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               1008	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
city nearly all that day. People were running about-all curious about seeing the Boston's men on shore.
The committee of safety was working hard to enlist men for the new Provisional Government to be proclaimed. 
Peterson came up to me and asked me if I would use my services and see what is called the "Drei Hundred," a 
German element-see them and get them to take part in this movement. I said, " What is the situation?" He said he 
thought he could eucher the American minister, and it would be all right. I said, "I think we are taking a very weak 
stand." I was afraid we were going to have bloodshed-on account of the weakness of the Government. I went 
home, and then went down the city again. I saw a cart coming from E. O. Hall's. A policeman tried to stop it. Capt. 
Good, the present captain of the guard, was on the cart. He fired and hit the native on the shoulder. They then ran up 
Fort street. There were no police that day-all kept down at the station house, and the soldiers were kept in the 
barracks. The streets were left at the mercy of anybody. The "Drei Hundred" marched down on Beretania street to 
the armory. They got ammunition there and went down to Government building. I heard the new government was 
proclaimed in the Government building and supported by these thirty men. I went home and stayed home.
Q. Were those all the troops that were there? 
A. All that were there then.   Others came in afterwards.
Q. How long afterwards?
A. About an hour afterwards-about sunset. They kept on coming, little by little. Dole resigned that day as justice 
of the supreme court and joined in. I went home, but, of course, the news was abroad what they were doing. The 
Queen and ministers consulting, they gave up the Government under protest, which was published afterwards-next 
day. Gave up to the superior force of the United States.
Q. Where were the United States troops at the time of the reading of the proclamation?
A. Right behind the opera house, in a building they called Arion Hall.
Q. In the house or on the street?
A. Some inside and some outside. They took possession of that quarter.
Q. Were they formed or not?
A. No; they just guarded the place.
Q. Had they arms?
A. Yes; and one or two Gatling guns-one or two, I am sure of that.
Q. At the time of the surrender of the Queen in the manner you have stated was she not in possession of the 
palace, barracks, and station house?
A. Yew.
Q. No attempt had been made by the Provisional Government to take them by force?
A. No.
Q. What time in the day did Minister Stevens recognize the Provisional Government-how long after it way 
proclaimed?
A. Nearly right afterwards.
Q. Now, when the Provisional Government was recognized by Mr. Stevens, what was the effect of the Queen and 
her followers?
A. They all gave up.
Q. And was it on account of the recognition by Mr. Stevens that 

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