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              778	HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.
The Wilcox cabinet was appointed November 8, but it was not until about Christmas time that rumors 
commenced to circulate in town, that the relations existing between the Queen and her cabinet were not as 
smooth as they might he. She had attempted to dictate to them, an interference which they resented, and the 
first rumors were that she wanted to get rid of her cabinet on the pretense that they were under the influence 
of the American and Annexation party, fearing that if they remained in power after the prorogation of the 
Legislature she would be sure to lose her throne. These fancies were found to have been instilled into her 
mind by the opium and spoils ring which had been making such a fight for existence during the term of the 
legislative session. The leaders of this ring were clever enough to perceive that their influence with the Queen 
lay in using the marshal as a cloak for their designs, and, making friends with him, they held the key to the 
situation. .But they still lacked strength, and cast about for means to carry out their designs. Some self 
seekers joined their ranks, and the Queen now commenced to take an active part in affairs, and her minions, 
notably Captain Nowlein, -of her guard, were in constant communication with the native members of the 
The Queen's legal advisers were in constant consultation with her, and engaged in the preparation of a 
new constitution. At the same time the lottery bill was revived and used as a lever, and promises of money 
payments for the passage of the first, second, and third reading of appointments as agents in the several 
districts and of blocks of stock soon brought a change over the native members. The Queen was now engaged 
in making personal appeals to these members, cases being reported of her fortifying her entreaties with tears. 
She sent for prominent white members whom she thought she could influence and asked outright for their 
support against her ministers. Expostulations were in vain, and she showed her determination to brook no 
delay; still not much fear as to the stability of the cabinet was felt, as without C. O. Berger's vote she could 
not secure the necessary 25. It was clearly explained to Mr. Berger what her actions meant, and he was told 
who would constitute a new cabinet if she succeeded in getting the Wilcox one out, and he promised not to 
lend his assistance to such schemes. He was advised to consult his father-in-law (Mr. Widemann), and it is a 
notable fact that after doing so Mr. Berger went to the Palace, and to the consternation of the ministerial 
supporters, . appeared in the House after swearing he would never go near it again during the session. The 25 
votes necessary to pass a resolution of want of confidence were thus obtained, and on Thursday, January 12, 
at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, the Wilcox ministry was voted out of office.
The downfall of the cabinet was received with universal disgust throughout the community, but when the 
following day the places of the ministers were supplied by the Parker-Peterson-Colburn-Cornwell cabinet, 
the disgust was seasoned with indignation of the strongest kind. The universal feeling found, however, only 
peaceable expression, and none thought of anything but law-abiding acquiescence in the change, fraught with 
injury to the public interest though it was known to be.
Saturday, the 14th of January, 1893, dawned clear and beautiful, and no one dreamed that it was to he one 
of the eventful days of Hawaiian history. The prorogation of the Legislature was to take place at noon, and 
the members opposed to the new cabinet, though they absented themselves from the ceremony, had no idea 
of attempting anything against the ministry. It did not seem possible that the Queen, after having gained 
everything for which she had been striving, would imperil her gains by violating the constitution. And yet 
she did.
Saturday afternoon, between 1 and 2 o'clock, the community was startled by the information that a coup 
d'etat was in progress, and that the Queen was endeavoring to force her cabinet to sign a new constitution, 
which she then proposed to promulgate immediately to the people. The information was at first is believed by 
some, but it was speedily confirmed.
The political changes of the past few days, the renewed vote of want of confidence, the secret attempt 
made by the Queen to secure the overthrow of her ministers, her secret interviews with Noble Dreier and 
others, the signing of the opium and lottery hills, coupled with the rabid talk of certain native members in 
the house, Lad produced a feeling of great unrest in the community. The remarks of Kamanoha in the house 
were felt by some to give a hint as to what was to be looked for in the future, and many shared these 
forebodings. On Saturday morning rumor

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