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THE MAUI NEWS FRIDAY, MAY 25, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN A MILITARY MOBt
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EDITOR AND MANAGER
MAY 25, 1917.
HAWAII'S WAR RELIEF WORK
If there is any lost motion in the work of the women of the ter
ritory for the war sufferers of Euro, it is not in the Hawaiian Allied
Relief Committee. This seems conclusively proven ly Miss Beatrice
Castle's letter protesting against statements made in an editorial in the
Maui News last week. The letter is published in full in another column.
The Maui News did not mean to imply that none of the relief work
Uing done by women of the United States is practical or necessary or
systematized. We have always known that much of it was everything
that it should be; and we are glad that Miss Castle is able to make such
a splendid case for Hawaii. Rut how about the country in general?
Miss Castle, in an appeal published in still another place in this
itsue, indicates that there is other relief work being done in the Islands
than that in which she is interested. And this is doubless true in even
greater degree on the mainland. Some of these organizations are large
ly British, others French, and still other are going on their own hook
fur no apparent reason.
In the United States we have our American National Red Cross
Society, established by authority of the Congress, and with President
Wilson as its head. This great organization has rendered immense
service to humanity since its early days under the direction of Clara
Barton. It has been themeans of systematically and economically dis
tributing millions for relief work in various parts of the world. It will
again be the great clearing house for the United States humane work
during the war in which we are engaged. This national society has no
branches, but it co-operates closely with voluntary organizations engag
ed in collecting money and supplies, and it should be the channel through
which the relief efforts of the nation should all find their proper destin
ation. The Maui News is informed that the Hawaiian Allied Relief Com
mittee is not working through the Red Cross society; that its work and
money goes to a French clearing house in New York, and that instruc
tions, regulations, etc. comes through this source also.
But there seems no doubt that its work is being efficiently handled
and that women who devote their efforts through this source are sure
that they will do a maximum amount of good. And that should be by
all odds the main consideration.
Whatever dissipation of effort may prevail on the mainland through
poor organization, or duplication of machinery, or lack of machinery,
should not prevent Hawaii from pulling together and bringing to bear a,
business-like system that shall turn human effort and money to the great
est good of human kind.
GET AWAY FROM FtfOD PREJUDICES
Provincialism in the matter of foods is perhaps one of . the biggest
factors ,next to the actual food shortage, towards keeping up the high
co.-l ot living. Every person, ever' family, and every class or nationali
ty have their food prejudices. Most of these are entirely unreasonable
and due to lack of knowledge.
A big step toward solving the food problem for Hawaii would be
accomplished were it possible to induce all of our people to use other
foods than those they are accustomed to. As an example, while white
potatoes and rice are soaring to the skies, taro has advanced scarcely at
all, for the reason that the demand has not materially increased. And
yet taro would be an admirable substitute for potatoes or for rice. But
the haole thinks he must have his spuds, and the oriental will go broke
rather than accept a substitute for his time-honored boiled rice.
Everyone, if he will stop to think about it, will acknowledge that
there are many things that he "don't like" or "can t eat," or that he
has never been willing to try. People get in food ruts insist on eating
only the foods they are used to and refuse to give a fair trial to others.
Many persons are prejudiced against certain good foods because,
when first tried, the foods were improperly cooked or prepared. Most
individual prejudices against widely popular foods are either imaginary
Try to like every simple food; give it a fair trial.
A WROWG THAT SHOULD PE RIGHTED
There is a weekly publication in Honolulu devoted to the interests
of the enlisted men of the army called "The Service," which threatens
that "If these men, (Honolulu policemen) contrary to the very law
they are sworn to uphold, continue their assaults upon service men
....there is an unwritten law, that first law of nature, self preservation,
which will eventually protect them!"
Some idea of the virulence of the terrible malady anthrax which
broke out in Kauai some weeks ago may be gained from a statement of
the territorial veterinarian that "the mortality is now greatly reduced,
the mortality now being only one animal every second day." Kauai
may never be entirely free from the disease, which is extremely tenacious.
OUR ISLAND CONTEMPORARIES
How About A Market?
