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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS					1195

The celebration of the day started early in the morning, and a regular Fourth of July noise was heard from all 
quarters. Guns, firecrackers, bombs, tin horns, and every other available instrument that would make a noise was 
used. At about 6 a. m. the "antiques and horribles" turned out. At 9:30 the parade of the military forces started and 
drew an immense crowd, estimated at at least 4,000 people, who watched their evolutions with great interest. The 
reception of the President and Mrs. Dole was also a big attraction.
The raising of the big American flag on the flag pole of the American League also took place during the morning. In 
the afternoon the band concert at Thomas Square attracted a large crowd.
But the crowning event of the day occurred in the evening. Palace Square was not only crowded, but it was 
absolutely jammed with a seething mass of humanity. Fully 7,000 people were present at the evening's celebration, 
and they were amply repaid for their trouble in going. There has never been such a crowd on any previous occasion 
in the history of Hawaii as assembled at the mass meeting last evening, and the fact that it was, in spite of the 
immense number, a most orderly gathering, is a matter of congratulation for the people of Honolulu.
The executive building and the grounds were a bower of loveliness. Thousands of lanterns were scattered about, 
suspended on trees, shrubbery, and every available point, while the building itself seemed covered with the soft 
radiance of innumerable lamps. Stretching from the ground on one side to the ground on the other, and extending to 
the highest point of the flag poles on the executive building, was a row of delicately colored lanterns. At the top of 
each flag pole was a circlet of lanterns. Across the entrance to the former palace, a row of brilliant red lights was 
extended. Each balcony was illuminated, and the whole building and grounds looked like a glimpse of fairyland.
All along the front of the grounds of the executive building a row of lanterns, lighted by incandescent electric lights, 
made a grand display. In front of the speaker's stand two long lines of flags of all nations were crossed. The stand 
itself was lighted by a number of lanterns and decorated with American flags. A few chairs were placed in front of 
the stand, but the great majority of the listeners stood.
Before the speeches began a great many fireworks were set off in the executive building yard. The display was 
magnificent, and is an immense credit to those in charge. There were firecrackers, skyrockets, dynamite bombs, red 
and green lights, and many other kinds of fiery illuminations, both before and after speech-making. They were fired, 
from all parts of the grounds and from the top of the building, and were greatly enjoyed by the thousands present.
A more detailed account of the day's proceedings follows:


The Antiques and Horribles made their appearance at 6 o'clock, as advertised. All Fort street, between King and 
Hotel, was crowded with people, mostly little boys, who were out early to see fun.
About 6:30 o'clock the procession started up Fort street. The caricatures were not horrible enough, and so created 
but little mirth and laughter. One of the characters represented Blount carrying a rat trap on which were the words 
"Blount's instruments." Much fun was caused by one of the Antiques running through the crowd on a bullock. The 
take-off on Mrs. Vina King and George Washington was poor. Satan made a good hit. About 7:30 o'clock the 
Antiques and Horribles, after parading through the principal streets, broke up near May's store on Fort street.


The  huge flag of the American League was unfurled to the breeze during the morning, accompanied by martial 
strains from the band. The tall flagpole, with a big star on its top, looked rather bare before the big banner was 
hauled up, but when the wind caught the large folds of the flag, and the Stars and Stripes floated gracefully to the 
breeze, the pole was complete, and a cheer went up from the crowd that had assembled to see the raising.


An immense throng of people watched the parade of the military on Palace Square during the morning. There were 
over 800 men in line, and the drill passed off in a manner most creditable to the officers and men of the different 
companies. Col. Soper received the troops, and after a short preliminary drill they were handed over to Lieut. Col. 
Fisher, who put them through the manual of arms. After this the

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