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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1918.
THE MAUI NEWS
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JANUARY 18, 1918
the case op captain green .
As near as we have been able to gather, Captain F. J. Green,
head of the selective draft, was not known to have been under the in
ihicncc of liquor while in Wailuku in October nor on the occasion of
his second visit recently. The first time here he was exceedingly
busy every day in connection with the selective draft, being a great deal
in the company of the county sheriff, head of the local draft board.
On his second visit here he was quite busy in connection with the
registration of Korean youth, acting for the secretary of the Territory.
.At that time he was not seen often by so many business men of Wai
hiku. but a few frequently in contact with him say that they are now
surprised to hear that he was drinking while here.
Efforts to trace the source of any liquor the Captain may have
purchased have been equally fruitless, and it seems to be the general
belief of those most intimately acquainted with his movements and
habits while here that if he had any liquor at all he must have brought
it to the island with him, and it must have been a small quantity only.
Had the deceased not stated that he had been drinking here, his local
friends would doubtless be ready to declare that he had not.
We refer to the matter in this connection, not with any view to
shielding the officer, or diverting any blame in the matter from the
shoulders of Maui, but for the sole purpose of giving the public the
best information of a regrettable incident that we have been able to
JAPANESE SAKE AND PROHIBITION
The appeal of the Japanese chamber of commerce of the Territory
to Washington for the omission of sake from any regulations that
may be adopted prohibiting the manufacture or sale of liquors in Ha
waii during the war period seems to be based solely upon the proposi
tion that no foodstuffs, of American origin, are used in the manufac
ture of that liquor.
The government is settling that phase of the argument by limit
ing, all over the United States, the amount of grain or other food pro
ducts that may be used in the manufacture of liquors. That is not
the point the American commercial bodies, and most thinking men of
the Islands, are driving at at all. The government has said that the offi
cers and men of the army and navy shall not have liquor of any kind
during the period of the war, for the reason that it impairs their fit
ness for duty. The commercial bodies have answered that if liquor
unfits soldiers for duty, it must also unfit citizens for their important
duties in these critical times. The element of food conservation, or
saving, entered very little, if at all, into the local argument on the ques
tion. That all being so, it is up to the Japanese chamber of commerce to
show that sake is not an intoxicating liquor, and that its use will not
unfit men of these Islands for the important work which we so plainly
have ahead. If it is an intoxicating liquor, it is a dead certainty that,
should prohibition come to pass, American citizens, soldiers, sailors and
everybody else accustomed to using liquor of any kind would resort
to sake; and in that way the purposes of the government and of the
American commercial bodies of Hawaii would be defeated by this
We will make the Japanese chamber of commerce the declaration
that sake is an intoxicating liquor, and that a man can get as thorough
ly paralyzed, or crazy drunk on it as on the fiercest Jersey lightning
sold over the bars of the joints in Chinatown of Honolulu. If it can
be shown that we are wrong on this, we will cheerfully withdraw our
WHAT IV E LIKE AND WHAT WE NEED
The present day German sugar rations, according to official statistics,
is just about one-tenth of what we Americans eat. t Their wheat ration
is twenty-seven percent, lower than our wheat consumption. Their
meat ration amounts to one-sixth of the meat we eat, while their fat
ration is 4.7 percent of ours. Yet we have every assurance that the
Germans are sufficiently, even if not well, fed. Judging from the best
reports available, their only serious shortage is fats, especially dairy
fats, which unfortunately bears hardest on the children.
What does this mean? It must mean either that we eat very much
more of these foods than we actually need, or else' that the German peo
ple so manage their supplies that they get more out of a given amount
than we do, and so conserve their vital foods for vital needs.
There is a good deal of evidence that, in spite of three years' war
and a world shortage, we are still regarding food from the point of
view of our likes and not of our necessities, lake a recent sugar
shortage as an example: We made quite a good deal of noise about
that. Yet what was the truth of the matter? Why, that our ninety
pound-per-annum appetite for sugar was hit a blow. But the French
i.re now on less than thirteen pounds, and the Italians are getting along
on a .nine-pound-a-year ration, while the Lnghsh, who had a ninety-thrce-pound-a-year
appetite for sugar, have cut to twenty-six pounds
The fact that the English people can get along with no serious
detriment to their health on a great deal less than a third of the sugar
they used to consume, can only mean that a large part of that con
sumption was because of a national swecth tooth, and not a national
But, after admitting that, we must be very sure not to classify our
demand for sugar altogether as a mere taste. Sugar is as necessary to
the human body as coal is to a steam engine. It gives it energv. It
gives it warmth. Clothes keen us warm. Sugar makes us warm.
And that puts it up to us this way : Many of the pounds of sugar
we consume are over and beyond what we need, and represent taste only,
We have on the scale before us our taste for sugar and the 'Allies
need of it. To which side are we going to send the balances?
THE TERRITORIAL PAIR
The decision of the Territorial Fair Commission to hold its first,
big function at Honolulu around June 11 brings up again the question
of the possibility and desirability of Maui flashing on her next county
lair during the coming Spring.
Perhaps every resident of this island feels that the Maui county fair
has come to stay, and should be considered a permanent, annual leaturt
The Territorial fair idea is new, and, while it is to be encouraged as a
good thing, should not in any manner or sence crowd out, or take the
place of the local enterprise. There is nothing conflicting about the
'.wo propositions; in fact they can be made to work together, to the
good of both.
One advantage, then, in holding a fair here in the Spring would
be that the preparation made for the one could be used to advantage in
llie other. The hard and difficult work in connection with a fair lies
in the assembling of exhibits; and, in our case, the county fair could
be used as an effective incentive for a display which would be a credit
to the island at the more ambitious, Territorial splurge. The question
is well worth early and earnest consideration.
