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THIS MAUI XEWS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Offlce at Walluku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietor and Publishers
Subscription Rates, $2.50 per Year in Advance.
WILL. J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
AUGUST 31, 1917.
THE NEIV YORK SCHOOL PROBLEM
An editorial in a recent issue of the Star-Bulletin called attention
to alleged inefficiency in the New York city schools due to political
Kraft. With a target much nearer home the Star-Eullctin editor pref
erred to expend his ammunition on a target located at a hopeless distance
well out of the range of its circulation, or was the editor only aiming
at New York, and the editorial noise was intended for the local school
board? Since the New York school board is turning out very unsatisfactory
spellers at a very big expense to the city taxpayers, is the local school
board getting any better results, or in other words has ex-editor Kinney
made good or is he simply working on a theory the resulting good from
which he hopes to be better than the resulting good worked out on the
theories of his predecessors in office?
At the recent summer school session the official wireless censor let
through a report, probably to advertise the nearly forgotten fart of the
presence of the summer school gathering , that some unnamed teacher
had cheated at the exams, as if cheating at lessons by an unknown person
was as an important piece of news as the allied offensive at Lens in
Now at the summer school there was some complaint about the
spelling tests being hard, and goes to show how the finished product of
the local school board fell in the same plane as the raw product of the
New York school board, and further goes to show poor spelling to be
a universal failing.
Another much grumbled about policy of the school board is that
of importing school teachers. Every year it is said between fifty and
a hundred school teachers are brought in from the mainland to fill the
best positions in the Territorial schools to the exclusion of local talent.
Now this is no new school policy, from the good old days under the
monarchy it has always been so. Whenever former educational boards
felt financially able to do so they imported teachers, and when the
financial showing was poor the importation fell off. Public opinion on
Ihis point, if public opinion existed at all, favored imported talent, right
ly taking the position that home talent was not sufficient to supply the
demand, but it appears the imported talent are unable to root out poor
spelling, or did they bring the issue with them all the way from New
York to Hawaii? And if by chance the home trained teachers could get
the upper hand could they master the subject and make good spellers of
the youth of this Territory?
CITIZENSHIP-WORK AND REGISTRATION ON MAUI
The tense interest which our daily papers and monthly period
icals have shown in trying to find out the attitude of the young men in
the sugar camps here on Maui concerning Registration, tempts me to
relate an experience that we as citizenship-workers had the evening be
fore Registration in a camp not far from Wailuku.
The boys were no sooner together than they began asking questions
concerning Registration. Some of the questions, to be sure, were hypo
thetical, but most of the inquiries showed a real interest to know what the
morrow held in store for them. It was also quite evident that the boys
back in the camps were equally interested to know and were using these
boys as a medium for their own questions.
Luckily we sensed the situation and upon the suggestion of one of
our party I offered to come down to the camp and tell them something
about Registration, besides offering myself as a target to all the questions
they might ask.
Upon my arrival in the camp, lanterns were lit and hung to handy
nails here and there; benches were drawn up in order but the boys,
In the majority of cases they were already in bed for the night. Just
a few were sitting on a porch to one side. Who could have guessed
that about sixty boys, some Philipino, some Portuguese, and some Jap
anese would be filling the benches and standing around in a circle in ten
minutes. With the help of interpreters I tried to erase a few false
notions that they had gotten. Among some of the worst notions were
such as the following; that to register meant to sign a contract for five
years to go to war. Another was that if they registered they would not
be granted any time to say good-bye to their family and friends.
There is, perhaps, no special significance in these facts by them
selves. But in the light of developing good honest faithful Americans
on Maui it can not be emphasized too strongly, for the lesson that it
seems to me must be driven home to all true Americans is the eagerness
on the part of these foreign-born boys in our midst to know more about
the institutions of the government in which they are working. If we
could picture ourselves or our children in a foreign land striving with
every intention of being law-abiding citizens but wholly without the
knowledge of whether we are obeying or breaking the laws, we would,
I'm sure, be more interested in seeing to it that these honest but iimorant
boys lhat come to our coast receive every possible opiortunity of learn
ing what our country really stands for.
Laying aside the matter of expediency, I consider it one of our great
duties to otter these boys all the opportunities possible to learn not only
the English language but also something of the American institutions.
Regardless of whether we look upon them as "guests" of our common
wealth or whether they are to be our future citizens, nothing short of
this is commensurate with our duty to them and to our country.
reminder of the prevailing water scarcity in the form of a premptory
notice from the Board of Supervisors to stop usinir water for lawn
irrigation, and that water will be- shut off between the hours of 8:30 p.
m. and 3 a. m. Friday night and presumably until further notice.
v conservation policy looking to the building of more and larger
reservoirs all around would have tided over the present water scarcity
and be an insurance against repetition of our occasional lenn nf 1
and inconvenience from scarcity of water.
