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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
EX VERVAIN INC THE CONGRESSMEN
InUred at the Post Office at Walluku, Maul, Hawaii, as second class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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L. D. TIMMONS
(ACTING) EDITOR AND MANAGER
OCTOMER 19, 1917
OA1W QUESTION CONCERNS US
For quite awhile the leading papers of Honolulu have hcen en
deavoring to arouse public sentiment on the question of a inner moral
atmosphere for their island; and point to the numbers of soldiers in the
'garrisons about the city as a reason for speedy and drastic action. It
is claimed that the laws are not being enforced; and one infers from the
trend of the arraignment that, owing to the apathy of the decent pub
he, vice has practically uninterrupted sway.
This campaign, if it may be so called, for better moral conditions
tm Oahu is of especial interest just now to all the islands of the group.
In a short time many of the young men of Maui, Hawaii and Kauai
will be drawn into active service through the workings of the selective
draft. They may never be required at the front in France, but it is next
to certain that they will be taken into the military camps of Oahu for
intensive training, to remain there for several months at least. Thus
the flower of our young manhood will be exposed to the iniquity and
lawlessness from which the papers and many good people of Honolulu
are now trying to shield the soldier of the regular army.
'. Therefore, the struggle at Honolulu is one in which we arc vitally
'concerned. By every means in our power we should hold up the hands
of those working for a cleaner Oaliu. We must not send our young
men into an atmosphere reeking with "speak-easies" and worse with
out a fight for better conditions ; and we hope that Maui will take the
lead in demanding that the pitfalls around the camps of Oahu be
eliminated before any men are drawn from the outside islands.
DO YOUR PART SOW
Uncle Sam must have money quickly to build thousands of food
and munition-carrying ships; to raise, equip and maintain an army of
more than 1,000,000 men; to give us a smashing big navy in short, to
enable our country to carry on the great war for the freedom of the
You can do your part by lending the government some of your
savings. Invest now in one or more of the Liberty Bonds. You will
be placing your money in the safest bank in the world; you'll be receiv
ing 4 interest, paid semi-annually, and you may buy them on an easy
payment plan. On a $50 bond, for instance, payments may be made
as follows: $1 on application; $9 November 5; $20 December 5, and
$20 January 5. Any bank, trust company or plantation office will accept
your application and give complete information. Do your share toward
placing a Liberty Bond in every home.
A NEW BATTLE SONG
It was to be expected that this war of the United States against
the Kaiser and his government would develop something new in the
way of battle hymns. One of the best efforts we have yet come across
was issued to the band of the 2Sth Infantry, now in France, by its
colonel, and is entitled "The Battle Song of Liberty". It is sung to the
music of the famous football march of Harvard University, "Our
Director". Any young lady of Maui having that piece of dance music
may try the following words of the new battle song on it :
"It's the roar and rattle of Freedom's battle that's calling
us over the sea,
"Where a mighty foe has challenged us, boys it's up to
you and me.
"So get Old Glory, we'll make 'em sorry that they ever
dreamed of this fight,
"We're on our way with a Hip Hooray just to do what we
know to be right.
"So here's to Uncle Sammy, faithful and true,
"And here's to our banner of Red, White and Blue,
"And here's to all good fellows on land and sea,
"Singing the Battle Song of Liberty."
There is nothing deep or lasting about it, as in the "Star Spangled
.Banner" or the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," but it may make a hit
as a European war feature, and will probably be sung more or less
throughout the land in the next few months.
THE ALLIES ON THE SEA
The threat of Germany to attempt a blockade of the east coast of
America will probably not amount to much, but it does bring to mind
the awful blunder made by the Allies at the beginning of the war in
not blockading the entire coasts of Germany. At that time the Allied
fleets could have destroyed every German warship; razed German ship
building works and put the Kiel canal out of business. It would have
cost many ships, perhaps, but the loss would have been a mere bagatelle
compared to what has already happened and what may still occur.
It will yet be necessary to carry out this identical program, but at enor
mously greater sacrifice than it would had the sea lords of three years
ago been w ise to their business.
In the same connection, it is a surprising fact that German fleets
of war ships, transports and even merchant craft are able to move
around in the Baltic at will, and absolutely no attempt is made to check
or obstruct them. Where are the great British fleets and British mastery
of the seas that we have been hearing so much about for so long"'
Where are the innumerable submarines Britain is supposed to have built?
Surely the place for a part of these submarines now is in the Baltic,
around the Gulf of Riga, to protect Russia from the sea attack which is
being directed against her.
British soldiers have done good work in all the theaters of war,
and have won the admiration of the world; but to date the same can
not bti said ol the men on the sea (or, rather, perhaps, the officers over
the men on the sea.) They have not come up to the mark reasonably
expected of them.
The suggestion is made by a Honolulu paper that liquors be
cut out of the program for the entertainment of the visiting Congress
men ; and we saw another recommendation somewhere to the effect that
luaus be cut down to one, that one to be given on some island where-the
people would agree to make it short at both ends.
