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satisfy us and convince us of the faith and earnestness of the promise given, of which 
we now have no assurance. What such guaranties and assurances ought to be I 
can not at this moment say or recommend. This should be referred to the committee 
of safety for their careful consideration. I second the motion.
Mr, YOUNG, in addressing the meeting, spoke as follows:
Mr, Chairman and fellow-citizens: In June, 1887, I stood on this same platform and 
addressed an audience almost as large as the one now before me. At that time we 
had met to consider a resolution that looked toward a new constitution, which pro- 
posed constitution was considered the most effectual method of removing some fla- 
grant abuses in governmental affairs, practiced by the King and his cabinets. The 
constitution was promulgated. Today we have met to consider the action of Her 
Majesty in attempting to set aside the constitution we all worked so hard to have 
promulgated, in the lost interests of the Sovereign and the people at large, as well 
as for the redemption of the credit of the Kingdom abroad. It has long been re- 
ported that at some favorable opportunity the Queen would spring a new constitu- 
tion upon the people and place matters even more in the hands of the Sovereign 
than they were before the revolution of 1887. Some did not believe the rumors, but 
the actions of the Queen in the last few days have convinced the most skeptical that 
the rumors were well founded and that she had been pregnant with this unborn 
constitution for a Ions time; but it could not be born till under the propitious star.
In trying to promulgate this long-promised constitution the Queen has therefore 
premeditately committed a breach of faith with one portion of her subjects in order 
to satisfy the clamors of a faction of natives urged by the influence of a mischievous 
element of foreigners who mean no good to the Queen or the people, but simply for 
the purpose of providing avenues for carrying out more perfectly the smuggling of 
opium and diverting the contents of the treasury into their own pockets. A by- 
authority circular has now been handed around setting forth that the Queen and 
her cabinet had decided not to press the promulgation of a new constitution; but can 
we depend on this promise of Her Majesty?  Is this promise any more binding upon 
her than the oath she took before Almighty God to support and maintain the present 
constitution?  Has not the Queen resorted to her questionable methods in an under- 
handed way to remove what, to the people, was one of the most acceptable cabinets 
ever commissioned by any sovereign in this Kingdom, in order that four other 
ministers might be appointed that would carry out her behest, treasonable or other- 
wise, as might be moat conveniently within their scope?
I say, have we any reasonable assurance that the Queen and her ministers have 
abandoned finally the new constitution promulgation scheme? [Roars of "No" from 
the audience.] My fellow citizens, while the Queen and her cabinet continue to 
trifle with and play fast and loose with the affairs of state there can be no feeling 
of security for foreign families residing within these domains. There can be no 
business prosperity here at home, and our credit abroad must be of the flimsiest and 
most uncertain nature. And you, business men, who are toiling honestly for your 
.bread and butter, will have to put up with thin bread and much thinner butter if 
this farcical work is continued. In order that matters may be set to rights again, 
and that honest, stable, and honorable government may be maintained in Hawaii, 
I support the resolution and trust that it will be passed unanimously by this meeting.
Mr. C. BOLTE. Since the resolution which was read here has been written things 
have changed. On Saturday the Queen promised the native people that she would 
give them a new constitution under all circumstances; she did not say exactly when 
but as soon as possible. This morning a proclamation was issued, in which she says 
that her attempt to promulgate a new constitution last Saturday was made under 
stress of her native subjects, but that she will not do it again. An attempt to change 
the fundamental law of the land is a very serious matter, a matter that requires a 
good deal of consideration, and I am well convinced that this matter has been 
weighed and considered for more than a day by the Queen, and that there was no 
acting on the spur of the moment under the stress of her native subjects about it. 
It was her well premeditated conclusion that she would change the constitution so 
as to suit herself on the day of prorogation of the Legislature. Many people knew 
this several days ago, but there have been so many rumors about all sorts of things 
that not very much attention was paid to it; it was expected that she might change 
her mind before that day would come. But she did not change her mind as soon as 
that; she told the native people that she was ready to give them a new constitution 
right then and there, but that she could not do it because her ministers would not 
let her. Now she has changed her mind; she makes a sort of excuse for what she 
did, and says she will never do it again.
It seems to me that the question that your committee has to ask now, and which 
is for you gentlemen here in the meeting to decide, is this: Are you satisfied with the 
assurance given in to-day's proclamation signed by the Queen and the four ministers, 
and will you consider this matter ended, or do you desire greater and stronger guar- 
antees for the safety and preservation of your life and liberty and property? I am 
one of the citizens' committee of public safety; my views on the situation are ex-

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