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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Tost Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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L. D. TIMMONS
EDITOR AND MANAGER
NOVEMBER 30, 1917.
WORK OF THE FOOD ADMINISTRATION
So wonderful are the accomplishments of the National Food Ad
ministration turning out to be that the system may, perforce of its own
merits, establish itself as a more or less permanent institution, after the
war is over. No phase of industry seems too gigantic for it to tackle,
and the results to date seem to have been satisfactory to the in
dustries and of enormous benefit to the nation as a whole. We have
yet to hear of a single complaint, save for the shrieks and growls from
the cages of the speculators, and noises of that sort are, just now, not
bad to the American ear.
The Food Aministration has not confined its attention to the
regulation of prices, but has tackled the problems of production in a
wholesale way and of facilitating the marketing of products; and it
teems as though it is rapidly and surely solving the great responsibility
.of feeding the world, which has been largely thrust upon our country.
A case in point, illustrating the incalculable value of the Food Ad
ministration, has just worked itself out on the great cattle ranges of
Texas and New Mexico, where the drought this year has been unusu
ally severe. It became necessary to move hundreds of thousands of
head of cattle out of the dry districts into sections where water and
feed could be found for them, and it had be done quickly. Railroad
cars were not to be had, and the problem seemed so great as to be
The Food Administration was notified of conditions, and, Presto!
the problem was solved. In less than forty hours after the Food
Administration received word of the deplorable situation, cars were
moving into Texas. About 1500 livestock cars were taken from the
eastern section of the country, being furnished by the Pennsylvania;
Wabash; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Missouri Pacific; Chicago
& Northwestern ; Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and Elpaso & South
western lines. Then 1500 more cars were taken from the Illinois
Central; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy and Missouri Pacific, and
requisitions made for additional cars if needed.
What wa6 an unsolved problem to the cattlemen was easy to the
National Food Administration.
We are referring to this matter for the reason that it is this same
National Food Administration upon which we will have to depend for
the recommendations which will keep our sugar moving from the Is
lands promptly and in a satisfactory manner. If its wonderful ac
complishments throughout the country are to be regarded as indicative
of what may be worked out here, we have no reason to fear for the
prompt shipment of our sugar to the refineries.
BURBANK AND CORN MEAL
Strange as it may appear, the powerful wheat interests of the Unit
ed States have, of late months, systematically dashed cold water upon
the growing enthusiasm for a diet which includes cutting out so much
wheat flour and substituting therefor corn meal. In their campaign
for wheat flour all the time and corn meal not at all, they have made
the charge that a corn diet would be injurious to the national health, and
quote Luther Burbank, of California, as their authority for saying so.
Mr. Burbank has always been a "booster" for California wheat, but
when the statement that he had condemned the free use of corn meal
was shown him he was quite put out and issued the following statement :
"I am in thorough sympathy with the effort to get corn more gen
erally introduced into the dietary of the United States. It is in my opinion
the best cereal food, except wheat and rice, and people should by all
means be encouraged to use it far more liberally than it has been used,
as it supplies all of the elements of nutrition in nearly the right proior-
tions and will take the place of so much meat with great advantage to
the health of those who use it. It will certainly be far better to use a
good proportion of it rather than so much fine white flour."
DR. JAMESON, RAIDER
The death on Monday of Sir Leander Starr Jameson brought to
mind some of the most thrilling, although minor, incidents of the Boer
war. Jameson was a Scottish physician, administrator and free-booter,
born at Edinburgh, Feb. 8, 1853. He studied medicine at Edinburgh
and in London, and began practicing at Kimberley, Cape Colony, in
1S78. In 1891 he became administrator of Rhodesia for the South
African Company, and in 1895 led his famous raid into the Transvaal
Contrary to instructions, he entered the Transvaal at the head of 600
men, and overpowered by the Boers at Doornkop Jan. 2, 1896. He
was handed over to the British authorities for trial and given ten months,
but was released on account of ill health. In 1897 he returned to
Rhodesia and in the second Boer war served in the English army.
The strictest kind of a tabu should at once be placed upon the im
portation of refined sugar and candy fiom the mainland, and we are
delighted that this matter has been taken up in a business-like way at
Honolulu. The movement should have the endorsement and support to
the limit of merchants and consumers. Sugar refined in the Islands is
to be had in abundance. Of candy manufacturers there are 37 in Ho
nolulu, 23 on Hawaii, 11 on Maui and 12 on Kauai. On Maui and
Kauai the present manufacturers are all Japanese and cannot be expect
ed to supply the first-class trade. At Honolulu, however, there are
concerns capable of supplying all the islands. Let them all go in for
ilawaiian sugar in their candies, and then let all of the islands buy only
Ililo has decided to have one meatless day a week. It is assumed
however, that the rule will not apply to frogs' legs.
General Byng's campaign in Flanders has certainly started off with
a bang. In that order of things we assume that the Teutons will be
forced through the bung.
"TIPS" FROM MR. CHILD
The information branch t to this island by Mr. Child that Honolulu
merchants had agreed to take the entire Maui bean crop at coast prices,
rovided the beans are properly graded and fumigated, is encouraging.
There should be no great difficulty in meeting those two requirements.
The further suggestion is made that the growers get together and route
their entire crop through one, local agency. That also should be easy.
With the assurances brought by Mr. Child and the simple recom
mendations he has made the course of the Maui growers is plain. Just
a little effort right now, "while the iron is hot", and the bean industry
of the island may be put upon a permanent, firm footing.
He rather like the idea, too, of a central, Alaui agency to handle
other small products than beans. It would give the city dealer a direct
inc on the supply, eliminating the annoyance, delay and uncertainty of
correspondence with individual growers. If this idea could be worked
down to a going system it would, to our way of thinking, prove more
satisfactory than the present scheme, or than anything hitherto fully
Mr. Carl du Roi, manager of Ehlcrs & Co., Honolulu, an American
citizen, has been publicly charged with disloyal utterances at the time
of the internment of the crew of the German ship Geier and since, ami
n a letter to the press says that he will soon issue a statement that will
clear himself of the charges. This is a very serious matter. It is a
most unusual position for an American citizen at this time, and we hope
that too much talk bordering too closely on disloyalty has been allowed
he is not guilty. While on this subject, we would like to say, however,
that too much talkbordering too closely on disloyalty has been allowed
to go on too long. We have heard some of it on Maui and it is about
time that a little "jerking up" was done close around here.
Reference was made last week to Bulletin 353 of the Department of
griculture on "Home Canning of Fruits and Vegetables", as taught
to canning clubs in the Southern States. This is a valuable pamphlet
lor anyone interested tn the subject of home canning to have. Mr. r.
Krauss has procured a large number of them and they may be had
for the asking.
Maui doubled from the first the rumor that Filipino guardsmen of
this island .were mixed up in the lawlessness chareed to the militia at
Honolulu. It speaks well for the character and discipline of the local
men that they had no part in any of the trouble down there.
In their effort to get the truth from Hindu witnesses the govern
ment authorities at San Francisco will likely stumble upon some rare
traits of Hindu character traits that are .considerably at variance with
Although the United States has not formally declared war on Turkey,
a very determined and successful attack was made by American yes
leruay on turkey.
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