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              968	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
he had advised her not to make resistance, but to submit, and that she would have every opportunity for 
presenting her claims, and Mr. Damon stated that he was willing to join the movement. Mr. Dole, before he 
retired, signed his written resignation as a judge to the supreme court and forwarded it to the minister of 
foreign affairs.
The meeting adjourned and met again at 1:30. It having been understood that Mr. Dole should have the say 
in regard to who the members of the executive council should be, he was asked at this final meeting if he 
approved of the names that had been suggested, and he, upon looking them over, stated that objection had 
been raised in regard to the mime of Mr. Bolte, and that as he himself was not very well acquainted with Mr. 
Bolte that it would be better that he should not be upon the executive council. Mr. Bolte at once expressed his 
approval, that he only wished to serve in any capacity which would further the object. And then, after a brief 
discussion, it was decided to reduce the number of the executive committee from five to four, and that they 
should fill the offices of foreign affairs, interior, finance, and attorney-general, in the order in which they were 
named, and it was decided to increase the number of the advisory committee from thirteen to fourteen and add 
Mr. Bolte's name to the list. The members of the executive council and advisory committee were then finally 
approved and acted upon.
The committee of thirteen then signed the proclamation, and the executive council then signed the 
commission of J. H. Soper as commander in chief of the forces, and three copies of the proclamation were 
completed. The final signing of the papers was completed about twenty minutes past 2, and after a- little 
delay the committee of thirteen, with the executive and advisory councils, started to proceed to the 
Government building. They had hardly reached the corner of Merchant street before a shot was heard, and 
it was reported that a policeman had been shot at E. O. Hall & Son's store, and people were seen running 
from the direction of the Government building towards the spot, and there was considerable commotion. 
The committee and councils proceeded to the Government building and the proclamation was read. 
Previous to starting, leaving my office, Mr. Dole requested Mr. A. S. Wilcox to go up to the Government 
building and come back and report whether there was any armed force at the Government building. He 
went up and looked through and went through to Queen street, and came back and reported that he did not 
see any armed men.
After the reading of the proclamation the councils convened in the office of the minister of the interior, and 
subsequent events occurred and business was done in the following order:
Orders No. 1 and No. 2 were issued.
Liquor saloons were ordered to be closed.
Letters were sent to the members of the diplomatic and consular corps announcing the establishment of 
the Provisional Government and requesting recognition.
Mr. Wodehouse, British commissioner, and Mr. T. K. Walker, British vice-consul, called to verify the 
report of our occupation, etc.
Deputy-Marshal Mehrtens came from the police station, and we sent by him a copy of the proclamation 
to the ex-ministers and an invitation to them to come and see us.
Mehrtens came again, asking us to go to the police station. We declined and instructed him to tell the ex-
ministers if they wished to see us they must come to the Government building.
Ministers Parker and Cornwell came.

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