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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1917.
T HE MAUI NEWS
A MATTER OF SELF-INTEREST
Entered at the Pott Offlce at Walluku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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WILL. J. COOPER, : t i EDITOR AND MANAGER
MARCH 30, 1917.
THE TIME FOR ACTION HAS COME
There are three courses open to the Congress when it convenes in
special session next Monday to consider the crisis with Germany. (1)
It may decide upon a policy of armed neutrality in which we make
preparation to defend ourselves and our shipping, but maintain that we
are still neutral. (2) In which, without declaring war, we proceed to
take more or less active steps against the submarine policy of Germany
towards our shipping. (3) Definite declaration of war.
There is precedent for all three courses in America's history. The
advocates of the first two plans urge that by these the United States
will be able to protect her interests, and at the same time escape alliance
with the Entente powers, and not be bound in matter of making peace
by any considerations except our own expediency. On the other hand
an open declaration of war is generally taken as implying that we are in
the scrap to a finish, and that our interests must be merged with those
of Germany's other foes.
As we see it, this last is the only proper course open to us. We are
at war with Germany to all intents and purposes despite two years of
most patient endeavor to avoid it. We issued our ultimatum on sub
marine warfare following the Sussex incident, and obtained a solemn
promise from Germany that neutrals' rights should be safeguarded.
Germany, however, has not only deliberately violated her pledge, but
. admits openly that she made it simply in order to gain time to build up
her submarine fleet to proper strength for the present campaign of
"ruthlessness." American lives are being sacrificed almost daily. Am
erican ships are being sunk not only in Germany's illegal war-zone, but
without it. Germany has plotted against us within our own borders
and openly admits it. The fabric of national patience has been un
raveled to the last loop. ,
Germany is fighting a fight of desperation or of madness and the
United States can no longer close her eyes to it. We must fight too.
The President recognzes this, the Congress sees it, and the people know
that it cannot be avoided and are willing to back the administration to
the limit. The only question is whether we shall fight without calling
it war, simply for the immediate end ; or whether we shall face all the
issues and carry them to their ultimate end in the most direct manner. -
We should choose the latter course. The world is getting too small
for the United States to longer avoid taking her full measure of respon
sibility in world events. A century ago we were on the edge of things.
We could well afford to adopt the porcupine attitude of armed neutral
ity. But that day is past. From now on the nations of the world must
work together in closer harmony than they ever have before. The
United States, having pretty well completed her interior development
must from now on assert her position in the world's affairs. And be
lieving therefore as we must, that Germany's idea of a military auto
cracy threatens the future harmony of the w6rld, the path of duty is
plain. The time for action has come.
THE REAL CRIMINAL
There ii only one logical explanation of the verdict in the Hu
mtfrder case, and that is that the jury exonerated the man and placed the
burden of euilt on Booze. Tohn Hu Kaili killed Joseph Puhihale in a
drunken row. And he did it in exceptionally horrible manner. After
fellinz his victim with a lamp, he beat the unconscious man on the head
with the butt of a rifle and then burned down the house. His own 10-year
old son asleep in the house, was so badly burned that he died the follow
ing day. None of this was denied or mitigated in the trial, but was
rendered more dreadful, if possible, by the details brought out. And yet
an exceptionally intelligent jury could find a verdict only for assult and
with the butt of a rifle and then burned down the house, was so badly
burned that he died the following day. None of this was denied or
mitigated in the trial, but was rendered more dreadful, if possible, by
the details brought out And yet an exceptionally intelligent jury could
find a verdict only for assault and battery.
But Hu was drunk. His victim was drunk. The witnesses had been
drunk. All had been drunk for several days when the awful climax
came, and they were drunk on 75-cent-a-gallon booze. It was shown
that Hu was a good citizen when sober. He looks, like a good citizen
now. His remorse has beenigreat so great that he attempted to take
his life in jail and nearly succeeded. He .has been punished terribly al
ready. The law might have exacted vengeance through further punish
ment, but it is doubtful if it could have brought home any keener re
alization of the crime to the man, or have done anything more towards
What th jury really did was to convict Booze, for without Booze
the crime would never have been committed. But unfortunately the
court cannot pass sentence on the real culprit. Nor does the law
recognize Booze as a co-partner in crime, though fortunately juries
oftimes dq as in this instance.
