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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1918.
THE MAUI NEWS
SEARCH OUT THE SLACKERS
Entered at the Toot Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter,
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
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WILL. J. COOPER : : EDITOR AND MANAGER
FRIDAY : : : SEPTEMBER 20, 1918
THE PARTI XG OF THE WAYS
Hawaii is at the parting of the ways. Following the war every
thing points to a tremendous material prosperity for these islands. W ill
this prosperity le American or Oriental?
I he progress that has been made in the past ten years towards in
stilling American ideals and ideas into the foreign populace already
lure, warrants the lulief that if we persist we may, aided by such influx
of Americans as may be expected in the near future, succeed in mak
ing Hawaii American in fact as well as in name.
But there is a iovcrful movement on foot, working more or less
in obscurity, to bring into the Islands 50,000 Chinese; and there is an
other element hoping to let down the restrictions that now keep Jap
anese laborers at home.
If these efforts should succeed, if they arc able to get past the
federal and governmental regulations that now oppose, the dream of a
really American Hawaii must fade forever.
Unless we are willing that this be so that Hawaii nei shall be
come Orientalized beyond any hope of redemption, we cannot sit supine
ly oacK anu see tne lorces assembling that would bring this about.
Of course Hawaii needs labor. True the nation, the world is cry
ing for all the sugar that our best efforts can produce. But until we
have truly tried to save our present labor until we have put the mat
ter squarely up to the national government and have been denied any
form of relief. Until we have appealed to our nation in the name of
Americanism and have been told that the United States prefers to rule
Hawaii as a possession, and the people of Hawaii as a foreign race,
we have no right to quit the fight that has been going on so promisingly
for so many years.
If we are content to consider Hawaii simply as a place for making
money, such a slacker attitude may serve. But if we wish to consider
it a place for making American homes, a place in which you and I may
ieel satisfied to bring up our children, in the confidence that their ideals,
their manners, their speech will be 100 percent American, we shall be
more than willing to make present sacritices if need be, to see money
come a little more slowly, and to rest our hope in the future.
We are at the parting of the ways. If it be within our power to
direct the turning, let us fix on the road is marked by the Stars and
LET'S ASK UNCLE SAM TO HELP US GET FISH
The increasing economic importance of food fishes of Hawaii, as
emphasized in the recent controversies over the price of this commodity,
should warrant an active move on the part of commercial bodies of the
Islands, the legislature, and by individual effort, to enlist the aid of the
federal government in this very vital problem. The development in
the past few years of fish canneries in the territory, and the demonstrat
ed value of the game fishing in local waters, are a'so factors which
should warrant steps being taken to develop and improve these resources
if such be possible.
This matter had the attention of Washington several years ago,
before the importance of fish as a food was appreciated in the
Islands as it is today, but the change of administration doubtless caused
the matter to be lost sight of. The interest of the then commissioner
of the bureau of fisheries of the department of commerce, George M.
Bowers, was keenly aroused when the latter paid a visit to the islands
with one of the congressional parties.
When he left he had in mind the establishing here of a big fish
hatchery for purpose of stocking the local waters with food and game
fishes, the same as is done by the bureau in many sections of the United
But Mr. Bowers is no longer at the head of the fisheries bureau.
Ihe commissioner is now Hugh M. Smith, who in all probability has
never had the possibilities of developing Hawaii's fish resources brought
to his attention.
An adequate supply of sea food would be of greater comparative
va ue to Hawaii than to possibly any other part of the United States.
et while thousands of dollars are spent yearly in many of the out of
the way corners of the continent for the purpose of improving the game
fishing accessible to perhaps only a few hundred wealthy anglers, Ha
waii has never received a cent. There is good reason to believe that
we may get our share of this assistance if we ask for it, and that it
will repay for the cost as few other similar efforts have. It is certain
ly worth trying for.
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THE UNSEEN ENEMY WITHIN OUR MIDST
Tuberculosis is a greater menace to these islands than leporosy ever
was, is the opinion of medical men. Recent statistics compiled by the
board of health show that this plague is apparently on the increase. On
Jauai this increase is truly startling, being nearly 100 percent in one
jear. It is true that at least a part of this increase is probably due to
the examinations made by the military for the draft, which brought
out cases that had not before been suspected, but this only emphasizes
the importance of a more rigid system of inspections and the need for
better means of segregation and treatment.
