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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
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WILL. J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
SEPTEMBER 14, 1917
There is a class of Americans among us who hold theoretical views
of tlie proper thing the government should have done in the present
crisis. They are neither pro-German nor pro-Turk. They are just
(new cranks who think the country ought not to have gone to war. The
'a .1 that the war or state of war was proclaimed in order to enable
tlie government to take measures to safe-guard the lives of travelling
Americans do not appeal to them, and as long as the suffering is inflict
ed on some one else of our countrymen, these little Americans arc per
fectly willing to let those of our countrymen suffer, and the trouble
to them is no j.ust reason for going to war in defence of the lives and
property of Americans other than themselves.
The little American's logic is if the sinking of a few American
ships was the cause of the strained relations with Germany, the govern
ment should exert its powers to keep American ships off the high seas
in the war zones, so as to prevent the country from being drawn into the
war. If the killing of peaceful, innocent American mothers and babies
was one of the causes, let the government forbid travelling and make
the people stay home and so keep the country out of the war.
To cany the queer notions entertained by this class of little Amer
icans to its logical end would mean that those among us who felt it to
be a duty to enter the training camps and undergo military training
are simply making mountains out of mole hills, and should be laughed
at instead of being commended for their show of public spirit and
The government on the outbreak of war warned Germans residing
in the country to attend to their own business and keep their mouths
shut, to hector and threaten the Germans under the flag is an easy job,
but to make this brood of man disloyal littleAmericans toe the mark
would be too big a job for the government. And yet here among us
is this brood ever ready to belittle America yet believing themselves to
be truly and really Americans.
The people of the County of Maui arc interested in a case now
pending before the Supreme Court, namely, the contest made by T. 1!.
Lyons over the election of Joseph N. Uahinui as County Supervisor,
but it seems the gentlemen wearers of the judicial gown arc on a vaca
tion, and for that reason the business of the public must wait. It is
not so very long ago when these gentlemen were hustling around to
get public support for their various aspirations, and since they have gain
ed the coveted honors, they don't seem to see the humor of having the
public wait for the service it wants from them.
That Swedish chargc-dc-atTairs at Buenos Aires must be the prize
boob among diplomats, if his excuses are. to be taken seriously, to allow
himself to be used by the resourceful German diplomat as a go-between
to carry into effect a plot for the sinking of an Argentine mer
chantman and the cold blooded murdering of the crew in order that
no trace of the crime may come to light. For a diplomat to claim the
ignorance of an idiot is rather hard on Swedes who arc quite intelli
gent as a people. If the truth ever comes to light it will probably be
found that German gold corrupted this miscreant, and probably lots of
other in the diplomatic service of the neutral nations on the borders
Apparently our Territorial Food Commission is taking itself very
seriously on the question of regulating the food supply. In its latest
circular the Commission is asking the public to go easy on the Irish
potato supply and use taro or sweet potatoes instead. We think this
is wrong advice. There is plenty of food farming land on Maui and if
our Food Commissioners offered inducements instead of a knock at
,the humble Irish potato, in due time the potatoes would be on the mar
ket to meet the demand.
Any up-country farmer could, if he knew there was a paying de
mand for the crop, raise any quantity of Irish potatoes, but if the pub
lic is to use the tuber sparingly and only when there is company, then
where is the inducement to raise crops of Irish potatoes?
In fact the less regulation we have on Island grown food crops the
better. What is wanted are inducements for the growing of food crops;
inducements to give the small farmer a start ; for him to see some thing
in it for him. Let the Food Commission study the situation and tell
the farmer what to grow and where the market is, and how to get the
stuff of market with the chance of the farmer getting some return for
his investment and labor and trouble. Taro and sweet potatoes may
be all right but they are poor shippers and if the demand is for Irish
potatoes tell the farmer how big the crop must be to supply the de
mand, and if there is a reasonable profit in it the farmer can supply the
demand and double the supply, but no farmer is agoing to raise pota
toes aplenty when the authorities are asking the public not to use Irish
After waiting over ten years the Wells Street opening to connect
with High Street is at least under way. Streets are the arteries of in
tercourse, social and commercial, and are a very necessary adjunct to
towns and cities. Of course the trouble with the town of Wailuku in
this case is that the town like Topsy "just growed", and did not know
the need of streets when the growing process began, and have not ac
quired wisdom on the subject as yet. Every real estate speculator that
gets hold of a tract of land in a likely neighborhood, cuts the same into
house lots and lays out streets and alleys in any old way regardless of
exxtension lines, sells the lots and lets the purchaser worry over street
line that mostly end in blind alleys. For the good of the public, the
County Fathers ought to take a hand, an ordinance by them would do
do the trick and regulate the growth of the town, for in due course
the County Fathers are called on to build the streets and lay the water
mains. The proper procedure would be to have a town plan mapped
out, with streets, alleys, squares and whatnot laid on extension lines that
would fit in with the present streets and roadways and then let the real
estate speculators lay out their town lots on the accepted plan, and that
will force the town to grow on a plan that fits in as whole.
What to do with the slacker who failed to enroll for the draft is
a problem, the solution of which under the law, gives the slacker just
what he wanted. When Congress fixed the punishment at inprison
ment for a year or so, the logical working of the law left the slacker out
of the army. It seems to us if the punishment for the refusal to register
were made a sufficient cause for enforced enlistment, providing of course
the subject was physically fit, the object of the law would have been ac
complished instead of the slacker gaining his point.
The Korniloff revolution in Russia appears to be a very short lived
affair. If the failure of General Korniloff is an indication of the true
conditions in Russia, then it means the despised Russian muzhick is
firmly in the saddle at last, and Russia is truly on the road to become
a real democracy. When the common people shall become the real
rulers of the nation, her population and her natural resources will make
cf Russia a greater nation than any other on continental Europe.
Eggs Take Another
Jump In Price
Sweet Potatoes Are In Abundance
And Should Be Used In Prefer
ence To The Imported Irish
HONOLULU, September 10. Island
eggs are scarce ana nave advanced
three cents a dozen. Duck eggs have
also gone up. String beans and wax
beans have dropped one cent a pound
and are quite plentiful.
Island chickens are scarce and the
price has advanced slightly during the
A shipment of Irish potatoes was
received the first part of this week
from Mokuliea. These potatoes are
very good and are selling for three
dollars a bag. Sweet potatoes are
plentiful and the price has dropped
to a dollar ten a hundred. These po
tatoes which we are selling for a trile
over a cent a pound, are much cheap
er to use than Irish potatoes imported
from the Coast, which are selling for
three times as much.
Papaias are also plentiful and the
price has dropped twenty-five cents
on the hundred.
The price of bran and oats has ad
vanced a little during the past week,
while other feeds remain about the
same. O. C. LIGHTFOOT, Acting
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