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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1917.
THE MAUI NEWS
canned fruits, legumes, vegetables ,etc, out of which Coast growers
and canners have been, and are, making fortunes. We believe that
if the small farmers, so called, of the island take this matter up in an
BOILER FEED PUMPS
HYDRAULIC PRESSURE PUMPS
AUTOMATIC FEED PUMPS
Catton, Neill & Co., Ltd.
Entered at the Tost Office t Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter
earnest, business-like manner they will find that the canners and
merchants are willing to meet them more than half way.
Mr. O'Brien, in his paper, invited suggestions that might lead to
a solution of the problems of the small farmer on Maui, and we under
stand that the invitation has the endorsement of the Haiku Farmers' As
sociation. We are submitting the above as our first "suggestion on this
TWO OF MAUI'S NEEDS
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OCTOBER 12, 1917
C.ll'T.llX IV I U.I AM MAT SOX
In the death of Captain William Matson, people of Maui and of
the Territory feel that they hae lost a prominent citizen. So closely had
lie, for many ears, been identified with our shipping and general busi
ness interests that he has seemed like one of us, and to all intents and
purposes has been one of us, despite his residence on the Coast.
Captain Matson began life as a common sailor and worked up un
til he became the official of one of the most important transiorta-
tion companies operating in this ocean. His career will stand as a
monument to thrift and strict attention to duty, his place in the
snipping business of the Pacific will be hard to fill.
DO WE LOUE OUR COUNTRY?
During this war Great Britain has already created two large loans
of $5,000,000,000 each, and for the last one, sTfbscriptions were received
from about 8,000, 000 different buyers.
The French people are known as the greatest government bond buy
ers in the world.
Fifty years ago we raised over $3,000,000,000 to provide for the
expenses of the Civil War.The wealth of this country today is eight
limes as great as it was then; our banking resources are twenty times
as great as then or even as late as 1870.
Soon after the beginning of the Spanish-American War our Gov
ernment offered for sale $200,000,000 of irc bonds, which were over
subscribed 7'i times. This was equivalent to subscriptions totaling
Can it be that we love and appreciate our country to a less de
gree than England or France? Is it conceivable that we have lost our
enthusiasm for our Government's ideals since 1804, or even since 1898?
It is estimated by the Controller of Currency that there are now
more than 10,000 individuals and corporations in the United States
in a position to subscribe from $100 to $100,000,000 to the Liberty
Euan. There are easily a hundred times that many who are able to
buy a $50 bond on easy terms.
You are one of these individuals. Subscribe today for the Liber
ty Loan at your bank or with your employer.
PROBLEMS OF THE SMALL FARMER
In last week's issue Mr. J. F. O'Brien gave us some interest
ing and instructive data on the subject of small farming in general
and diversified farming in particular, and we feel sure that his opinions
and advice have been much appreciated. The writer of the pub
lished article told us, however, only of the things we should grow,
not enlightening us to any extent on the equally important questions
of where and how we are to find profitable markets for the same.
Corn and oats cannot be grown to advantage, while it is difficult and
expensive to reach markets with fresh legumes, fruits and vegetables.
Standing in the way of the successful and satisfactory market
ting of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and corn (for table purposes)
in the Islands is the general practice of using canned goods. It is
doubtful that ten per cent of the vegetables sold in this Territory are
fresh, the remaining ninety per cent arriving here in tins from Califor
nia, and even as far back as the Atlantic coast. Of course every
body stands ready to admit that fresh fruits and vegetables are better,
but the ease with which the canned article is obtained and served has
always "turned the trick," so that the practice of using imported goods
has become universal.
Take, for example, a certain small tin of tomato sauce, sold in
every city, town, hamlet and grocery store in the Islands. It comes
from California. Everybody knows it, without our naming the brand.
We are informed by reliable parties that 100,000 cases (not dozens,
but cases) of this sauce (one big crushed tomato, a little pepper, and
water, to the tin) are shipped into this Territory every year. In addi
tion, enormous quantities of tomatoes, prepared, if you will, in other
ways, are imported. Then there are beans, peas, corn, asparagus, etc.,
etc., to the end of the chapter, in tins, imported by the thousands of
cases. Inquire at the grocery department of any store and you will
find large quantities of all these things, but no fresh vegetables nor
fresh fruits, except oranges, apples and such standards as keep a long
time. It is probably a safe venture that any large grocery store in
Honolulu sells more canned vegetables in a month than all the mar
ket places combined and possibly with the Chinese truck peddlers
thrown in for good measure.
It is a peculiar situation, perhaps, but the condition is none the
less real, and it must be dealt with accordingly. How are we to deal
with it ? By giving the people what they want. How are we to deter
mine what they want? By noting what they purchase and use. In
this case, as we have pointed out, they purchase and use canned goods.
It may be merely a matter of convenience and all that, but they do it
just the same and, as a business proposition, that is all the grower
should care to know.
The solution of the problem is to meet canned goods with canned
goods. A pineapple cannery is able, at very small expense, to take
care of a large volume of this business the situation on Maui being
such that an arrangement of this sort would likely be easy and could
be made to work out satisfactorily to everyone. The market is here
and all around. It is always here, and is certain. All required is a
working arrangement between the growers, the packer and the dealer.