THE IIEXRY PERRIXE BALDWIN MEMORIAL
Maui is again unusually fort im.'ite in .Inotlier mililii- 1. nil. liner TMc
time it is a church edifice, the most beautiful structure of its class in
Hawaii Nei. Perfect in emiipmcnt. of rcm.-irk.ihlv vnli.-.l.lf. w;.r i,-i.
ed upon the exact site of the former church, which was erected on the
spot where the life of Mr. Baldwin was snared in nn nrrwl.mt ;,n
sugar mill, this memorial to Henry Perrinc Baldwin could not be more
For half a century, Mr. Baldwin was Maui's leading citizen. It is
most annronn.ite that Ut fl
1 ' """""J " a man cinu Mien it vnrisiiail
hilanthropi.st a beautiful church should now be erected as a thank
It ering by a devoted family that his life Was SOarrd fnr Ki mnnv i i.-irc
The memories that will cluster about this new building arc a precious
iciiLigt ui swains past and a rich promise for the future.
Wailuku Construction and Drayage Co., Ltd.
TRANSFERING AND DRAYING
Our Island :.:
Misleading Promotion Literature
Ono of the essential features of
promotion literature, should bo hon
esty. Recently acting on the flowery
literature which recommended certain
caves nt Kalapana, Puna, as being
well worth peeing, and easily access
ible, we made a somewhat arduous
trip to the place; to And a hole in
the rocky ledge into which one could
crawl with difficulty, wi,lh grave dang
er of getting stuck, and out, of which
one could crawl with difficulty.
The Hawaiian lad whom we prevail
ed on to take us there apid that if.
got bigger farther on and finally em
erged at the sea some distance away,
all of which was doubtless true; but
the average tourist doesn't appreciate
that sort of burrowing in a craggy
weasel hole, and goes away disgust
ed. And a few experiences like that
discredits promotion literature and
Hawaiian wonders, and gives the Is
lands a "black eye."
Let us be honest, about our wares;
say nothing about them that isn't
true, and advertise only those that
really worth while, and can be seen
and enjoyed with reasonable exertion.
Maui Not On Jhp Job?
Honolulu, Hawaii. That action
should be immediately taken to pre
vent the gathering of silver sword
from the crater of Haleakala, because
if this is not done the rare plant will
soon become extinct, is the assertion
of Miss Edna Peltz, secreary to Robert
S. Yard of the bureau of national
parks in Washington, D. C, who has
been visiting the recently created Ha
waii national park.
"It is a part of the work of the park
bureau to preserve rare things and I
was impressed with the thought that
some action should be taken to make
it illegal to gather the silver sword,"
says Miss Peltz. "Certainly anything
of such rareness and beauty as the
silver sword should be preserved. If
some action is not taken it certainly
will become extinct." Christian Sci
Boost Hawaii Everywhere
That the greater publicity scheme
as outlined In the Tribune yesterday
will eventually receive the unanimous
support of every person on Hawaii is
evidenced by the fact that already
several people have written letters on
the lines suggested, to friends in dist
ant parts of the world.
Congratulations on launching this
scheme were received from quite a
number of persons yesterday. Rut
while the Tribune does not claim ex
clusive originality in this connection,
It claims to be the fust to moot such
a project in Hawaii. A scheme along
similar lines was undertaken in Ho
nolulu some time back.
It is not too much to ask of anyone
that a day be set apart to write a
letter to a friend asking them to visit
Hawaii, for there is no better place
on this earth.
The Trilmne is confident that every
person on Hawaii will fall in with the
suggestions made. If any person is
unfortunate enough not to have a
friend residing on some other part of
this planet, look up a drectory and
write someone anyone it does not
matter. The main point is to give
Hawaii more publicity. Hilo Tribune.
McCubbin Submarine Destroyer Saves
The Captain of the "Mexican", re
cently at Port Allen, and who is just
back from France, reports that, the
safe and successful landing of the
American forces under Pershing, in
spite of submarine attack, was due
mainly to the effectiveness of the Mc
Cubbin destroyer. All Hawaii will re
joice that a native son has helped so
Mr. McCubbin is mill engineer at
Pioneer Plantation, Lahalna. Garden
Strangers who come to this island
are Immediately and favorably im
pressed with the appearance of the
wide streets in the main part of our
city. The parking cars in the center
of the main thorofare, is a new one
on the Honolulu visitor from whom it
never fail3 to elicit astonishment at
the splendid idea. Hawaii Post.
"There are more American flags on
display in Hilo than there are in Ho
nolulu," remarked a Honolulu visitor
this morning. Well, and why should
n't there be? Isn't this little old city
about all the time considerably ahead
of every other place in the spirit of
the times? Rather. Hawaii Post.
KAHULUI RAILROAD CO.'S
The drought, now prevailing on, Maui, is likely to cause much loss
to the Maui plantations, and if continued much longer might easily mak
the loss amount to millions. If some plan could be worked out for
conserving the storage of rain water or surface water annually allowed
to escape to the sea by the billions of gallons, much of this loss could
have been averted, but the prevailing policy seems to be to provide the
ditches, the pipe lines and reservoirs of not very large storage capacity,
leaving the supplying of the much needed water to providence.
Now the large plantations are not the only sufferers from the!
drought. Residents of the towns of Kahului and Wailuku received a
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