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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1918.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
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WILL. J. COOPER
EDITOR AND MANAGER
DECEMBER 20, 191S.
With peace on earth, good will to men again a dawn
ing reality, the MAUI NEWS joyfully wishes its readers
a very Merry Christmas.
A movement is on foot in Honolulu to consolidate all charities
through a single fund in the same way as was done nationally in the
United War Work campaign. The hoard of retail trades of the Hono
lulu chamber of commerce Has endorsed the idea, and it seems more
than probable that the community as a whole will adopt the plan.
If it docs go through it will mean that from time to time budgets
of the needs of the various organizations doing charitable work in the
Islands-the Y. M. C. A., Y. W. C. A., Associated Charities, Talama
and other settlements, play-grounds and kindergarten organizations, etc.
will be combined and the public be asked to contribute the money thus
indicated, all at once.
The plan apparently has the endorsement of practically all of the
leaders in philanthropic work in Honolulu. It is approved by business
men because it is a businesslike way of raising money. It spells economy
of both money and effort.
But if this is an improvement over the old way of haphazard,
spontaneous generosity, which was admittedly wasteful and more than
often missed its mark, why not go a step further? Why not establish
a territorial department of charities and raise the money needed bv
taxation? J J
And why should not the care of unfortunate from whatever cause
be considered a legitimate charge upon the community rather than upon
only the generous or charitably inclined?
Community conscience is something that has developed largely with
developing civilization. Much that was formerly left to uncertain char
ity is now cared for by law as a matter of course. The duty of an
employer to provide for the care of the human beings injured while
working for him, instead of dumping them upon the community as
objects for charity, is an example of this enlightened viewpoint, and is
provided for by law m some measure in more than 40 states of the
We already provide schools, and kindergartens, and homes, and
sanitariums and free clinics, and what-not, by law in various com
munities things at one time left undone or most imperfectly done bv
charity. They are being done better than charity ever did them, but it
must be confessed that it was the unselfish and untiring work of big
hearted men and women struggling in the dark with little encourage
ment that pointed the way and made all these things possible
The objection that official red tape makes a wider application of
state control of charities unworkable is discounted by the success in
red-tape cutting of the past two years under stress of war conditions.
And the objection that state or municipally controlled charity would be
chilher than the present highly organized, impersonal brands which are
so strongly advocated because of their high efficiency, may be open to
( That people would rather be taxed through organized campaigns
or "drives" than officially by impartial tax collectors, is also debatable.
It is true that no organization or state managed charity, however
perfect, can ever completely cover the field, or can satisfy such impulse
to relieve distress as moved the good Samaritan in Christ's time.
But for this very reason there should be no hesitancy in putting
greater and greater measure of relief work upon the state, -permitting
individual effort to do the gleaning and to devise other ways for up
The Honolulu Advertiser has once more started its perennial re
apportionment agitation. As always, the Advertiser sanctimoniously
.mpugns the character of all the members of the legislature outside of
Oahu simply because they are unwilling to turn over to Honolulu the
legislative control of the whole territory, which is what this re-apportionment
of representation really means.
If Honolulu were really honest, if she did not desire to play the
part of dictator, instead of pharisaically condemning the honesty and
good faith of all of the territory, she would suggest and aid in secur
ing the necessary changes in the Organic Act that would make a re
apportionment just and equitable to all.
There is no desire on the part of the territory as a whole to domin
ate Honolulu in matters that are solely Honolulu's affairs. Moreover
the territory would certainly be glad to help Honolulu get a charter
that would give her the highest degree of autonomy.
Thus far, however, the capital city has failed to demonstrate her
ability in this line. She made a farce at trying to revise her charter
two years ago, and, judging from the pessimistic attitude of the Hono
lulu press there is little hope that another effort will be any more effect
ive. And yet in the face of such proven inefficiency, incapacity, or
worse, the Advertiser has the nerve to insist that the rest of the Is
lands submit to being ruled by the same bunch of peanut politicians
that are responsible for Honolulu's being about 40 years behind the
world in municipal enterprise and efficiency.
The country legislators may be defying the Organic Act by non
action, but they are not hypocritical about it, and can at least have the
consolation that they arc not betraying their constituencies into the
hands of the Honolulu Bolshevists.
SPEND MONEY TO SAVE MONEY
The board of supervisors may have very excellent and sound rea
sons for declining to widen Church street at this time, but it is hard
to figure out what these reasons are. The Bank of Maui is planning
to erect a permanent concrete building, the side of which will flank
this street. It is willing to alter its plans if the county wants a strip
of land to widen the street, which is now less than 20 feet wide and
entirely inadequate as a street.
Presumably it does not make much differences to the bank whether
this is done or not, but if the street is ever to be made an adequate
width, now would seem to be the time. It is not likely that it can ever
again be done so cheaply.
