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              HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.	827
Christianize a nation. The individual instances of Christian character have not had for the last twenty 
years the environment favorable for any legitimate and proper development; and this has been largely 
owing to the political system. Instead of simply saying that the King's advisers, not the King, would be 
held responsible for mistakes in political management, the old constitution positively asserted that the 
King is not amenable to law. It was too much like the old Hawaiian idea of autocratic rule, limited only by 
fear of assassination To get rid of the spirit of submissiveness to despotic authority, and substitute for it 
the Christian principle of obedience to righteous rule, is absolutely essential to the proper development of 
the national and individual life.
The old system will not work in its want of adaptation to the present civilization of the country. We can 
not trust business interests to the decision of a Hawaiian jury. In the management of the Kamehameha 
estate, of which I speak from personal knowledge as one of the trustees , under the will of the late Mrs. C. 
E. Bishop, we are forced to put up with an inefficient administration of much of the property, because 
no Hawaiian jury would be likely to give us a verdict according to the law and evidence. Take what 
occurred at the last session of the circuit court in Kau. A Hawaiian jury brought in a verdict standing 10 to 
2, The judge said that it was proper; according to the law 9 to 3, would be accepted as valid. On the next 
case, when the jury came to a, decision they were unanimous. But some sapient juror remarked that the 
judge had just said a verdict of 9 to 3 was valid, so they talked and talked till finally three jurors changed 
their votes, and then their verdict was reported to the judge.
In the change of the political system, that seems to me now unavoidable and imperative, I see no other 
first step than annexation. Then let other matters be made the subject of careful consideration. We can 
not go on any longer under the old political system. I had hoped that we could, I did not believe annexation 
was wise or expedient, and have always said so to Mr. Stevens, whose views of the situation here had 
convinced him of the immediate necessity of such a step. The Queen did not show out her true character 
fully until the last week of the last parliamentary session. The logic of events has forced me to the 
conclusion that the old political system can not be made to work satisfactorily or endurably even any 
longer. In seeking for a political system that will meet the requirements of the case, I see nothing better 
than immediate annexation. That will settle forever many things that now militate against the stability 
of any political system for the islands as the people are now. Other political questions must be left for 
future deliberation.
I think that intelligent Hawaiians, who have at heart the best interests of the country and the people, 
are very generally of that opinion. Give us annexation, and plans will be at once pushed for such a devel-
opment of the country as can not be even thought of under any other circumstances. Talk about a 
protectorate is idle. We have had enough of legal fictions. The institutions and connections of the country 
ate mainly American. Let us have the name, as well as the appearance; the real power as well as the 
nominal acquiescence, and the Hawaiians will accept the situation. They will have to make the best of it, 
whatever may be decided upon for them. The best thing for the whole people is now to make American 
citizens of themselves as fast as they can. Those who know that they are aiming at the highest possible 
ideal can afford to wait with patience for its realization. The overthrow of an

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