which they are elected.
There is merit also in the proposal to make the Lahainaluna school
a trade school, in the hands of a commission apart from the board
of public instruction. There is justice in the plank demanding schools
higher than the 4th grade for the children on Molokal. The support to
the farm loan bill; the project for getting a belt road through the
Koolau district, and a wharf at Lahaina; for the Kula sanitarium are
all progressive but not radical proposals.
The opposition to the plan for combining the territorial and county
elections, resulted in its defeat, may or may not have been wise, but
the arguments for continuing under the present system were logical,
and the conviction on the part of the delegates as expressed obviously
The absence of anything that savored of back-alley politics, or any
attempt to coerce the free opinions of any delegate was in very pleasant
contrast to some conventions that have been held in this territory in the
past. It was truly a harmony gathering a harmony based on straight
forward honesty and mutual respect for the rights and feelings of
NEWSPAPER MEN AND "LEAKS"
Because Kauai has a simple proposition in road, construction and
maintenance, due to the small size of the island and its topography,
it is reported that her delegation in the coming legislature will oppose
ihe "territorialroad" plan advocated by the last Civic Convention.
This attitude is a selfish one, though in matter of justice, Kauai might be
given something of equal value instead of the share of roa,d money
which she would be entitled to under the scheme profosed.
Kauai has long been rather puffed in the head over her roads
or road, to be more accurate. For aside from the single belt road of
tome eighty miles in length, she has no other thoroughfare of great
importance. Moreover she has been inclined to claim possibly an undue
amount of credit to her "business efficiency" in road work.
It is doubtful, if Kauai had the area of any of the other counties,
with widely scattered districts having no common road interest, and
all more or less jealous of money expended in other sections, if her
boasted business system could stand the strain. Even if it could, her
pocket-book most certainly could not ; because there would ever be more
roads needed, than money in sight to build them. One needs but to
consider Hawaii or Maui to realize the truth of this.
Maui in particular, affords a striking argument in favor of a ter
itorial road system. This county needs a road to the top of Hale
kala, and a costly connection through the Keanae-Nahiku section to
make accessible some of the grandest scenery in the world. The promo-
ion committee, which features Maui's attractions as a bait to draw
tourists to the Islands, has long urged Maui to make these wonders avail
able. But Maui does not feel the need of the tourist business sufficient-
y as yet, and it will be a long time before she does.
Of course we see the utility of the road built some years ago into
Kilauea crater. Thousands of visitors who now sec that great work
of nature, would not otherwise do so. But that road was built largely
y the territory, and entirely through territorial initiative. Had it been
eft for the county of Hawaii to do, it would still be unstarted.
Few people would today argue that the territory should not have
built that road ; but the reason for more such territorial roads on all
of the islands, save possibly Kauai, is just as strong today yes, stronger
today than it ever was before. If the territory is to properly care for
the ever swelling tide of tourists who are headed this way, the scenic
points of interest on all the islands must be made accessible; but being
primarily a territorial matter, it should not be left to the counties to
Uncle Joe Cannon once said, in a public address, that the operation
of the federal government would be wrecked if the Washington cor
respondents were to divulge the secrets they were constantly keeping.
Mr. Cannon did not mean that these secrets were improper. He meant
that the newspaper men at the national capital were intrusted with in
side facts, the premature publication of which might seriously interfere
vith the plans of public officials, from the president down. He added
that in his long service in congress he had known of no instance in which
any newspaper man had violated the confidence reposed in him.
