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             HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.	793
writ of habeas corpus restored. No use had been made of its suspension, and no political arrests of any kind wore found 
The steamer arrived from San Francisco February 10, bringing the news that the propositions of this Government were very 
favorably received by the press and people of the United States. The arrival of this intelligence produced a feeling of general 
satisfaction throughout the community, which was raised to the highest pitch when the China came in Monday, 1'ebruary 20, six 
days from San Francisco, and brought the further news of the arrival of the commissioners in Washington, their favorable 
reception, and formal recognition by the administration, and the rapid progress of negotiations for an annexation treaty at 
On Washington's birthday the Australia arrived, confirming previous dispatches, and adding to them the fact that the treaty 
had been signed by the President, and that it would be submitted to the Senate for ratification immediately. The resultant state 
of fooling is one not merely of the keenest personal satisfaction, but of general security. Business confidence is being restored, 
sugar stocks are recovering, the money market is easier, and there is a well-founded anticipation among all classes that Hawaii, 
as a part of the American Union, is about to eater upon a career of prosperity without a parallel in her history,
The foregoing sketch, brief as it is, would not be complete without a word or two as to the character of the men who have 
brought the cause to a successful issue. Of Lorrin A. Thurston is not necessary to speak. His indomitable resolution and energy are 
recognized by all as prime factors in the movement. The proclamation, which may well be called the new charter of Hawaiian 
liberty, he dictated from a Rick bed, but its ringing words have nothing in them but the health and strength, of full manhood. The 
fact that Sanford B. Dole is the executive head of the Government has furnished from the beginning one of the strongest 
guarantees of its success. No man in all the Hawaiian commonwealth is the object of more universal respect. He stands for 
equity, for moderation, for prudence, and for firmness as well, in all the actions of the executive.
The military department possesses a thoroughly reliable head in John H. Soper. The pluck and determination of J. Good, 
captain of the regulars, who fired the first and last shot of the revolution, have been invaluable to the cause. Capt. Ziegler, with 
his Germans, has been a host, and the zeal of Captains Gunn and Camara, of the volunteers, who have devoted day and night to 
the service, as well as the officer's of the commander's staff', is above praise. With the police station in the charge of Fred 
Wundenberg, during the first doubtful and trying days, everyone felt that stronghold to be safe.
No attempt is made here even to enumerate more than a fraction of those "who have served the cause with devotion. Many of 
those chiefly worthy of mention must pass unnamed. The host of volunteers, though their roll is not called here, should not be 
forgotten, for their service, though humbler, was not less necessary than the service of the leaders.
[Being a short account of the events which culminated on June 30, 1887, together with a full report of the 
great reform meeting, and the two constitutions in parallel columns. Honolulu; Published by A. M. Hewett. 
Hawaiian Gazette Print, 1887.]
The origin of the events which had their culmination in the revolution of July 1, 1887, must be sought for in 
the Moreno episode of 1880, The teterrima causa, of course, was the vicious and worthless constitution of 1864; 
but, as the Hon. C. R. Bishop said in the now historical meeting of Juno 30, 1887, he had lived under it 
during the reign of five Kings and had not found out that it was a bad one until the last few years when it had 
been so thoroughly misused. We may, for the moment, dismiss that, and concentrate our attention on the last 
eight years, when it became patent to one designing mind how the " worthless rag" of a constitution might be 
used by on unscrupulous man for private aggrandizement.
C. C. Moreno came here in 1880 with a scheme for a transpacific cable and a plan for a set of Chinese 
steamers, which were to touch here on their way between San Francisco and the Flowery Kingdom. He soon 
found his way to the ear of the King, and put before him some dazzling schemes. Moreno was a keen politician, 
and made use of Mr. W. M. Gibson, who was then leading the opposition in the Legislature, to

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