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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
AN ARGUMENT FOR RE-APPORTIONMENT
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class natter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
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WILL. J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
MARCH 2, 1917.
Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to make a better article.
BACK THE TERRITORIAL ROAD BILL
With thousands of tourists passing our doors daily, and leaving a
golden trail in both Honolulu and Hilo, Maui as usual is getting perhaps
less than one percent. Nor will she ever get much more than this ratio
until such time as her matchless scenic assets are made accessible.
We have the best hotels in the territory, excepting only Honolulu,
and we have found that hotels alone wont turn the trick.
When tourists can land comfortably and safely at either Lahaina
or Hana; can ride in a comfortable automobile to the top of Haleakala ;
and can traverse the wonderful Koolau ditch country over a good road,
they will not pass Maui by, simply for the reason that they cannot afford
to. No one will dispute this who knows by actual experience what this
itinerary really embraces, and who can compare it with what is to be
&een or experienced on the other islands.
So, when the Maui Chamber of Commerce calls upon the legislature
to enact the civic convention program of a territorial roads system, and
asks that this system include both the Haleakala road and the comple
tion of the belt road, Maui is asking for nothing more than Jier rights
or the same things that the other islands received many years ago.
Because in the days before county government Maui helped to build
the hundreds of miles of belt roads on both Oahu and Hawaii. Her
tax money went towards grading and macadamizing the Volcano road,
without which Hawaii today would be as powerless to secure the tide of
travel she has, as is Maui now. It helped to construct the costly Pali
road on Oahu. And it built in lesser degree some of Kauai's boasted
In contrast to this, at the time the county system was established,
Maui's roads were little more than trails. What she has today she has
built herself and has paid for, or is paying for through her interest and
There is one other, and even more potent reason, why the territory
should build the two roads Maui asks for ; and that is because the rest
of the territory will profit more from it than Maui ever can. Hale
akala's fame, and the Ditch Trail, made famous by Jack London, are
among the potent baits that now serve to attract tourists to the Islands.
But that Honolulu does reap now, and must always reap the bulk of the
profit from this business, goes without saying. The fact that visitors
find that they cannot see the chief attractions of Maui without serious
discomfort or even hardship, is one of the very real disappointments
of a great number. With the growing complaint that the things to
see and places to visit are all too limited, Maui's inaccessible assets can
not be ignored with complacency by the promotion committee or any
one else in Honolulu dependent on the tourist trade, and who must be
beginning to appreciate that a satisfied customer is the best advertise
ment for any business.
ORDERS IS ORDERS"
When a German engine-man was asked why he had smashed the
beautiful engines on his ship, he is said to have replied, with tears in
his eyes "Order is orders." The answer was all sufficient. And now
when inquisitive civilians ask an ordinarily civil question of almost any
government official he gets no information, but only the dubious ex
planation, in some form or other "Orders is orders."
It is one of the irritating things connected with officialdom, ag
gravated by a war-scare. Why people in Hawaii should be refused in
formation concerning the sailing of ships, here in the Pacific, or of their
cargoes; why port officials are suddenly striken dumb by cabled gag
from Washington; why army and navy officers must curtly parrot
"Orders is orders;" why even officers of merchantmen who have been
sworn in as naval reservists in case of need and because of seemingly
impending war, should at the same time have their tongues tied concern
ing ordinary happenings on board their ships, may not be answered
by ordinary intellects, but only by the massive minds which conceived
No reasonable person objects to necessary precautions to guard
the safety or welfare of the nation. Nobody thought of complaining
when, in the early part of the European war a censorship was placed on
wireless communication, because everyone appreciated the fact that,
with vessels of both Germany and the Allies in the Pacific the United
States must watch against violation of our neutrality. But now no such
condition prevails, or if it does, the people ought to know what it is.
Of course local officers of army and navy and treasury department are
blind as to their own dumbness they don't know why except "Orders
is orders." The answer may be entirely satisfactory in European
countries, but it will be a very long time before it will not arouse anta
onism from the people of America.
WOMAN'S DUTY NOT PRIVILEGE
There never was any logical reason why women should not have
the right of franchise in America on equal terms with men. But even
if there had been such a reason it no longer exists. Any doubt as to
woman's ability and willingness to use the ballot intelligently and ef
fectively has been upset forever in the dozen states that now have full
woman suffrage, and in the twenty other states that have part-suffrage.
The proposition in the local legislature to ask the Congress to hold a
plebiscite among the women of Hawaii on the matter is therefore wrong,
Women shouldn't have a vote because they do or do not want it, but
because they have no moral right not to have and to use it.