With hat in hand, respectfully, and
with nil humility, we would like to
know it it would not he feasible. In
our coniunity, to establish an open
market, which would be a sort of gene
ral clearing house for the sale of food
products grown here. And we would
farther like to know whether this
would not be a convenience for all
concerned. The raising of food pro
ducts is only one half of the problem,
the disposing of them is the other
half. To be sure there are peripate
tic peddlers of a few common veget
ables that mostly come when you
don't want them, and mostly bring
the things that you ve no use for, and
yet feel that you must take, for fear
that'they never come again; but these
peddlers don't by any means cover
the needs of the community, either
the buyers of the growers.
The other day in a secluded corner
of a nearby valley, we ran across half
a bushel of fine peaches: we ,cornered
them on the spot, mucn to tue joy oi
the Jap that owned them, and still
more to ours. He didn't know what to
do with them; it wouldn t have paid
him to enter the peddling lists against
the regulars; but he could have taken
hem to a central market it would
have been an easy matter to dispose
of them. The ordinary buyer can't
poke about in secluded valleys for hid
den peaches, and so doesn't get them.
lady has a dinner party on hand
for which she wants some particular
vegetable or some particular fruit;
the land may be lull of it hut she
doesn't know where to get it and so
perhaps she has to do without it. If
there was a market she could ring up,
and have it inside of ten minutes.
The arguments that justify a store
as over against the old time tramp
peddler, with h'ft way-worn pack, are
the arguments for a market as over
against our present mongrel system of
hand to mouth peddling: there can
be no comparison between the two
methods: the only question Is, are we
far enough along to want the new, or
shall we say "the old is good enougn.
The Maui chamber of commerce should enlist the support of the
other commercial bodies of the territory, and any other influence that
may be invoked, in an effort to have the Molokai radio station reopened.
It is reported that the naval officer who visited the station considers it
unnecessary, or at least an undesirable place to live. His recommenda
tion is likely to stand unless the unreasonableness of it can be made
clear to powers higher up..
It is true that the Molokai station has not been a financially paying
proposition, but it has been the means of saving human life and property
on numerous occasions by reporting wrecks, and in other ways keeping
a large area of coast line and territory in communication with the rest
of the world. If 'a business corporation could see its way clear to main
taining a station there for years, surely the national government should
be able to do as much. The station is probably more important than a light
house station ,and for much the same reason. Its isolation should have
little to do with the matter. Besides, the very considerable population
of Molokai has a full right to be considered. If the action taken is as
reported, it is unjust and wrong.and no amount of might can 'serve to
make it right.
The Japanese educational association of Maui has petitioned the
Japanese consul in Honolulu to use his efforts to have one of the Japan
ese war vessels, said to be due in these waters shortly, call at Kahului
harbor in order that the school children of central Maui may have an
opportunity of visiting it. The question suggests itself why a Japan
ese vessel for young American citizens to look at ?
$318 000 Gone To Pot
The Tax Department hands us off!
clat figures which show that the aggre
gate sales of liquor through the wnoie
sale channels on the Island of Kauai
during the year 1916 reached the un
precedented sum of $318,287.20 being
an increase of $38,078 over 1915.
rrsumbably this does not cover the
actual expenditure, s'nee importations
from Honolulu are not included, and
sundry blind pig transactions, with
large profits, are forgottei.. But let
us take it at this figure.
If Kauai had put this $318,000 of the
hard earnings of the people aboard of
an Inter Island steamer and carried
it out to sea, and there dumped it
overboard into the bottomless depths,
how our good people would have
stormed at the folly of it, and how our
neighbors on the other Islands would
have jeered at us and help us up to
scorn. . ,
But we have done infinitely worse
than that: we have spent our $318,000
ruining ourselves; knocking out the
brains of our citizens; wrecking the
happ'ness our homes; making crimi
nals and idiots of our men and women
nnd orphans and imbeciles of our
children. The very fact that we put
up with such folly is proof that al
ready it has "touched s," as a people,
In tlie upper story.
