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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MAY 3, 1918.
THE MAUI NEWS
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FRIDAY :: :: :: MAY 3, 1918
STAMP OUT DISLOYALTY
There would possibly be less tendency to excuse the murder of an
alleged German sympathizer were the federal laws as vigorously ad
ministered here as they are in New England. There a minister was
recently convicted in the federal court (at Burlington, Vt.) of disloyal
utterances and of attempting to obstruct the operation of the selective
draft act, and he was promptly sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in
'he United States penitentiary'in Atlanta, Ga. About the same time a
young man of Holland, Vt., was found guilty of boasting his German
descent, and of expressing the hope that the United States would be
defeated by Germany. He also got a 15-year sentence in Atlanta.
There has been a good deal of loose talk here in the Islands, if
reports be true, which has been passed over with little comment. Also
the impression is general that the United States officials of the depart
ment of justice in Honolulu are so "easy" that scarcely any amount of
c'.isloyal talk would serve to arouse them to any real action.
Of course even were such a proven fact against the U. S. Marshal,
the district attorney, and the United States court, one and all, it would
not make any the less lawless the killing of one man by another on ac
count of disloyal utterances. But it would cause many persons to
justify such an act, with the grave danger that justice would miscarry.
Let us be sane and reasonable, but let us also be firm and determined
in stamping out treachery and disloyalty whether expressed in word or
coed. It is the duty of every loyal citizen to report any seditious talk
or action, but not to take the law into his own hands in administering
WHY ANY FOREIGN SCHOOLS?
The school department has decided that the German school in
Lihue, Kauai, must be closed after next June. Which is a very mild
and conservative ruling to say the least.
And this brings up the question of why any foreign language
school should be allowed to exist in the United States. Why would
it be unjust to require that all schools for the young should be all-Am-erican?
Why should foreigners who have come to our country to make
their home object to conforming with the customs and even the habits
of mind of the land of their adoption? Why should they seek to
perpetuate their own national peculiarities which must always be out
of harmony with their new environment?
Of course the desire of alien parents to bind their children to the
land of their own nativity is most natural, but it is open to question
whether it is reasonable or just to the adopted country. Carried to its
logical conclusion this tendency would result in a loose mixture of races
in the United States but never an amalgamation.
The child which goes to a foreign school through its formative
early years does not learn simply to use the language of its parents but
actually to think in an alien way. There can be little doubt that the
German schools of the United States have been responsible in large
measure for such disloyalty as exists among the American born Ger
mans. They have insidiously instilled the German mental slant which
has now become fixed.
We have been too lax. A nation's chief duty is to safeguard its
citizens, and this is best accomplished in securing a solidarity of inter
ests and ideals. To permit a considerable element to be taught to think
and feel as aliens is not calculated to produce the thorough fusing of
national elements without which no nation can ever realize its real
strength or full development.
THE DIVINE SPARK
TRY A NEW COOK
There is evidently a well defined plan on foot to have the territorial
food conservation work abolished by the legislature, which will meet
in special session this month. This should not be done. But the
legislators might very properly vote a "lack of confidence" in the present
conservation board and recommend to Governor-Elect McCarthy a
general overhauling of the personnel of the commission as soon as he
akes office. This would meet very generally popular opinion on the
Because the present food board cannot apparently measure up to
.3 big job is no good reason for killing the act by which it is created.
We need a food law and we need a board that can get results. Don't
break up housekeeping because you don't like the cook try a new cook
CAMOUFLAGING THE WAR NEWS
It is due the American people that they be given some succinct and
tangible description of the front that our troops are holding in France
at the earliest possible moment. Nothing will excite sharper resentrifent
from the public than a cotinuous stream of school-boy excitement over
minor operations camouflaged by press-agent exploitation into opera-t-ons
of moment. We are in France on a serious mission, and an
overdose of military melodrama, with crudely colored scenic effects
in place of the real thing will have the worst possible influence on public
opinion. In other words, there is no substitute "just as good" for the
facts. Adulteration of news from France is a danger which there is
no need of incurring. Then censorship should not lean backward on
essentials nor lurch forward on misleading non-essentials. The presence
of Secretary of War Baker in France should mean the establishment
of the most liberal censorship policy compatible with military safety
r-.nd prudence. Washington Herald.