"Montana Judge Poindexter is Highly Lauded," says a headline
of a reprinted story from a Montana paper concerning the new federal
judge recently appointed for Hawaii. Without in any way impugning
the character of doubtless a very worthy Montana citizen, still we can't
help remembering the advance notices of one Jeff McCarn, and there
fore must claim to be from Missouri for the time being.
In spite of a most strenuous newspaper campaign in its favor, as
well as unremitting efforts on part of some of the more intelligent
citizens, the Honolulu bond issue election last week was a rank fizzle.
Out of some 11,000 registered voters less than 3500 took the trouble
to cast their ballots. And yet the very life of the city, almost, depends
upon a more adequate sewer system and a better water supply, which the
bonds were to have provided. In spite of this brilliant showing of in
telligence, some people in Honolulu will doubtless still continue to urge
that Honolulu should be permitted to handle the affairs of the entire
ON THE RAGGED EDGE
There may have been good reason for not so doing, but it isn't at
all clear why the United States did not immediately declare war on
Germany a month ago, when the facts of her attempted conspiracy be
came known to the administration. It may be that this government was
convinced of the futility of Germany's efforts to drag Japan into any
such mess, and believed that the plot itself would have sufficient back
kick when it became known. But it certainly looks as though the Unit
ed States made no mistake when she broke with Germany and got rid
of von Bernstorff and the other official tools of the kaiser we had been
harboring to our own injury.
Captain Harold Rice and Lt. Ed. Walsh seem to be having trouble
in getting their machine gun company organized. Although they have
been at work for five or six months and have thirty-five men, they still
lack eighteen to make the minimum at which the company may be
recognized. This should not be. A modern machine gun company is
recognized as equivalent to at least a battalion of infantry. In fact
from a practical standpoint it seems that we might do well to have the
machine guns and a lot less infantry. The fact that a higher grade of
men are required for handling machine guns than for shouldering a
rifle, should not be a good excuse. Maui has the men.
"Stand behind the President!" is the shout a lot of people who have
been itching to have the United States embroiled in the European hor
ror. But these same patriots will again be abusing the President just
as bitterly as ever, should he by any happy, but improbable chance be
able to steer the"ship of state clear of the maelstrom towards which we
The bill of Representative Mossman to relieve fathers of five or
more children from paying personal taxes is a step in the right direction.
It ought to go a little further, however, and penalize bachelors and men
with no acknowledged progeny.
i HMD IQI AMH PflNTTMPfiRAR Fs
The Road Matter
At a meeting of the Kauai Chamber
of Commerce held in Waimea on Feb
ruary 15, 1917, it was unanimously re
solved to protest against the enact
ment into law of the proposition of
Mr. L. A. Thurston as advocated at
the Civic Convention in 1915 and 1916
to change the present laws in regard
to the expending of county money for
road and bridge building' purposes;
and it was further resolved that a
copy of this resolution be sent to each
one of the senator and representatives
Kauai has been variously and con
siderably criticized for her position in
this matter of appropriations for
roads, but it seems to us that the
question is a perfectly definite and
plain one. At the time of the estaD-
lishment of county government the
duty and expense of road upkeep were
left to the several counties, respect
ively, which was entirely fair and
proper, viewed from any standpoint.
It has turned out that Kauai has
made reasonable success of her road
system, while Oahu and Hawaii have
not; and on account of this failure of
Oahu and Hawaii to "make good" on
the obligation which every island as
sumed at the time county government
was established, Mr. L. A. Thurston,
owner of the P. C. Advertiser, of Ho
nolulu, insists that Kauai should enter
into a Territorial "pool" for the build
ing and upkeep of roads on all the
The mileage of roads and property
valuations on the different Islands
strike a very fair average. If there
is any advantage at all it is surely in
favor of Oahu and Hawaii, which have
the larger property interested and pre
ponderance of taxes. The road taxes
on either of these islands aggregates
more than the road taxes of Kauai
and Maul combined.
The road system is a good thing to
let lie where it is. If the other is
lands of the group cannot handle it
satisfactorily, they should employ
someone who can. In the meanwhile,
it may stated that Kauai objects to
paying for the job. We have enough
to attend to at home, and are taking
care of our own roads in very good
shape thank you. Garden Island.
Permanent Road Work
As time passes and greater experi
ence in practical road making under
modern traffic conditions is acquired
it Is becoming more than ever realiz
ed that the permanent road s the
cheapest, in spite of the initial cost.
Hilo has already taken a front rank
in this respect among the units of this
Territory with its concrete roads, and
it is becoming more appreciated here
every day that the time will come
when all our main thoroughfares must
be built of concrete, or be rebuilt re
gularly, even before the life of the
bonds for their building are ended.
