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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered 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
EDITOR AND MANAGER
DECEMBER 7, 1917
THE "CONSERl'ATION" CAMPAIGN
W'c have liad so much to say, editorially and othiTwisi-, on the sub
ject of food conservation that we feel it may be at the expense of the
patience of our readers to make a "leader" of it again. But, really
what can be more important just now? We are no longer dealing with
possibilities, with situations that may be encountered; but with a prob
lem that is definitely laid out ahead of us and which must be met.
Since our last issue the United States has probably found it necessary to
extend the war to include Austria, Bulgaria and Turkey. This will mean
more men for our armies and less man-force in the production of food
supplies for the world.
On Maui the brunt of the work of arousing interest in this subject
has fallen upon a few women and men. These have worked most as
siduously, and the process of enlisting co-operating enthusiasm has been
difficult and slow. There should, and must, be an awakening all along
;.nd down the line, from the wealthiest to the poorest, if the campaign
is to be productive of the results aimed at.
Everybody can help. If the reader does not know how, or where,
to begin let him get in touch with those actively engaged in the campaign
and put his shoulder, also, to the wheel. Maui can do little in the great
national and international undertaking, it is true; but we can "do our
bit." and that is all that is expected of us.
OUR WAR'S NEW ANGLES
It seems a pity in one way that we may find it necessary to declare war
on Austria and Bulgaria, for the reason that neither of those countries
have been directly parties to the crimes committed by Germany against
the United States. In being allies of Germany, however, they are.
technically, equally guilty; and the invasion of the territory of Italy,
after that country had become our ally, by Bulgarian, Austrian and
German troops together is the crowning act which forces America into
cen, armed hostility to the two former countries. As for Turkey,
there was ground for a declaration of war at the time the U. S. S.
Scorpion, a small, American gun-boat, was seized at Constantinople
when we declared war on Germany, but for some reason it was passed
The declaration of war by the United States on the allies of Ger
many will be of immense encouragement to Italy and will have a good
effect in Russia. Rumania and what is left of Serbia will take new heart,
and Greece will probably assume a bolder stand.
" It must be plain to the whole world that the United States has
been wonderfully patient and long-suffering with Austria, Turkey and
Bulgaria, as allies of Germany, and is taking drastic action only when
the last straw has been piled on. But the time has now fully arrived
when we must "go the whole hog" and assist our allies in cleaning up
trie whole, hellish mess.
The changed situation will open the way for American encourage
ment and assistance to an invasion of Turkey by Japan, China and Siam,
and a development of that sort may be regarded as a possibility of the
NOT THE MAUI BATTALION
Officers of the Maui battalion of the Second Infantry, X. G. II.,
complain that an injustice is being done their companies by the news
papers and others in the sweeping charges being bandied about against
the Second Infantry, The regiment is equally divided between three Is
lands, and it is iointed out that the disorders complained of at Camp
I.iliuokalani and at Honolulu were caused by troops of the Second In
fantry belonging to battalions other than the one from Maui.
The "kick" is justified. Maui men were not involved in any way
in the misbehavior about which there has been so much comment. The
trouble at the camp was among the Oahu and Kauai troops, and the
latter battalion was alone involved in whatever disturbance there was
around the waterfront at the time of departure. The blame should
rest with the battalions to which it belongs, and the attempt to saddle
it upon the entire Second Infantry is manifestly wrong.
It is a pity that Garcia, before being executed, was not taken to
Xohala and made to verify his confession that he killed the school girl,
Harriet Kunane. He should have been made to lead the way to the
spot where the crime was committed and to rehearse certain parts of
the facts which are known to the police. However straightforward
and reasonable his story may have been there will always be a feeling
that, knowing he must die anyhow for a second murder, lie might have
trumped it up for the purpose of freeing the other man, Bilinueva. It
is too late now. The murderer is dead, and his confession can no longer
be verified. His success in having his confession accepted may result
in other cases of the same kind.
Hilo was unable to carry out its first food "conservation" day to
the full extent on account of the inability of the bakers to get a supply
of corn meal, and is now awaiting a supply of the needful to come from
the Coast. Why it did not occur to the good people of the Crescent City
to have their corn meal brought across the narrow channel from Maui
is not explained, but we assume that it was merely another instance of
the habit of looking to the Coast food bins for everything. Practical
conservation consists in raising what we consume or consuming only
what we raise. Changing from one Coast product to another Coast
product, even though the latter be more plentiful, seems like begging
If the present scheme of allowing bonus to plantation laborers is
(o be continued in 1918, certainly the sugar figure from and above which
the bonus is calculated should be raised to cover war taxes and extra
ordinary expenses incident to world conditions. A fairer way, alter
all, even after allowing for unusual expenses, might be to pool the
Inures of the net profits of all the plantations and base the bonus on
the average. Owing to the drought some plantations have made very
little, while others have probably lost money.
Eet us not carry the spirit of "conservation" into the Christmas
of the children. The joy of the little folk at the one season of the year
which is peculiarly their very own should not, in the slightest degree,
1 e marred by the cloud brought upon the earth by the wicked ambitions
With the Tibetan tom-tom on the western front the Allied armies
will surely have the last word in music to spur them on to victory. We
thought the Hawaiian ukulele had finished the list, but had lost sight
of ixjssibilities from the Ilimalaya-Kuenlun plains.
The action of the Haiku farmers in changing the constitution of
their association so that Maui residents generally, interested in its pur
poses, may become members of the organization occurs to us as a good
move. It cannot possibly do any harm, and much benefit may come
from the enlistment of new ideas and enthusiasm.
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