KEEPING ALIVE THE ANCIENT MYTH
A nntrAMtl.i ttn .1. 4 1 1 .1 1 : 1
iilUMicmiy 111c miicvvuin myui mai Hie QeVOtea men ana wnmpq " iJiu3i.ijri.c iui i aji-uciuuiiusiu. nuucu iu uoiuuuus jJiuiJUgaiiua
who are working for the lepers in the Molokai settlement have doomedTtc'Jr "Kultur" there was a well oiled machine calculated to stir up
themselves for the rest of their lives to live apart from the rest of the
world, still lives. That leprorosy is today considered and treated as are
most other kinds of dangerous communicable diseases does not seem
to percolate into the minds, of otherwise sensible persons, and instead
the old medieval shuddery ideas persist. This despite the fact that
many persons of prominence have visited the Settlement and have
written widely and sensibly on the subject, and have explained that at
tendants are no more bound to their positions than are physicians and
nurses in any other hospital or sanitorium.
It is true that Brother Dutton, who is not a leper, though he has
remained in most intimate contact with the disease for many years,
has never set foot outside of the Settlement since he entered it. But
everybody in Hawaii knows that the good brother has done this from
choice and not from compulsion and that he is the only non-leper
engaged in the work who has done so. Brother Dutton might spend
every week-end in Honolulu if he saw fit, without violating any law or
regulation except those of his own making.
Published in the government "Official Bulletin" is the following
wucn snows mat even omcial Washington tails for the morbidly mis
taken notions of so many others. It says
"The National War-Savings Committee has issued the following:
"The lepers at Molokai, one of the Hawaiian Islands, have bought
$3,000 worth of thrift and war-savings stamps as their contribution to
ward the cost of winning the war.
"This inspiring example of patriotism from such an unexpected
source, thousands of miles from the battle front, and from people seem
ingly so far removed by the very nature of their unfortunate con
dition from all of its influences, has been brought to the attention of
me lNauonai war-savings Committee by a letter written to a friend in
Memphis, Tenn., by Brother Joseph Dutton, now in charge of the island
"Brother Dutton has devoted the past 37 years of his life to the
leper colony. Like his charges, Brother Dutton may not leave the is
land, but lie tues tne stars and stripes above the leper camp and com
municates regularly with friends in Memphis."
Certainly the well-to-do lawyers of Honolulu should be paid for
their patriotic services in connection with the Weinzheimcr case. Look
at the scores of wealthy men who are helping Uncle Sam and getting
paid ior u ai i per year, vna tmnK ot the big pay the hundreds of
thousands ot Ked cross workers here and elsewhere are earning.
Surely! lie reasonable! lhe Pioneer directors are short-skates for
even questioning that $1700 bill
There is some consolation in the fact that the rich slackers on
Kauai are Americans in name only. We have yet to hear of any real
Americans in the Islands who are trying to evade their duty in any such
Why is it that selfishness and peace of mind cannot exist in the
same human cosmos? Why does pecuniary success at the expense of
psychological protest within give even the verist Shylock a nasty
snnveiieu teeiingr Why does even the semblance of injustice done an
other poison the blood in spite of the specious antidotes of cold reason?
vVhy is "Peccavi, Pcccavi!" forced over the most incressate lips and
the shielding hand instinctively thrown before the most hardened eye
at sight of a victim downed in unfair contest?
It is Nature's struggle to save a species from untimely extinction
Victory through fair play. A kindly act accomplished. Tolerance
extended to the weak and erring. A hand outstretched to one whose
foot has faltered in the path of righteousness. The hungry fed: the
thirsty given drink; the broken made whole These, and every kindly
and just act that we do at the prompting of that "still small voice"
within, bring to us a glow of satisfaction, health of body and peace of
mind which, in its true meaning makes "virtue its own reward".