We heartily kokua both propositions. Many of the Congressmen
coming to Hawaii arc prohibitionists. It is quite likely that a majority
are not favorably inclined toward liquor, while quite all of them would
respect us more if we left the booze feature out of our plans entirely.
Should there be a Congressman here or there unable to survive with
out a nip, he will find no particular difficulty in having his distress re
lieved. We feel that the Maui committees would please a large majori
ty of our visitors if they cut out the liquor absolutely at all public func
tions given in their honor.
The propriety of the luau is a delicate question, for the reason
that a degree of sentiment clings to the old Hawaiian feast. But, as
Cleveland might have said, "we arc dealing with a condition and not
sentiment." Any stranger is agreeable to one luau, if for no other
reason than to be able to say that he had had the experience of tackling
it; but we can conceive of few things more disappointing to and wear
ing upon the average Congressman than a series of the same. Let us
have one luau, somewhere, surely; but let it be away oft" up in Kona,
perhaps, at the end of a sixty-mile ride, so that the Congressmen will
be hungry enough when they reach it to relish a boiled owl.
In other words, to assure the greater comfort and pleasure to our
visitors we should shape our entertainment schemes to conform to their
lives and habits. This done, they will get quite enough out of inter
course vv ith the people, observation of our conditions, our scenic wond
ers and our climate to round out a satisfactory tour. Liquor and luaus
would tarnish the setting.
AN IMPORTANT DISCOVERY
The newspapers of the mainland have been giving considerable
space lately to the discovery of a process making gasoline from
waste crude oil, a process which will increase the gasoline output twelve
fold and render such thing as a stringency in the supply impossible, in
sofar as the mainland and Hawaii are concerned.
The discoverer is a San Francisco chemist named Kormann, who
for patriotic reasons, has granted the free use of the process to the
government during the continuation of the war. His secret lies in
the chemical treatment of the various products of crude oil, the maxi
mum output of which is now only six per cent of gasoline at best and
which he will increase to 52 per cent. The government has accepted
the offer of the rights of Kormann and will forthwith erect a plant
on the l'aciiie Coast for utilizing it.
The matter is of particular interest to us in the Islands, where
we are so largely at the mercy of the supply of gasoline. The new
means of multiplied production should remove any fears we have enter
tained as to the future in this regard.
Next Wednesday will be "Liberty Day," the afternoon of which
will be given over to boosting and working for the sale of Liberty
Bonds. Alaui should be. alive to the occasion and make a record bond
purchase day of it. So far, the number of subscribers on Maui to the
second issue of bonds is not up to expectations, and it is hoped that the
showing will be greatly improved by next Wednesday night.
Roenitz, the young German charged at Honolulu with espionage,
entered a plea of guilty and in the same breath proclaimed his inno
cence. It is plain that he lied on one point or the other, but, perhaps,
it makes little difference in his case. The interest of the public
now narrows itself down to the fact that the young man has been put
where he will be unable to do serious harm.
Sheriff .Crowell is to be commended for his determination to put
an end to brutality on the part of the police force of the island. Police
authority does not carry with it the right to assault helpless prisoners,
and in the Lahaina instance the sheriff did right in corning down with a
The visit of the llilo baseball team to Maui was much appreciated,
fhe boys proved themselves to be good snorts, as the savinjr trocs. and.
despite very bad luck, were good losers. Maui hopes that they may come
How many times in the past three years have we heard of the
extermination of German resistance in South Africa? The other day
came the information that fighting was still going on down there. Surely
the African Hun must have as many lives as a cat.
Possibly it was marbles that the young gentlemen of llilo had in
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Proclamation By the President !
This Liberty Loan gives the people of our coutry their op
portunity to sustain the government and its tn'ujht and power
which has been mobilized for the conduct of the ijreat war upon
which iiv are now embarked. Through it the whole country
joins in the mobilizution and is able to strike a mortal blow against
Prussian autocracy and in defense of our outraged American
rights, our own liberty und the liberty of the world.
Every subscriber to these Liberty Bonds, whether he or she
takes only one bond or takes more, lends the weight of that
contribution, the weight of that support to the force behind that
vital blow. He or she puts that amount to the patriotic service
of the country.
October jf is hereby designated and appointed Liberty Day.
On that day let all the people of every community of the country
assemble and pledge the fullest financial support within their
ability to the cause. Let there be patriotic meetings held every
where. Let us make the result of this campaign for the second
Liberty Loan bond issue so impressive and so emphatic that it
will echo to and in the enemy empire and be clear to all the zvorld
as an index of the intentions of America.
On that day all federal offices will be closed at noon and all
federal employes shall be free from all duties other than the
patriotic observance of the day.
. ,. WOODROW WILSON.
Vv uslriiKton, OetoliiT II, 1917.
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as a woman changes her mind.
An' others smoke VELVET.
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