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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.				1205

with the precision and finish noticeable in veteran regulars in the United States. The troops have profited by their 
training at the hands of capable tacticians. All are proud of the military branch of the Government. The officers at 
the head of the companies were Capts. Good. Camara, Lieut. Asch, Capts. Gunn, Ziegler, and Wilder.
The line of march was up Punchbowl street to Beretania, thence to Fort, to King, to Nuuanu, and back to the 
garrison on. King. The streets were almost impassable during the parade, thousands lining the sidewalks.
At the headquarters of the American League the celebrants once more centered. The grand flag raised in the morning 
was given by the Provisional Government and the assembled multitude that cordial salute denied it from a certain 
quarter. "The Star Spangled Banner" was again heard, and cheer after cheer almost rent the air. Each succeeding 
explosion of patriotism was more hearty than the one before.


The council hall and, in fact, the entire executive building and grounds, had been decorated for the reception by 
President and Mrs. Dole between the hours of 11 and 12. Carpets were laid in the great hallways and in the 
legislative chamber. There were flowers everywhere. Paper lanterns were pendent from trees and festooned about 
the place. There was an entire absence of ceremony and formality. All were welcomed, and after being received the 
guests scattered about and a social, free from restraint, lasted a couple of hours. The President was attended by his 
staff officers, Col. Soper, Lieut. Col. Fisher, and Majs. McLeod and Potter. The latter presented the guests. In the 
immediate receiving party were President Dole and wife, the cabinet members and their ladies, and the judges of the 
supreme and circuit courts with their ladies. Mrs. Dole was assisted by Mrs. C. L. Carter, Mrs. Iaukea, and the 
Misses Hopper, Lowry, Park, Perry, Von Holt, Mossman, Gillman, Judd, Wing, Forbes, Jones, Hartwell, Mott-
Smith, Wilder, Young, Glade, Atkinson, Paty, McGrew, Hassenger, Sorenson, Hatch, Tyler, Afong, and Howland. 
Ball dresses were not shown, but many exquisite costumes were worn. The callers numbered about 750. Over 250 
registered. Many natives called, one with an immense bouquet for the President. The German consul was present, 
and a number of officers from the American men-of-war attended in civilian dress. The book for names was in an 
out-of-the-way place, and there was such a crush during the first half of the hour that comparatively few placed their 
names. During the reception the band played on the veranda.
At noon the national salute of 21 guns was fired in short order by a detail from the artillery company.


It was agreed on all sides that Honolulu was never before ho brilliantly illuminated as last night. Further, it was 
asserted freely that never before had so many people appeared on the streets in the evening. The committee on 
decorations was extensively assisted by the military companies, the fire companies, business men, and citizens 
generally. There were flags everywhere. Such buildings as the headquarters of the Annexation Club, the American 
League, and the fire houses were resplendent in bunting and paper lanterns. Across Union Lane from No. 2 fire 
house the word "Annexation " in evergreen letters three feet high greeted all. At Union Square a pole in the center 
bore lines of merchantmen signals in four directions. The speakers' stand was literally covered with bunting, with 
the word "Aloha" in big red letters with a white background in the crowning piece. Some of the best artistic effects 
were produced at the Judiciary building, where lines of light made a pleasing whole.
An enormous amount of labor was expended on the Executive building and grounds. The illumination begun at the 
pinnacle of the flagstaff, and the brilliancy increased and broadened to the limits of the great square, rich in tropical 
trees and shrubs and flowers. Above 1,000 waxen candles were used here, and nearly as many incandescent electric 
lights were placed through the efforts of Mr. Cassidy and his well-organized corps of wiremen. There was a line of 
incandescents inclosed with Japanese and Chinese lanterns extending from the corner of Richards and King a square 
up King. A couple of miles of light found place in front of and above the Executive building. Several sketches were 
made of the illuminations. A trip around the city developed many private residences appropriately decorated.
The fireworks, which were used lavishly, consisted of rockets, roman candles, and crackers and bombs. These were 
set off on the grounds of the Executive and Judiciary buildings, and the displays were greatly admired. The 
decoration of the Government buildings was the offering of the soldiers themselves, and were highly creditable in 
every way.

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