Another street that should be made wider before any new im
provements arc made along it is High strevt between Main and Vine
yard. The old Bailey block being condemned, will soon be out of the
It is the duty of the supervisors to look out for the future growth
of towns on Maui and to make obviously needed changes when they
can be made with least expense and difficulty..
WHAT ABOUT THIS?
A Maui man is in jail in Honolulu beginning a long term for white
s'avery. The board of supervisors has just made an allowance of $10
per month towards supporting the man's wife and 6 small children, who
are said to be destitute.
This is something to think about.
Isn't there something wrong with a law that, in order to punish a
man must also condemn his wife and children to pauperism?
What would you do about it?
One thing which the war has done for Hawaii that will tell big in
the future, is the esprit de corps which it has established among the
children. Children do not work together in school, in the fields, in
thrift stamp competitions, and sing mob songs in the theaters without
petting something out of it. It will tell in the team-work of the men
and women of tomorrow.
Unless one be aching to cough up a $250-finc, it will behoove him
to be careful not to do any German language teaching on any premises
owned by the county of Maui after this date. The county supervisors'
famous enactment against the Maui High School students has gone in
to effect. Maui has done her part towards putting the accursed lingo
into limbo. Pro-Huns, pacifists, and pakikis, beware!
In raising the county appropriation for the Kula Sanitarium from
$18,000 to $24,000 the county supervisors have done well perhaps
alt that the county should be expected to do at this time. Nevertheless
more money than this must be provided if a truly effective fight against
tuberculosis is to be made.
Past appropriations have barely served to keep a roof over the
heads of the 100 odd patients, and to feed them in most inexpensive
manner. It has amounted to less than 50 cents per day per person.
There is no doubt whatever but that there are another hundred
or more persons on Maui suffering from tuberculosis who should be
in the Sanitarium. There is no room for them, and the $6000 just
added by the supervisors will go but a short way toward providing
In the meantime all of these known sufferers are spitting out germs
of death among all with whom they come in contact.
How many cases of the disease there are which have not been
discovered because of lack of physicians and nurses to ferret them
flit mr nntif K tr.-..A T... .1 . .
v,,..j fiuweu ui. uui nicy are many. And tney too are a
menace to all they meet.
It doesn't take a giant intellect to see that there is no hope of stamp
ing out this worst plague of mankind while these conditions exist.
Also that money spent on the Kula Sanitarium is like water pour
ed n a sieve, so long as the seed for ever increasing harvests is per
mitted to be sown.
It is costing much money to keep up the Sanitarium. Under the
present half-hearted policy it will never be less. It will take more
money to make a real fight against tuberculosis. But such a fight will
be cheap m the end for it will stop the spread of the disease and ulti
mately root it out of the islands.
Maui cannot put up quarantine bars against the rest of the terri
tory against tuberculosis. Therefore her fight single handed against it is
;.l! but hopeless. It is more than a local matter. It is one for the territory
to handle as a whole.
The disease is increasing at an alarming rate on Kauai, and
probably in other places if the truth could but be known. No cost is
too great in attacking such a problem especially when we know that
such a fight would be effective.
The coming legislature should take this matter up as one of the
first and most serious to come before it. It should side-track practical
ly everything else until it has prepared the ivay for a real, houest-to-aoudness
Tuberculosis is no longer a mystery. It can be not only controled
but stamped out. All it takes is foresight and money and the willing
ness to do.
The success of the Red Cross Shop in Wailuku has been gratifying
to the women who had it in charge, and who worked hard to attain that
success. It could not have leen possible, however, without the splendid
co-operation given by the residents of all parts of Maui. It was another
example of Maui's invaluable gift in pulling together.
Those Who Trarel
By Mauna Kea, Dec. 13 Richard
Quinn, W. A. Louisson, A. Murphy,
H. B. Welter, Arthur Rice, T. Tama
kl, T. Muneno, Henry Wong, Koney
You, Mrs. L. Buchanan and two chil
dren, Mr. and Mrs. W. Medeiros and
two children, Misa Medeiros, S. Miya
moto, S. Nagatani, H.'Yamanaka, E.
Takashima, Ah Cook, Mr. and Mrs.
C. E. Capwell, W. H. Friedley.
By Mauna Kea, Dec. 16 Ed. Towso,
Jas. A. Rath, T. H. Hughes, M. Mac
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Candless, Jaa. P. Fenwick, J. R. Mac
Lean, Miss Laola Booth, C. Makekau,
MBhs E. Akana, Mr. and Mrs. Wiatana
be and two children, L. Tobriner, Mr.
and Mrs. T. S. Porter, Rev. J. P. Erd
man, G. Paschoal, W. Thompson, John
Costa, Namai, M. Kurosunii, II. Hashi
moto, S. Naito.
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