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Vol. II. Per Copy, 5 Cents.
HONOLULU, MAY 12, 1900.
Per Year, $3.00. No 34.
President Dole has been congratulated since the arrival
of the Australia on his appointment as the
The Territorial first Governor of the Territoiy of Hawaii,
Qovernnor. by a very large number of the very best
and most influential people of the Territory.
It is to be regretted that some of these congratulations
came from quarters that have been loud in their condemna
tion of the Dole government. To the independent and self
respecting sycophancy is a horror. But without being so
stigmatized, reserving the right of forcable criticism of the
past and serious and thoughtful comments upon the forecast
of the future and the influence of his appointment upon the
Eolitical conditions of the Territory, which may or may not
e complimentary, the Weekly desires to congratulate
President Dole from a personal standpoint upon his most
probable appointment as the first Governor of the Territory
of Hawaii. It furthermore desires to congratulatethe ex
President and eulogize him, irrespective of his official posi
tion, as the first gentleman of the land a Hawaiian to be
proud ot. As an old-school gentleman, in suavity of man
ner, in personal integrity, in sincerity of purpose, in high
intellectuality, in all attributes which are requisite to the
make-up of a manly man, ex-President Dole has no superior
as a gentleman in Hawaii. Furthermore, except for certain
local conditions, of which President McKinley was not cog
nizant, because these conditions were probably not present
ed with the dignity and merit they deserved, ex-President
Dole is most certainly the logical appointee for governor.
But because of these unfortunate local conditions Mr.
Dole's appointment as governor is, perhaps, the greatest
misfortune that could have beset the new Territory of
Hawaii as it blooms into political existence under the
Stars and Stripes. But of this later when the news of the
full official confirmation of Mr. Dole's appointment as the
first governor of Hawaii shall have been received. For the
E resent it is the desire of the Weekly that if by any mis
ap there should be a "slip between the cup and the lip"
that the ex-President should carry with him in his retire
ment from office this sincere and hearty tribute to his high
personal qualities untrameled by severe comment or
It is rather premature to comment upon the appointments
reported to have been made by President
Rumored McKinley for the Territory of Hawaii, for
Appointments, the report comes only as a rumor. The
Australia brought the first news. But
everyone waited for the Rio in the hope that W. O. Smith
could confirm something. When that longed for individual
arrived he brought home with him only impressions
although he was in close touch with Judge Hartwell by
wire until the hour of sailing. Even in regard to Mr, Dole
Mr. Smith said :
"My impression is that Mr. Dole will be the Governor.
No definite news reached me upon the subject before I
sailed from San Francisco."
In regard to the other offices Mr. Smith continued:
"My impression is that Justice Frear will succeed to the
Justiceship. Also, I believe, all the present Circuit Judges
will probably be retained, with possibly the exception of
Judge Stanley, who is, unfortunately, an Englishman, and
therefore not a citizen of the United States. As for Judge
Perry, my impression is that he will be a Justice on the
Even in regard to the Federal offices Mr. Smith had the
following impressions :
"Both Judge Estee and Judge Greene are spoken of in
connection with that office, and I am inclined to think that
Estee holds first place at present."
Furthermore, Mr. Smith had favorable impressions con
cerning Customs Collector Stackable and Postmaster
General Oat. But it is very noticeable that Mr. Smith had
no impressions concerning Mr. Cooper for Secretary of
State. Why is this ? Or any impressions concerning the
Attorney General, who also is an appointment of the Presi
dent's. As Mr. Smith has brought back only impressions con
cerning all these appointments the whole matter must still
be considered in the realm of rumor and serious comment
upom them must be delayed until next week.
If M. M. Estee is appointed federal judge it certainly
will meet with universal approval. Although an unfortunate
politician Mr. Estee is a learned lawyer and would make an
able judge. His coming to Honolulu would certainly be a
valuable acquisition to society and the profession.
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In a little more than a month the Hawaiian Islands will be
as firmly set in the American Union as the old
original state of Massachusetts. The law
making the islands a Territory will be enforced
on June 14th and ever after, as long as the
starry banner waves, the people of these green isles of the
Pacihc will enjoy the rare privilege of a liberal constitution ,
which gives to all Americans, Europeans and Polynesians
an equality of political rights. A gift like this does not fall
from the skies. It has to be earned by sturdy and persis
tent effort. It was secured by the Americans by the expen
diture of bloodshed through the trials of fearful wars and it
has come down to the Americans and adopted Americans
of these islands as a sort of heritage without price. An
nexation had its conception in the mind of the late S. N.
Castle nearly sixty years ago. The germ grew slowly, as
the Kamehameha rule satisfied everybody, but still the need
of a greater protection than the power of the Kamehamehas
could give the people was felt. It was twenty-five years
after the theory was evolved that the practical agitation of
annexation was begun by Dr. McGrew, and it came about