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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
Intnred at the Tost Offlc at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
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L. D. TIMMONS
(ACTING) EDITOR AND MANAGER
XOYKMHKR 2, 1917
WHAT MAUI CAN DO TO HELP
A public meeting will be bcld in the Community House in Kaluilui
jit 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon for the purpose of discussing the im
portant question of food conservation. Indications are that the attend
ance w ill be large, and the hope is general that much of value to the
campaign will be evolved.
The augmentation of the food supply and food conservation form
a question which is engaging the attention of all classes from the
Atlantic to the Pacific coasts of America. As a problem, the question
ranks next in weight to, the great one of success w ith arms on the battle
field, for the latter depends, in a large measure, upon the former. The
President and his cabinet have led the way in keeping the matter con
stantly before the public; and all over the land there is a wonderful
unanimity of purpose and elTort for greatly increased production of the
necessities of life and the elimination of waste.
Of course wc all know (the whole world knows) that it is not essen
tially for America that this enormous effort is being put forth, and that
conservation is made necessary. W ere wc alone in the war with Ger
many we would have food for export and to waste. . Put the fortunes
of war have placed upon our shoulders the responsibility of feeding
nrllions upon millions of women and children, and fighting men, of
Europe, and to meet a responsibility which we cannot avoid if we would,
the supreme effort which is being called out and sacrifices entailed are
Our power in the Islands to assist in the enlargement of the food
supply of the nation is confined to the single item of sugar. Pineapples
and coffee count for little. We do not produce enough rice to supply
our own needs. In the matter of production, therefore, our "bit" is
sugar; and every pound we are able to add to America's supply helps
In place of being a producer, able to assist in the important work
of increasing the supply of general foodstuffs, this Territory is a con
sumer. We draw tremendously upon the mainland for our food, with
out giving anything, except our principal product, in return. This is
not because it is necessary, but because we have gotten in the habit
of doing things that way. In normal times the practice is not objection
able, so long as we have the money, and the supply is ample ; but in ex
tremes like these, when the supply is not there to be spared, it is con
trary to the spirit of the times and our own professed desire to help
to keep it up. It is wofully inconsistent that we should join in the
chorus of "increased production and conservation," and at the same
time keep holding our plates up to the mainland table and calling for
"more, more" of the very things that are so much needed over there
and in Europe; and we in position to have it otherwise if we would only
honestly and earnestly try.
"That's right; give it to those Honolulu people," we almost hear
No; we were not thinking of Honolulu people except in a general
way. On account of the larger population, Oahu is the least indepen
dent of any of the islands in the matter of foodstuffs. We were think
ing more particularly of Hawaii, of Kauai and of Maui; and for pres
ent purposes, will discuss the question as to Maui alone.
The committee having in charge the program for the meeting to
morrow afternoon will invite answers to the sub-query : "What can
Maui do to help?"
The question is a big one, for the reason that minor considerations
merge into it; but when they are all gathered together and headed up
it will be found that the following cap will fit nicely: "Maui can help
by feeding herself, enabling other to conserve foodstuffs (which are
brought in here by the shipload from the mainland) for use in connec
tion with the war." We have an ample supply of meat, which cannot
be shipped advantageously to the mainland. Eet us use it, and cut out
the tons upon tons of canned meats brought here and which arc needed
over there. Cut out further tons of canned vegetables and fruits, and
use only our local products, which are going to waste for want of de
mand. Let potatoes, rice and taro take the place of so much flour.
The idea can be carried clear on down the line to salt, if we choose.
It may come a little awkward as to some articles at first, but those
things have a way of adjusting themselves, as we all know; and if we
are really in earnest about doing our "bit" in the way of food conserva
tion, the satisfaction of knowing that we are going about it in the only
practical w ay will help a great deal.
The responsibility in the whole matter rests principally with the
public. The merchant keeps those things that he can sell. If people
will use Maui beef and pork in place of canned meats, the merchant
will not order from Chicago and California. If they buy Maui vege
tables, fruits, potatoes, taro, rice and legumes at the stores, and will
accept nothing else, the merchants will be quick to lay in stocks of such
necessities; and the wholesale importations from the mainland will stop
First, there must be a united movement by the consuming public,
having as its object the use exclusively of Maui-grown food products,
as nearly cutting out absolutely as may be possible, so long as the neces
sities of the present war situation may continue, imported foodstuffs.
The immediate effect of such a movement would be to cause the
merchant to draw heavily upon the local producers for supplies; and
that would have the effect of tremendously stimulating the growth of
food products on the island, incidentally meaning prosperity to small
farming for a long time; keeping our food money at home and helping
win the war by leaving our considerable share of America's food supply
v.here it will do the most gool.
"What can Maui do to help?"
