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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
PORTO RICANS AND THE HAWAIIAN ELECTORATE
Entered at the Post Office at Wailuku, Maul, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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MARCH 16, 1917,
PLAY BALL! PLAY BALL!
1 What's the matter with Maui baseball ?
The Maui News isn't alone in asking this question. Many lovers
of the national sport are asking the question, but no one has any answer.
The truth is that the Maui Athletic Association is affected with the
sleepiftg sickness. Close observers claim it isn't dead, but there is
certainly mighty little sign of life. It might be an act of mercy to ad
minister chloroform and then hold the obsequies in proper form. It
would at least make way for a new organization that might be tempted
to get born.
Maui has had good baseball in the past, and it isn't the fault of the
Maui public that she didn't have last year, and may not have this.
A miserable wrangle at the beginning of the season as to who should
play on which team, queered the whole thing. If there are any play
ers left it's up to them to get together, forget past disputes, organize
new teams, and play ball for the sake of baseball. Maui people want
baseball, but they don't want, and will not support a lot of sore-head
players who have nothing in view but the grandstand, or the trophy
cup at the end of the season.
WHY NOT IMPORT FRESH FISH?
A lot is being said, in and out of legislative halls, about protecting
the fish fauna of the islands, and most of the argument is that unless
Care is taken island fish will soon be so scarce that poor people will not
be able to afford this "poor man's meat." The fact is that fish has
been more costly than beef in these islands for years. Some say it
is due to a Japanese fishing trust. Others declare that the fish are simp
ly not to be had. The legislature might appoint another of its famous
commissions to find out what the reason really is, and then take steps
accordingly. If it really wants to help the poor man to have fish, it
had better authorize the marketing division to import it from the main
land. If properly handled it ought to be possible to sell fresh halibut,
salmon, and other coast fishes at half the cost or less than we. must
now pay for domestic sea food.
Just what effect the granting of American citizenship to citizens
of Porto Rico will have here in Hawaii, is a question that is of consider
able interest from a political and social standpoint. The Porto Rican
population of the Islands is now something over 5000. From the fact
that in bringing this race to Hawaii, laborers were sought, it is prob
able that a higher than normal percentage of this number are adult
males possibly fifty percent.
Until the Congress a few weeks ago fixed the status of residents
of Porto Rico as citizens of the United States, these people have had
no national citizenship, and of course had none here in Hawaii. It is
now likely that we shall have to count on an addition or 2000 to 3000
additional voters to our present 18,000 now registered. The electorate
will not likely be noticeably elevated by the addition.
The wisdom of most rigid quarantine restrictions in matter of
plants and fruit coming into the Islands is emphasized by the discovery
of a new grub which has appeared in Jamaica pineapple fields, and
which threatens to put the pineapple business of that island out of
business. The insect attacks both plant and fruit, tunneling the. fruits
with a hole a quarter of an inch in diameter. Jamaica is also having a
serious time with several varieties of borers in bananas.
Half a million might seem a cheap price to some people for the
privilege of causing several million dollars in damage to an enemy.
The members of the harbor board either don't think so or are limber in
"Just as he was about to recover he died," says a Honolulu news
story. Here on Maui they frequently get well just when they are about
Representative Paschoal has introduced a bill in the legislature
providing for a high school at Hana. The bill should pass, though it
probably will not. Also there should be a high school at Lahaina, an
other at Wailuku, and anywhere else where there are half a dozen or
so pupils to attend. But don't misunderstand. A high school-isn't a
building In fact a first class high school might consist of little else
that a first class teacher and a few pupils. They are the main essentials.
It isn't at all a matter of great cost. What the school department should
aim for, and what it will ultimately achieve, will be to furnish instruc
tion to all who want it. Nor will it strive to bend the pupil to a pre
conceived schedule. Instead it will supply education best suited to the
probable needs of the individual. High school instruction, however,
instead of being obtainable at but one place on Maui should be possible
where ever a class could be organized.
Compelling a man to carry insurance under penalty of the law. for
failure to do so, and then giving insurance companies carte blanc to
soak him as hard as they like on matter of rates, doesn't look like a
square deal. But that's exactly what the workmen's compensation
law at present does. Maybe the insuring companies do not abuse their
privilege but it isn't because of any restraint the law imposes. And
the employer particularly the small employer is absolutely helpless:
he must pay up or be put out of business. It doesn't look like a square
The absolute ridiculousness of some of the censorship orders, or
the interpretation of them, is well illustrated this week when an Inter-
Island boat was delayed at Hilo for eighteen hours by an accident to
its engines, and news of the trouble was refused transmission by wire
less. As a result a dozen Maui people were obliged to wait around
Lahaina for many hours without any knowledge whatever as to when
the boat would arrive. Anybody who can find the shadow of an excuse
for such an action must have had a higher course of instruction than is
accorded to ordinary mortals.
Senator Robert Hind's bill which would specifically deny any
compensation to owners of domestic animals destroyed by the board of
agriculture and forestry on account of any disease, is one eminently
not fair. A disease epidemic in live stock is a community misfortune.
Every owner of domestic animals should be encouraged to co-operate
with the authorities in locating and stamping out disease, and the
knowledge that the territory would make good reasonable damages
in this connection would go far towards securing this co-operation.
Just suppose that war with Germany had been suddenly declared
at any time during the past several weeks, and that as the first blow
all eight of the German refugee ships in Honolulu harbor had been
blown up or sunk by their crews, blocking the harbor, destroying
wharves, and perhaps killing innocent people. Wouldn't it make the
watchful-waiting harbor commissioners feel really silly and provoked,
don't you think ?
