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                          HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	                                     1033
As both mass-meetings were called for 2 p. m., I sent a squad of police to each place to preserve the peace and 
keep order if necessary. About 3:30 p. in. the meetings had both adjourned, and the city was quiet, there were no 
signs of any disturbance or disorder of any kind. The attendance at the Thurston meeting was reported to me by 
count as being between five and six hundred people, mainly foreigners, and that at the Palace Square was 
estimated as numbering about 3,000. Both meetings were conducted in a very orderly manner, and there was no 
call for the services of the police at either meeting.
The meeting at the new armory, on Beretania street, was presided over by the Hon. W. C. Wilder, a member of 
the Legislature, and was addressed in several inflammatory speeches against the Queen by the Hons. W. C. Wilder, 
L. A. Thurston, A. Young, and H. P. Baldwin, also by Messrs. H.F. Glade (the German consul), C. Bolte, J. 
Emmeluth, and R. J. Greene. No hint, however, was given of the proposal to change the form of Government, 
although the Queen's proclamation was read and referred to as being of no value. The following resolutions were 
passed at the meeting:
(1) Whereas Her Majesty Liliuokalani, acting in conjunction with certain other persons, has illegally and 
unconstitutionally and against the advice and consent of the lawful executive officers of the Government, 
attempted to abrogate the existing constitution and proclaim a new one in subversion of the rights of the people;
(2) And whereas such attempt has been accompanied by threats of violence and bloodshed and a display of 
armed force, and such attempt and acts and threats are revolutionary and treasonable in character;
(3) And whereas Her Majesty's cabinet have informed her that such contemplated action was unlawful and 
would lead to bloodshed and riot, and have implored and demanded of her to desist from and renounce such 
proposed action;
(4) And whereas such advice has been in vain, and Her Majesty has in a public speech announced that she was 
desirous and ready to promulgate such constitution, the same being now ready for such purpose, and that the only 
reason why it was not now promulgated was because she had met with unexpected obstacles and till at a fitting 
opportunity in the future must be awaited for the consummation of such object, which would be within a few days;
(5) And whereas at a public meeting of citizens held in Honolulu on the 14th day of January instant, a committee 
of thirteen, to be known as the  "committee of public safety," was appointed to consider the situation and to devise 
ways and means for the maintenance of the public peace and safety and the preservation of life and property;
(6) And whereas such committee has recommended the calling of this mass meeting of citizens to protest against 
and condemn such action, and has this day presented a report to such meeting denouncing the action of the Queen 
and her supporters as being unlawful, unwarranted, in derogation of the rights of the people, endangering the 
peace of the community, and tending to excite riot and cause the loss of life and destruction of property:
Now, therefore, we, the citizens of Honolulu, of all nationalities, and regardless of political party affiliations, do 
hereby condemn and denounce the action of the Queen and her supporters;
And we do hereby ratify the appointment and indorse the action taken and report made by the, said committee of 
safety; and we do hereby further empower such committee to further consider the situation and further devise such 
ways and means as may be necessary to secure the permanent maintenance of law and order and the protection of 
life, liberty, and property in Hawaii.
Many of those present did not vote, and I was informed that the enthusiasm and applause came only from those 
who were previously acquainted with the objects of the leaders and were instructed to applaud at the proper time 
and place.
At the meeting at Palace Square the assembled multitude were addressed by the Hons. A. Rosa, J. E. Bush, J. 
Nawahi, and R. W. Wilcox, who severally cautioned the people against any acts of violence or turbulence, and 
urged them to support the course of Her Majesty's 

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