The President has appointed four new postmasters in the Islands,
only one of whom is even so much as known to the Democratic central
committee of the Territory. This would seem to indicate that Link's
organization is just now cutting ice in execedngly small chunks, at least
insofar as tne i resiueni is tonterneu.
EGGS AT NINETY CENTS
Last Friday we published a letter from a man engaged in the busi
ness of raising poultry, advancing explanations as to why it was now-
necessary to sell eggs at 90 cents a dozen. His reasons seemed to be
quite plausible. At the samclime ,we can not quite get away from the
tact that on the same day the Territorial Marketing Division, at Hono
lulu, was quoting the very best, fresh eggs at 73 cents a dozen, or 17
cents a dozen less (see market report of last Friday on another page of
this issue) ; and first-class eggs, although, possibly, not select, at 70
cents a dozen, or 20 cents a dozen less. It is plain that Maui people
could ship eggs by parcels post from Honolulu and receive them
at their homes for something like ten cents a dozen less than they could
mvthem for at Haiku. So, it goes without saying that something is wrong
somewhere. Either the producers of Oahu, Hawaii and Kauai, who,
after transporting their eggs to Honolulu, permit them to be sold for
70 to 73 cents a dozen do not know what they are doing, and arc losing
money, or the Maui producers are away off in their calculations as to
expense. It is one of those things we do not care to argue. We feel
too friendly to the cause of our so-called "small farmers" for that.
t the same time, those are the facts, and it seems to us that somebody
hould get out pencil and paper and figure again.
PLEASE TRY AGAIN
We were considerably disappointed in the "questionairc" sent out
by the department of education to the teachers of the Territory. It
was heralded as something which would bring out, in a positive way,
the fact of whether or not a teacher was loyal to the United States and
to American ideals and institutions. In place of that came the follow
ing: "The department expects all its teachers to express themselves
positively in teaching Americanism. Will you do this".
J he most pronounced Hun in the country could answer ics to
this question, and go right on teaching anything he or she pleased, witn-
jut violating anything it expresses.
e expected something solid m this school-pledge proposition and,
in place of it, have been treated to a dose of clabber. Let the depart
ment of education try again.
An illustration of how a man's work may, in after years, be called
into service in places never thought of by its author and utilized in ways
entirely out of the range of his aims has just come to light in Italy, where
the Italians are stubbornly opposing the efforts of the Teutons to march
on Venice. Away over there Dr. Edward Everett Hale's famous Am
erican story "The Man Without A Country" has been translated into
the Italian language and presented to every soldier fighting on that front.
Ihe idea is to arouse real patriotism and to further heroic, self-sacri
fice. We who are familiar with it can easily see how this sublime, old
story may attain peculiarly strong emphasis in that crisis, where it is
so necessary that the patriotism of every man be keyed to the highest
point. Thus, the pen that framed "The Man Without A Country"
may drive the sword to victory on the Asiago Plains, and be largely
instrumental in saving Italy from the ruthlessness ot the Jriun.
Twenty-five years ago yesterday the monarchy was a wreck and
Hawaii took her first step under a republican form of government.
Quite a change in that quarter of a century, eh?
The complaint is made that in meeting the requirements of food
conservation rules some people on Maui are trying to see just how close
they can sail to the danger line without doing anything notably wrong,
in place of trying their level best to stay at a safe distance and help the
good work along. This is unfortunate. The present is not the time for
nsistinir unon undue liberties. It is not the time tor quibbling over
details. It is not the time for experimentng upon just how much of the
responsibility of successful conservation we can escape, confidence
should be felt in those at the head of the movement confidence that
they have figured out the needs of the times and the best ways to meet
those requirements. Let us sail well within the lines marked out for us,
without complaint and with confidence that we are helping in a great
We cannot yet sec how the corporation known as I lack f eld & Com
pany is to be Americanized if the much-talked-of controlling interest
is held by the American directors for the period of the war only. As
we understand it, the ownership of the business is still German, and
when the war is over and the American directors are kicked out the
coat-of-arms of Germany, over the front door, will be unmasked again.
It is true that the "whitewash" has been plastered on pretty thick, but
somehow the outline of Kaiscrism can be seen through it. There has
been an improvement, yes, even if only temporary; but we hesitate to
throw any fits of ecstacy over it until we feel better assured that it is
not a ruse for business reasons only.
R. A. Wadsworth yesterday retired from the office of president
of the Maui Chamber of Commerce after two years of the most efficient
service. During his terms of office the local Chamber has grown a great
deal, has accomplished much for the good of the island and Territory
end has secured a home of its own. Both the foundation and body of
the organization are more solid, and the new officers coming in will
have much less to contend with than had their predecessors, as the
icsult of the good work of Mr. Wadsworth and his official associates.
Harold W. Rice, the new president, will likely bring to the Chamber a
whirlwind of enthusiasm and aggressiveness which will keep things
''humming". Firmly established, as it is, the Chamber, under such in
spiration, can move only forward, so that its future looks all of promis
We quite agree with the decision to hold meetings of the Chamber
of Commerce regularly every month. The times are extraordinary.,
Questions are frequently arising which demand our best, combined
thought. Many of those having to do with policies made necessary by
war-time conditions cannot be effectively handled by the directors
alone, for the reason that widespread interest and co-operation are
essential to the large, quick action called for. The old scheme met
normal needs, but something more strenuous is required at this extra
Honolulu Treasurer Conkling says he will send a complaint to the
American Defense League, of which Gooding Field is secretary, against
Draft Officer Gooding Field. Just what Secretary Field will do when
he gets the complaint against Draft Officer Field is not presupposed by
the wireless news at hand. There seems to be a good deal of inconsist
ency kicking around in this whole matter.
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