The recent scandal in Washington over the premature publication
of the president's peace note, resulting, it is alleged, in the harvest of
rich profits by Wall street speculators who secured the advance inform
ation, has left the newspaper men unscathed, remarks the Minneapolis
Tribune. , While Secretary Lansing took scores of Washington cor
respondents into his confidence, some of the men connected with financial
publications deeply interested in everything affecting
the . speculative markets, all of the officials, including
Secretary Lansing and the congressmen who investigated the
"leak," have joined in emphatically declaring that newspaper men had
no part in the premature publication of the news that upset the stock
It is a matter of record that Mr. Roosevelt, when president, consult
ed freely, almost daily, with members of the correspondents' corps in
Washington. These men knew, frequently weeks in advance, of the
president's plans and legislative policies. Some of them, it is known,
helped him frame the railway rate bill, the pure-food bill and other
measures, the adoption of which sent stocks soaring of tumbling. The
president's confidence was never betrayed. President and public men
in Washington and elsewhere have learned, or are learning, that so long
as they are devoting their official efforts to serving the public they have
no stronger allies than the representatives of the press. They are learn
ing that by taking newspaper men into their confidence and giving them
in advance the details of official plans, the news, when publication is
finally authorized, is presented, more accurately and effectively than
otherwise would be possible. Wise officials have also learned that the
surest way to prevent premature publication of plans and news is to
take newspaper men into their confidence. It is only when public officials
attempt to conceal their plans and suppress news that newspaper men are
forced to take what they can get, and the result is almost invariably
unsatisfactory to all concerned, the officials, the newspapers and the
Newspaper men everywhere must be gratified over the clean bill of
health furnished them by the Washington officials in investigation of the
recent "leak" scandal. Officials everywhere may find a lesson in the
incident. Publishers Auxiliary.
H. P. Wood is dead. Thousands of persons who never heard of
him have visited Hawaii in the past few years because of him; and tens
of thousands yet to come, and hundreds of thousands of dollars to be
spent by them, will come to the Islands as a result of the seed which he
In the face of indifference or skepticism he built up an organization
that has long been recognized throughout the world as a model for ef
fective publicity. With an enthusiasm that never flagged and judgment
that was seldom at fault, he worked unceasingly, devoting his time and
no small amount of his private means to furtherfng the interests of Ha
waii Those who understand the cumulative results of good advertising
have no difficulty in believing that Hawaii today stands several years
ahead of where she would, had there been no 11. P. ood.
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If every resident of German birth in the United States felt as does
one in Oahu, there wouldn't be any misgivings in this country over our
German-American friends. This man has just written a strong letter
appeal through the Star-Bulletin to his fellow German-Americans
and to the American people, that rings with such sincerity that no one
can doubt it. He says in part
"It Is up to every single man In this country, to every one
who calls himself an American, to back up this goverilment in the
hour of the crisis, and not to go and call meetings and criticize
the doings of this government, as happened a few days ago in the
city of Honolulu by an organization which calls itself the German
"Have you forgotten the oath you took when first you entered
this country, to fight any enemy of this country whenever needs be?
Well, if you have, well and good, so please stop and save us a lot
of pain. I mean the ones who are true to the oath they took at
the time they entered this country.
"I am true, and know there are a lot of others who will fight for
the'r adopted country to the last. Any of you would-be Americans
who do not like the style of this government's doings, quit and get
out or shut your mouths forever.
"I have home ties, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces who are
in the old country and who are near and cear to me, but now I
have to stop, for the country which 1 adopted as my future home
needs the support of every true ciiiaen and therefore it Is up to
us lo do our best and noi to criticize the government which is feed
ing us, for who dares to b'te the hand that's feeding him? Forget
the home ties until this crisis has passed and show yourselves as
men. Remember, there are more German-Americans who . will
back up this government whenever the time comes, so please once
more, spare us good German-Ame .-icans who are true to their new
government the pain. Always remember we are not all alike.
"So please, citizens of this country, don't pay any attention to
the ones who are not true, for we are not all alike."
