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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.				1231

Every man has a right to express his views on any question. In closing I want to congratulate you on the neatness 
and dispatch with which you have carried year point."
Mr. W. G. Smith was then called upon.    He said:
"This is an occasion of rejoicing, that we have met in so orderly a manner. We have secured the boon that we have a 
long time been waiting for. I mean representative government. I presume that the councils will he responsive to the 
sense of this meeting. It is an open meeting of the Annexation Club, and I resent the imputation that it has been 
attempted to confine this meeting to the representatives of any one league. There have been many objections to the 
enlargement of the councils, the principal one being that the time was not opportune. This is the great cry of the 
conservatives. It was the same in 1887, when it was proposed to dethrone Kalakaua, when we had an American 
President in Washington, who was favorable to annexation. Instead of this they did not think that the ' time was 
opportune,' and they waited until 1893, when they had to put up with Cleveland, Gresham, and Blount. I plead for 
the radical course in a revolutionary movement. As Bismarck said, ' Some eggs must be broken to make an 
omelette,' and I advocate breaking all the royalist eggs that we can find. As I said, I have heard many times that it 
was not advisable to increase the size of the advisory council. This is the conservative idea. At the last day, when the 
heavens split and the earth quakes, some Honolulu conservative will lift up his head and cry in a weak voice: ' Don't 
toot now, Gabriel; it isn't opportune. I hope it will he impressed on all our friends who dissent from us that in this 
country and this era the radical movement must and shall and will have its way." [Cheers and applause.]
The meeting then adjourned.
The drill shed was not vacated for some time. D. B. Smith was congratulated by all his friends. Many stood around 
and talked over the result of the meeting, and then went down town and talked it over again.

[Advertiser editorial comments.]

Mr. Hatch made a very happy speech at the close of the meeting last night. He drew attention to the fact that 
annexation was the live movement in this country, and that the alleged dissensions between the different wings of 
the Annexation party only rattle the surface, without going to the essence. There could be no more striking proof of 
the fundamental unanimity which exists in the Annexation party to-day than the good nature which prevailed at last 
night's meeting, and the enthusiasm which expressed itself upon every mention of the common cause.


The programme for an election to he held by the Annexation Club this week has fallen through. This is owing to the 
fact that last night's mass meeting forgot that it was summoned simply as a preliminary nominating convention, and 
proceeded to fix upon a single candidate. This course was due apparently to an error of Mr. Hatch.
Of course a nomination made in this way can not be regarded as though it were the result of a regular election. It 
would be absurd to expect anything of the sort. Mr. D. B. Smith will go before the councils in connection with other 
nominations as the candidate of the American League, and as such will receive consideration.


The mass meetings of the Annexation Club have generally been rather serious affairs; last night's, however, afforded 
for once a humorous diversion.
The Star claims that the American League is not a secret organization. Last night certainly it was not. It marched up 
in a body, took possession of the meeting, issued a declaration of its own rights, and, in the name of the Annexation 
Club, loudly chanted its own praises. Everything was done, as Mr. Hatch observed, with "neatness and dispatch" and 
with great good humor.
The action thus taken is, of course, simply the action of the American League. The course taken was laid out in 
advance by that body; the resolutions passed were drafted and adopted in its meeting of the night before. Everything 
was cut and dried, and the work was done by men who were acting, not in the interest of the Annexation Club, but in 
that of an altogether different organization. The forms were observed, and that was all. The voice was the voice of 
Jacob, but the hand was the hand of Esau.

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