Perhaps the most feasible means of accomplishing this result is
through employment of district nurses. This has proven of great value
in locating the disease and should be extended at whatever the cost.
But the problem is by no means ended when the cases are located. In
many instances it is impossible to isolate them, and it is next to impossi
b'e to impress upon the class that mostly suffers the principles of proper
sanitation and prevention. A mother cannot be taken away from a
half dozen helpness children, for instance and placed in a sanitarium,
when there is no means at hand of providing for the little ones. And
yet to leave her with the children makes it almost certain that she will
communicate the dread disease to all of them.
This is no simple matter to deal with, and me-its all the unselfish
thought and effort that can be secured. Much has been done on Maui,
but more is needed. Red Cross work and other forms of war endeavor
should not be permitted to cause us to lose track of the insiduous ene
my in our midst, or to become lax in what we have been doing.
Just why the board of health should confine its poi investigations
to Honolulu does not appear. From complaints which have been heard
from a number of districts on Maui there is good reason to believe that
Honolulu poi men do not have a monopoly on the art of selling water
at poi prices.
Back in Iowa they recently built a monument in the public square
to a family who had refused to invest in Liberty Bonds. It was
conspicuous monument too, and blazoned to the world for all who ran
io read the exact reason for its being.
Have we any such slackers on Maui, we wonder?
And if we have how is anyone to know it?
The time is about past when we can afford to take anything for
A great deal of speculation has been recently indulged in as to Link
McCandless' patriotic investments. No body knows anything about it
definitely. But why? Why should not Link's as well as every other
man's purchase of Liberty Bonds and War Savings Stamps be a matter
of record? Is it to save the blushes of the modest rich on account of
iheir unduly generous purchase? Or is it to save the pride of the
poor man who has strained his credit to do his part?
Why should not the public have a right to know to a penny the
patriotic purchase of McCandless, of Dr. Raymond, of Cupid?
Whatever the excuses offered the fact remains that under the past
policy of keeping things dark not even the Liberty Loan committees had
a record of the subscriptions except in terms of dollars and cents. No
one knew or to this day knows positively whether or not his neighbor
is or is not a hypocritical slacker.
In the matter of the 4th Liberty Loan there should be no such
thing as camouflage possible. In some of the states it is said to be the
policy to publish all subscriptions. And this, if you stop to think about
it is not unreasonable. But if this is not done somebody should certain
ly be in position to check up on slackers who would skulk behind in
their duty and fatten at the expense of their patriotic neighbors.
It it isnt done voluntarily it is a safe prediction that the time is
very close when Uncle Samuel will step in and demand it. Like the
people of the Iowa community the public everywhere will soon demand
a patriotism that will be able to stand the brightest g'are of publicity,
Let us have light.
CHEAP AT THE PRICE
Our friend George Freeland, mayor of Lahaina, writes
"You recently published that the Pioneer Hotel was go
ing to be closed. You are premature. The corpse may yet
be revived in fact is not yet dead. I must see a lawyer about
this. Maybe I can make you pay $10,000 damages. A small
amount like that might rehabilitate the old shack and pay a
decent manager a decent salary."
We are glad to learn that we are mistaken in this instances, and
that the dissolution of a corporation does not necessarily carry with it
the dissolution of the business. We even think $10,000 would be a
cheap price to pay to keep George and his Lahaina landmark on the
map if someone else furnished the $10,000. Maui or the territory
could ill afford to lose either of them.
