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THE MAUI NHWvS, SATURDAY, MAY 23, 1914."
THE MAUI NEWS
Kntered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maui. Hawaii, as second-class, matter
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest ol the People
Issued Every Saturday.
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Will. J. Cooper
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MAY 23, 19M
ON KBBPING OUR HEADS COOL.
TMT IIKRK should lie no bitterness engendered among the citizens of
B Maui over public improvements. There are bound to be differ
ences of opinion, but zeal for some particular project should, in
itself make us slow to impute ulterior motives to those who may be op
posing our own pet measure. The other fellow may be just as zealous
and just as sincere as we are. And it's a ten to one shot that he is.
Now in this matter of a proposed county bond issue it is not a question
of the merits of the improvements for which the bond money is asked.
No one in Maui, probably denies the importance of most if not all of
the several projects, or their urgency. The divergence is as to the pol
icy of issuing bonds. There are men who claim that the work can be
done without issuing bonds, or at least that the most pressing features
can be. These men are undoubtedly sincere and their opinions deserve
consideration. If they can show us how to accomplish the same ends
without burdening ourselves with debt, certainly we should welcome
this knowledge. On the other hand the idea of a $119,000 bond issue
is not such an appaling thing after all. It is a new . way of raising
money, and Maui is the first county that has proposed trying it. On
its face it seems to promise more independence for the counties more
responsibility but a freer hand to do as we wish with our own affairs.
Also if this first trial of the plan works out as its advocates claim it will,
it will be entirely reasonable to expect that these same advocates will
gladly throw their influence into the scale to help out other projects in
which they may not be so directly interested.
TIME TO TAKE STOCK.
CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is what is needed at the present time.
The weaknesses of our present county governments have been
pretty fully brought out in the shakeup iu Hawaii county. The
things that have happened on Hawaii are possible in any of the other
counties. The men who are being punished are not wholly to blame.
Humanity is weak, and we must not lose sight of this fact when we are
framing a system of administration. The time is ripe for taking stock.
And the stock-taking should be thorough. As a first step a careful
research might be made of the business condition of each county and
of the Territorial departments as well. There is good reason to believe
that Hawaii is not the only county that would show a startling state of
inefficiency and wasteful methods, if not flagrant graft. It is not too
early to begin. The Governor might be asked to appoint a commission
to undertake such an investigation and the preparation of a new system
against the meeting of the next legislature in 1915. Or perhaps better
still, the commercial bodies of the Territory might get together through
a joint committee and carry out the work. But one thing stands out
strong in the light of the Hawaii investigation, and that is that no
man-made system of government can be a success where selfish public
indifference exists. Public officials deserve the active and intelligent
support of the people they are elected to serve. Without this co-ojK-ra-tion
no community can escape a large share of the guilt when public
servants go wrong.
DARK OUTLOOK FOR PINEAPPLE GROWERS.
IT is reported that the pineapple growers in the Haiku district, who
have contracts with the canneries, are to receive $11.25 per ton for
their fruit this year. This is based on the selling price of $3 per
case for No. 234 extra sliced. Growers who have no contracts, how
ever, claim that the canneries, while agreeing to take their fruit, will
offer them but $8.75 per ton. The reason given is that the selling price
of $3 is really subject to an additional discount of 5 and 2 percent,
which brings the base price down to something under $2.80. There
are a goxl many of the homesteaders who have no contracts, but who
have areas of pines coming into bearing this year. When it is under
stood that cost of growing pineapples is something like $14 per ton, the
predicament of the small farmer is evident. The'further fact that most
of the homesteaders borrowed about $100 per acre for planting their
crop, equivalent to $4 to $5 per ton, and that their notes in the banks
will begin falling due within a few weeks, adds to the seriousness of
the situation. Most of the plantings were made when pines were bring
ing from $20 to $21 per ton at the canneries.
Therk is a distinctly brighter tone in business circles, due doubtless
in large degree to the consistent upward trend of sugar prices during
the past two weeks. With centrifugals quoted at above $65 and a re
cord breaking crop in prosj)ect, the future doesn't look nearly so dark
to many as it did a few months ago. The pineapple growers alone have
still a rather dark prospect for the coming season.
It is rather unusual for a public official in whatever capacity, not to
at least make a bluff at doing something to earn his salary. Here is
what our delegate to congress is reported to have said in an interview
a day or two ago: "I haven't heard from my secretary for some time.
No doubt he thinks I am still at Paso Robles. I have had Washington
out of my mind for two months."
Governor Pinkham told the loan fund commission that he has had
just one compliment paid him since he took office, and that was when
McNab, of San Francisco, told the people of the Islands that they had
"got a governor that you can't stampede."
Galvanized Fence Wire
6 .7 8 9 10 12 1 14
Cuts, Exact Sixes of Wire ,
Put up in IOO lb. Coils. We do not sell less than a Coil.
Number 4 5 6 7 ' 8 9 10 12 14 10
Ft. in 100 lbs. 738 875 1017 1197 1429 1705 2057 33G9 5858 9598
Trice per 100 lbs. $3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 4.00
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Galvanized Barbed Wire
. Made of No. 1 2 Wire. Put up in 100
lb. Wooden Reels containing about 1 760 ftT
-each. Two Point, Barbs Spaced 5 ins. apart,
per reel $3.25. Four Point, Barbs Spaced
3 ins. apart, per reel $3.50.
Galvanized Farm Fence
Height 47 inches consists of ten bars of
which the top and bottom are made of No. 9
Galv. Wire and the intermediate bars are No.
1 1 Galv. Wire while the stays are made of
No. 12 and are 1 2 inches apart. This fence
comes in Rolls of 20 Rods (330 ft.) and
weighs 9.8 1 lbs. per rod. Price per Roll, $9.
Galvanized Fence Staples
Made front No. 9 Galv. Steel Wipe.
Length Ins. 1 1 VA P2 1 34 2
Ave. No. S 108 80 72 65 5fiT
Price per 2 $3.25 3.25 3.25 3.25 3.25
Galvanized Mamane Staples
Made from No. 7 Galv. Steel Wire.
Length--1 1-4 Inches No. to a lb. 57 pes.
Price per 100 lbs $ 3.35
Staples in less than 100 lbs. quantities, A cts. per lb.
Split Redwood, 4" x 5" - 7 Ft Price, 28 cts. each.
Quantity purchases carry a discount.
ALL TRICES, F, O. U. WAREHOUSE, KAIIULUI, MAUI, T. II.
Kahului Railroad Go's
Tel. No. 1062.
Kahului, Maui, T. H.