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               1204			HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.

native friends made a great holiday all by themselves on the 17th of January, and hardly missed the diplomatic 
absentee, or stopped to grumble at the long linen of halt-dry undershirts and pantaloons with which the Navy saluted 
the Republican anniversary. They were having too good a time for anything of that sort and were content to leave 
the extraordinary envoy to himself and to the pleasure which ho might derive from hearing the song of the dinkey 
bird in the damafula tree.
The local public need not be surprised to hear at any time that the lower branch of Congress has indorsed the 
President's Hawaiian policy. So much may be predicated of its partisanship and its desire to let the Executive down 
easily. The meaning of such action, if it has been or should be taken, would fall very short of doing any harm to the 
Provisional Government. So far as it has developed, the Cleveland policy is of the pleading and admonitory type 
towards Hawaii and to indorse that would be, so far as the government of these islands is concerned, a harmless 
proceeding, "intended," as a former Congressman would have put it; "for Buncombe County only."


The celebration programme was carried through with a dash. There was no variations from the proceedings as 
announced in advance. The weather was absolutely perfect. The feeling was enthusiastic. So far as could be 
observed, none held aloof from the occasion. It seemed that nearly everybody in the city was heart and soul in the 
observance of the first regular "Fourth of July" for Hawaii. A little coterie, which wandered about in holiday attire, 
attempted to wet-blanket the affair, but found its mission the saddest sort of a failure and was actually compelled to 
become an indistinguishable part of the gala gathering. During the evening of the 16th and on the morning of the 
17th this worthy contingent circulated rumors designed to frighten people. The scare scheme miscarried completely. 
Even the roundabout threat of a dynamite explosion at the speaker's stand had not the least effect. There was no 
brooking the tide of patriotism; it was universal and resistless. The sentiments of freedom and independence 
pervaded and governed everywhere. Vent was given to the spirit of the day by actions indorsing fully the Provisional 
Government and reaffirming the principles which actuated the overthrow of monarchy.
The events of the day were the flag-raising by the American League, the battalion drill and review of troops, the 
reception by President Dole and Mrs. Dole, the great mass meeting, and the display of fireworks.


At 8 o'clock an immense crowd had gathered at the corner of Nuuanu and King to witness the hoisting of a 60 by 30 
American flag on a 120-foot pole. The band was in attendance, and rendered such patriotic airs as " Star-Spangled 
Banner," "Marching through Georgia," "Rally Hound the Flag." A great cheer went up from the throng that 
congested two streets as the flag was hauled aloft. R. H. Sampson, who served in the civil war as first lieutenant of 
Company G, First Massachusetts Cavalry, cracked a bottle of champagne and christened the flag "General Dix." 
Three cheers were then proposed and given with a will. Twenty-one giant bombs, furnished by John Egan, were set 
off as a salute. Each explosion brought cheers. Gen. Dix, of New York, is the man who said, "If any man hauls down 
the American flag, shoot him on the spot." This was the feeling throughout the concourse of liberty-loving people. 
As the flag gracefully swung to the breeze, winding itself like a thing of life, and as the band sent into the air the 
glorious music so dear to Americans the world over, eyes moistened, and men with the G. A. R. button, and men and 
women who are with, them, said: " It would not go well with the one who molested that flag." It was a pretty, 
impressive scene, really inspiring, conjuring to the surface all that is best in the man. For some time a crowd 
lingered about, and all day the flag was a center of attraction.


The review of the troops attracted about the entire population to Union Square. The band, of which Prof. Berger 
lately said, "They will either fight or play," led the column of seven companies fully accoutered. Col. Soper 
delivered a few commands, and then Lieut. Col. Fisher put the battalion through a series of intricate maneuvers, 
concluding with the manual of arms. Every movement was executed

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