One of the most noteworthy acts
by the present Board of Supervisors
is the stand it took at its last meeting
this month in seeking to change the
contract for the Waiakea Homestead
road from macadam to concrete, on
the ground that this road will be a
short cut to the Volcano Road and will
be one of the most used roads in the
city, especially by tourists in automo
bile parties. This road connects with
the Kuhio Wharf Road and with Ka
mehameha avenue, both concrete, and
will prove of'lasting advertising value
as well as other values, and it is to
be hoped that the reported opposition
of the public works department to this
change in the specifications will not
be persisted in.
It is what Hilo wants and there is
no reason why the right to build a
permanent road here should not be
granted the city. Hilo Tribune.
Stand Behind The Preiidentl
Stand behind the President! Sure
that is if the President stands be
hind the people of the United States
and affords them the protection of the
Stars and Stripes. Stand behind the
President! Again, sure that is if the
President acts as all full-blooded Am
ericans expect him to do, now that it
has come to a showdown in the world's
greatest war. It's a grand slogan,
this stand behind the President and
one that should appeal to everybody.
It Is not the individual man who hap
pens to be in the White House, but
the representative of the American
people who should be stood behind.
And, all true Americans, no matter
where they originally came from,
should be ready to stand behind the
President of their country that is if
that President shows himself worthy
of the traditions of the United States
and shows that he, as the head of
the Union, is determined to maintain
the honor of that Union against the
whole world If necessary. Hawaii
It It Cold Feet?
Duke Kahanamoku is not showing
the best of sportsmanship by refusing
to compet in the carnival swimming
races. He is misled by his advisors
and lt is a pity that it is so. If a
man is in the championship class in
any sport it is up to him to take a
chance every time he has the oppor
tunity to go up against any other ath
lete who is considered by some people
to be at least his equal, if not his sup
erior, in some line of athletic work.
Perry McGillvray is a wonderful
swimmer and one who has taken
Duke's measure in swimming races.
One would think that Duke would
be only too anxious to have, another
go at the mainlander win or lose
in order to try and prove that Hawaii
produces the best swimmers. It is
poor policy to allow even a suggestion
of "cold feet" to be whispered around
the country. Hawaii Herald.
The amateur censors turned loose
on the marine news of the Pacific
Coast are having the time of their
lives. Everybody is being sworn to
secrecy about everything from the
breakfast menu to the weather. The
business of the port is all stood on
end. The whole Pacific Ocean has
gone into executive session, and the
only way the unfortunate shipping
houses, newspapers, port officials and
individuals who deal with ships can
get the news is to ask for it from
somebody whom the censor overlook
ed. The fact that eight out of every
ten persons concerned were overlook
ed by this mysterious official does not
detract from the solemnity of the oc
casston. Europe has a censorship,
why shouldn't we? Advertiser.
"According to fashion's decree
there will be no change in men's
garments this year." Delineator.
That's alright, but every week, at
least, there should be a change in
shirts anyhow. Hawaii Post.
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We have a large assortment in the
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Leave Arrive Leave
voyage 8 F Honolulu Honolulu
104 Dec. 5 Dec. 12 Dec. 19
90 Dec. 13 Dec. 19 Dec. 27
37 Dec. 19 Dec. 26 Jan. 2
39 Dec. 27 Jan. 2 Jan. 10
. 105 Jan. 2 Jan. 9 Jan. 16
91 Jan. 10 Jan. 16 Jan. 24
38 Jan. 16 Jan. 24 Jan. 30
40 Jan. 24 Jan. 30 Feb. 7
106 Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 13
92 Feb. 7 Feb. 13 Feb. 21
39 , Feb. 13 Feb. 20 Feb. 27
41 Feb. 21 Feb. 27 Mar. 7
107 Feb. 27 Mar. 6 Mar. 13
PORTS OF CALL.
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8. S. Wilhelmina To Honolulu and Hlla
S. S. Manoa )
S. S. Lurline f To Honolulu nd Kahulul.
S. S. Lurline Carries Livestock to Honolulu and Kahulul.
8UBJECT 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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1. All trains daily except Sundays.
2. A Special Train (Labor Train) will leave Wailuku dally, except Sunday,
at 5:30 a. m., arriving at Kahulul at l:6t ft. m., and connecting vita
the 6:00 a. m. train lor Puunene.
3. BAGGAGE RATES: 1E0 pounds of personal baggage will be carrl4 free
of charge on each whole ticket, and 75 pounds on each half ticket, wfcea
iaggage is in charge of and on the same train as tae holder of tae tlekel
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FOR ISOLATED HOMES AND PLANTATION
CAMPS. MAKES GAS FOR COOKING AND
LIGHTING. REDUCES LARGE ANNUAL FUEL
EXPENSE IN LABOR CAMPS.
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