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              HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	783

The citizens responded to the appeal of the cabinet to resist the revolutionary attempt of the Queen by 
gathering at the office of William O. Smith. Later in the afternoon it was felt that bloodshed and riot were 
imminent; that the, community could expect no protection from the legal authorities; that on the contrary 
they would undoubtedly be made the instruments of royal aggression. An impromptu meeting of citizens was 
held, which was attended by the attorney-general and which was addressed among others by the minister of 
the interior, J. F. Colburn, who stated to the meeting substantially the foregoing facts. The meeting 
unanimously passed a resolution that the public welfare required the appointment of a committee of public 
safety of thirteen to consider the situation and devise ways and means for the maintenance of the public peace 
and the protection of life and property. Such committee was forthwith appointed, and has followed its 
The first step which the committee consider necessary is to secure openly, publicly, and peaceably, through 
the medium of a mass meeting of citizens, a condemnation of the proceedings of the party of revolution and 
disorder, and a confirmation from such larger meeting of the authority now vested in the committee,
For such purpose the committee hereby recommends the adoption of the following


1. Whereas Her Majesty, Liliuokalani, acting in conjunction with certain other persons, has illegally and 
unconstitutionally, and against the advice and consent of the lawful executive officers of the Government, 
attempted to abrogate the existing constitution and proclaim a new one in subversion of the rights of the 
2. And whereas such attempt has been accompanied by threats of violence and bloodshed and a display of 
armed force; and such attempt and acts and threats are revolutionary and treasonable in character;
3. And whereas Her Majesty's cabinet have informed her that such contemplated action was unlawful, and 
would lead to bloodshed and riot, and have implored and demanded, of her to desist from and renounce such 
proposed action;
4. And whereas such advice has been in vain, and Her Majesty has in a public speech announced that she 
was desirous and ready to promulgate such constitution, the same being now ready for such purpose, and that 
the only reason why it was not now promulgated was because she had met with unexpected obstacles, and 
that a fitting opportunity in the future must be awaited for the consummation of such object, which would be 
within a few days;
5. And whereas at a public meeting of citizens, held in Honolulu on the 14th day of January instant, a 
committee of thirteen, to be known as the " committee of public safety," was appointed to consider the 
situation, and to devise ways and means for the maintenance of the public peace and safety, and the 
preservation of life and property;
6. And whereas such committee has recommended the calling of this mass meeting of citizens to protest 
against and condemn such action, and has this day presented a report to such meeting, denouncing the action 
of the Queen and her supporters as being unlawful, unwarranted, in derogation of the rights of the people, 
endangering the peace of the community, and tending to excite riot, and cause the loss of life and 
destruction of property;
Now, therefore, we, the citizens of Honolulu, of all nationalities, and regardless of political party 
affiliations, do hereby condemn and denounce the action of the Queen and her supporters;
And we do hereby ratify the appointment and indorse the action taken and report made by the said 
committee of safety; and we do hereby further empower such committee to further consider the situation and 
further devise such ways and means as may be necessary to secure the permanent maintenance of law and 
order, and the protection of life, liberty, and property in Hawaii.
Mr. THURSTON said: Mr. Chairman, Hawaii is a wonderful country. We are divided into parties and 
nationalities and factions, but there are moments when we are united and move shoulder to shoulder, moved 
by one common desire for the public good. Three times during the past twelve years this has happened - in 
1880, 1887 and today. They say it is ended, it is done, there is nothing to consider. Is it so? [Calls of No! 
No!] I say, gentlemen, that now and here is the time to act. [Loud cheers.] The Queen says she won't do it 
again. [Cries of humbug!] Fellow citizens, have you any memories? Hasn't she once before promised - sworn 
solemnly before Almighty God to maintain this constitution? What is her word worth? [Calls of Nothing! 
Nothing!] It is an old saying that a royal promise is made to be broken. Fellow citizens, remember it. We 
have not sought this situation. Last Saturday the sun rose on, a peaceful and smiling city; today it is 
otherwise. Whose fault is it - Queen Liliuokalani's? It is not her fault that the streets have not run red with 
blood. She has printed a proclamation, expressing her repentance for what she has

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