COST OF LIVING AMONG NEUTRALS
Those who have exhausted every other excuse for not helping to
win the war and are blaming America's participation in the fight on
Scientific Brutality with the high cost of living might find food for
thought in the official reports from Norway, Sweden and Denmark,
which have endeavored to maintain a nominal neutrality. In Norway
the cost of living has increased 137 per cent, in Sweden 92 per cent and
in Denmark 60 per cent, since the outbreak of the war. American
figures are not higher than either of these, and America's entrance into
the war had very little appreciable effect on the cost of living in the
4th Liberty Loan
Starts With Vigor
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erected bearing the words "Buy LI
berty Bonds". This board was used
during a former drive by Manager
Penhallow, of the Wailuku Sugar
Company, who Is the walluku mem'
ber of the committee. Mr. Penhallow
is also responsible for a huge electri
cally lighted sign on top of the mill
bearing the same Injunction in letters
feet high. The sign Is about 20 by
30 feet in size, and la conspicuous
from mapy directions for a long dis
tance. It has been remarked by per
sons as far away as Pala, and Is the
occasion of considerble pride on the
part of all of the Walluku company
Honor Firms Already
Merchants and all business houses
have been supplied with honor rolls
for their employees, and when 75 per
cent of the employees of any firm
have subscribed for bonds they will
be furnished with a window card
bearing the picture of the 4th Liber
ty Loan flag, and the words
of this firm's employees hare bought
bonds of the
4th Liberty Loan
It is understood that a number of
firms had already claimed their em
blem yesterday, before the drive real
ly started, their employees having
Jumped forward at once with sub
scriptions. The Pioneer Store, of Walluku re
ported Wednesday night 100 percent
subscriptions. The employees of this
firm, all of which will buy bonds, are
A. K. Okamura, Manuel S. Martins,
Jr., Manuel H. Sylva, K. Horl, Joe
Silva, and H. Yoshlmura.
The Bank of Maui, Ltd., is another
concern, every employee of which has
already subscribed to the new loan,
and consequently has 100 record.
Its list In as follows:
C. D. Lufkin, vice-president and
manager; R. A. Wadsworth, vice
president; V. II. Case, secretary: J.
Garcia, cashier; F. N. Lufkin, cashier
Lahaina branch; W. O. Aiken, cashier
Tala branch; John Robertson, asst.
cashier, Walluku; D. Akimori, teller,
Wailuku; S. K. Yemoto, teller, Pala;
K. Haramoto, clerk, Lahaina; A. K.
Jim, book-keeper, Wailuku; Ed. J.
Itodrigues, stenographer, Wailuku.
Worth O. Aiken, chairman of the
Maul committee, is in Honolulu this
week, where he Is attending various
meetings of the central board, which
Is formulating plans for best conduct
ing the campaign. In Honolulu the
city has already been divided Into
small districts In charge of captains,
and lists are being made of every
employee or resident In those bound
aries. With these lists In hand the
committee is certain that on one will
be overlooked, and the 35,000 to 40,
000 persons in the city who are said
to have not bought bonds in the past
Issues, will have little chance to es
cape this time without their defec
tion being noted.
While the committee does not
think that it will be necessary or ad
visable to publish the names of sub
scribers, as Is being done In some
states, it will have this time a care
fully classified list for its own Infor
mation by which duplication of effort
and misses will be practically avoid
ed. No Meant Neglected
No means will be neglected this
time to arouse any flagging patri
otism. The committee has already
made arrangements for speakers to
address the various theater audiences.
The women of the Red Cross of
Maui Is also planning to help, and
already has speakers arranged for to
address the various gatherings of
women which meet regularly to make
Meetings Being Held
In the various camps of the Wallu
ku plantation meetings are being held
this week In Japanese, and are being
conducted by the committees appoint
ed for the various camps. One of
these was held on Wednesday evening
at the old mill camp; on Thursday
evening the speakers addressed good
crowds at Wjaihee; and tonight ad
dresses are scheduled for Wfcikapu.
Other meetings are planned to follow.
The schools of the Walluku district
will be visited by a Government
Physician on the folloiwng dates, for
the purpose of vaccinating all unvac
Kahakuloa, September 23, 9 a. m.
Kahulul, September 24 9 a. m.
Waikapu, September 25 9 a. m.
Waihee, September 26 9 a. m.
Wailuku Public, Sept. 279 a. m,
Wailuku Catholic Girls, Sept. 27
9 a. m.
Walluku Catholic Boys, Oct. 19.
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