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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.				1199

nothing short of that, and it will have no other, for the end in view is, that ' this shall be a government of laws and 
not of men.'"
President Hosmer. "Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, and follow citizens, at a banquet given to Prince Bismarck, 
a few years before his retirement, he offered a toast to the three great branches of the Anglo-Saxon race, to the 
German Fatherland, to Great Britain, and to the young Republic of the West. "While these three nations have taken 
the largest strides, and the Latin race has been less fortunate, it has an example of popular government in France, 
and the spirit of liberty still lives in Portugal. This community with its mixed population has seen fit to resist 
absolutism, and to create a purer form of government. For the last twenty years there has not been a stable 
government here, a government that commanded the respect of the civilized world. If we get annexation we will 
have a stable government (A voice: That's what we want), and that's what we will get. With annexation there will be 
a brilliant opportunity for every industrious man and prosperity will be within the reach of all.
"The Nicaragua Canal will bring a flood of trade, and immensely enhance the importance of these islands. 
Annexation is manifest destiny, and we are bound to have it. During these troubles we have been fortunate in the 
possession of men who have been willing, at great personal loss and sacrifice, to assume the burdens and 
responsibilities of public office. We want to assure them, of our heavy support, and entire confidence, and they have 
H. T. Waterhouse spoke briefly in Hawaiian, [pointing to the motto Aloha]: " That is our foundation, to live in love 
to each other. The light has broken upon us-we have lived in darkness. Let ns now embrace the light. The doors of 
the former palace were opened today for the poor and needy to enter, and that movement will enlarge the 
opportunities of the poor. Then go forward and secure liberty and prosperity."
W. O. smith: "I am to speak on behalf of the Provisional Government; I am sorry no one worthier has been found. 
[A voice, "You are good enough! "] Our feeling should be one of gratitude and pride. I am proud of the strong and 
brave men who have supported the Provisional Government for the past year." The speaker then, went on to say a 
good word for the Hawaiians, who have been quiet and orderly, submitting to the laws although the meaning of the 
movement had been misrepresented to them, and they were mistrustful in consequence. Europeans would not have 
done so under the same circumstances. It was necessary to have patience and forbearance with them. Matters of a 
public nature were difficult enough to deal with under any circumstances, but now this is more than ordinarily the 
case. The ordinary channels of expression through the ballot box have been closed, and there has been a powerful, 
hostile influence from without to contend against.
" It is a matter of pride that thus far self-interest has been subordinated to higher considerations. Men have stood 
ready to make any sacrifices to support the great principle at stake. If any one thinks it is an easy job to be wet nurse 
to a baby government let him try it and see. The baby has been teething, has had the whooping cough and the 
measles, and lately I think it has been suffering with the colic, and then the grandmother in the United States wanted 
to come over and spank it, but it has lived through it all, and is a lusty and growing infant, and with your aid and 
support another year will find it stronger. I have just a few words more to gay. I don't know in just what form our 
future difficulties will arrive. Our grand object is the attainment of good government through union with the United 
States. We must subordinate personal ambition and self-interest to this one end and then we will move on to 
Some one in the crowd then proposed three cheers for President Dole, which were given with a will.
Judge Robertson: "I thank the committee for giving me this opportunity to appear as a fellow Annexationist. A year 
ago I was five thousand miles away, unconscious of what was taking place and unable to take part in the resistance 
to the fatal act of the foolish Queen. Upon the arrival of the live commissioners in the United States 1 recognized the 
same spirit which told Kalakaua in 1887 to come down from his high horse, and in 1889 told Bob Wilcox to come 
out from his gasoline tank. I was pleased to hear that the boys of '87 were still in the ranks in 1893. I read a letter in 
the Star the other day in which a British sailor was offended at being called a "boy, but I shall never feel insulted at 
being called 'one of the boys.' Old men for counsel; young men for war. The young men here were ready a few 
weeks ago to fight our great and good friend, Grover Cleveland.
" I am not ashamed to confess that my conversion to annexation dates back only one year. I was proud of my 
country's independence and willing to submit to the monarchy until its abuses and corruptions were too intolerable 
to be borne any longer. We will seek anew and greater independence in the United States, where all our people will 
become citizens of the Republic, where the accident of birth will no longer be regarded, and all will be equal before 
the law. I believe that now that

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