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THE MAUI NEWS FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the I'ost Offlct at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietors and Publishers
SuBSCtirTiON Rates, $2.50 tkr Year in Advance.
. WILL. J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
MAY 4. 1917.
OUR NATION'S GREATEST ASSET ITS CHILDREN
One of the very big things that will mark the difference between
yesterday and tomorrow in the life of the nation will be the recognition
of the power of the children. A generation or two ago children were
considered a more or less expensive luxury except on the farm and in
the factories where their young bodies could be driven like machines
to produce things to eat and wear. But that a child should have any
real economic place outside of its pitiful exploitation in the industrial
field, was not thought of. The old precept that a child was to be seen
and not heard, embodied the usual idea of Young America's part in
Today we are beginning to appreciate that the child is the man
of tomorrow. With this realization is coming also the conviction that
the best way to prepare our boys and girls for the responsibilities that
must be theirs, is to take them into partnership with us now.
Perhaps the most perfect illustration of how this idea is working
out is in the boy scout movement with its manifold fields of usefulness.
It is seen also in the recent development of the agricultural clubs pig,
corn, garden, and canning throughout the United States. Here the
children are not only being educated in most practical manner for, their
life's work, but they are, in some sections, producing a veritable social
revolution in the educating of their parents. They have taught their
fathers and mothers through practical demonstration modern methods
that they never would have learned in any other manner.
Recently the children of New York state have completed, with the
co-operation of the rural press, a most intricate and comprehensive
census of the agricultural resources of their state. A short account of
this remarkable work is given in another column of this issue. Who
would have dreamed of recruiting the children for such a task, even a
few years ago?
Hawaii is not behind in this line of development. Our children
have been given a part in our recent years' carnival and fairs. It has
been good for the children, and it has helped the community. Now
they are to have a still more important work in assisting the nation in
war. They are to be organized as a part of the great industrial army
now being recruited an army as vitally necessary as are the armies
that man the trenches. And the inspiring thought in all this, is that we
are not exploiting our little ones as we did yesterday to their own and
the race's injury, but that we are beginning to realize for them the
real education that is coming with tomorrow.
OVERLAPPING PROMOTION WORK
When the work of two departments of a business overlap, when the
duties of two sets of zealous workers are not clearly defined, confusion
and ill feeling and lack of best results naturally follow. This has long
been the case with Hawaii's publicity or promotion work. It is about
time that the business men of the Islands recognize this situation and
take positive action towards correcting it once and for all. It should
not be difficult.
The matter stands about as follows : The Hawaii Promotion Com
mittee, representing the business community of Honolulu and the terri
tory officially, is and has always been primarily an advertising bureau.
Alexander Hume Ford and the various clubs and private individuals he
stands for, has from the start been eminently successful in finding enter
tainment for the visitors and residents alike. '
Lately the promotion committee has been "butting into" the taking-care-of-the-tourist
game, without any very flattering success. Ford has
his own ideas of publicity advertising, but that is not his strong suit.
The city of Hilo has made a conspicuous success in the past two years
of catering to the traveling public through a paid agent, and Maui is con
sidering the same kind of plan at the instance of the ubiquitous Ford.
There isn't any doubt that the promotion committee will feel that it
should have Maui's undivided support.
Now both the promotion committee and the Ford enterprises are
extremely valuable institutions. Hawaii cannot well dispense with
either and should not attempt it. The fields they cover are too big and
loo important, and one or the other would suffer were they ever com
bined under one head. But they should not be permitted to interfere
with each other as they have been doing. This is the point that the busi
ness men who are interested should clearly appreciate. The dividing
line of their efforts should be so clearly defined that there could be no
But the tourist should be unconscious of these two divisions of effort
in his behalf, and not puzzled and disturbed by manifest friction on the
part of those trying to serve him as is now often the case. The pro
blem really does not seem much of a problem at all but merely a place
for a little clear thinking and a willingness to pull together for Hawaii
MAUI THE ISLAND OF GOOD ROADS
Kauai has long prided herself on being the good-roads island of the
group. Also her attitude has not lacked in condescension when she
drew attention to her "business-like" roads administration.
