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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY. NOVEMI5ER23, 191.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Offlcs at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as sfcond-cUss matter.
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FRIDAY : : : NOYKMUER 23. I'M
thaxksgiuixg day, 1917.
Next Thursday will lie Thanksgiving Day.
When we think of the terrible world catastrophe into which our
,-ountry has heen drawn in the last seven months; of our peace-loving
iaud in military array; of the flower of our manhood by the hundreds
of thousands sailing away for war-torn Europe or preparing to go;
oi the many, many thousands of lives and billions of treasure to be
sacrificed, our first impulse is to turn away and ask, "For what can
we be thankful" ?
There is an answer. We can consistently be thankful that we
have a government and a people with the conscience and courage to
say to the murderer of women and children and the destroyer of small
nations-"Stop"! We can be thankful that Cod has given us the power
to enforce that injunction. Wc can be thankful that while carrying onthis
treat war we will be able to protect and sustain our own at home.
We can be thankful for the star of hope that when the struggle is
over we will have been the great instrumentality in bringing about the
triumph of right over tyranny, and the uplifting of many of the
peoples of Iuirojie from the heel of the oppressor.
In our own sea-girt realm wc can be thankful for a year of pros
perity, of local peace and of happiness. We can be thankful that there
has been no suffering here, and that we have been able to contribute
liberally for the great cause "over there". We can be thankful that
in the storm which has already broken upon our land, and which may
be of long duration, our industries are safe, and that a reasonable share
of prosperity will' continue to be ours.
The list might be extended indefinitely, but that is enough. In
our homes or in the houses of prayer next Thursday we may well enter
fully into the spirit of the occasion, and render unto Him who notes the
sparrow's fall the tribute of thanks which is all of due.
IX ADEQUATE PIRE-P1GIITIXG APPARATUS
We have had two striking demonstrations in fifteen days of the
inadequacy of our (ire-fighting equipment to say nothing of any in
efliciency that there may be in the department. The first was the
destruction of the teachers' cottage at l'uunene on the 8th., which was
in ashes before the fire apparatus had gotten much more than half
way to it ; and the second the burning of a considerable section of Ka
hului town last Saturday night. It is true that in the latter case the
department did very excellent work after arriving upon the scene, but
in the meanwhile a lot of. property had been destroyed which should
have been saved from the flames.
These instances indicate to us the imperative need of more compre
hensive facilities and increased efficiency. As the matter now stands
the one small station at Wailuku, with volunteer firemen, is supposed
to take care of all the towns in central Maui, some at great distances;
and, inasmuch as time is consumed in picking up the volunteer firemen
from the highways and byways and making the start from Wailuku,
the dependence is, most times, quite slender.
Of course it is impossible for each small town to have its own fire
station, but it would be practicable for each to have its squad of
volunteer firemen. Take the case of Kahului, for instance. There
should be in that town a squad of, say, twelve men. In case of fire
these men would assemble quickly, take charge, and direct the prompt
use of such fire extinguishers as they might have until the regular
apparatus arrived. Upon receiving an alarm from Kahului, the latter
would not waste valuable minutes picking up men from the theaters,
Market street and elsewhere, but would dash straight for the scene of
the lire, to be met instantly and joined there by the local squad the
scattered firemen of Wailuku coming on later, in autos or other ways.
This same system could easily be worked out at the camps and other
There was such a squad at Kahului some years ago, and much good
came of it, but it disintegrated, for the principal reason, it was under
stood at the time, that the volunteer firemen were required to pay poll
taxes. Something should be done to get it started up again.
In the meanwhile, if there is not law enough to compel motion
picture houses to keep adequate fire appliances around their machines,
Miere should be a very strict ordinance to that effect without delay.
A "COXSERVATIOX" MOVE
Something occurred at Haiku on Wednesday of this week, which,
to our mind, was the crossing of the boundary line between theoretical
and practical conservation of vegetables and leguminous food. On
that day the cannery made the start canning string beans for the market,
the exierimcnt to be carried out in co-operation with the Agricultural
Extension Division and the small farmers of Haiku. Five varieties of
beans were included in the initial venture. The quantity of beans in the
first pack will not be large, but if success is met with, and the demand
proves anything like what it should be, the output will be increased.
Now, it is up to the consumers of Maui to get behind this experi
ment and make it a success. It is not convenient for many people to
get freh beans, with the result that they buy the canned article from
the stores, shipped in here from California. I.et all such housekeepers
declare a tabu forthwith on imported goods and demand the Maui
canned, string beans. The store may not have them the first day, but
will lose no lime in getting them, once the demand is started.
If this experiment in canning string beans is a success, the venture
will be expanded to include jieas, tomatoes, corn, etc. A united purpose
to use these home products is full of the finest possibilities. It is "con
servation" brought down from its long string in the air to a linn base.