CHRISTIANITY AND THE WAR
The so-called Christian nations are Christian in name only, else
there could be no such thing as war. The churches which' sanction
bloody combat on whatever provocation cannot be Christian in the real
enst of the term. The Turks are perhaps the only people engaged in
the present titanic struggle who are not fighting inconsistently to the
religion they profess.' There is a lot of talk about "righteous" warfare,
but such righteousness is measured by, standards human and not divine.
Human nature is much the same as it has ever been. It is
another way of saying that the human animal is still a creature of
Nature, subject to Nature's laws, the first of which is said to be that of
self-preservation. Convinced that his existence or welfare is threatened,
the human animal will fight like any other animal. The small minority
of "pacifists" who will not countenance war from conscientious scruples,
constitute about the true proportion of real Christians. They are of
the stuff of which martyrs are made. They would sacrifice material
weliare or hie itself for a principle.
The Christian churches of Germany are no less sincere than are
the Christian churches of the Entente nations or of America. Yet they
both are able to condone the war and even to invoke divine guidance
and power to their respective arms. They may be followers of the
meek Prince of Peace, who raised not his hand rgainst persecution or
death itselt and who counseled his followers to suffer likewise. But they
do aot take their Christianity very literally.
"Mauians who kicked about not being notified of the delay of the
Steamship Kilauea in Hilo last week should look up the censorship
laws and there find how difficult it is to get any word through regarding
the movements of steamers," says the Hawaii Herald; which bright
observation doesn't make the censorship regulations any less ridiculous.
Presumably the Kilauea's pilikia would have caused international
complications had it become known what?
The efforts of Puget Sound business men to have a direct steam
ship line with Hawaii re-established should be cordially seconded from
this end. We have everything to gain by such connection. It has seem
ed at times that San Francisco is not altogether appreciative of her
good fortune in virtually controlling a trade amounting to some $8,000,
000 per month. But be that as it may the time is coming when not only
Seattle and Tacoma will be in direct communication with the Islands,
but also Los Angeles and possibly Portland. Commerce on the Pacific
is developing much more rapidly than most persons realize, and following
the settlement of world wars the United States is likely to find herself
playing a much larger role in a maritime way than she does at present
with the result that Hawaii will also become enormously more important
as a shipping center.
That the Maui chamber of commerce saw fit to kokua the efforts
of the Seattle commercial bodies, is a matter of congratulation.
The board of harbor commissioners would possibly get a little more
sympathy from the public in its pilikias over the German ships if it
didn't hold so many secret sessions on the matter. As it is, the impres
sion seems to be pretty well established that the board has been made a
monkey of by the Germans.
OUR ISLAND CONTEMPORARIES
Peter And Paul, Again
The following is the main part of
a bill introduced in the Legislature
by Representative Lyman:
"Section 1. The Treasurer of the
Territory of Hawaii shall advance to
the several Counties and to the City
and County on the last day of each
month a sum to one-fifteenth of the
amount collected for their use, on ac
count of the real and personal taxes
during the preceding calendar year.
"Section 2. The said sums so ad
vanced shall be made by warrant of
the Auditor out of any monies in the
general or current funds, and the Au
ditor shall make a charge of two per
cent per annum as interest on the
above advancement from the date of
the advance to the date of the semi
annual settlement of the tax collec
tions with the several counties and the
City and County."
It Is hard to understand why a pros
perous community like this Territory
should be "in the hole" at any time in
the matter of finances, but it appears
to have become a habit in certain
places. We have had wonderfully good
times in all lines of business, and
surely there should be some way of
working around this idea of "borrow
ing" and "advances." Of course in
the above proposed measure the mo
ney would be borrowed from,the xer.
ritory by the counties, when needed,
so that it would be a case of from "one
pocket to the other," in a way. But
the principle is not right and we hope
effort will be made to abandon it.
