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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)

Page 837

                                 HAWAII.                               837
speech from wthe throne on the opening of the legislature, and we beg to
assure Your
Majesty that the opium bill, the act to organize the military forces of the
the law relating to notaries public and to corporations and other matters
to which.
Your Majesty calls our attention, shall receive our careful consideration
and action.
  The circumstances connected with the negotiation of the loan in London
shall be
thoroughly investigated, and our decision be such as shall in the premises
right and equitable and in strict conformity with the provision of the statutes.
shall also be our duty, in compliance with suggestions from the throne, to
make such
revisions and amendments in the law regulating the police department, and
also in
the appropriation bill of 1886, as shall secure a more responsible administration
a suitable regard for the national revenue.
  Your Majesty may rest assured that the matter.of an economical administration
the public service shall always be kept in mind in our deliberations and
that our con-
clusions shall be such as an unselfish patriotism may dictate.
  We desire to congratulate Your Majesty upon the successful issue of the
tions of Your Majesty's Government with the United States of America, which
resulted in the definito renewal of the treaty of reciprocity for a period
of seven years,
and we take pleasure in exoressing on this occasion our approval of the granting
the United States Government the exclusive privilege of entering Pearl River
and establishing there a coaling and repairing station, it being a necessary
for the securing of this valuable concession, while guarantying to the country
a re-
newal of commercial prosperity. We feel great satisfaction in the assurance
that it
is without prejudice to Hawaiian jurisdiction, and we agree with Your Majesty
this event will ever be regarded as one of the most important of those which
signalized Your Majesty's reign.
I The report was signed by the three members of the committee, George H.
Dole, Dr.
J. Wight, and A. P. Kalaukoa.
  On motion of Representative C. Brown the reply was adopted and ordered
to be
                                  No. 609.
                        Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.
                                 [ Eitract.
No. 158.]                   LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
               Honolulu, December 15, 1887. (Received December 31.)
   SIR: I have the honor to inform you that on the 12th instant quite
an animated discussion occurred in the legislature regarding the right
of His Majesty the King to veto bills passed by the legislature and
presented to him for approval unless the veto be countersigned by a
member of the cabinet.
   On the 9th instant His Majesty, acting under authority of article 48
of the new constitution, which confers the veto power, returned to the
legislature certain bills without his signature, giving his reasons there-
for, notwithstanding the advice of his ministers to approve them.
   The discussion arose on the question of adopting resolutions, intro-
duced by Noble Castle, declaring it to be the sense of the legislature
that the royal assent to the bills had not been refused, according to the
intent-and meaning of the constitution, for the reason that the mes-
sage accompanying them was an act performed without the advice and
consent of the cabinet and was not countersigned by a minister.
   The resolution was finally adopted and a committee of thirteen was
 appointed, with the cabinet, to wait upon His Majesty and inform him
 of the action of the legislature.
   During the day, and while the matter was under discussion in the
 legislature, His Majesty sent a communication to the justices of the
 supreme court inviting their opinions as to his constitutional rights
 in the lpremises, as in article 70 of the new constitution it is provided
 he may do.

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