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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost 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 : : : EDITOR AND MANAGER
FRIDAY : : : NOVEMBER 16, 1917
the passing of hawaits queen
The news of the death of Queen Liliuokalani at Honolulu last Sun
day, while not unexpected, was a shock to many on Maui and was
received with feelings and expressions of deepest regret. To old-timers
it was not only the snapping of the main link betw een the regal past
and the democratic present in Hawaii, but it meant the closing of a
life which had passed through the tires of the bitterest antagonism
into a career of dignified womanhood and usefulness, and, finally, into
a sunset of sincerest respect and love. The younger generation had
personally known only of the latter, and to such the death of Hawaii's
Oueen has possibly been equally impressive.
Many there are who remember the bitterness of the years follow
ing the overthrow of the monarchy, in which the Oueen was a central
figure; the soldiers, the sandbags around the capitol building, the gleam
ing field pieces, the intrigues, the attempt at restoration in 1895 and the
uneasiness until the American Bag went up on August 12, 1898. But
'likewise will they remember the linal dignified acquiescence of Eiliuo
kalaui in the inevitable and the unfolding of her true character in the
manifestation of genuine patriotism and love for all people, friends and
ioniK foes, which increased as the passing years drew her carcei
toward life's evening shadows.
Some of those whose lives paralleled the more active years of
the late Oueen quite possibly remember much to criticize; but in the light
of more recent events one is moved to wonder if, after all, her mistakes
of the long ago were not inspired entirely by unwise advisers. The
future historian and the student yet farther removed from the bitter
ness of the time will probably so rule; and it is but Christian for us to
meet this ultimate conclusion half way. Let us close the veil, so far
as is possible, upon these errors of the mind and remember Liliuokalani
for what she has been to us for so many years a good, Chistian Oueen.
RENEWED ENTHUSIASM NEEDED
We much deplore the necessity of complaining about the waning
interest of the ladies of Maui in Red Cross work. Awhile back there
was great enthusiasm and earnestness, but, somehow, of late, there
has been a disapointing slackness, both as to attendance upon meetings
and as to general results. For instance, at the last meeting in Wailuku,
there were only twelve ladies present, while there should have been
thirty-live or forty. Numerous other instances, suggesting a weakening
of interest, might be recited. This,' following a season of the most
commendable activity, is the more surprising .for the reason that, with
the rush of troops to France, the need of the handiwork of the ladies,
through the Red Cross, is far more urgent than ever before.
'It is hoped that the ladies of Maui will re-muster their enthus
iasm in this vitally important work. Please gel in touch again with
the pressing need; attend the meetings, and help bear the burden of
"those who cannot fight."
THE AMERICAN OF FOREIGN DESCENT
A gentleman of a Maui town has handed us a copy of a speech
recently delivered by Mr. Otto H. Kahn, of the great banking house
of Kuhn, Eoeb & Company, German-Amercian, that so clearly defines
the true position of foreign-born citizens of this country that we feel
called upon to reprint extracts therefrom, as of undoubted interest to
our readers. Mr. Kahn, himself German born, said:
"Tin- dfl'erence in the degree of guilt as between the Herman
people and their Prussian or Prussia nized rulers and leaders for
the monstrous crime of this war and the atrocious barbarism of its
conduct, is the difference between the man who, aetiiiK under the
influence of a poisonous drug, runs amuck in mad frenzy and the
unspeakable malefactor who administered that dins, well knowing
and fully intending the ghastly consequences which were bound
"The world fervently longs for peace. Iiut there can be no
peace answering to the true meaning of the world, no peace permit
ting the nations of the earth, great and small, to walk unarmed
and unafraid, until the teaching and the leadership of the apostles
of an outlaw creed shall have become discredited and hateful
the sight of the German people, until that people shall have awaken
ed to a consciousness of the unfathomable guilt of those whom they
have followed into calamity und shame, unt'l a mood of penitence
and of detent respect for the opinions of mankind shall have sup
planted the sway of what President Wilson has so trenchantly
termed 'truculonct treachery.' . . .
"When the war commenced," said Mr. Kahn, "I believed that
til's was no ordinary war between peoples for a question of national
interest or even national honor, but a conflict between fundamental
prnciples and ideas; and so believing, 1 was bound to feel that
the natural lines of race, blood and kinship could not be the deter
mining lines for one's attitude and alignment; but that each man,
whatever h's origin, had to decide according to his judgment and
conscience on which side was the right and on which was the wrong
and take his stand accordingly, whatever the wrench and anguish
of the dec'sion. And thus 1 took my stand three years ago. . . .
"For we Americans of foreign antecedents are here not by the
accidental tight of birth, but by our own free choice for better or
for worse. We are your fellow citizens because you accepted our
oath of alleg'anee as given in good faith, and because you have
opened to us in generous trust the portals of American opportunity
i and freedom, and have admitted us to membership in the family of
1 Americans, giving us equal rights in the great Inheritance which has
I been created by the blood and the toil of your ancestors, asking noth
ing from us in return, but decent citizenship and adherence to those
V ideals and principles which are symbolized by the glorious flag of
1 America. . . .
j "As Washington led Americans of British blood to fight aga;nst
' Ureal iiritain, as Lincoln called upon Americans of I he North to light
their very brothers of the South, so Americans of German descent
are now summoned to join in our country's righteous struggle
against a people of their own blood which, under th evil spell of a
dreadful obsession, an4, Heaven knows, through no fault of ours,
has made itself Ihe enemy of this peace-loving nation, as it is the
enemy of peace and right and freedom throughout the world.
