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               1014	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
ernment would support the committee of thirteen, because they were the only wealthy people of the country; 
would not support the Government. He told me he did not know what to do. We could not fight the United States. 
I blamed them. I attacked them in the newspapers on their weakness. Many of the natives accused the 
Government of being slow-not energetic.
Q. Going back to the voting out of the Wilcox cabinet-the Progressive Liberal party united with the native 
element in the Legislature and voted out the Wilcox cabinet because they had no representation in the Wilcox 
cabinet ?
A. They all represented one side-the Reform side.
Q. When that shifting of the Liberal party and the native element took place and the Reform element lost the 
cabinet, how did they accept it?
A. The Reform-they accepted it in bad grace. They never appeared any more. They quit the house. None of 
them appeared around there.
Q. Now the Legislature was prorogued, when would another assem-semble?
A. In 1894; in two years, unless a special session be called.
Q. That would leave the Queen with the last cabinet for two years?
A. Yes.
Q. And that was the situation which offended them?
A. Yes.
Q. Was there any understanding between the Liberal element and the native element that if this Wilcox cabinet 
was voted out that she was to proclaim a new constitution? 
A. It was talked over.
Q. By whom?
A. It was whispered around. Sam. Parker said there would be a new constitution. I do not like to talk. He talked 
confidentially as a friend.
Q. That is all right.    This is not for local consumption.
A. And some of the members who had been up to see the Queen told me also about the new constitution; that 
the wish of the people would be fulfilled by a new constitution.
Q. Now, was the Liberal element favoring a new constitution?
A. They had already done so.
Q. Were they in favor of the Queen doing it by proclamation?
A. Yes.
Q. The Progressive Liberals?
A. Yes.
Q. They were for the native element when it narrowed down to a controversy between the reform element and 
the native element?
A. Yes.
Q. And they were willing for a new constitution ?
A. Yes; the whole thing was promised since after 1887. It was promised by candidates running for office.
Q, Do you mean to say that popular elections were all on the line of a new constitution?
A. Yes. In 1890 the Thurston cabinet was a strong one, but on that alone it was defeated; a majority was elected 
and the cabinet was ousted out, and of course the members did not carry out the wishes of the people; they tried to 
promise the people the other way. 
Q. Who did that?
A, Those in 1890 who were in the cabinet - Widemann and the others.

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