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                               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	                                        1031
that day, calling for a mass meeting on Monday afternoon, and signed " committee of safety." I met the cabinet at 
dinner at the Hawaiian hotel, and they stated to me that the result of their meeting at 2 p.m. had been satisfactory, 
and that they had decided that the Queen should issue a proclamation in the morning to the effect that she would not 
attempt to promulgate a new constitution again, as a guarantee of good faith to the diplomatic and consular corps, 
and that the course of the cabinet had the support of the merchants and business men who had attended the meeting. 
They also informed me that they had arranged for another meeting at the attorney-general's office for that evening at 
8 o'clock.
After dinner, a little after 7 o'clock, we all left the hotel to go to the meeting at the attorney-general's office, 
excepting Ministers Parker and Peterson, who proceeded to the United States Legation to see Minister Stevens in 
regard to the situation, and get some definite answer as to his action in the event of an uprising. The meeting did 
not take place until 8:30 p. m., although Messrs. Parker and Peterson returned from Mr. Stevens's about 8 o'clock, 
as we waited for the arrival of the Hon. Paul Neumann. On his arrival at 8:30 o'clock the meeting opened for 
business. Mr. Peterson stated the object of the meeting was to devise ways and means to overcome the action of 
the conspirators in the event of an uprising. He also stated that he had been to see Mr. Stevens, the American 
minister, as to the stand he would take in regard to the conspirators, and the reply which Mr. Stevens had given 
Mr. Parker and himself was that he was ready to support a provisional government with United States troops 
from the Boston, which meant no doubt that he was against the continuance of the Queen's government, and he 
also stated to me that I was a scoundrel. When asked the reason of this statement, he said that it was because I 
had arrested his coachman, a Chinese, and other matters which he did not specify. We then discussed the question 
of the Boston landing its troops in regard to its legality, violation of international laws, etc. The force we had at 
our disposal was also discussed, as were other matters, such as the propriety of holding a mass meeting, the 
proposed proclamation by the Queen and cabinet, the proposed Provisional Government by the conspirators, the 
subject of arms and ammunition, and other cognate matters.
More information was supplied here, as to the force and strength at the command of the Thurston faction. I 
proposed that the ringleaders should be arrested at once, and that all arms and ammunition in the town be seized, 
and the island put under martial law till the arrests were effected. Messrs. Peterson and Neumann, both objected, 
on the grounds that it would precipitate a conflict, as Minister Stevens had already declared himself, and that we 
must at all hazards avoid a conflict with the United States troops. A committee was appointed to draw up a 
resolution and to call a mass meeting in support of the cabinet's action, and other matters. The meeting then 
adjourned, and the committee met at once for the transaction of their business.
After the meeting at the attorney-general's office I went to the police station with those of my staff, and 
prepared a map and an outline of defense showing the outposts and the number of the men required to guard the 
town in the event of martial law being proclaimed by the Queen. The cabinet had concluded to make the police 
station their headquarters. The map also showed the number of pickets required for each guard, also the distance 
to and from all important buildings, as the station house, palace, barracks, Government buildings, and other 
strategic points, also the U. S. S. Boston from the same points. The police station itself was safe from the line of 
fire of the Boston, as there

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