But today Kauai occupies a second place to Maui in the matter
of good roads milage, and another year should see Maui so far in the
lead that the Garden Island will never more be heard of in the same
connection. For Kauai, with her single belt road of less than 100
miles has a comparatively simple problem and is not in the same class.
But while Maui is making headway with her road system, and has
already begun to attract the attention of tourists on this account, we
have still no reason to be particularly proud of our cost figures. No one
who has any insight into the matter at all, pretends to believe that our
roads are not costing us more than they should. And the reason for this
is politics. We have some exceptionally good road builders on Maui
as many of our roads attest. But they are constantly handicapped by
the political necessity of supplying as many jobs as possible, without
any particular reference to the ability of the workers to deliver the goods.
Maui will probably have, through the new loan fund, over $200,000
o spend during the next two years for new roads. The county w ill
not have the handling of these until they are completed, but she will
have the interest to pay on the money, and will have the burden of up
keep when they are done. If we are to get what we ought to from
these roads we should learn the lesson of good business management
of our roads as Kauai has done. Good business doesn't mean less money
to spend, but it means making the money go farther.
Because the County has been slow in oiling the new macadam road
ihiough the Haiku district, perhaps a thousand dollars worth of need
less damage was done by the storm last Monday. The road has been
completed less than a year, but is already well on the way to ruin for
lack of attention it should have had months ago. It cost the tax-payers
The w ar promises to be worth every cent it will cost Hawaii in the
lessons it will teach in practical agriculture, and in general domestic
tcconomy. And the getting of the children interested intelligently in
the soil is an investment that is bound to return big dividends in a better
Because a man wants to join the army is not sufficient reason in
itself why he should be permitted to do so. Some men are a lot more
aluable to the nation if they stay at home. That is one reason why
the new conscription law will beat the old volunteer system, which was
really no system.
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OUR ISLAND CONTEMPORARIES
Do Not Be A Conscript
It Is with something; of a shock that
the average American hears of the
insistence of President 'Wilson and
the army oilicers upon the passage of
a law making selected conscription
legal. All our lives it has been our
habit of thinking that in case of war
there would be more volunteers for
service than the government could ac
cept or equip. The fact that there
has been a most disappointing res
ponse to the call for volunteers for
the regular army and National Guard
is a good deal of a suprise as well as
a spur to action. This is the reason
for the stand taken by the President
for conscription, and it is a proper
Right in these islands there is proof
of the need of conscription. In the
First Regiment, N. G. H., stationed on
the Island of Oahu, there Is one com
pany of while men, Company D, yet
this company is not at full peace
strength. In the Second Regiment,
with headquarters here in HUo, there
is a need for at least fifty white men
and about seventy-five Hawaiians.
It is stated that the regiment could be
filled up to war strength in twenty
four hours with Filipinos from island,
yet it seems hard to get fifty white
men to enlist.
Let us be honest with ourselves:
The fact Is that most of our young
men are making so much money these
days that we "cannot afford to enlist,"
and good jobs are hard to give up,
when the enemy is on the other side
of the world.
However, it is better to volunteer
now than wait to be called out by
conscription, even if it is selected. At
least get into training and join today.
Midget To Take A Rest
As the Editor, Business Manager,
Publisher and Whole Push of this
paper is to take a six months' VaCa
Hnn anA nn nn pise ReelTIS Willinff
to "take up the white man's burden"
on the "free-gratis-for-nothlr-g" basis
on which the office work of this paper
has been run for the past eight years,
it would appear to ue a seii-eviueiiL
nrnnnHitinn that the Daner must also
take a six months' vacation.
The world will probably wag along
without being "Mldgeted," and the
Editor, Business Manager, Publisher,
Whole Push, will feel, like ten tons 01
pig lead were lifted off his mind. All
subscriptions and advertisement paid
In advance will be advanced six
months, or money will be refunded on
demand made by May 1.
The job-printing department is ex
pected to run on as usual in charge of
the bovs who have been doing such
satisfactory work for years.
This will be the last issue unui inm
vacation is satisfactorily disposed of.