A Territorial Road
The project of constructing a con
crete road to the Crater of Kilauea is
a territorial one, if ever there was one.
The volcano is the greatest territorial
asset in existence and, therefore, the
road to it should be a territorial af
fair and not dependent upon the coun
ty of Hawaii to construct and keep in
repair. This view of the matter is
evidently coincided in and advocated
by the tax payers of the other counties
of the Hawaiian group for, through
their representatives in the legis
lature, there seems to be a desire to
have the concrete road constructed.
That tax-payers on the other islands
should be willing to pay a special in
come tax in order to raise money for
the proposed road, goes to show that
the community spirit is spreading
rapidly in these islands and that the
get together feeling which has been
brought about by civic conventions is
gaining strength every day.
The special tax that is proposed to
raise money for the road would make
all those people who have Incomes of
more than one thousand dollars per
annum pay one percent additional In
come tax. As the principal users of
automobiles which travel over the
road to the volcano are people who
earn more than one thousand dollars
per annum they can harly have any
objection to the tax, for the road will
be so much improved that the wear
and tear on their cars and tires will
be greatly reduced.
Concrete roads have come to stay
and there should be no other kind
constructed in the iuture. The pro
posed road to the volcano would make .
the trip from Hilo to the crater an
ideal one and, as the road will be wid
er and a lot of curves done away "with,
the journey will be a much safer one
The Doard of Trade of HUo has en
dorsed the volcano road proposition
and so have the supervisors. A re
solution to that effect has been sent to
both the Houses of Legislature asking
the solons from Hawaii to "back up
the bill as strongly as they can and
it is to be hoped that the measure is
adopted. Hawaii Herald.
When the name of J. P. C. Hagens
was mentioned for president of the
Honolulu Chamber of Commerce ob
jection was raised on the ground that
he is of German birth. It seems to us
that this is carrying matters rather
too far. Mr. Hagens was a citizen of
the Provisional Government of Hawaii
twenty-four years ago, of the Republic
of Hawaii and has since been an
American citizen. Any question as to
his American loyalty is a surprise to
us and is probably brought forward by
some person, or persons, unfamiliar
with the past history of Mr. Hagens.
Those Who Travel
By str. Claudine, March 24 W. P.
Jarrett, Mrs. C. C. Campbell, Mr. and
Mrs. W. Oku, Sen Coon, K. Nakata,
Mrs. Hanada, Miss K. Cope, N. No
mose, Ma Ki, Miss Ma Ki, W. Moore,
K. Tanimoto, Mrs. W. J. Cooper, N.
Bajano, T. Onoga, Dr. Kahatsu, Mrs.
Stange, A. S. Davidson, Mrs. Chong,
U. Kinoshita, Mrs. S. M. Maples.
By str. Mikahala, March 24 K. Akl
na, Mrs. Kauanui.
By str. Mauna Kea, March 26 Miss
Martinez, Mrs. H. M. Gesner, George
Joslyn, J. M. Frye, Alan Davis, D. Da
mon, W. Scholtz, Ned Nicholas, H.
C. Hedges, Captain Parker, Hugh
Howell, George Freelartd, George
Dunne, K. Nakamura, Akimoto, George
Hardy, S. Htrokawa, S. Saito, Wong
Kee, Joe Yoe, Mizuki, Mr. and Mrs.
Isaac Wallace, A. Nakagawa, Wata
nabe, W. E. Saffery, T. Suzuki, H. F.
Moseley, K. W. Alain, Ah Wa.
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Wilhelmlna 92 Feb 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 Mar. 13
Lurline 107 Feb. 27 Mar. 6 Mar. 13 Mar. 20
Wilhelmlna 93 Mar. 7 Mar. 13 Mar. 21 Mar. 27
Manoa 40 Mar. 13 Mar. 20 Mar. 27 Apr. 3
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Lurline 108 Mar. 27 Apr. 3 Apr. 10 Apr. 17
Wilhelmlna 94 Apr. 4 Apr. 10 Apr. 18 Apr. 24
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