It means cutting away from supplies so much needed on the mainland,
Keeping our money at home and creating new business for our homc
..tcadcrs and canneries.
Maui can easily be made all ihe nation asks (nearly, or quite, self
sustaining in the matter of foodstuffs) if the consumers will only com
bine on a policy of sticking to local products. The public has made a
fine start in the item of Maui corn meal, and the demand for that pro
duct is rapidly increasing. Now let us take up Maui canned, string
I cans, and soon we will have a ' '1st of Maui products to drawn upon.
A -TIP- PROM C AX ADA
Some months ago the food controller of Canada declared a ban on
the sale or use of canned vegetables. In the opinion of the controller
there was a sufficient supply of fresh vegetables available to meet
demands and that by consuming canned garden produce at the time, the
Dominion's winter supply would be endangered. The rule benefitted
the market for newly grown vegetables and prevented quantities going
Canada has fresh vegetables for a few months only in the year, and
cans for winter use. Maui has fresh vegetables the year around, but
buys the same articles in cans from California. See the point?
Oil, YOU HORRID UKULELE!
There are 20,000 Portuguese in the Hawaiian Islands ,and it is
charged that these people, and not the natives, arc responsible for the
ukulele. It has long been a matter of common knowledge that the
instrument was introduced into the islands by a Portuguese, but that
is not really the question of greatest moment. So long as the ukulele
was confined to Hawaii it was almost as harmless as a banjo, the guitar
or the mandolin. Nobody then had a word to say against it. The
p. lint that needs to be cleared up is Where lies the responsibility for
.ntroduciiig it, not into Hawaii, but into the United States? Christian
.Newspaper editors do not, as a rule, aspire with particular confi
dence to the Presidency, but the profession is just no wbeing met more
than half way, perhaps, by ex-Presidents who are becoming editors.
A few months ago Mr. Roosevelt joined the stall" of a Kansas City paper
and now Mr. Taft has accepted an offer n become a member of the
staff of the Philadelphia Public Ledger. Through the president's chair
to the editorial tripod will, as a rule, not always work both ways, how
The Honolulu newspapers, in criticizing the management of the
Marketing Division, should be ashamed of themselves. Are they not
aware that the Marketing Division, although publicly authorized, is a
"private snap" and, therefore, its management is not subject to criticism?
We hope that the "champion' Filipino baseball team which is com
ing over here next month for a series can really play the game. It
is becoming rather tiresome to write scare headlines about world-bct-ers
headed this way, to find out later that they can't make first base
without the indulgence of the Maui players.
GERM AX COLLAPSE IX FRAXCE
The apparent collapse of the Herman line at the British front in
France, which began early in the week and has continued daily since,
tonus one of the most important items in the current war news. The
tact that Cerman heavy, artillery, with the gunners, were taken by
l.rilish infantry and cavalry indicated in the most positive way that
the former and the guards for same were without sufficient ammunition
to resist any sort of attack. That in itself was not so important, but
it was proof conclusive that Cennany is no longer in position to keep
her long lines supplied with ammunition. If it were possible to press
the so-called H'mdenburg line all the way down to Alsace it might be
found that there would be a general collapse. Ccrmany is no longer
able to hold more than one front at a lime, and if defeat is met with
in the one strong drive into Italy the Central Powers will realize that
the beginning of the end is al last at hand.
I f for no other reason, men having guilty knowledge of conspiracies
;gainst friendly powers and refusing or failing to divulge the same are
not, at this stage of the world's experiences, fit for American citizen
ship. There are possibly such in California and other parts of the
I'nion; and, if so, applications from them for the rights of citizenship
might very well be pigeon-holed until peace is fully established.
The exceptionally dry conditions on Maui should be borne in mind
by everybody all the time, and every precaution maintained against
lire. The danger i great in all of the towns. Unless all precedents are
to be broken, the heavy, winter rains are now close at hand, when
extreme watchfulness will no longer be necessary. In the meanwhile,
let us be exceedingly careful. Our tire-lighting equipment may not
be all it should, but we do not get anywhere by kicking. The thing to do
is to recognize the lire danger tnd try to assist in minimizing it.
Th.- rcpott that Cennany will take over-the properly of Americans
living in Cennany does not annoy us a particle. If there lives an
American who has been able to endure conditions in Cennany in the
prist three years or more as a regular thing, we want Germany to tie
him up and keep him there, lie is not wanted on this side, and we care
equally little about his Cerman property.
The men of the Japanese cruiser Tokiwa will be heartily welcomed
on Maui near the end of the month. The Tokiwa is one of the vessels
which will make the "Pacific eaceful" during the war.
The strange fish captured by Aseu at Kihei would make a valuable
addition to the aquarium at Honolulu. Aside from its unusual form
and character, it is a beautifully colored creature.
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