A Salem, Oregon, booster club wrote to the mayor of Salem, Mass.,
suggesting that the latter town change its name because it conflicted
with the former's business development. And the joke of the matter
is that nobody in Maio chusetts seems to have tumbled to the fact it
was a joke. '
While the legislators are doing a lot of talking about protecting
little lobsters nothing has been said about protecting oysters or clams
OUR ISLAND CONTEMPORARIES
Center On The Survey
Half a dozen "freak" bills relating
to public school education in Hawaii
are hovering around the legislative
halls. Some of them may be introduc
Most if not all of them express in
some form the vague dissatisfaction
of many people over the courses oi
instruction. Particularly, there is a
feeling that Hawaii's public echool
pupils are not getting a Arm enough
hold on English speaking. English
reading and English writing.
Several of the measures suggested
In an indefinite way or actually draft
ed for introduction are plainly out
growths of the College Club's issue
with the administration, for that is
what the situation now amounts to
an issue between the College Club and
In the opinon of the Star-Bulletin,
which has heard from all sides in this
controversy, the efforts of all interest
ed in the public schools should be cen
tered on one object to obtain the fed
It is unwise, it is foolish, it will fie
disastrous to begin fights on details,
to go off on educational tangents, to
stop and argue about side-issues. The
present legislature should pay no heed
to bills purporting to revise the prin
ciples of common-school education
here. It is dangerous to tamper with
school structures, partlcuarly by those
entirely outside the educational field.
The legislature has one clean-cut
proposal before it Representative
Cooke's resolution which will memor
ize Congress to direct the making of
a federal survey here.
This plan has received widespread
support. It is not a blow at the ad
ministration. It is not a criticism of
the present department of public in
struction. It is merely the answer to
an inquiry, Is Hawaii going the right
route in its vital problem of public
True, criticism of the department of
public instruction has developed. But
that is one of the side-issues over
which Hawaii should not now stop to
fight. It will never be settled by local
Within the past few months many
bulletins from the U. S. bureau of
education have been issued showing
the extent to which states and cities
have used their opportunity of secur
ing the advice of the federal experts.
That is all Hawaii is asked to do.
Uncle Sam comes in not to find fault
but to find ways to help. Isn't that
fair? Why should it be opposed?
" ' b
one of the most sensible board of
supervisors in the Territory, and the
fact that the county engineer is a
man who knows his business and Is
held to account for his road3. In
other words, the supervisors know
enough to leave him alone, yet to
keep absolute tab on his work. The
supervisors' on Kauai are practical
business men, everyone of them, and
not an engineer, nor a road builder,
nor do they make any pretense to run
round in an old rattletrap bus wagon,
pok'.ng their noses into matters or
which they know absolutely nothing.
They pay their engineer a salary com
mensurate with his duties and then
expect him to "deliver the goods."
The result is a system of reads which
cannot be excelled in any part of the
world. Kauai certainly has a right to
boast of her good roads only she
should realize that there are a lot of
others less fortunate in this respect
and whose feelings should be regarded
as worthy of consideration. Hilo
Must Have Been Joking
Senator Robinson of Maui says the
prohibition bill Is not "bone-dry." It
is as "bone-dry" as common-sense al
lows. Under its terms liquor can be
imported and sold only for medicinal,
sacramental and scientific purposes.
To prevent such uses would be carry
ing the issue to the point of bigotry.
The bill recognizes that there are
certain legitimate uses for alcohol
and does not propose to be fanatical
about It. The Maul Senator's objec
tion can hardly be seriously made.
Election Postponed And What It Can
To men such as County Treasurer
Charles H. Swain, County Auditor
Sam Spencer and County Clerk
Archie Hapai, the postponement of
the election until June can be of
no importance as each of these offi
cials has filled his office with credit
and distinction and as a result will
undoubtedly receive the unanimous
support of the people In the coming
But as to the political factions
whose members are now occupying
the stage of ridiculousness over the
coming event, it is different. Will
they get wise and come out In a
straight, clean campaign for re-election?
Prove themselves men for
whom it would do us honor to sup
port? Or, will they not heed the warn
ing but use the extra time as an op
portunity to strengthen the cursed
political machinery which has always
been a pitfall to manhood? Let us
hope that the extra time allowed, will
prove beneficial to all alike, and that
more sanity and less factionism will
mark the approaching campaign. Hi
Senate Bill 31, providing that coun
ty auditors expert the books of ail
county offices, is one of the most oois
mendable actions taken during the
present session of legislature. Now
then if a law providing that some ex
pert auditor do up the auditor's books
annually, there would be little cause
for a repetition of the pathetic inci
dent in connection with Hilo history
of a few year's since. Hilo Post
Maui and Kauai, thru their respec
tive newspapers, are having much
to say on the road question. As a
matter of fact both islands aro for
tunate hi having excellent roads, so
what's the use to get Into a fuss about
it. Kauai has its good roads first
of all from the reason of its having
Visitor "It's a terrible war, this,
young man a terrible war."
Mike (badly wounded " 'TIs that,
sor a tirrible warr. But 'tis better
than no warr at all." Punch.
"111 give that waiter," said a
customer in a quick-lunch room, "an
order that will simply paralize him.
"What will you have, sir?" presently
asked the waiter.
"Bring me," said the would-be tor
mentor, "some verulam and owa."
"Yessir." And the waiter, a seedy-
looking man, went away with a twinkle
in his eye, and returned with a large
plate of something hot.
"Here y'are," he said. "Eggs and
bacon. In ordinary English a shillng,
but in classic form three-and-six. 'Ver
ba- rebus aptare,' as we used to say
at college. Anything else, sir? Tit-Bits.
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