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               1006	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
Q. You were in what was called the Ashford-Wilcox rebellion?
A. Yes.
Q. In what year?
A. In 1892.
Q. Were you in the Legislature at that time?
A. I was in the Legislature at that time. I was in the Legislature in 1890. I was one of the youngest men from the 
island of Maui.
Q. Then yon have been identified all the while, from 1887, with public affairs in these Islands?
A. Yes.
Q. Do you understand the feelings of the whites and the natives?
A. Yes.
Q. What was the cause, or what were the causes, which led to the dethronement of Queen Liliuokalani?
A. When what was called the Wilcox cabinet was ousted by the House in January-about the 12th-I do not 
remember the date, and then on Friday a new cabinet was formed by the Queen, composed of Sam Parker, Cornwell, 
Colburn and Peterson. We met in the afternoon, and members of what we call the Reform party did not come, and 
we decided that the house should prorogue on Saturday at 12 o'clock. At noon the Queen came in and prorogued the 
house. A good many members of the house were not there-nearly all the members of the Reform party were not 
there-and soon the house prorogued. One of the members came to me and told me we were wanted up at the 
palace. So we all went up to the palace. As soon as we got in there we found a big body of people, what is called 
Kalaiaina. We stayed in the reception room of the palace, and the-English minister was there, the French 
commissioner was there, the Portuguese minister was there, but not the American minister. He had just come back 
from Hilo that very morning. So we waited, the Queen was in another room with the ministers.
The rumor was whispered around that there was to be proclaimed a new constitution. The judges of the supreme 
court, two of them, were there-Chief Justice Judd and Bickerton. Of course we waited there until the foreign 
representatives went away. We heard the Queen insisted that the ministers should sign and that the ministers would 
not sign this document. I stayed there until the whole thing ended, because I wanted to know what would happen. 
We stayed there until between 5 and 6, when the Queen came out and gave a little speech saying she wished to 
proclaim a new constitution, but was prevented. She would proclaim one in the future if the people would insist 
upon it. Then, we went home. I went out with Mr. Parker and, in the meantime, I heard that they had got up an 
organization-the committee of safety they called it. I went home and stayed there. I did not care to go into any 
side, just hold myself neutral.
On Sunday Mr. Colburn called on me. He asked me if I would assist the Government. He said Mr. Thurston had 
been there and wanted him to sign a document to call the Boston marines on shore and to proclaim the Provisional 
Government. Mr. Colburn wanted me to help them to stand by the Queen. I told him I had no objection. I would 
assist them as far as I could. He said their headquarters were at the station house. He went away. I stayed at home. I 
did not bother myself about the station house.
Mr. Colburn called on me again in the evening. He wanted me to go to their meeting at the Government building. 
He took me down there. I saw there Dr. Truseau, Mr. Gulick, Mr. Macfarlane, Paul

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