Oh' yes we had almost forgotten
the revenue which the public derives
from the nefarious business.
When a foot pad holds you up and
relieves you of all that you've got, if
you are very vicil and he is a "gentle
men", he hands you dhck a iuo i
pay vour car fare home! And you tip
your hat to him and herald him aboard
far and wide as a public benefactor.
"So generous! So public sprited! I
don't see how we could get along
without him!" Garden Island.
Minora Driving Autos
A Honoluluan whose business takes
him much about the city tells the
Star-Bulletin that the driving of auto
mobiles by minora continues notwith
standing U is against the law, and the
parents of such drivers have been
warned. Boys and even girls several
years under the age permitted by law
are frequently seen having full charge
of large automobiles, and with not
even the saving clause of a lcensed
chauffeur in the vehicle with them.
The practise is a dangerous one and
should not be permitted to continue.
No mntter how bright and intelligent
children may seem to be, they are yet
but children, and have not attained,
that knowldge and judgment so
necessary to successfully navigate an
automobile through a crowded street,
to say nothing of their frequent lack
of physical strength, much needed at
any moment. A mind that can
act quickly with a trained eye is fre
quently the only qualification that will
avert a bad smash and certainly few
children under sixteen possess such.
An automobile being operated by a
minor is emphatically against the law,
the age limit being one of the require
ments on which a chauffeur's license
Not only is the under-age driver a
source of danger to himEelf, but he is
a menace to the occupants of other
machines as well as to pedestrians
who must cross his path. Star-Bulletin.
Can't Be Done
It was suggested by one speaker at
the meeting of the chamber of com
merce yesterday that the editors of
the Honolulu papers censor their
news despatches to make thera con
form to the Ideas of the board of re
tall trades as to what the Honolulu
public should read.
This is not a novel suggestion on
the part of the retail traders. There
have been occasions when the promo
tion committee thought a censorship
over the news columns of the daily
papers would be a good thine. Many
a politician has ached to handle a
blue pencil over the columns oX the
papers, and government officials have
been known to look with disfavor on
some published items.
But, gentlemen, it Just cannot be
So long as the newspapers of Hono
lulu are honestly edited and honestly
conducted they will continue to print
the truth and they will continue to
publish the news, whether it be good
The retail merchants of Honolulu
might Just as well go on record as
favoring the sale of shoddly cloth,
adulterated m'lk and gold bricks as
to recommend to the newspapers of
Honolulu that they suppress some
news and pervert portions of the rest.
It can't be done.
The Advertiser long ago adopted
the motto favored by the promotion
committee, that "The truth is good
Automobiles racing on an unbanked
circular track is a bad proposition,
more especially when the course is
only a half-mile one. Hilo had one
sample of that kind of dope a few
years ago and, although there were
no accidents, it was only by a miracle
that something serious did not happen
To see big touring cars racing around
the turns and skidding for yards was
exciting enough for everybody, but
after the races were over, there were
heard remarks which condemned the
fool'sh proposition altogether. Ha
The Board of Trade of Hilo is doing
the right thing In taking up the food
conservation matter and much good
should result from the move. Every
body can help, and the sooner these
islands are made practically self sup
porting the better it will be for every
body war or no war. Hawaii Herald
Some Storm 1
"We have had the hardest storm
last week that ever has been here,"
says a correspondent from Kailua.
"Why it blew down trees that were
never blown down before." Wonder
ful storm, that. Hawaii Post.
There would seem to be ample op
portunity for many people who are
too old to go to the front, to do their
bit by investing noney in a Liberty
Loan bond that will bring in three
and one-half per cent instead of ten
or twelve per cent. Where will any
investment be if Germany wins this
war? Hawaii Herald.
A FARMER carrying an
express package from a
big mail-order house was
accosted by a local dealer.
"Why didn't you buy
that bill of goods from
me? I could have saved
you the express, and be
sides you would have been
patronizing a home store,
which helps pay the taxes
and builds up this local
ity." The farmer looked at the
merchant a moment and
"Why don't you patron
ize your home paper and
advertise? I read It and
didn't know that you had
the stuff I have here."
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