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              HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS. 						803

The next day the King called a meeting composed of the American minister, W. :H. Merrill;  the British 
commissioner, James Hay Wodehouse;   the French commissioner, Henri Feer, and the Portuguese 
commissioner, A. de Souza Canavarro, to whom he offered to transfer the powers vested in him as 
King.    These gentlemen refused to accept the trust, but advised the King to lose no time in forming a 
new cabinet and signing a new constitution, winch would meet the demands of the people. Accordingly, 
in the afternoon, the following reply was forwarded to the citizen's committee:
To Honorable Paul Isenberg and the gentlemen composing the committee of a meeting of subjects and citizens.
GENTLEMEN : In acknowledging the receipt of the resolutions adopted at a mass meeting held yesterday 
and presented to us by you, we are pleased to convey through you to   our loyal subjects as well as to 
the citizens of Honolulu our expression of good will and our gratification that our people have 
taken the usual constitutional , step in presenting their grievances.
To the first proposition contained in the resolutions passed by the meeting, whose action you 
represent, we reply that it has been substantially complied with by the formal resignation of the 
ministry, which took place on the 28th day of June, and was accepted on that date, and that we had 
already requested the Hon. W. L. Green to form a new cabinet on the day succeeding the resignation 
of the cabinet.
To the second proposition we reply that Mr. Walter M. Gibson has severed all his connections with 
the Hawaiian Government by resignation.
To the third proposition we reply that we do not admit the truth of the matter stated therein, hut will 
submit the whole subject to our new cabinet, and will gladly act according to their advice, and will 
cause restitution to he made by the parties found responsible.
To the fourth proposition we reply that at our command Mr. Junius Kaae resigned the office of 
registrar of conveyance on the 28th day of June, and his successor has been appointed.
To the fifth proposition we reply that the specific pledges required of us are each severally acceded to.
We are pleased to assure the members of the committee and our loyal subjects that we are, and shall at 
all times be, anxious and ready to cooperate with our councillors and advisers, as well as with our 
intelligent and patriotic citizens in all matters touching the honor, welfare, and prosperity of our 
Given at our palace this first day of July, A. D. 1887, and the fourteenth year of our reign.		
								KALAKAUA, Rex..

The new cabinet, consisting of Messrs. W. L. Green, finance;  Godfrey Brown,  foreign affairs; Lorrin A. 
Thurston, interior, and C. W. Ashford, attorney-general, were  sworn  in  the  same  day, and the 
revolution was practically over.    It only remained to sign the new constitution.    This document was 
prepared with great care, a largo number of the members of the Hawaiian league being present and -
taking part in the debates.    The document was ready on Wednesday, July 6, received the King's 
signature at 6.15 p. m, of that day, and was duly proclaimed on the next, copies being sent forward to 
the other islands.
Without the organization known as the Hawaiian league, this revolution could. never have taken place. 
The moment that the members were called upon they were. ready and well armed. Without the 
assistance of Major V. V. Ashford, who had command of the Honolulu rifles, order could not have 
been kept. To the gentlemen who form that corps the citizens of Honolulu owe a deep debt of 
gratitude. For two days Honolulu was under martial law, and yet the most perfect order was kept, the 
banks and business places were open, and there was perfect security to both life and property. It was 
the most peaceful and most complete of revolutions, but it was so because the power was there to 
sustain it.
A word or two about Mr. Gibson. He was arrested by the military on the morning of July 1, and was 
handed over to the civil authorities on a charge of embezzlement on the evening of the. Saturday, He 
was permitted to remain in his house under guard, but on July 5 was removed to the prison. When 
brought before the police court the attorney-general entered a nolle pros., and Mr. Gibson quietly got 
on board the brigantine John D. Spreckels, which was leaving that same day, and sailed for California. 
Thus bringing one of the most unpleasant episodes in. Hawaiian history to a conclusion,

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