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                             574	HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.
Notwithstanding there were objections to Kalakaua's character, Ire says: " It was believed, however, that if Queen Emma 
should be elected there would be no hope of our obtaining a reciprocity treaty with the United States."
He gives an account of various obnoxious measures advocated by the King which were defeated.
In 1882 he says the race issue was raised by Mr. Gibson, and only two white men were elected to the legislature on the 
A bill prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors to natives was repealed at this session.
A $10,000,000-loan bill was again introduced, but was shelved in committee. The appropriation bill was swelled to 
double the estimated receipts of the Government, including $30,000 for coronation expenses, besides large sums for military 
expenses, foreign embassies, etc.
A bill was reported giving the King power to appoint district justices, which had formerly been done by the justices of 
the supreme court.
A million of dollars of silver was coined by the King, worth 84 cents to the dollar, which was intended to be exchanged 
for gold bonds at par, under the loan act of 1882. This proceeding was enjoined by the court. The privy council declared 
the coin to be of the legal value expressed on their face, subject to the legal-tender act, and they were gradually put 
into circulation. A profit of $150,000 is said to have been made on this transaction.
In 1884 a reform legislature was elected.   A lottery bill, an opium license bill, and an $8,000,000 loan bill were defeated.
In the election for the legislature of 1886 it is alleged that by the use of gin, chiefly furnished by the King, and by the 
use of his patronage, it was carried against the reform party; that out of twenty-eight candidates, twenty-six were office-
holders - one a tax assessor and one the Queen's secretary. There was only one white man on the Government ticket-
Gibson's son-in-law. Only ten reform candidates were elected. In this legislature an opium bill was passed providing for 
a license for four years, to be granted by the minister of the interior with the consent of the King, for $30,000 per annum.
Another act was passed to create a Hawaiian board of health, consisting of five native doctors, appointed by the King, 
with power to issue certificates to native kahunas (doctors) to practice medicine.
A $2,000,000-loan bill was passed, which was used largely in taking up bonds on a former loan.
It is claimed that in granting the lottery franchise the King fraudulently obtained $75,000 for the franchise and then 
sold it to another person, and that subsequently the King was compelled to refund the same.
These are the principal allegations on which the revolution of 1887 is justified.
None of the legislation complained of would have been considered a cause for revolution in any one of the United States, 
but would have been used in the elections to expel the authors from power. The alleged corrupt action of the King could 
have been avoided by more careful legislation and would have been a complete remedy for the future.
The rate of taxation on real or personal property never exceeded 1 per cent.
To all this the answer comes from the reformers: "The native is unfit for government and his power must be curtailed."
The general belief that the King had accepted what is termed the

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