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366	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
month it was in order to say to them, you have been tried and found wanting.    A 
man could not talk on an empty stomach, so he favored a recess till 1:30 p. m. 
Carried at 12:01.
AFTERNOON  SESSION.
The house met at 1:35 p.m.
Noble Thurston proposed to say but a very few words. He had stated his opinion, 
a month ago, and had seen nothing to change his mind since. The present resolu- 
tion was introduced by one who voted against the former resolution. It had been 
tacitly agreed that the opposition should not filibuster, hut should quietly go about 
its business. That policy has been pursued up to the present time. There were a 
number of members who voted against the resolution then because they wished to 
see what the cabinet proposed to do. In the meantime they had been deciding what 
they themselves would do; this resolution was the result. Two members had stated 
that they favored the resolution on two of the grounds set forth, but not on the 
other. Here were five of the original supporters of the cabinet who had now de- 
clared against them, except that two of them were not agreed with one of the 
reasons set forth.
The question now to bo settled was whether the house had confidence in the cab- 
inet or not. Those who had confidence in the cabinet would vote against the reso- 
lution, and those having no confidence in them should vote for the resolution, no 
matter what their reasons might be. All would not necessarily have the same rea- 
sons. For himself he did not care whether there was any preamble or not. He was 
prepared to vote for a resolution of a single line. Others might have a preamble if 
they liked. He was ready to state his reasons for his vote, and others might state 
or conceal their reasons as they saw fit. The member from Wailuku and the mem- 
ber from Hilo had both stated that the third ground, the scandals in the police de- 
partment, was their main reason for supporting the resolution. That was their 
reason. The speaker on the other hand considered the attitude of the cabinet 
toward America the leading reason, and upon this second point he proposed to speak. 
In regard to the marshal, it might be that everything which the members from Hilo 
and Wailuku alleged was true, but that was a matter which would eventually be 
remedied. Whether it was remedied today or tomorrow, would not vitally affect 
the future of the country. There had been bad administration there before. The 
present cabinet had the right and duty to remedy that, and it was entirely within 
their power. The responsibility was upon them to do it or not. They have ample 
power. That is the point.
The other charge is that they have developed no financial policy. That also was 
not so absolutely vital a point as the one upon which the speaker would lay stress. 
The second reason therefore contained something which might or might not be 
within their power, viz, to cope with the financial situation; but the third reason 
was something which struck right down into the vitals and pockets of the country,. 
and it was something with which this cabinet could not cope. Pineapples were 
being planted on Hawaii, in Manoa, and at Ewa. Pineapple-raising could be car- 
ried on with large returns. In Cona all you had to do was to stick the top into the 
ground. Why were not pineapples raised! Because the American duty of 35 per 
cent destroyed the margin of profit. Why were these people starting in?  Because 
they hoped we could negotiate a treaty and get that duty taken off.  If it were 
taken off 500,000 pineapples would be exported inside of three years. It was not 
only on pineapples that there was a duty of 35 per cent, but on every species of 
preserved fruit. The member from Lahaina had brought in a bill about guava 
jelly.  Thurston and his one guava bush in Manoa was made the text of a number 
of speeches at the last campaign, but the guava jelly will march triumphantly 
over the head of the speechmaker.
If this duty can be got rid of, when guava jelly gets to paying a handsome profit 
not only the capitalist will benefit, but the poor man in Hamakua, for instance, 
where the bushes cover the land from the sea to the bush as thick as they can grow 
in unbroken masses for miles, and all you have to do is to go out and pick them. These 
were but two items which had been brought before the house by petitions and bills. 
He might go on the whole afternoon enumerating others. It was, therefore, obvious 
that whether the cabinet was on friendly terms with the United States was impor- 
tant, not merely to the capitalist, but to all the poor throughout the land. Two 
years ago the cabinet were charged with trying to sell out this country. They got 
them out and as soon as they did they adopted the programme of their predecessors 
and tried to get the same treaty negotiations. It was pigeonholed.
They tried in every way to stir up feeling here against America and the Ameri- 
cans  and then sought favors from the United States.    Had they succeeded?    The  
government which went in then was not personally hostile to the United States. 
The ministry went with their party.    But now we have a cabinet whose leader

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