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              HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	787
wagon proceeded  up  Fort street, followed by two policemen in a hack who were     kept at a respectful distance by 
Paris, who leveled his ride at them.    The wagon proceeded up Fort to School street, and then down Punchbowl to 
the armory, where they were glad to see Zeigler's men already in line.
In the meantime the committee of public safety with the members of the provisional Government had proceeded 
to the Government building, Judge Dole and Mr. Cooper leading the way up Merchant street. All the committee 
were unarmed. "When the building was reached, inquiry was made for the ministers but they were not to be 
found. Mr. Cooper then made demand upon Mr. Hassinger, the chief clerk of the interior office, for possession of 
the building, and the demand was immediately complied with, there being no force with which any resistance 
could have been made. The committee now proceeded to the public entrance, and Mr. II. E. Cooper read to the 
gathering crowd the folio wing proclamation:
In its earlier history, Hawaii possessed a constitutional government honestly and economically administered in 
the public interest.
The Crown called to its assistance as advisers able, honest, and conservative men, whose integrity was 
unquestioned even by their political opponents.
The stability of the Government was assured; armed resistance and revolution un-thought of j popular rights 
were respected and the privileges of the subject from time to time increased and the prerogatives of the Sovereign 
diminished by the voluntary acts of the successive kings.
With very few exceptions this state of affairs continued until the expiration of the first few years of the reign of 
His late Majesty Kalakaua. At this time a change was discernible in the spirit animating the chief executive and in 
the influences surrounding the throne. A steadily increasing disposition was manifested on the part of the King to 
extend the royal prerogatives; to favor adventurers and persons of no character or standing in the community; to 
encroach upon the rights and privileges of the people by steadily increasing corruption of electors, and by means 
of the power and influence of officeholders and other corrupt means to illegitimately influence the elections, 
resulting in the final absolute control of not only the executive and legislative, but to a certain extent the judicial 
departments of the Government in the interest of absolutism.
This finally resulted in the revulsion of feeling and popular uprising of 1887, which wrested from the King a 
large portion of his ill-gotten powers.
The leaders of this movement were not seeking personal aggrandisement, political power, or the suppression of 
the native Government. If this had been their object it could easily have been, accomplished, for they had the 
absolute control of the situation.
Their object was to secure responsible government through a representative cabinet, supported by and 
responsible to the people's elected representatives. A clause to this effect was inserted in the constitution and 
subsequently enacted by law by the Legislature, specifically covering the ground that, in all matters concerning 
the state the sovereign was to act by and with the advice of the cabinet and only by and with such advice.
The King willingly agreed to such proposition, expressed regret for the past, and volunteered promises for the 
Almost from the date of such agreement and promises, up to the time of his death, the history of the Government 
has been a continual struggle between the King on the one hand and the cabinet and the Legislature on the other, 
the former constantly endeavoring by every available form of influence and evasion to ignore his promises and 
agreements and regain his lost powers.
o This conflict upon several occasions came to a crisis, followed each time by submission on the part of His 
Majesty by renewed expressions of regret and promises to abide by the constitutional and legal restrictions in the 
future. In each instance such promise was kept until a further opportunity presented itself, when the conflict was 
renewed, in defiance and regardless of all previous pledges.
Upon the accession of Her Majesty Liliuokalani for a brief period the hope prevailed that a new policy would be 
adopted. This hope was soon blasted by her immediately entering into conflict with the existing cabinet, who held 
office with the approval of a large majority of the Legislature, resulting in the triumph of the Queen and the 
removal of the cabinet. The appointment of a new cabinet subservient to her wishes and their continuance in office 
until a recent date gave no

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