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              Hawaiian islands.	987
than a day or two. All made me promise not to let the King die at Kailua, but to bring him back in time to Honolulu. 
The King often pointed out to me the maneuvers of the chiefs. He often said to me: "If I appoint anyone it would be 
Emma, but I shall leave it to the people. I have been elected and the next King must be elected." As he did not ask 
me to keep the secret, I would often say to the chiefs, to the cabinet ministers: " Please do not bother him; his mind 
is set; he will make no appointment." But they mistrusted each other and kept at him. In the meantime he kept 
failing, and I saw and told him he was nearing his end. I also said that I had promised to bring him back to 
Honolulu. He said: "Why won't they let me die here?" I answered: "You have appointed no successor; the ministers 
say that there are many things to settle, signatures to give, and so forth."
Yielding reluctantly to my entreaties, we started, the whole crowd of us, and safely reached Honolulu, where the 
greatest ovation was made to the dying King. He lived one more week, during which I never left him either by day 
or night. The very same scenes that had taken place when Kamehameha V died were renewed with perhaps more 
The premises-his father's house-were thronged day and night by natives and foreigners. At last the King asked 
me to allow no one to bother him and no one in his room except his immediate attendants and Queen Emma. They 
made sure that Queen Emma would be appointed, but being appealed to constantly, I repeated, which I knew to be a 
fact, that he would make no appointment.
Nearly the whole of the natives were in favor of Queen Emma, The whole of the foreigners, with few exceptions, 
were in favor of Kalakaua -the whole, anyhow, of the so-called missionary party. The King died without 
appointing his successor.
The same interregnum took place. The legislature was called together and the election got through during the 
greatest excitement.
All of the native members were instructed to vote for Queen Emma by their constituents. But for the first time in 
Hawaiian history bribes were used by the missionary party and only 6 Hawaiian members stood fast for Queen 
Emma; the rest followed the lead of the missionary party and Kalakaua was elected. When the result was 
proclaimed from the balcony of the legislative hall, a mob of natives invaded the house to punish the native 
members for the treachery, and had it not been for the United States marines, commanded by Captain, now Admiral, 
Skerrett, the native members would have been killed. As it was, three or four fared rather badly. No violence was 
manifested toward any white member. And here I make another strong point, that it would be impossible to mention 
one single case of violence committed by a single native against a foreigner in the whole history of the islands, even 
when foreigners were absolutely at their mercy. Capt. Cook was the first and only victim, and he surely brought it 
upon himself.
Probably Kalakaua never would have reigned, and no one can possibly deny that his ascension to the throne was 
due to the foreigners' influence and the quelling of the riot by the United States and English forces.
I wish you to make another point of this well-known fact, which could be vouched for to you by Admiral Skerrett 
himself. Is this an hereditary monarchy?
Kalakaua always thought, wrongly however, that my influence over Lunalilo had prevented the latter from 
appointing Queen Emma. Lu-

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