Because that is the Law. Not the statutes devised of men but
Only- the insane disobey this Law, and to iust the extent an in
dividual becomes alienated from its influence, to just that extent is he
mad and slated for extermination. "Whom the gods would destroy
ihey first make mad". Could analogy be more obvious and lucid than
Nature takes no mean advantage she warns before she strikes.
It is through that phase of our being called consience the Divine Spark
that she warns by punishing an infractor for his crimes much more
effectually than his fellows may punish him for them.
When this infallible guide Conscience, is stultified perverted to
impussiant atrophy, we become "mad" and swift elimination is the
logical sequence. In the great scheme of nature "The wretch concent
ered all in self" is useless. And Nature tolerates only the useful.
That is why man may take with him out of this sphere of existence
only what he has given away while in it. His dying gasp may hold
no more than that.
Comes now, on May sixth, a great opportunity through the Red
Cross to externalize this divine spark: to manifest the God within you.
Make love for yourself possible by pouring concrete evidence of it out
f- r the solace of our boys "over there". Let your soul breathe the
pure air ot high places !
VICTORY OVER GERMAN TRICKERY
One victory over Prussianizm of which the public knows little
was so quietly won that its full significance does not at first glance
impress itself, this was the unearthing of the German Secret Press
For more than a decade this organization has left nothing undone
to proselyte for Pan-Germanism. Added to insiduous Tropairanda
misunderstanding between peaceful nations and inculcate rapid pre
judice and distrust. In the confusion thus brought about Prussianism
expected to reap the rewards of conquest
This virus was being especially injected into the body politic of
Japan and America, chiefly for the purpose of estranging the East
and West. America, more's the pity "fell for" this in an extent very
gratifying to the Kaiser. Japan was even innoculated in spots and all
v.s progressing merrily until the blunder of the Zimmermann note to
the German Minister in Mexico. This, so to speak, spilled the beans
and made such a racket that both America and Japan were aroused.
Now that the plot has been exposed and the machinery revealed,
editors no longer are fooled by news items which smell of Prussian
ism. Referring to this campaign of falsehood, Viscount Ishii deplores
tl e fact that it so long gained credence. Secretary of State Lansing
mentions it in no uncertain terms in I he Libel of Japan a document
issued by The Japan Society, of which Lindsay Russel is president
James W. Gerard takes a whack at it in his "My Four Years in Germany".
The source of all those canards having been revealed, we are now
prepared to quash them. Some were so utterly ridiculous that it is a
wonder they were taken seriously. Japan taking soundings in Am
encan Waters" for instance, information to be had from published
cnarts obtainable at any map store.
Judge William Rhodes Hervey, the gentleman who so delightfully
entertained two large audience of Maui people this week, is vice
president of the Los Angeles Trust & Savings Bank, one of the strong
est financial institutions in that part of California. He has two sons
at the front. It is doubtful that Maui has' ever been entertained in such
a substantial way by any speaker. When an orator can interest and
keep an audience "keyed" up for two hours he certainly has something
to say and knows how to say it. Ihat is what Judge Hervey did on
two occasions here
The spirit that prompted the making of a hero out of a murderer
in Honolulu the other day, savors too much of the spirit that prompts
lynching bees. That a legally constituted court condoned the crime
c' jes not alter the case. Ihere is nothing admirable in the Allen case,
nor does the plea of inactivity on the part of the federal authorities
In 1914 Japan exported 9,000,000 lead pencils; in 1916 the number
was increased to 108,000,000. What the showing was for 1917 re
mains to be seen. Just at present, however, considering certain threaten
ed alterations in the map of Russia, the world is particularly interested
in Japan's capacity for turning out erasers. Christian Science Monitor.
The Honolulu police are rounding up all the stray dogs in the city.
News item. These are evil days for both dogs and slackers.
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