By feeding herself Maui can help the common cause all the way
from San Francisco to the farthest limit of the firing lines in Europe.
It is not food conservation nor economy, as understood for pres
ent emergencies on the mainland, that are needed here. It is not for
to pUconstrve-" Our duty s to keep our hands out of the mainland
)ly, in order that they, over there, may "conserve." The gen
eral use of locally grown produce would bring out the supply here
quick enough, and there would be no occasion for economy.
hat Maui can "do to help" is plain and simple.
Is Maui equal to the task? That is the question.
THE LATEST GERMAN RUSE
"Give the devil his due", is a saying terse and old. Proceeding upon
it, wc must give the Germans credit for the ruse which they recently
pulled off around Riga and the Gulf of Finland, with what appeared to
have been complete success. In the light of present events it seems
positive that that entire movement was a blind, intended to divert the
iltcntion of the Allies to that quarter while troops in very large numbers
were being massed to attack the Italians in the south. What the final
results may be, insofar as Italy is concerned, cannot now be foreseen ;
but it is certain that the ruse worked perfectly and that an immense
.dvantagc temporary at least was gained by German arms in the
south as the direct result of it.
The incident should drive home again to the Allies the truth that
the Germans arc capable of any ruse or any trick; and that every point
and every move of the Huns should be watched and regarded with
suspicion, lhe history of the war is full of Teutonic trickery, from
the invasion of Belgium and the famous ruse at the Mazurian Lakes
to the present time. We should be on our guard every minute.
WICK E RSI I A M 'S POSI TI ON
Certain papers have tried to make capital out of a ruling of the
then Attorney-General Wickersham, in 1912, that the President was
without authority to send conscripted soldiers of the United States
abroad, and Judge Landis has telegraphed Wickersham about it. Al
though already given out to the press, the correspondence is so much
lo the point that it is here reproduced in full. The wire of Judge
Landis was as follows :
"George V. Wickersham: The kaiser boosters quote you as
authority tor proposition United States is without power to send
conscript army abroad. To what opinion do these liars refer?
"KENESAW M. LANDIS."
To which Wickersham replied as follows:
"K. M. Landis: Kaiser boosters must refer to my opinion Feb:
17, 1912, to the effect constitution limits uses of militia to purposes
defined in paragraph 15, section 8, article 1; therefore president with
out authority to send organized militia into foreign country as part
of army of occupation. To avoid this objection national guard act
of June 3, 1916, provided drafting all or any members of national
guard into service of United States, thus leaving president free to
send them where he wishes. Damn the kaiser.
"GEORGE W. WICKERSHAM."
THE MAUI MEN DRAFTED
The first drawing under the selective draft system, which took
place at Honolulu yesterday and last night, and indicated the young men
of Maui who would first be called to the colors, brings the fact that we
are actually in the war a bit nearer to us. The appeals for the Red
Cross, then the Liberty Loans and now the drafting of our men are the
steps which are gradually leading up to our participation in the struggle,
cither on the battle fronts or in filling garrisons that more seasoned
troops may engage in the actual fighting. Maui gives her young men
willingly, and we feel certain that, when the time comes, they will be
found ready and anxious to go. We also feel certain that wherever
duty calls their conduct will be creditable to the Territory, to Maui
and to themselves. Good fortune and aloha to Maui's drafted men !
"The Timberman", a trade journal, calls attention to the amount
and cost of lumber used by the United States in the cantonments for
troops recently erected, and the figures are so large as to be almost
startling. In the first place, there was expended in the construction of
these cantonments a total of $150,000,000. There are 2,500 buildings in
each cantonment, or 32,000 in all. For these buildings, four billion feet
of lumber from 190 mills were used. It required 8,000 cars to transport
the material. Inasmuch as all this is merely a preliminary step to war
activities, some idea may be gleaned of the enormity of the undertaking
of our nation. War is what Sherman said it was in more ways than
The arrival of Harold Rice and party at the French Frigate Shoals
just as the captain and men were deserting their stranded ship was an
instance of the most remarkable luck in sea annals. They not only
rescued the men still on the Churchill from the danger of starvation on
the barren rock, but doubtless saved the lives of those in the small boat.
A peculiarly striking point is that they arrived at the minute when most
Maui's battalion of the National Guard will begin leaving a week
from tonight for encampment on Oahu. Although they will probably
never go farther than that, we hope that the experience will be helpful,
making of them better soldiers, individually and collectively.
In subscribing something like a million and a half to the second
Liberty Loan, plantations, other business enterprises and individuals
of Maui have done well. We have no reason to be ashamed of that
Two weeks from tonight the Congressional party will be with us
on Maui. This is just a reminder. It is assumed that everybody is
reasonably alive to the situation, but the time is rapidly drawing near.
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