"To gain America's independence, to defeat oppression and 1y
ranny, was indeed lo gam a great cause. To preserve the union,
to eradicate slavery, was perhaps a greater still. To defend the very
foundations of P.berty and humanity, the very groundwork of fair
dealing between nations, the very basis of peaceably living together
among the peoples of the earth against the tierce and brutal on
I slaught of ruthless, lawless, faithless m'ght; to spend the lives and
the fortunes of this generation so that our descendants may be
i freed from the dreadful calamity of war and the fear of war, so that
I the energies and million and bllTons of treasure now devoted to
I plans and instruments of destruction, may be given henceforth
to fruitful works of peace and progress and to the betterment of
the conditions of the people that Is the highest cnuBe .for which any
people ever unsheathed its sword.
"He who shirks the full measure of his duty and allegiance in that
noblest of causes, be he German-American, Irish-American, or any
other hyhennted American, be he I. W. W. or socialist or whatever
the appellation, does not deserve to stand amongst Americans or
indeed amongst free men anywhere.
"lie who, secretly or overtly, tries to thwart the declared will
and nim of the nation in this holy war, is a traitor, and a traitors' fate
should be his."
WAR SITUATION CHANCED AGAIN
The pendulum of success, which has swung so frequently to one
side or the other during the war, seems this week to be again on the
side of the Allies, although a week ago it was the other way. With the
Italians on the run at the south and Kcrcnsky's government overthrown
at Petrograd, the situation a few days ago w as not satisfactory. But.now,
it is different. The Italians are making a stand, and French and English
reinforccmentsare rushing to their assistance, while the long arm ofUncle
Sam is reaching around into the Mediterranean with the "wherewithal".
Kerensky, far from being beaten, is asserting his power in such way
as promises to bring order out of chaos in the near future, which, while
it may not be of material advantage to the Allies in man power, will,
at least, prevent the liberation of some 600,000 German prisoners in
Russia, the services of whom are now so much needed by the Huns.
A feature of the week's news was to be noted in the small number
of cssels torpedoed. The approach of winter may have had something
to do with this, but the indication certainly was and is that the submarine
lampaign is weakening.
Taken altogether, the week has been a very satisfactory one, despite
the loss of a few of our own men at the western front.
The December number of the Paradise Of The Pacific indicates
in its one hundred pages of valuable reading matter and beautiful illus
trations a most ambitious effort. In its riot of cloring and metropolitan
adjustment it encroaches closely upon the achievements of greater en
terprises of the mainland; and Honolulu and the Islands may quite
consistently feel proud of it.
The news in last night's wireless which indicated that the United
States had been, or was, shipping sugar to Russia doubtless caused a
lifting of eyebrows throughout the land. If it has come to the point
where America is called upon to supply a heavy sugar producing coun
try with the commodity, it is little wonder that sugar is unusually high.
The circumstance also suggests that Russia is even farther down and
out than reports have indicated.
THE RED FISH INVASION
The ancient sui.erstition that visits of red fish in large numbers
to the Islands portend the death of some member of the royal family,
absurd as it may be, has just had what may be considered by many a
remarkable substantiation. A few months ago there started running
into and around the harbors of the Islands such schools of alalaua as
had not been seen before in five years or more, if not in many years
prior to that ; and the schools of aweoweo, or grown alalaua, are still
here. When the little red fish first started coming in months ago, the
older natives shook their heads and declared that one of their aliis
must go. It has so turned out. Of course the supposition that there
is, or can be, any connection between the two circumstances is ridiculous,
but the singular thing to anybody is that the two incidents should have
happened together, so many times in history, as to create a more or less
Maui is greatly disappointed that none of the Congressmen are to
visit this island, but under the extraordinary circumstances, it is well.
We hope that they will remember, when going away, that they missed
teeing an important and interesting section of the Territory of Hawaii,
and that that may prove an incentive to another visit to the Islands ere
Alfred W. Carter says he made a mistake in his first letter and that
the price of beef would be raised two cents, in place of one cent, a
pound. The thought struck us, originally, that the beef trust was be
coming rather liberal in its allowance to the public.
The policy of the Maui board of supervisors not to insure school
property is unw ise. The money lost on the teachers' cottage at Puunenc
last week would have paid the insurance on the cottages of the entire
island for several years.
The Maui Chamber of Commerce and the Racing Association are
both to be congratulated on securing a real home of their own. It
is a progressive move.
It was heartless of Oahu to shear the Samsonian locks of our
Maui's horse is ready for that Hilo marathon, but we have not
heard how the others of Mr. Wadsworth's team are coming along.
Queen Liliuokalani's life was a stormy one, and it appears that,
even after she is gone, the tempests are to rage about her estate.
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