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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.				1203

cessor is like the Pope who exhumed the body of a rival and cast it into the Tiber. Unhappily, the president has not 
to deal with a rival only. His own acts of recognition are there, in like manner to be exhumed and disowned. What is 
to be done with them? He would, and he would not; and what with calling President Dole his "great and good 
friend," and then stabbing him under the fifth rib-between the open smiles of friendship and the secret acts of 
enmity-he haw brought the diplomatic relations of the United States with this country into a tangle which it would 
take a greater than Solomon to unravel. Hawaii is at peace with the American people, but at war with Mr. Cleveland, 
and Mr. Willis has chosen to cast in his lot with that of the man who unquestionably is his master, and who claims to 
be the master of the American people, too.
We are inclined to believe that the above suggestions contain a sound theory of the conduct f the American minister. 
At the same time any hypothesis can be at best but tentative and provisional. We are treading here diplomatic mazes 
where all light fails us and precedents are not. Yet the theory indicated would seem to be as plausible as any. It 
would be absurd to suppose that Mr. Willis denies the right of this Government to observe such holidays as it may 
choose. It would be monstrous to imagine that he or his Government resents the celebration of a day which marks 
above all other days the regard which this Government and its supporters bear the United States. If it be true, indeed, 
that the constant affection of Americans for their native land is a crime in the eyes of Mr. Willis and his master, 
then, certainly, like Othello, we have "loved not wisely, but too well."
In the meanwhile, in spite of the neglect of the United States minister plenipotentiary, the Provisional Government 
still lives and pursues its calm way unmoved. It has celebrated its anniversary, rejoicing. It has not only survived a 
year of trial within and without, but it has grown stronger, wiser, and better, and it stands to-day secure in its 
strength, in the brightness of its hopes, in anticipations well founded upon the deeds of the past, loading away from 
despotism, pointing forward to the freedom of the American flag, and remaining an abiding guarantee that 
government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish in this outpost of civilization in the 

[The Hawaiian Star, Thursday, January 18, 1894.] 


Within the memory of the oldest inhabitant there has been no more inspiring holiday than that of January 17. This is 
not alone due to the events it stood for. A fact of but less significance was in the way it was received by the natives 
who have been so strongly counted on to swell the following of the lost cause. They flocked to the reception at the 
executive building and paid sincere honors to the chief of the State, and hundreds of them participated with 
unmistakable good will in the splendid festivities of the evening. The day was one of rejoicing and satisfaction to the 
masses, and the party of reactionaries was forgotten in the midst of the common jubilee. The Provisional 
Government and the cause of annexation are the stronger for the way in which the people showed their aloha for the 
powers that be.


It is to be regretted that "contingencies" should have arisen by which Minister Willis was unable to take note of 
yesterday's holiday and by which the Philadelphia and her consort were prevented from hanging up flags in place of 
their weekly washing. These "contingencies," it may be observed, are due to the strange perversity of the Americans 
here in not making way when asked to, for the return of a discarded heathen Queen and her rabble of boodlers and 
hula-drivers. To have them do that is so strong and fervid an ambition of the part of the worshipful chieftain of the 
American Democracy, or what there is loft of it since the November elections, that he would see them in the river 
Styx before he would let his personal agent here acknowledge their claims of independence; that is to say 
acknowledge them again. As to that personal agent himself, whom we have heard was a gallant Union captain 
during the war, we are constrained to doubt that he fully believes in the justice and Americanism of such a 
programme. However, He-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed leaves his official employes small latitude of judgment when a 
question comes up between the rights of a free people and the prerogatives of a would-be dictator. Being somewhat 
in the dictator line himself, Cleveland feels like standing in with the profession. We must surmise that he abhors the 
fact that such an uncontrollable thing as popular sentiment and Congressional initiative sometimes gets in his way.
However, the Americans of Hawaii and their German, English, Portuguese, and

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