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lution through had for the moment failed. The meeting, however, appreciating the fact that the trouble had 
but just begun, did not break up, but continued the consideration of the emergency. A committee of 
public safety was formed, to which the further consideration of the situation was delegated, after which 
the assembly, which had been animated by one heart and soul from the beginning, dispersed.
The committee of public safety did not delay in their performance of the task intrusted to them by the 
citizens, but proceeded to hold a conference on the spot. At first everything was in the air, there being no 
definite plan of operations. The committee adjourned at 6 p. m. to meet again on the following (Sunday) 
morning. On this occasion tire situation was discussed in all its bearings, and it was decided to call a mass 
meeting, to make a report, and then to ask this general gathering of all the citizens to confirm the 
appointment of the committee of safety, and to authorize it to take whatever steps might seem necessary 
to further the pubic welfare and secure the rights of the people from aggression once and for all. It was 
the unanimous sentiment of the members of the committee that a proclamation should be issued 
abrogating the monarchy, and a provisional government established, if the tone of feeling developed a t the 
mass meeting should clearly indicate that such a course would be in accord with public sentiment. In case 
the expectations of the committee as to testate of public feeling were realized, it would be necessary to be 
prepared to take immediate steps. The committee, therefore, continued its meetings and began the work of 
organization and preparation. Monday morning it was decided to request the American minister to laud 
troops for the protection of property, and a request to that effect was forwarded to the American minister.


In the meanwhile the Queen's party were not idle. They were frightened at the tone of feeling manifested in 
the city, and began to cast about for means of averting the catastrophe which seemed to threaten the throne. 
The Queen patched up a peace with her cabinet and forgave them, for the time being, for their "perfidy." In 
the morning of Sunday she held a meeting at the palace, and charged the native pastors present to pray for 
her, as evil-minded foreigners were endeavoring to deprive her of her throne. In the evening a secret 
meeting was held at the office of the attorney-general, in the government building, at which, besides the 
cabinet, Paul Neumann, Marshal Wilson, Hon. R, W. Wilcox, E. C. Macfarlane and Antone Rosa were 
present, besides some others. At this meeting Marshal Wilson proposed the arrest of the committee of 
thirteen, but Paul Neumann and others opposed the proposition on the ground that it would cause friction. 
Posters for the mass meeting of citizens being already out, it was decided to call a counter mass meeting of 
Hawaiians at Palace Square, and the tone to be adopted at this meeting was decided upon. A "by authority" 
notice was drafted, to be signed by the Queen and cabinet, announcing that her intention to abrogate the 
constitution by force had been abandoned, and that in future any changes she might desire would be 
affected by constitutional means only. In accordance with the terms of this announcement, the speaking at 
Palace Square was to be temperate and peaceable.
Monday morning the Advertiser appeared with a long account of the coup d'etat attempted by the Queen 
on Saturday, and with an editorial counseling the people to stand firmly by their rights. Late in the morning 
the " by authority " notice above referred to was distributed. It was as follows:


Her Majesty's ministers desire to express their appreciation for the quiet and order which has prevailed in 
this community since the events of Saturday, and are authorized to say that the position taken by Her Majesty 
in regard to the promulgation of a new constitution was under the stress of her native subjects.
Authority is given for the assurance that any changes desired in the fundamental law of the land will be 
sought only by methods provided in the constitution itself.
Her Majesty's ministers request all citizens to accept the assurance of Her Majesty in the same spirit in which 
it is given.
Minister of Foreign Affairs. 
Minister of Finance.
 									JOHN F. COLBURN,
Minister of the Interior, 
IOLANI PALACE, January 16, 1S93.

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