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               1228	HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.

No. 36.]								Legation of the United States,
Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, February 14,1894.

Hon. W. Q. Gresham,
Secretary of State:
Sir: The past month has been unusually quiet. The action of Congress is awaited with great interest, as indicating the 
future policy of the United States towards this country.
Several days ago a number of the Government soldiers were affected in a peculiar way, which gave rise to a rumor 
of poisoning. There seems, however, to have been little cause for such suspicion.
To-day at 6 o'clock p. m. the Chinese have called a meeting to consider certain proposed changes in the law 
affecting them. Upon this slender basis a rumor is current of a Chinese uprising. This is, in my judgment, utterly 
without foundation. The absence of frequent communication with the outside world, and the feeling of unrest and 
excitement naturally incident to the surroundings, make it an easy matter to originate these sensational reports.
By a vote of the executive council the salary of the President has been fixed at $12,000 per annum. This action must, 
however, be ratified by the advisory council. Under the act, a printed copy of which I inclose, the office of minister 
of foreign affairs is separated from that of the office of president. Hon. F. M. Hatch, late Vice-President, will, it is 
understood, be chosen minister of foreign affairs, becoming thereby also a member of the executive council. In this 
connection may be mentioned the published report that Mr. Dole, in his retirement from the foreign office, will 
devote himself to the work of preparing a new constitution.
At a mass meeting held last night, Mr. D. B. Smith, a merchant of this city, was nominated to fill the vacancy in the 
advisory council created by the resignation of Mr. Hatch. This nomination is subject to the approval of the councils.
A spirited contest is now in progress, looking to the introduction of the "representative system" into the councils of 
the Provisional Government. In this direction a resolution was passed by the meeting last night, favoring the 
enactment of a law " increasing the membership of the advisory council from 14 to 24," the new members to "be 
selected by the suffrages of loyal citizens in a manner to be hereafter provided."
The reasons set forth in the resolutions for such legislation are (1) ''The advisory council as at present constituted is 
not representative of either the varied interests of the islands or the mass of the supporters of the Provisional 
Government and the policy of annexation of Hawaii to the United States;" (2) "The legislative department of the 
Government is dangerously compact as well as too small for its constituency;" (3) "The composition of the advisory 
council has been made objectionable by the action of retiring members in practically selecting their own 
successors;" (4) "The personnel of the advisory council has been considerably changed since it came into existence;" 
and (5) "In making changes the mass of the supporters of the Provisional Government have had no voice."
The above resolution and preamble looking to the enlargement of the council, according to the report of the 
newspaper favoring it, "was adopted with less than a dozen negative votes."
I send you herewith the reports and editorial comments of the two newspapers which agree upon the question of 
annexation, but differ as to the propriety and necessity of the proposed changes.

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