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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1914.
THE MAUI NEWS fpS3SCrs
Kntored at the Post Ofllce at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietor and Publisher!
Subscription Rates, $2.50 per Year in Advance.
KatouliLii Railroad Go.'s
WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
NOVEMBER 7, 1914.
NEUTRALITY AND WIRELESS CENSORSHIP.
The censorship which Uncle Sam maintains over wireless communi
cation in this territory in order to preserve his neutrality, is very much
of a farce, though none the less annoying from that fact. There is
M-arcely a doubt that the Japanese cruisers off port, and probably war
vessels of other nationalities as well, are in close touch with what is
going on in the world through various means of communication, in
spile of our well intcntioncd precautions. It is no secret that the air
has been full of code messages lately that nobody seems to know any
thing about. While presumably they are between war vessels at sea,
there is no assurance that they are not being received on shore and pos
sibly sent from shore as well.
When the Japanese cruiser Hizen arrived off Honolulu a few weeks
ago, it is reported that the Japanese in Hilo knew of the arrival many
hours before any mail could possibly have carried the news there. How
did they get it? And there have been other similarly mysterious bits
of knowledge heard of recently. But aside from the possibility of se
cret wireless plants and codes, it seems to have been forgotten that a
very innocently worded message may carry quite another meaning than
that the young naval censor is apt to see in it, and to other ears than
those for whom it is ostensibly intended.
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PLEBISCITE LAW A FAILURE.
The county bond act passed by the last legislature is a failure. This
is the only conclusion that can be drawn from the results of the two
attempts which Maui has made to take advantage of the new statute.
There is no question that the improvements for which the bond money
was asked, are important. In fact, it is very certain that money will
have to be raised in some manner sooner or later to carry them through.
But because the average voter did not have a direct personal interest
in most of the projects hundreds of citizens who went to the polls last
Tuesday did not trouble themselves to mark the plebiscite ballot at all.
The law specifies that a majority of the registered voters in the county
must favor the project for which bonds are asked; but with the excep
tion of in possibly a few precincts, the total of the votes both for and
against did not equal the required number. It is difficult to conceive of
a bond proposition that would appeal to the voters of the entire county
strongly enough to carry under the present law.
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A PLACE THAT WILL BE HARD TO FILL.
The departure of Dr. E. V. Wilcox, for the past seven years director
of the United States Agricultural Experiment Station in the Territory,
is a matter of very general regret. There is little queston that he has
done more towards developing the miscellaneous industries of the is
lands than has possibly any other one person. Dr. Wilcox goes to
Washington to take a considerably more important position with the
department, and one which he declined scarcely a yaer ago because of his
interest in working out local problems, and the feeling that his mission
here was not completed. That he should now be leaving is therefore
a matter of surprise, except to those who know that his relations with
the present territorial administration have not been harmonious almost
from the start. The impossibility of carrying out his work along the
lines laid down owing to these differences of opinion, is the real cause
of the Doctor's leaving.
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"The retirement of Dr. E. V. Wilcox from the office of special agent
in charge of the U. S. Agricultural Experiment Station in Hawaii can
lie regarded as not less than a public misfortune. The work of Dr.
Wilcox has been most important, and its value would undoubtedly have
increased with the local experience gained from year to year. The
people of Kauai who know Dr. Wilcox are hopeful that he may yet
change his plans and decide to stay with the work litre." Garden
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THE BOYCOTT AS A RELIEF MEASURE.
The proposal is made that the citizens of Hawaii forego giving Christ
inas presents this year, and devote the cash represented to relieving
:ome of the suffering which the war has caused, particularly in Bel
gium. The only objection to this plan is that a very considerable
number of our local merchants are likely to be put in about the same
class as the starving Belgians, if the suggestion is generally adopted.
It might be suggested, as a matter of good taste, that the solicitors of
relief funds omit calling on dealers whose line is particularly subject
to this form of boycott.
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THE SNOW-BALL McCANDLESS STARTED.
When McCandless undertook to defeat Rice in the primaries by
throwing his strength to Kuhio, he started something he was later un
able to stop, though he tried strenuously to do so. It was a tactical
blunder on the Bourbon leader's part that probably lessened his chances
of winning at least that is the post mortem conclusion of the upper
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RESULTS THAT MEAN LITTLE.
California and Ohio turned down prohibition this week. But this
doesn't signify much. Even the strongest opponents of the anti-liquor
movement are beginning to admit that nation-wide prohibition of the
liquor traffic is coming just as sure as next week. And the time isn't
very far off cither.
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With a Republican board of supervisors and a Democratic sheriff,
the investigation started in connection with alleged police activity in the
election may be considered the first gun in a merry campaign just open
ing in Honolulu.
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