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              780	HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.

revolutionary movement begun by the Queen. Leading citizens of every political complexion hurried 
together at Hon. W. O. Smith's office, and, while their numbers were every instant augmented by fresh 
accessions, held a hurried consultation as to the course to be pursued. There was hut one mind among all those 
gathered together. Tradesmen, lawyers, mechanics, merchants, were of one opinion. A unanimity of 
sentiment reigned such as has not been witnessed here for years, and it was agreed, without a dissenting 
voice, that it was the duty of every good citizen, without distinction of party, to support the law and the 
liberties of the people and to resist the revolutionary encroachments of the Queen. A message to this effect 
was at once dispatched to the cabinet.


The ministers now revisited the palace, not without the apprehension that their persons would be taken into 
custody even if they suffered no bodily harm. Great pressure had been brought upon Her Majesty to induce 
her to go no farther and to retrace the revolutionary steps she had already taken. While her troops stood 
drawn up before the palace, waiting for the final word of command, the Queen hesitated and hesitated. The 
conference in the blue room was a long one. For two hours the result trembled in the balance. She could not 
be induced to give up her unlawful project, but finally consented with hitter reluctance to a temporary 
postponement of the premeditated coup.


The Queen was a very angry woman, when at 4 p. m. Saturday she returned to the throne room, where were 
assembled the Hui Kalaiaina with most of the native members of the Legislature, the cabinet, the governor 
of Oahu, the young princes. Chief-Justice Judd and Mr. Justice Bickerton, the staff, ladies of the court, 
kahili bearers, etc. She ascended the dais and spoke substantially as follows:
"PRINCES, NOBLES, AND REPRESENTATIVES: I have listened to the thousands of voices of my people that have come 
to mo, and I am prepared to grant their request. The present constitution is full of defects, as the chief 
justice here will testify, as questions regarding it have so often come before him for settlement. It is so 
faulty that I think a new one should be granted. I have prepared one, in which the rights of all have been 
regarded - a constitution suited to the wishes of the people. I was ready and expected to proclaim the new 
constitution today, as a suitable occasion for it, and thus satisfy the wishes of my dear people. But, with 
deep regret, I say that I have met with obstacles that prevent it. Return to your homes peaceably and quietly 
and continue to look towards me, and I will look towards you. Keep me ever in your love. I am obliged to 
postpone the granting of the constitution for a few days. I must confer with my cabinet, and when, after you 
return home, you may see it, receive it graciously. You have my love, and with sorrow I now dismiss 
Mr. White replied, thanking the Queen and assuring her of the love of the people, and that they would wait 
patiently until their desires should be fulfilled, to which the Queen responded with thanks, and left the 
throne room.
Mr. Kaunamano then began in a loud voice an inflammatory harangue which was suppressed. He demanded 
the lives of the members of the cabinet who had opposed the wishes of Her Majesty, and declared that he 
thirsted for bloodshed,
A few moments later the Queen went out upon the upper balcony of the palace and addressed the crowd. She 
told them that on account of the perfidy of her ministers she was unable to give them the constitution which 
she had promised them, but that she would take the earliest opportunity of procuring it for them. (The 
crowd then gave three cheers.)
Representative White then proceeded to the stops of the palace and began an address. He told the crowd that the 
cabinet had betrayed them, and that instead of going home peaceably they should go into the palace and Mil 
and bury them. Attempts were made to stop him, which he resisted, saying that he would never close his 
mouth until the new constitution was granted. Finally be yielded to the expostulations of Col. Boyd and 
others, threw up his hands and declared that he was pau, for the present. After this the audience assembled 
The constitution which the Queen wished to force upon the people deprived them of all voice in the choice of 
the house of nobles, the appointment of which was vested in the sovereign. The system of cabinet 
responsibility was abolished, the choice and removal of ministers being vested solely in the Queen. Native 
Hawaiians were to be exempt from the payment of personal taxes, and all white men were to be deprived 
of the franchise except those who were married to native wives.
News was brought to the citizens down town that the attempt to carry the revo-

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