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               1208			HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.

courage. There are grave problems yet to solve. We have an antagonistic element at home and a negative moneyed 
influence abroad conspiring for control. Our enemies are powerful and insidious. They are united to defeat the 
objects of the January revolution. It is for us to remain steadfast to those objects no matter how they may be assailed. 
This is our highest duty.
There is but one political goal and watchword for us all, and that is annexation. If this is delayed, and we arc left to 
work out our own salvation, the best thing is to work it out on the American plan by the exercise of Anglo-Saxon 
pluck, and leave the rest to the Ruler of all nations. Perhaps Providence may have a great political work for this little 
island community to perform. Perhaps its destiny is to work out a parallel to Greece, to Switzerland, to Haiti. On 
rocky shores, among fishermen and the poor, occurred events which, after nineteen centuries, sway and control the 
world. In closing, Mr. Smith said: "Standing here upon ground once consecrated to the pomp of monarchy, face to 
face with the deroyalized house of Government, knowing no flag so dear as the Stars and Stripes, we appeal to our 
countrymen to open their gates to us of kindred blood; but we pledge ourselves, if that can not be, to at least be 
worthy of the service by the work we shall do on this soil for the glory of American principles."
The crowd lingered about the square for an hour after the mass meeting closed, viewing the fireworks and 


Mr. Emmeluth fired a salute at his residence early in the morning.
There was a large crowd at Thomas Square in the afternoon to hear the concert.
The judiciary building was decorated by Company F, and the executive building by Company E.
The crowds were very orderly throughout the day and evening. Not a single disturbance occurred.
The Antiques and Horribles made up an interesting circus and especially pleased the young folks. The award of 
prizes was just and entirely satisfactory.
Bonfires lit up the evening in Ewa.
Corporal Kelby, E Company, had a hand severely injured by a premature explosion of fireworks on the tower of the 
executive building. He is in the hospital.
A private of E Company made a bomb with a piece of gas pipe. The metal was blown to fragments on the executive 
building front. Five panes of glass were shattered and some stucco work loosened. The man was only slightly 


The excitement attending the arrival and departure of the Corwin having subsided, we hope that our citizens will be 
fair and just toward Mr. Willis. His position is not one of his own creation. It was made by his master. He did not 
seek trouble but was ordered to make it. The sins of the principals are often visited upon the heads of the agents. If 
his temper has not been altogether lovely in making his answers to questions regarding his use of force in restoring 
the ex-Queen, it must be remembered that he was instructed to perform a difficult job. "Don't use force, but don't let 
them know that you won't use it." A nobleman said to the artist who was about to paint his portrait: " In painting my 
portrait paint that of my valet standing behind me, but so that he can not be seen." Instructions are often difficult to 
Mr. Willis knows, for he must read some books, that in no modern time has an envoy been sent to express good will 
toward a government, and at the same time ordered peremptorily to compass, instigate, and procure the destruction 
of that government. He knows, furthermore, that he never would have been ordered to do so if we had numbered 
fifty millions of people; that the "high sense of justice" which inspired his instructions was accompanied with an 
equally high and lively sense of superior strength. Mr. Willis is not responsible for all this. If he stands out in 
diplomatic history as one of the parties to a queer and novel diplomatic escapade, he must thank his principal for it. 
His character and ours, as good Christians, are to be tested in the future. It may occur to him that a Christian spirit 
are not incompatible with true statesmanship. Still, he may feel like the darkey preacher who made this reply to an 
inquiry: "I reckons I'se broke all de Commandments, but tank de Lord I keeps my religion," and while be may 
cultivate for private use that which is the greatest of all, charity, he may feel that his public mission here will be to 
"get even" with us poor Hawaiian worms of the dust. The mothers in Honolulu, who, after the arrival of the Corwin, 
bent over their babes in prayer anxiously inquiring if the guns of the Philadelphia and Adams were shotted for them, 
gratefully thank him that he ordered the death angel to touch but not to rest on their pillows. It is now in order that 
we cultivate charity and forgiveness.

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