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HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.	217
[Inclosure 6 in No. 79.] 
[Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser, January 18. 1893.]
THE NEW ERA - THE REVOLUTION TERMINATED BY THE ESTABLISHING OF A PROVI- 
SIONAL GOVERNMENT - CITIZENS RISK AND SEIZE THE GOVERNMENT BUILDING - 
THE MONARCHY ABROGATED - ENTHUSIASTIC VOLUNTEERS RALLY ROUND THE NEW 
GOVERNMENT - THE LATE QUEEN AND CABINET YIELD AND LEAVE THE TOWN UN- 
DER THE QUIET PROTECTION OF ITS OWN CITIZENS - FULL TEXT OF THE PROC- 
LAMATION AND ORDERS.
All day yesterday the community were in a state of expectancy, looking to the 
committee of public safety to do something to end the state of tension, and to se- 
cure the rights of all citizens against enroachment once and for all. The committee 
in the meantime was not idle, but was incessantly occupied completing its organ- 
ization and perfecting the final arrangements necessary to the proclamation of the 
Provisional Government and its protection by an armed force. At about 2:30 o'clock 
an attempt was made by three native policemen to arrest the progress of a wagon 
which was being driven up Fort street, by Mr. Benner and Mr. Good. Those in 
charge of the wagon resisted the attempt of the officers to arrest its course. One of 
the officers making a motion to draw a revolver, Mr. Good drew his own, and call- 
ing attention to the fact that he was justified in shooting, he fired, seeking, how- 
ever, to avoid the infliction of a dangerous wound. The wagon pursued its way, 
followed by a policeman in a hack. This episode precipitated the movement. 
Citizens hurried to the Beretania street armory, where they were formed into com- 
panies and marched to the Government building.
In the meantime the committee of public safety, accompanied by members of the 
government about to be formed, proceeded to the Government building. They were 
entirely unarmed. Arrived at the Government building the committee inquired for 
the cabinet, but the ministers were not to be found. They then demanded and re- 
ceived of Mr. Hassinger the possession of the building. The party now proceeded 
to the front steps and, in the presence of a rapidly increasing crowd, the following 
proclamation was read:
Before the reading of the proclamation was completed the volunteers from the 
Rifles' armory began to assemble in force. The grounds of Aliiolani Hale were cleared 
and a guard set at all the gates.
The following orders were then promptly issued by the Provisional Government:
HONOLULU, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS,
January 17, 1893.
PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. 
[Order No. 1.]
All persons favorable to the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands are 
hereby requested to forwith report to the Government at the Government building 
and to furnish the Government such arms and ammunition as they may have in their 
possession or control as soon as possible, in order that efficient and complete pro- 
tection of life and property and the public peace may be immediately and efficiently 
put into operation.
SANFORD B. DOLE, 
J. A. KING, 
P. C. JONES, 
WILLIAM O. SMITH, 
Executive Council of the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands.
JOHN EMMELUTH,
ANDREW BROWN,
C. BOLTE,
JAMES F. MORGAN,
HENRY WATERHOUSB,
B. M. DAMON,
W. G. ASHLEY,
E. D. TENNY,
F. W. McCHESNEY,
W. C. WILDER,
J. A. MCCANDLESS,
W. R. CASTLE,
LORRINA A. THURSTON,
F. J.   WlLHELM,
Advisory Council of the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands.

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