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              802	HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.      

Mr. J. M. Vivas then read the resolutions in Portuguese, and made a speech which evidently went to 
the hearts of his countrymen.
Mr. J. G. Tucker said they had heard talk about this flag and that flag, hut they had gone into this thing 
as people of all nationalities merged into Hawaiians. They had come and meant to stay till they got 
what they wanted.
Mr. W. H. Rice, of Kauai, spoke in the native language, as follows:
Hawaiian citizens, from Hawaii to Niihau; from northwest to southeast; we want to clean up the 
Government. Has the Government been clean? No ! The roads are wasting and groaning from one end 
to another of the land. Where is the money for the roads? Sent on an exploration, with the Kaimiloa. If 
we go asking for bread, shall we be satisfied with stones? Some one asked me to-day if I had my gun? 
Well, yes; I am a cattle-drover, and I need one. It has been well said that the ship of this movement 
has been launched, the anchor is weighed, the sails set now let us take the helm and steer.
Lieut. C. W. Ashford was the last speaker. He appeared upon the platform in uniform, and armed with 
a rifle and belt of cartridges. He stated that lie was under military orders, and had been commanded by 
his superior officer not to indulge in a political speech. He had not had the privilege of listening to all 
the speeches, but from reports which had been carried to the corps outside, he understood that a 
gentleman representing vast moneyed interests here had counselled the meeting to wait another year 
for a new constitution.
Here the rifle company marched round the outer edge of the building and took up their position inside 
to hear the speech of their comrade, and as they did so, three rousing cheers and a tiger were given for 
the "boys."
Lieut. Ashford, resuming, acknowledged the compliment on behalf of the corps. He had joined it three 
years ago in anticipation of trouble such as they saw that day. Returning to Mr. Isenberg's remark, he 
said that gentleman, in view of his position, would naturally have an aversion to anything having a 
tendency to disturbance. He (the speaker) did not want to fight, but by heaven if we did--. If we set 
about getting reform under the present constitution we might wait till our grandchildren were gray. 
He felt sure Mr. Isenberg did not express the sentiments of that meeting, certainly not those of the 
Honolulu Rifles. At the same time he had the greatest respect for the great nation that gentleman 
represented. He thought that Germans were pretty well decided not to submit to dictation abroad, 
however much they might at home.

The German heart is strong and true,
The German arm is strong, 
The German foot goes seldom back
Where armed foemen throng.

If armed foemen should throng here, he did not think the German foot would go back. He wished to say a 
few words on the merits of a new constitution. It has been objected that we could not have it at once, 
because such a thing would be unconstitutional and illegal. He would show the fallacy of that argument. In 
1864, when Kamehameha V convoked his legislature, it was thought that a new constitution was wanted. 
After some weeks they failed to agree upon one satisfactory to His Majesty. The Legislature was arbitrarily 
dismissed, and the King, without even saying "By your leave," forced upon them a new constitution. That 
was the constitution we were living under to-day, and some people had the gall to say we were living 
under a constitutional government. He held that nothing was constitutional which was forced upon the 
people without their consent. The present constitution did not adequately protect personal rights, and it 
gave the King power which no monarch in a civilized country in the present day possessed. Who had ever 
heard of an absolute veto by the monarch anywhere in recent years? King Kalakaua had a great many very 
pleasant qualities, and many which were not so pleasant. Personally, he had behaved in a very friendly 
manner to the speaker when he came hero, and perhaps would still if he were to truckle to him as some did. 
Cries of " Time" being heard, he concluded by urging upon all not to let the matter drop until some 
sensible and concerted action was taken. (Applause.)
Hon. W. R. Castle moved the adoption of the resolutions, seconded by Dr. Emerson and many others. On 
being put to the meeting they were carried unanimously, there being a roar of ayes, and dead silence when 
Mr. Jones put the question: "Contrary minded!"
The chairman stated, as the meeting was dispersing, that he had been requested to say that Mr. Gibson 
had sent for a squad of the Honolulu Rifles to go down to his house and protect him against the 
The committee immediately waited on the King, who stated that he was willing to give an answer 
offhand; but the committee informed him that they would leave the documents in his hands, and 
expect a reply in writing.
The meeting was thoroughly orderly throughout, but it was strong and determined.
After the meeting the committee of thirteen proceeded to the palace and presented the resolutions to the 
King, requesting a reply.

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