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             HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.								791

were supplied for the men, and arrangements were made -with the different hotels to provide food for the volunteers. 
The legislative hall and other rooms in the building were assigned as quarters for the members of the different 
companies and everything possible was done for their comfort.
For days everything went along with military precision, and on the 23d the executive and advisory councils of the 
Government decided to organize a national guard of four companies, one company to be a permanent force under 
pay and to consist of 100 men, while three companies were to be volunteers. On the same day commissions were 
issued to J, H. Soper as the commander of the forces with the rank of colonel, John Good as captain, and Arthur 
Coyne as first lieutenant.
On the 24th, the active work of enlisting men for the permanent force commenced in Arion Hall, where Chief-
Justice Judd, Associate Justice Bickerton, and Circuit Judges Whiting and Frear were present to administer the oath 
of allegiance.
On the same day additional appointments wore made as follows: J. H. Fisher as lieutenant-colonel; George F. 
McLeod as major; W. W. Hall as quartermaster; W. P. Tilden as ordnance officer; Ira A. Burgess as second 
lieutenant of the regular forces.
On the same evening, at the Government building, an important event took place when the three volunteer military 
companies were organized. Each company will probably consist of 100 men. They will be uniformed and armed 
with rifles, and as soon as possible meeting places will be provided for the companies.
Following is the list of officers:
Company A,-Captain, C. W. Ziegler; first lieutenant, A. Gartenberg; second lieutenant, Karl Klemme.
Company B.-Captain, Hugh Gunn; first lieutenant, Arthur Brown; second lieutenant, L. T. Kenake.
Company C.-Captain, J. M. Camara, jr.; first lieutenant, J. M. Vivas; second lieutenant, A. G. Silva, jr.


The battalion from the Boston was composed as follows:
Marine Guard.-First Lieut. II. L. Draper, commanding, 30 men armed with Springfield rifles.
Artillery Company,-Lieut. Lucien Young, commanding, 34 men, with two gatlings.
First Company Infantry.-Lieut. Charles Laird, commanding, 34 men armed with Lee rifles.
Second Company Infantry.-Lieut. D. W. Coffman, commanding, 34 men armed with Lee rifles.
Adjutant of the battalion, Lieut. W. E. Rush.
When the battalion fell in line it marched up Fort street to the office of Mr. H. W. Severance, consul-general for the 
United States, when a halt was made. One company was detached and sent to guard the American legation on 
Nuuanu street. A guard was also left at the consul's office, after which the battalion moved out Merchant street to 
King, and came to a halt in front of Mr. J. A. Hopper's residence. About sundown another move was made to Mr. J. 
B. Atherton's residence in the same street, and after a stay of several hours a return march to Arion Hall was made, 
where the battalion made its headquarters for several days. In the meantime the old Bishop premises on King street 
had been prepared for the officers and men, and on Thursday, January 19, they were installed, and they have been 
there ever since.


As soon as the Provisional Government was in possession, it sent notifications of the situation to all the 
representatives of the foreign powers. Recognitions began to pour in as soon as it became clear that the Government 
was a genuine de facto one, until all the powers had accepted the situation. The list includes Sweden, Germany, the 
United States, Austro-Hungary, Belgium, Russia, Peru, Italy, the Netherlands, France, England, Japan, China, 
Portugal, Chile, Denmark, Spain, and Mexico.
It was also decided to dispatch the Claudine to San Francisco with a commission empowered to negotiate a treaty of 
union with the United States. She left this port Thursday morning at about half past 9 o'clock for San Francisco with 
the special commission to Washington on board. The Wilder dock was crowded with people to witness the departure 
of the vessel, and when she left the dock three hearty cheers were given for Messrs. Thurston, Wilder, W. 11. Castle, 
Marsden, and Carter, the gentlemen who compose the special commission. Many prominent citizens were present on 
the dock to bid the gentlemen good luck and a successful mission. The vessel had been carefully guarded for a 
couple of days previously to prevent any stowaways from getting on board, and on her departure a thorough search 
was made.

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