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December, 1916 January, 1917 February, 1917
l.urline 104 Dec. 5 Dec. 12 Dec. 19
Wilhelmina 90 Dec. J3 Dec. 19 Dec. 27
Manoa 37 Dec. 19 Dec. 26 Jan. 2
Matsonia 39 Dec. 27 Jan. 2 Jan. 10
Lurline 105 Jan. 2 Jan. 9 Jan. 16
Wilhelmina 91 Jan. 10 Jan. 16 Jan. 24
Manoa 38 Jan. 16 Jan. 24 Jan. 30
Matsonia 40 Jan. 24 Jan. 30 Feb. 7
Lurline 106 Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 13
Wilhelmina 92 Feb. 7 Feb. 13- Feb. 21
Manoa 39 Feb. 13 Feb. 20 Feb. 27
Matsonia 41 Feb. 21 Feb. 27 Mar. 7
Lurline 107 Feb. 27 Mar. 6 Mar. 13
POLITICIANS REACHING FOR THE JUDICIARY
(From the Star-Bulletin)
A proposal is made among Maui Republicans that district magist
rates on the Valley Island be appointed by the board of supervisors
instead of the governor of the territory. A similar proposal is made in
the charter convention's draft of a new charter for Honolulu. The
charter convention was controlled by politicians seeking to devise new
means of raising patronage, and one of the means devised was to have
the mayor appoint the district magistrates, which would immediately
plunge the basic judiciary into partisan politics.
A few years ago district magistrates were appointed by the chief
justice of the supreme court. Prior to the last legislature, it appeared
that Justice Robertson might not be retained, and that a "deserving
Democrat" might be named chief justice. To take this appointing
power from the chief justice was the legislature's way of expressing
its lack of confidence in the man reported to be in line to succeed Judge
Robertson a lack of confidence apparently shared by the lawyers, since
they did not protest when the legislature put the appointments in the
hands of the governor.
The suggestion to change the method of appointment has no merit
outside political expediency and ought to be fought to a finish. On
Maui there appears to be as little excuse for placing these appointments
in the hands of the supervisors as there is here for placing them in the
hands of the mayor.
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PORTS OF CALL.
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S. S. Wilhelmina
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S. S. Lurline Carries Lirestock to Honolulu and Kahulul.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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Daily Passenger Train Schedule (Except Sunday)
The following schedule went into effect June 4th, 1913.
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4 53 a 47
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2 15 4 so
2 23 4 28
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TOWARDS PUUNENE TOWARDS KAHULUI
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MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY
MEETS AND ELECTS OFFICERS
The annual mooting of the Maui
Publishing Company, Limited, was
held on Wednesday afternoon und the
following officers and directors elect
ed for the year: II. A. Baldwin, pre
sident; It. A. Wadsworth, vice
president; D. H. Case, secretary; C.
I). Lufkin, treasurer; H. 11. Penhallow,
W. F. Pogue, und Will. J. Cooper,
The report of the manager showed
the affairs of the corporation to he in
good condition with exception of the
Daily Wireless department, which
continues to show a loss. Another
eflort is to be made to increase the
revenue on this fetiture. The flnanc'nl
statement of the company indicated
that it may hope to be out of debt
within another year.
JANITOR FUND NOW AGREED TO
The new apportionment of the fund
for jan'tor service foV the county
schools, as agreed upon by School
Commissioner Lindsay and Supervis
ing Principal McClusky, was approv
ed by the board of supervisors last
Saturday. The new plan will give
more money to the small schools and
cut. down the former allowance of the
several large schools.
Produce shipments from Maul to
the Territorial Marketing Division
last week were as follows: cattle, 45
head; pigs, 26 head; chickens, 12
crates: hides, 21 bundles; potatoes,
All traini daily exceDt Sundava.
2. A Special Train (Labor Train) will leare Wailuku dally, except Sundays,
at 5:20 a. ru., arriving at Kahului at 6:E a. m., and connecting wIU
the (5:00 a. m. train for Puunene.
S. BAGGAGE RATES: 160 pounds of personal baggage will be carrlsd tree
of charge on each whole ticket, and 75 pounds on each half ticket, wkea
baggage is In charge of and on the same train as tke holder of the tltket
For excess baggage 26 cents per 100 pounds or part thereof will- fee
For Ticket Fares and other Information see Local Passenger Tari L C. 0.
No. S, or Inquire at any of the Depots.
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