Meantime we hope the war will be
over without The Midget's help. Ko
Ignorance Or Worse
That there is a lamentable ignor
ance, or else a worse indifference, re
garding the conventions and duties of
citizenhood, is very evident when a
large number of American citizens
take no notice of the playing or Am
erica's national anthem, the Star
Spangled Banner, and do not even
bother to remove their hats when the
music begins. Such neglect is an in
sult to all citizens who feel that the
least duty one can perform is to show
homage to the national anthem. May
be, some people do not know what
the national anthem is. Some think it
's "America," but it is not, now-a-days.
The Star Spangled Banner is the na
tional anthem of the United States
and the sooner a lot of American-born
youths and men become acquainted
with the fact, the better pleased other
citizens will be. Hawaii Herald.
Law To Intern Enemy Germans
While President Wilson has indi
cated the benevolent policy the gov
ernment will pursue toward Germans
in this country, legal officers of the
administration are directing their
attention to a law already on the sta
tute under which every unnatural
ized German male 14 years of
age or over may be confined or re
moved as alien enemies.
Under the old Prussian-American
treaty of 1828, German citizens here
would be to an extent, exempt from
the provisions of the law. The Unit
ed States has refused to accede to a
proposal of the Berlin government
that the treaty be reaffirmed with
changes and addition and it is under
stood the document will be declared
as abrogated if the conduct of the
Germans make such a step neces-1
sary. Hawaii Post
Hawaii Will Shine
If the local reading of the Army Bill
now being debated before congress be
the correct interpretation, and the
eligible enlisted strength of the na
tional guard will be counted against
Hawaii's quota for the army to be
raised through selective draft, every
thing that has been said on behalf of
and everything that has been said for
the guard will have been thoroughly
If the facts turn out to be as they
now appear, Hawaii will be the only
section of the Union wher there has
been volunteering in advance more
than sufficient for the requirements
of the conscription law. Advertiser.
None Of These Were From Maul
Yesterday a Civil War veteran, upon
whom old age has laid a heavy hand,
rode into town on a Punahou street
car crowded with students from Puna
hou College. The young men and
young women, being more nimble than
the veteran, reached the car first and
filled every seat, with the result that
the old man had to come into town
standing. In all probability these
boys and girls would cheer for the
Flag and would likewise resent any
suggestion that their manners stand
in need of correction. Advertiser.
Closing Bars At Seven
The fact that the Honolulu clubs
are claniboring for the closing of
saloons at seven o'clock p. m., is a
pretty fair prophecy of what the
future is about to bring to this Terri
tory and that is prohibition. In Ho
nolulu, most of the week's wages are
spent on Saturday night's in the
saloons in Honolulu. And this is
done principally after seven in the
evening. If the saloons were all
closed promptly at seven, there
would not be so many opportunities
to get booze, and the result would
be more money for the wife and kids
at home. Hawaii Post.
Hon. Joseph's Pilikla
Representative Josep of Maul was
1 npilikia yesterday. During a recess
he went out into the lobby, leaving his
coat inside the sessions hall. The
house reconvened with the coat inside
and Joseph outside. He could not
come in in his shirt sleeves and the
coat would not go out to him. Finally
Joseph's Maui colleague, Tavares,
came to the rescue and carried the
outer vestment to its owner outside,
whereupon Joseph and his coat came
In together. Advertiser.
MOOKINI At the Plantation Hos
pital, Lahaina, on Thursday, April
26, 1917, to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
Mookini, a son.
FOR CAKE MAKING
On and after April 23, 1917 The
Maui Wine & Liquor Co., Ltd., of Wal
luku will not make any deliveries after
5:00 P. M. and will also close at said
M. W. &. L. Co., Ltd.,
Per WM. B. LOWRY, Mgr.
(Apr. 27, May 4.)
: CASH :
in ordering shoes from our large
winter stock. Footwear will be
send on approval, if you have
established an account with us. It
rvill be well to do so now.
We hare a large assortment in the
very latest shapes and materials.
MANUFACTURERS' SHOE STORE, HONOLULU
First Nat'I Bank of Wailuku
First Nat'I Bank of Paia
Lahaina Nat'I Bank
(RESOURCES OVES $1,000,000)
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