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things were going to go, the house might as well pact up and go home, and let the 
cabinet own the country and make the laws.
Let the cabinet stick to their marshal and run the Government without any aid or 
vote of money from the Legislature. All he wanted was to have the right done. It 
was the general wish of the country to have the marshal removed. The cabinet 
should have whispered in the ear of marshal: "If you have any regard for us please 
resign, or we will not be able to keep our seats." He would like to know whether, 
if we would promise to support them, they would make an oath that no more opium 
should be smuggled? Who was benefited when opium was smuggled in?  All of 
them - they were all benefited. He did not make these remarks to assist the passage 
of the resolution - that was a foregone conclusion - but on the scriptural principle: 
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." The cabinet had ears, and they had 
heard his opinion of them, but they had not done anything. He moved the previous 
question. With drawn.
Noble Pua said this was the second resolution against this cabinet. Such resolu- 
tions had been common since 1887. The first reason announced was that the cabinet 
had no financial policy. Yet they had the confidence of moneyed men. If the in- 
troducer of the resolution and the member for the Third ward had been ministers 
they would not have been able to borrow one cent. He was sorry to see the dispo- 
sition among native members to favor this resolution. It was very foolish to go on 
removing cabinet after cabinet. When Mr. Gibson was minister everything was 
prosperous; yet there was a clique which was not satisfied, and their dissatisfaction 
culminated ill a revolution. Everything was prosperous in 1887, and then the reform 
party took the Government and ran it into the ground.
Now, after they had ruined the country and themselves, they came begging for 
help, and yet when measures were proposed like the lottery bill to make the coun- 
try prosperous they opposed them. The Government has been run on a moral and 
holy plan long enough. Let us try some of the schemes got up by the devil and see 
how they work. Morality has failed; let us try the devil and his plan for a while. 
Let us have a change. The good plan is played out. The lottery bill will give us 
$12,000,000, and the missionaries will put them in their pockets fast enough and ask 
no questions. The lottery bill will give us our gold, and Horner's bill our paper. 
All this talk about the works of the devil will then wear out, and people will con- 
eider it very good money after all. The resolution said that the cabinet were opposed 
to American interests, and not on good terms with the American minister. He 
would like to ask the ministers about that.
Minister Parker said he would say something on that score after the member was 
through. He had all the documents there.
Noble Pua, proceeding, said the idea was to get rid of the cabinet and have a better 
one. Did the member from Kona expect to get four angels from heaven?
Rep. Waipuilani said his business was to record his vote ill this case against the 
cabinet. If Her Majesty wished to import four angels from heaven that was her affair.
Noble Pua, said the member, was like a boy who went fishing without any bait. 
Proceeding, the speaker said he himself would make a good deal better minister 
than many who might be named. He favored indefinite postponement of the resolu- 
Minister Parker said he had not intended to say anything in defense of the cab- 
inet, but he would make a few remarks on the allegations regarding the relation of 
the cabinet to the American minister. There might be some truth in the statement 
in regard to the relation of the premier to the minister, but the resolution on the 
whole gave a wrong impression. The documents in his hand would show what the 
situation was. The policy of the Government was the same as that of the honor- 
able noble from Maui would be if he were a minister. The documents it would hardly 
he proper to make public, but, if necessary, the clerk of the house might read them. 
The honorable noble had made statements of facts which he might have learned 
from the Advertiser, perhaps, or through spies. It was true that insulting articles 
had been published in the Bulletin, but the cabinet was not in any way responsible 
for them. (Rep. Ashford: "Will you allow a question?") After I get through, I 
know the question. It is true I own a little of the stock.  That does not make the 
Cabinet responsible because I own a little of the stock.
Rep. Kamanoha asked if there had been any feeling of irritation between the 
American minister and the cabinet, and, if so, whether that feeling had been done 
away with?
Minister Parker could not speak for the relations of the minister of finance with 
the American minister, but his own relations were cordial. As to the considera- 
tion of the resolution, he, personally, was ready to have it proceeded with at once.
Rep. Kaunamano said it is alleged that the present head of the cabinet was inso- 
lent to the minister of the United States. He had brought in a resolution against 
the minister of the United States, but that resolution was laid on the table and no 
action was taken on it. If that is all that is alleged in the present resolution, it is

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