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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90

Hawaii,   pp. 832-875 ff. PDF (19.9 MB)

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nication between these islands and the North American continent,
was authorized by the last legislature andý referred to in my dispatch
No. 78, of September 2, 1886.
      I have, etc.,                           GEo. W. MERRILL.
                              No. 604.
                     Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.
No. 141.]                'LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
               Honolulu, September 19, 1887. (Received October 6.)
  SIR: I have the honor to inform you that the first election for mem-
bers of the Hawaiian legislature under the new constitution was held
throughout the Kingdom on the 12th instant, and resulted in a complete
victory for the reform or new constitution party there being only two
opposition condidates elected.
  Election day was very quiet and orderly in Honolulu, and no dis-
turbance is reported in any part of the Kingdom.
  So far as I have been able to ascertain the elected members of the
legislature are men of property, and fully identified with the progress
and prosperity of the country.
  The returns indicate a large native Hawaiian vote in favorof the re-
form party, and that the race issue, which a few endeavored to bring
prominently forward, did not meet with favor. Especially is this no-
ticeable in the case of Mr. Aholo, late minister of the interior, who, being
a candidate for the legislature from Lahaina, Mani, is said to have made
race prejudice the basis of his campaign, yet, in a community largely
composed of native Hawaiians, he was defeated by a large majority.
   In fact there was no formidable opposition party, and all candidates
publicly accepted and extolled the new constitution, excepting the
provisions requiring property qualifications, in voting for nobles, which
formed the basis of what little opposition was exhibited.
   Whether a session of the legislature will be called before the regular
session, provided by the constitution to assemble in May, is not fully
determined, although it is quite probable it will be convened in extra
session some time in November.
   Since the election failed to create any undue commotion business af-
fairs move along in the usual channels, and confidence in the continued
peace and prosperity of the Kingdom is generally expressed.
       I have, etc.,
                                              GEO. W. MERRILL.
                              No. 605.
                      Mr. Bayard to Mr. Merrill.
 No. 61.]                      DEPAIRTMENT OF STATE,
                                    Washington, September 30, 1887.
   SIR: Your No. 134, of the 25th of July last, in reference to an oath
 required of foreign residents in the islands, is received.
   This question was brought to the notice of the Department by Mr.
 Patman, in his No.- 125, of the 1st ultimo, and in reply he was instructed
 on the 18th ultimo that citizens of the United States who take the oath
       IT. Ex. 1, pt. 1-5mi

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