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                         1024	                       HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
the reasons of their official actions in the public prints. Both the present minister and the consul-general, so far as 
we know, during their resiliency here, have always conducted themselves with discretion and propriety. These 
anonymous assaults upon thorn are wholly unjustifiable, and if this paper has in any way implied a reflection upon 
their official conduct we think it just to withdraw all such implication, and frankly make this "amende honorable."
Their excellencies Samuel Parker and Paul Neumann, Consul-General Severance and Her Majesty's chamberlain 
were witnesses to this extraordinary scene. At the conclusion of this most insane and unheard of proceeding, 
charging her with something that she neither knew of or had any control over-namely, the conduct of a 
newspaper with which she had no connection-Her Majesty properly referred him to her ministers.
The cabinet, at Mr. Stevens' request and instance, commenced criminal proceedings for libel against the editor 
of the paper in question. The suit was afterwards withdrawn at the request of Mr. Stevens, when he found what a 
scrape he had got himself into, both at home and abroad, by his tyrannical and insolent action towards Her 
Majesty, and towards suppressing the privilege of free comments of the press on public men, which when an editor 
himself he had freely availed himself of, and which the Hawaiian, like the American, Constitution, expressly 
guarantees. His violation of diplomatic etiquette by going direct to Her Majesty, without first stating the nature of 
his interview to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and his violent and personally insulting language, would 
anywhere else have caused his recall, as a persona ingrata, to the Sovereign, but the Queen good-naturedly over-
looked the insult and forgave his ignorance and ill-temper.
His actions were privately apologized for by Consul General Severance at a social at Fort Street Church, who 
said that if he had known the nature of the errand he would never have accompanied the minister. Previous to this 
incident he had been selected by American residents for the honor of giving an address at the decoration-day 
services. On that occasion he took the opportunity to air his antimonarchical sentiments by condemning all 
monarchies in general, and greatly reflected on the Hawaiian monarchy. Noble E. C. Macfarlane brought the mat-
ter up in the Legislature on a question of privilege, and a resolution was passed calling on Minister John. L. 
Stevens to make an explanation to Her Majesty's Government, but influences were brought to bear, and the 
subject-matter was dropped from the records, on the ground that America might take it as an ungrateful action on 
the part of Hawaii, and it might influence the safety of a pending treaty then in the process of negotiation. He had 
made a somewhat similar public expose of his sentiments in an address at the Young Men's Christian Association 
Hall previously. We shall now drop Minister Stevens' peculiar actions, and take up the consideration of Her 
Majesty's reign from the time when he first began his uncalled for interference with herself and her Government.
After the period of mourning the Queen went on several tours of inspection, visiting all of the islands and the most 
important districts on each. In every place she was most enthusiastically received by the foreigners as well as by the 
native Hawaiians. The evidences of her popularity with every class in every place were universal and sincere. The 
only ones who expressed any dissent were disappointed and disgruntled politicians who had failed to get any office 
or influence with her, such as Messrs. J. E. Bush, R. W. Wilcox, the Ashfords, and Rev. S. E. Bishop, but even these 
found the tide of popular feeling in her favor too hard to stem and too openly expressed to be disguised or

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