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              784	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
done, and at the same time - perhaps sent out by the same carriers - her organ prints an extra with her speech with 
bitterer language than that quoted in the Advertiser. She wants us to sleep on a slumbering volcano, which will some 
morning spew out blood and destroy us all. The constitution gives us the right to assemble peacefully and express 
our grievances. We are here doing that today without arms. The man who has not the spirit to rise after the menace 
to our liberties has no right to keep them. Has the tropic sun cooled and thinned our blood, or have we flowing in 
our veins the warm, rich blood which makes men love liberty and die for it? I move the adoption of the resolution. 
[Tumultuous applause!]
Mr. H. F. Glade : The Queen has done an unlawful thing in ignoring the constitution which she had sworn to 
uphold. We most decidedly protest against such revolutionary proceedings, and we should do all we possibly can to 
prevent her from repeating actions which result in disorder and riot. We now have a promise from the Queen that 
proceedings as we experienced on Saturday shall not occur again. But we should have such assurances and 
guaranties for this promise as will really satisfy us and convince us of the faith and earnestness of the promise given, 
of which we now nave no assurance. What such guaranties and assurances ought to be I can not at this moment say 
or recommend. This should be referred to the committee of safety for their careful consideration. I second the 
Mr. A. Young, in addressing the meeting, spoke as follows: Mr. Chairman and fellow citizens: In June, 1887, 1 
stood on this same platform and addressed an audience almost as large as the one now before me. At that time we 
had met to consider a resolution that looked toward a new constitution, which proposed constitution was considered 
the most effectual method of removing some flagrant abuses in governmental affairs practiced by the King and his 
cabinets prior to the time that the constitution was promulgated. today we have met to consider the action of Her 
Majesty in attempting to sot aside the constitution we all worked so hard to have promulgated, in the best interests 
of the Sovereign and the people at large, as -well as for the redemption of the credit of the kingdom abroad. It has 
long been reported that at some favorable opportunity the Queen would spring a new constitution upon the people 
and place matters even more in the hands of the Sovereign than they were before the revolution of 1887. Some did 
not believe the rumors, but the actions of the Queen in the last few days have convinced the most skeptical that the 
rumors wore well founded, and that she had been pregnant with this unborn constitution for a long time, but it could 
not be horn till under the propitious star. The Queen's Kahunas, together with her would-be advisers, had no doubt 
told her that the auspicious time for the advent had arrived. In trying to promulgate this long-promised constitution, 
the Queen has therefore premeditatedly committed a breach of faith with one portion of her subjects, in order to 
satisfy the clamors of a faction of natives urged by the influence of a mischievous element of foreigners who mean 
no good to the Queen or the people, but simply for the purpose of providing avenues for carrying out more perfectly 
the smuggling of opium and diverting the con tents of the treasury into their own pockets. A " by authority " circular 
has now been handed around, setting forth that the Queen and her cabinet had decided not to press the promulgation 
of a new constitution, but can we depend on this promise of Her Majesty? Is this promise any more binding upon 
her than the oath she took before the Almighty God to support and maintain the present constitution? Has not the 
Queen resorted to very questionable methods in an underhanded way to remove what, to the people, was one of the 
most acceptable cabinets ever commissioned by any sovereign in this Kingdom, in order that four other ministers 
might be appointed that would carry out her behest, treasonable or otherwise, as might be most conveniently within 
their scope. I say, have we any reasonable assurance that the Queen and her ministers have abandoned finally the 
new constitution promulgation scheme? [Roars of No! from the audience.] My fellow-citizens, while the Queen and 
her cabinet continue to trifle with and play fast and loose with the affairs of state there can be no feeling of security 
for foreign families residing within these domains. There can be no business prosperity here at. home, and our credit 
abroad must be of the flimsiest and most uncertain nature. And you business men who are toiling honestly for your 
bread and butter will have to put up with thin bread and much thinner butter if this farcical work is continued. In 
order that matters may be set to rights again and that honest, stable, and honorable government may be maintained 
in Hawaii, I support the resolution, and trust that it will be passed unanimously by this meeting. 
Mr. C. Bolte. Since the resolution which was read here has been written things have changed. On Saturday the 
Queen promised the native people that she would give them a new constitution under all circumstances: she did not 
say exactly when, but as soon as possible. This morning a proclamation was issued, in which she Bays that her 
attempt to promulgate a new constitution last Saturday was made under stress of her native subjects, but that she 
will not do it again. "An attempt to change the fundamental law of the land is a very serious matter, a matter that

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