The consumer will do the rest. Maui has the best opportunity of any
of the islands in this business. Oahu will stay with pines for a long time,
while Kauai small-farmers are tied up to pines and cane. Owing ta
recognized conditions, Hawaii would not be a competitor in many
years, if at all.
The idea would not be to abandon anything now grown and mar
keted at a profit. Keep all those things going, and going strong. But
in addition to that, go energetically after the Hawaiian market for
Although Maui feels a just pride in being up-to-date on most
things, there are at least two real needs here that are now indifferently
and unsatisfactorily supplied. The first of these is a first-class drug
store, in charge of a registered pharmacist. The second is an up-to-
date plumbing establishment, with plumbers informed on all the finer,
modern points of the business.
We have gotten along for so many years without a real drug-store,
run by a pharmacist, that the matter may not appeal to us, at first
thought, as of vital importance. But it is; and as our population in
creases and our towns expand the need becomes more and more press
ing. A first-class drug store, in Wailuku, for instance, with a modern
soda fountain,, etc., would be a good thing for the whole island and a
gold-mine for its owner. It would indicate a progressive spirit were
our business men to invite a registered pharmacist to come in here and
set up an up-to-date establishment.
We have plumbers on Maui, but it seems to be neccessary, every-
time a large house is planned, to look elsewhere for plumbers and plumb
ing material. There have been notable instances of this in the past
year or two. Moreover, property owners have found it necessary to
call in assistance from outside on small contracts requiring skilled
workmanship. This is not as it should be. There is work enough
here to command the undivided attention of the best plumbing estab
lishing in the Territory, and we should have the convenience.
Both of these matters are important enough to engage the atten
tion of the proper committers of the Chamber of Commerce.
OUR NEW POSTOFFICE
Wailuku is to have a new postoffice, and it is largely up to the
people of the community whether or not the building is such as to
harmonize with the progressive appearance and spirit of our little city.
The United States erects only first-class postoffice buildings. All
others are supplied by citizens, the government paying rent for them.
Our postoffice is third-class, although it is very close to becoming second
class, which will call for improved facilities and a better building.
The postoffice building is generally the most conspicuous and the
most frequented of any public structure in a town. It is oftimcs the
basis of the general opinion a visitor forms of a place whether it
is up-to-date or not. Wailuku's present postoffice building is not a
good advertisement, and as such we shall all be pleased to see it go.
There should be an immediate awakening of public spirit on this
proposition, and enthusiasm for as large, as conveniently arranged and
as beautiful a building as Uncle Sam will stand the rent on. Eet us
hold up the hands of those who seek the contract for the building, to
the end that we may get the swellest and best postoffice structure to
be had in a town of this size.
There has been something crooked in Chile and Venezuela ever
since the beginning of strained relations between the United States and
Germany. The alignment of all other countries of South America
against Prussianism will, however, force those two states to either fish,
cut bait or go overboard. It will likely be found out very soon
that the pirate down Samoa way was fitted out in Chile, while the enemy
wireless plant on Curacao was probably established with the full
knowledge of the Venezuelan government.
The news reached Honolulu yesterday that a special dispensation
had been made allowing the shipment of bananas from the Islands
3 the Coast in foreign ships. This would be quite important were it not
for the fact that after information of the concession was mailed from
Washington, Congress suspended the coastwise shipping laws. It is
still interesting, however, in that it is evidence of the friendliness of the
Federal bureau of commerce.
Although the Wailuku police are efficient and alert, it might be a
good idea to station a traffic man at the postoffice when the mails are
being distributed. At such times the locality is usually congested with
pedestrians and autos, and there is danger to life and limb. A conspicu
ous showing of police authority around there would have the effect of
becking careless driving, at least.
The French report that the German trenches in Flanders have been
blown to pieces is gratifying, but we have our misgivings as to what
may be a few miles back of the shattered lines. At the same time it is
plain that the situation of the foe in that quarter is becoming little short
of desperate, and something will have to "give" before long.
We will wager someone else's Mexican dollar that several of the
banquets and "blow-outs" given the visiting Congressmen next month
will make that much-talked about Civic Convention dinner at the Moana
look like the luau Lazarus found on the doorsteps of the Rich Alan.
A rule of the owners forbidding the landing, or possession, of
liquors on the island of Eanai would, perhaps, serve to prevent lawless
ness there and render a jail unnecessary. Such a rule is in force on
Xiihau and works satisfactorily.
Maui will extend a "glad hand" to the Ililo ball-players tomorrow.
It is hoped that they have a good time, and return home with only the
most pleasing impressions of the island and of our people.
It is fitting that after laying the foundation for the successful termi
nation of the greatest war in history our Congressmen should come to
these Isles of Peace for recreation.
The Chistmas exhibition of pictures, in Wailuku, is well worth
the time of art connoisseurs. We understand that the display will be
withdrawn after tomorrow.
If Honolulu don't quit this practice of bombarding our flagship
Claudine, we'll be tempted to sever diplomatic relations.
Oh, what a scamper there was last night back to the band-wagon
cl the New York Giants!
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