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              HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.				1233

ney should not be placed in nomination.    The negative majority was very large. D. B. Smith was placed in 
nomination by T. B. Severin.    This was received with great cheers, then with three more.    The nominations were 
then closed on motion of T. B. Atherton.    Mr. Murray then called for his resolution, which reads as follows:
"Whereas the American League, of this city, is a respectable and representative body composed of several hundred 
men pledged to support the Provisional Government and the policy of annexation of the Hawaiian Islands to the 
United States, and
"Whereas the American League is without a spokesman or representative in the councils of this Government, and
"Whereas it is just and proper that such a section of the loyal citizenship should have a voice in the conduct of the 
Provisional Government, and
"Whereas it has been generally conceded and so stated by at least one cabinet minister that the American League 
should designate the successor to Mr. F. M. Hatch, who is about to retire from the advisory council, and
"Whereas the American League has named D. B. Smith for the place, therefore be it
"Resolved, That this mass meeting hereby endorses D. B. Smith for the advisory council, and shall, through the 
secretary and president, so inform the executive and advisory councils."
This resolution was adopted almost unanimously.
There were calls for D. B. Smith.    Mounting the table, he said:
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen: As this is my first experience on the platform in the capacity of a speaker, you will 
not expect a speech from me of any length. I want to say this: I am, heart and soul, in favor of annexation to the 
United States, our mother country, where our prosperity, progress, and civilization come from, and I will, and have, 
always done everything in my power to further it since the 14th of January last. That was before the revolution. "We 
have not got it, but we will, just as certain as the sun rises and sets." These words are not mine, but were spoken to 
me by the grandest American statesman that ever put foot or these coral sands, Minister John L. Stevens, and I 
heartily indorse his words. That is as far as I got. I fully appreciate the honor you have done me in signifying the 
wish to have me represent you in the council, and when I learn that my services there are not satisfactory I will step 
down and out.
These resolutions were offered by James Nott, jr.:
"Whereas 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} and
"Whereas the legislative department of the Government is dangerously compact, as well as too small for its 
constituency, and
"Whereas the composition of the advisory council has been made objectionable by the action of retiring members, in 
practically selecting their own successors; and
"Whereas the personnel of the advisory council has been considerably changed since it came into existence; and
"Whereas in making changes the mass of the supporters of the Provisional Government have bad no voice: 
Therefore be it
"Resolved, That this mass meeting of annexationists and supporters of the Provisional Government hereby petition 
the councils to enact a law increasing the membership of the advisory council from 14 to 24.
"Resolved, That the ten men to fill the new places be selected by the suffrages of loyal citizens in a manner to be 
hereafter provided.
"Resolved, That the councils arc hereby petitioned to elect to membership the ten men to be chosen by loyal 
"Resolved, That copies of these resolutions be transmitted to the executive and advisory councils."
Cheering for the resolutions was loud and long.
President Hatch, referring to the call for the meeting, ruled the resolutions out of order. W. G. Smith appealed from 
the decision of the chair, and the chair was overruled. T. F. Lansing said he protested against the manner in which 
the meeting was being conducted. W. H. Hoogs demanded a roll call. The meeting went on with business and the 
resolution to enlarge the council was adopted with less than a dozen negative votes.
The president suggested that adjournment may be in order, as no other business was brought forward. Mr. Hatch was 
called upon to speak. His popularity was evidenced by his cordial reception. He said:
"There is one good sign of the times, gentlemen; the Annexation Club never calls a meeting which is not well 
attended. [Applause.] There are always enough of the members of this club who turn out on every opportunity winch 
is given them

F R 94-APP II--78 

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