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              786	HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.


While the mass meeting was in session at the armory a counter demonstration was attempted by the 
Queen's party at Palace square. The speakers bad been carefully coached and advised to express 
themselves with the utmost caution. The tone was an unnatural one and the enthusiasm correspondingly 
small, A resolution was adopted accepting the royal assurance that she would 110 longer seek a new 
constitution by revolutionary means. The same meeting, however, expressed by cheers its approbation of 
the attempt by the Queen to carry out her coup d'etat, and one of the speakers gave vent to the 
expression of a wild thirst for bloodshed.


Immediately after the mass meeting a session of the committee of public safety was held. All the 
members felt that their action had been more than indorsed by the citizens, and that the moment a 
Provisional Government was established the foreign community would rally to its support.
It should have been mentioned that Marshal Wilson had warned all persons from attending the mass 
meeting. The indications of approaching trouble were serious, and at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, 
Minister Stevens deemed it proper to comply with the request of the committee of safety, and at the 
hour named the ship's battalion, under Lieut. Commander William T. Swinburne, landed, and troops 
were stationed for the protection of the consulate and legation, while a detachment encamped at 
Arion Hall. The presence of the troops did much to prevent disorder and to tranquilize the fears of 
the timid.
In the evening the committee of safety again convened, and elected the executive council and 
officers. In the morning, the members of the executive council consented to serve, and John H. 
Soper was induced to accept the responsible position of military chief of the new Government. Judge 
San ford B. Doles, the new executive head, sent his resignation to the cabinet, and this act was, so to 
speak, the first shot of the counter revolution. At 1 p. in,, the formation of the advisory council was 
complete, and shortly after the proclamation was signed by the committee of safety. The first act of 
the Provisional Government was then to sign the commission of J. H. Soper as commander of the 
forces. Just as the committee had finished considering the question when the coup should take place, 
and had decided on immediate action, a shot was fired on Fort street, a crowd ran up to the spot, the 
story flew through the street. "Good has shot a policeman," and the committee hastened to the 
Government building.


The shot fired on Fort street precipitated the revolution. In order to understand this event, it is 
necessary to return a little and pick up a new thread in the narrative. In the morning J. Good had been 
appointed ordnance officer, and in the discharge of his duty it became necessary for him to gather up 
the guns and ammunition available at the different stores, and transfer them to the armory. Half-past 2 
in the afternoon was the hour set for the removal of the ammunition from E. 0. Hall & Sons. Mr. Good 
selected Mr. Benner, of Castle & Cooke's, to drive the wagon, detailing Edwin Paris and Fritz Rowald 
as guards. The ammunition had been packed in the morning, the packing having been more or less 
supervised by some policemen who were hanging around with instructions to watch closely what was 
going on. At 2:20 Mr. Good proceeded to execute the transfer, and ordered Mr. Benner to drive rapidly 
out of the rear entrance. As the wagon came out of the gate, a policeman grabbed at the reins and 
ordered a halt. As the order was disregarded the officer blew his whistle, which was immediately 
answered by four or five other policemen who came running up and joined in the effort to stop the 
The Fort street car had just crossed King and alongside of it was a dray. This completely barred the 
progress of the wagon. One of the policemen seized the bit, but was warned off by Mr. Good, revolver 
in hand. Another endeavored to climb up but received a smart cut with the whip from Mr. Benner. In 
the meanwhile two policemen in the rear had been kept off by Paris and Rowald. On the rear platform 
of the street car were J. A. McCandless and Mr. Martin, the tailor. The latter covered one of the officers 
with his revolver, but did not fire. In the meantime came from McCandless on the street car, from E. O. 
White at Hall's and others, calls of "Pull, pull." Warned by these, Mr. Good now faced square around. 
One of the officers was coming up at a run, and when a few feet distant, put his hand behind him as 
though to draw a revolver. The indications being that some one would be shot. Mr. Good promptly 
fired and the man fell, with a bullet in the shoulder. This ended the effort to capture the ammunition. 
The horses started forward and the

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