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                              1026	                    HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
a provisional government was proposed to Messrs. Stevens and Wiltse, by Messrs. J. A. Cummins and others of the 
then united faction of the liberals and Thurston crowd. They pledged themselves then to support such movement 
with all the forces at their disposal if the move could be made. This statement is made on the authority of a state-
ment under oath by one who was present at a caucus held at Mr. Alex Young's place at that time, when Mr. J. A. 
Cummins announced the fact to the meeting. The movement, however, was not made, as the public feeling of all 
classes at the time was so strong and bitter against the tactics of Messrs. Thurston and Co. that they knew that they 
would have suffered severely from the popular indignation if they attempted to do anything of the kind. They went 
as far as to try how many men they could enlist to serve their purpose, but met with such rebuffs and rebukes as to 
cause them to desist. Most of those whom they approached told them that they had not forgotten their behavior in 
the 1887 affair.
In the mean time the bribery had succeeded, the Macfarlane-Neumann cabinet were out, and after a short interval 
Messrs. Nawahi, Cornwell, Gulick, and Creighton were appointed as the cabinet, but were promptly voted out in a 
couple of hours after taking their seats. Although unwilling to surrender her constitutional prerogative at the demand 
of the Thurston faction, the Queen determined, in the interests of peace, to appoint her next cabinet from amongst 
the more moderate of their number, and did so, in the vain hope that that would cause them to run the country's 
business at least fairly to every party and stop. The ministry now appointed (the Brown-Wilcox ministry) was 
entirely satisfactory to the so-called reform party, but as their late allies (the liberals) had not been consulted in its 
formation, and were not represented in its composition, they refused to support it, and a spectacle was presented of a 
ministry governing the country who represented a minority in the house, and these but a feeble minority of the 
voters of the country. Such a state of affairs could not last, except under the peculiar electoral conditions of Hawaii, 
and only by political trickery and extensive bribery was it kept up.
Finally, however, the National Reform party and the Liberals coalesced and by the requisite majority, twenty-five 
out of forty-eight, voted the Brown-Wilcox pro-missionary combination out of office. Personally, I was sorry to see 
them retire from office, as I considered them moderate men, who would exercise their power in a conservative way 
until the following election in February next year, but the actions of the Reform party had been so unscrupulous that 
their opponents determined to force them out. They first tried to get them to resign by passing bills obnoxious to 
their policy, such as the opium license law, which was opposed by all but Cecil Brown (attorney-general), and the 
lottery bill; but finding them determined on holding office they united, as I before stated, and by appealing to the 
patriotic sentiments of the Hawaiian members prevented the Reform party's gold from having any effect, and carried 
the vote of "want of confidence" by a considerable majority and by the requisite legal number (twenty-five) of 
members of the House. I may now here mention the circumstances attending the formation of the new ministry and 
the new Constitution proposed to be promulgated.
My first knowledge that Her Majesty had received at this time any idea of promulgating a Constitution was about 
the 8th of January last, when we had some conversation on the subject, in which I objected to its suitability and 
feasibility at the time. Although. I knew that she

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