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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Walluku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Saturday.
MAUI PUBLISHING COMPANY, LIMITED,
Proprietors and Publishers
Subscription Rates, $2.50 per Year in Advance.
Kahului Railroad GOo9s
WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
JUNE 5, 1915,
THE ARROGANCE OF POWER.
If the wireless report from Honolulu is correct, that the naval
authorities have issued orders that newspaper representatives will not
be permitted to be present when the sunken submarine F4 is raised
and opened, it is only what was to be expected. The people of the
United States creates an army and navy for the purpose of national
defense, and then permit their creatures to become their masters. This
has been the rule since history began, exemplified most perfectly in the
military domination of Europe, but still in evidence in our own country.
Of course the excuse in the present instance will be the same old one
of expediency, and the necessity of preventing possible foes from
learning facts that might be turned against us. The real truth is simply
in the natural arrogance of the human animal when placed in com
mand of an engine whose only attribute is might.
Of course the submarine F4 belongs to the American people. Cer
tainly the twenty-one poor remnants of men entombed within her are
American citizens. Most assuredly they have a right to know, not
simply what the naval officers choose to tell them as to the causes for
the disaster, but all the facts. I'.ut they will probably have to be
satisfied with the "word of an officer and a gentleman," who assumes
he is better than his fellow Americans, simply because he is a part
of a great machine which the nation feels it incumbent upon it to main
tain. But this is all of really little moment, so long as the nation holds
the purse strings, and so long as such petty bits of high-handedness serve
to remind us all of the peril of military dominance.
DRIVING POWER NEEDED.
Under the caption "Xeeds More Driving rower," theStar-Bul-
letin editorially says :
"The delay in investigating the Eahaina accident of
nearly a month ago emphasizes the uselessness of the
public utilities commission on its present basis."
The Star-Bulletin shouldn't have to be reminded that one of the
greatest "driving powers" for public bodies is the press. Yet the Hono
lulu press barely mentioned the disaster which shocked all Maui, and
which has put the fear of death into the minds of all of our people
who are compelled to use the Lahaina landing. Most of the punch of
public opinion, which might have "galvanized" the "useless" utilities
body a little, was entirely lost in the colorless aftermath stories which
did appear after the danger of hurting delicate congressional feelings
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TIME TO STAND PAT.
If II. P. Wood does not recall any tentative suggestion he may have
made to resign as secretary of the Promotion Committee, and instead
demand that the terms of his contract with the Honolulu chamber of
commerce be carried out in full, he will greatly disappoint his friends.
As long as the attacks upon him were understood to be based on per
sonal antagonism to him on the part of one or two members of the
committee, his offer to step out in interest of harmony was to be com
mended. ' But now that his enemies (who persist in calling themselves
his friends) urge as a reason for his resigning that he has not a voucher
to show for the expenditure of a $225 item, it should be a cue for him
to fight. Mr. Wood explained the item in question in a manner that
should be more than satisfactory to anyone who knows Mr. Wood
as every member of the promotion committee, and especially as Presi
dent Waldron of the chamber of commerce knows him. Besides Mr.
Wood, in explaining why he could not get a voucher for the amount he
expended in connection with securing the cancellation of a lease
(through which, incidentally he saved the organization a large sum of
money) offered to allow the amount to be charged to himself person
ally, if there was to be any question about the matter. The whole dirty
business has gotten to a point where it is nauseating to the public gen
erally whether or not they believe Wood to be the best man to head
the Territory's publicity work or not. The motives back of the attacks
are too glaringly apparent not to arouse the strongest feeling of protest
from all lovers of fair play.
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A prominent pineapple canner declares iLz the canncrs are strug
gling for existence, have their backs to the wall, and that it is only just
that the pineapple grower should stand L- small part of the losses of the
packers. We know a canning company which paid about 23 percent in
dividends last year, laid away a snug sum in surplus against a rainy day,
and whose stock is quoted about 75 per cent above par. We also know
a whole lot of the growers for whose sake the packers have their backs
to the wall. Most of them are flat on their backs, their stock is worth
about 75 percent below par, and it will soon be 23 for them if their
packer friends don't stop trving so hard to save them.
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The statement telegraphed by a German-American mass meeting in
New York that 25,000,000 citizens of the United States, or one-fourth
of the population of the country, are pro-German in their sympathies
in connection with the great war, may be true. However, the last cen
sus shows but 2,759,000 German born residents in the country, and only
8,817,000 whose "mother tongue" was German. The total foreign born
population of the United States, of all nationalities, in 1910, was
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The price of pineapples is below cost of production, a "prominent
canner" is quoted as stating, because the packers have been unable to
pull together for their own interests. In other words he admits that
the Hawaiian canners have allowed themselves to be played for easy
marks by the jobbers. This man declares that the' consumer is paying
as much for his tin of pines as he ever did, and that the middlemen are
pocketing the extra profits. At the same time he says the growers have no
kick coming, even though they are losing money on every ton they
grow, because the packers are also being hurt.
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The best answer to insinuations that Maui's Fourth of July racing
will not be on the square this year, is a lb years record of clean sport.
If the Maui Racing Association had not always stood for clean sport,
it would have gone the way of all the other associations on Hawaii and
on the mainland. And it isn't beginning at this stage to introduce any
crooked deals. Real sportsmen in the Islands do not have to be told this.
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