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             796	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.

checks. The same evening the coin to that amount was delivered to Kaae. A day or two later $30,000 in gold 
coin and certificates of deposit, in two baskets, were taken to the palace and delivered, together with a 
present of a little baked pig, to the King personally. This completed the $60,000. .Finding how easily $60,000 
was made, probably there were some qualms of conscience about letting the license go so cheap. Aki was 
therefore informed by Kaae that John S. Walker was backing another Chinaman, and that unless $15,000 
more was forthcoming, Walker's Chinaman would get the license. Aki reluctantly raised the amount, and it 
was paid to the "King personally."
Shortly after this, Aki heard that the license had been given to another Chinese syndicate, at the head 
of which was Chun Lung.
The fact that he had lost his money and his license, made Aki tell, and the whole circumstances were 
drawn up in a series of affidavits. On May 31 the Gazette published Aki's affidavit, giving the matter 
more fully in detail, and likewise exposed an illegal land transaction in which the minister of foreign 
affairs, W. M. Gibson, while acting minister of interior, had been engaged.
It had also transpired that the minister of interior, J. Aholo, had drawn a sum of money out of the 
treasury, certifying that it was for the work done on the continuation of Queen's street, when it was 
known, for a fact, that no such work had been done.
These publications created an immense sensation, and the entire press united in denouncing the 
venality and corruption of the Hawaiian Government. Preparations were made for holding a public 
meeting on Monday, June 27, but it was deemed advisable to postpone the meeting till Thursday, June 
30. Early on Tuesday, June 28, it was rumored that the ministry had resigned. This was found to be a. 
fact. During that day and the next the ex-attorney-general made efforts to get together a coalition 
ministry, but without success, and on Thursday, June 30, the mass meeting was held. The account of 
it, which appeared in the Gazette, is reproduced here, corrected by the accounts published in the 
Commercial Advertiser and Herald. It reads as follows:


The most enthusiastic, largest, and yet most orderly meeting ever held in Honolulu took place on 
Thursday afternoon, June 30. The meeting had been advertised June 29 by posters in English, 
Hawaiian, and Portuguese, and long before the appointed hour, 2 p. m., the approaches to the 
armory of the Honolulu Rifles, corner of Punchbowl and Beretania streets, were thronged with 
crowds of people of all classes, hurrying to the rendezvous. All the stores in town were closed by 1 
p.m., and all work on buildings or in machine shops was brought to a close. Passing the palace a 
considerable stir was noticed, and as the Gazette reporter passed, a native with half a dozen rifles on 
his shoulder was proceeding thither from the barracks.
Outside the armory the Honolulu Rifles were drawn up under arms with fixed bayonets, and each 
man carrying fifty rounds of ammunition. Our citizen soldiers looked a fine body of men, "ready," as 
one of the speakers afterwards said in the meeting, "to defend their rights or enforce them."
In the armory seats had been arranged, and by 2 o'clock the building was filled in every part, while a 
large crowd blocked up every opening. The platform was placed on the mauka or land side of the 
building. On the table was the Hawaiian Hag, while at the back the Hags of the United States and 
Great Britain were intertwined, lit emblems of the mother and daughter country standing shoulder 
to shoulder.
Those who were present.- The assemblage was thoroughly representative - mechanics, merchants, day-
laborers, planters, professional men, all were there. Of nationalities there were Americans, Britons, 
Colonials, Germans, Hawaiians, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. In numbers, a good many 
estimated the crowd as being about 2,500. With but a few exceptions, all were animated by the same 
feelings, o the same determination, to put an end, once and for all, upon the present iniquitous system 
of misrule and extravagance.
The following list of names was compiled by Mr. Dan Logan, of the Herald, Dr. Emerson, and Mr. 
Alatau T. Atkinson, of the Gazette, and though necessarily imperfect, will serve to show the 
material of which the meeting was composed:
Representative names.-Jonathan Austin, Hon. W. F. Alien, Alatau T. Atkinson, J. B. Atherton, L. 
C. Ables, H. J. Agnew, L. Aseu, F. E. Atwater, W. Alexander, Hon. C. R. Bishop, Maj. Benson, U. 
S. Army; Hon. Cecil Brown, Godfrey Brown, Frank Brown, W. P. A. Brewer, Rev. Dr. Beckwith, W. 
R. Buchanan, P. Butler, J. E. Brown, J. Bushee, Rev. S. E. Bishop, Geo. C. Beckley, A. J. Cartwright, 
sr., H. W. Schmidt, R. J. Creighton, Hon. John A. Cummins, James Campbell, Hon. W. R. Castle, 
G. P. Castle, Kwong Hang Cheng, Yuen Chong, J. O. Carter, E. S. Cunha,

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