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could say they would be glad to go out, and wish joy to their successors. [Rep, 
Bush: What, in going out?] No; in coming in. The house was like a theater, in 
which various motions were brought out; but he had never felt the emotion of pity 
as he had for the once great, wise, and truthful noble for Maui. He had detailed 
truthfully and eloquently how much the United States had done for us; but his love 
for the United States was like Horace Walpole's gratitude - a lively anticipation of 
future favors. The bounty, however, would not come. He had gloried in the 
strength of the member for Maui, and had looked on him as one of the beat and 
most patriotic young men in the country until today.
We will now look at this resolution, and see what sort of language it is written in. 
(The minister then read the second clause of the resolution.)  I congratulate his ex- 
cellency the minister of finance that he was important enough to have made so much 
trouble. If you had read as much fiction as I have, yon would say that Dumas, who 
wrote the Count of Monte Christo, should hide his head in shame. He is "not in it" 
with Mr. Thurston. Who the brilliant author is I do not know. I suspected at first 
that it came from the facile pen of the member of the Third ward. But it is miles 
above his imagination. If the Legislature should vote this cabinet out on this 
ground, it would be laughed at in Washington. I hope you will not be laughed at. 
I am a Hawaiian by residence, denizenship, and citizenship, and I do not wish harm 
or ridicule to come to the Hawaiian people; and this second clause is dragged in as 
a reason to put this cabinet out. I am not here in defense of the cabinet. It has 
been said that the cabinet has no policy. Anyone who is not wilfully blind can see 
that it has a policy. It has the policy of economy, of renewing the credit of this 
country abroad. Now, he did not desire to retaliate upon the member from Maui, 
who had robbed him of one of his dearest illusions - his admiration of him, but if 
Hawaiian bonds were ever worth 113 it was none of his doing. The $900,000 in the 
Postal Savings Bank was gone, unaccounted for.
During his incumbency the treaty which Mr. Carter had brought to perfection 
was rejected. So much for American enmity. By the grace of his late Majesty the 
speaker was made a denizen. He was practically a Hawaiian, but first an Ameri- 
can, and would remain one. Now, however, he proposed to make the interests of 
this country his first care. The want-of-confidence motion was cut and dried or it 
would not have been brought.  He did not question the motives of the members who 
voted for the cabinet two weeks ago. Some of them had a slight lapse of honesty 
four years ago, when a reform house voted them out of it. He wished them now a 
good digestion of the acquisition. Perhaps the conduct of these members now had 
motives similar to those which actuated them in 1888. He understood that a good 
deal of the persuasion had come from a member who gives luaus, and who has offered 
a member of this house a valuable piece of land. He held himself responsible for 
what he said and he would not be afraid to meet him when he came to him if he was 
in hearing. One of these men was a member of a benevolent society and had not 
turned in the funds which he hart collected. He did not propose to leave the sub- 
ject without tearing off the mask, and if the reform party got its support from such 
foul and impure sources, be could only congratulate them.
It had been strikingly said by his friend the noble from Maui that he would form 
a coalition with the devil, and he had come as near to it as he could when he found 
these two coadjutors. These men when they went back to their constituents would 
wear a blush which would shame the woods on fire. This cabinet was not necessary 
to the prosperity of the country. He could pick out quite as good a one from this 
house, but let the house be honest, strike out the preamble and do not pretend that 
you have any honest reason for the vote. The member from Maui had charged the 
cabinet with raising the sham cry of annexation. Not a word had been said by the 
cabinet on annexation except in reply to what the opposition had advanced, and 
when a fellow ran at the head of a crowd and shouted stop thief, he was usually the 
man who should be locked up. It had been well said that no remarks from anyone 
would change the views of anyone. No amount of talk could move those men who 
had such cogent reasons for changing their minds.
In regard to the marshal, he wished to thank the members for all their courtesies, 
but he would say that not ten houses could make him do any unjust act - he would 
not condemn a man unheard. Mr. Bush's report contained a number of citations 
from encyclopedias, etc., which even he had not read. He had learned more about 
opium from that pamphlet than he had ever known before, but nothing about the 
marshal except a few vague rumors. As to the other opium report, he had been as- 
tonished that there had not been at least a little paltry flame after so much smoke 
and noise. But there was nothing but glimmering ashes. There was nothing in the 
reports on which a rational man could take action. He would say to the gentlemen 
who were going to vote for the resolution, that be could not admire their sense of 
justice. They could not hurt him, for he wanted no position which brought nothing 
bat abuse from every quarter. He thanked them for their attention.

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