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How the EX-QUEEN OF HAWAII
passed the TWELFTH OF AUGUST
f | -\ HE Queen was seated on the
:'.'•■ sofa which serves her now as
.. I throne. For canopy, the Royal
';■; ••• "J Flag- of Hawaii was draped
; . . above her head. For court.
= there were her women facing: her with
: sad and faithful eyes.
..;•-.■ Here was the story — "Hawaii's story
'■'. by Hawaii's Queen" — To borrow the
title ot Liliuokalani's book, a Queen
without a Throne, a Flag without a
. ' 'place, a Court without a kingdom. One
• ' may be as democratic as one pleases.
and yet be saddened by such things as
The Queen gave me a quiet hand.
Her physician was just leaving her.
She smiled him thoughtfully away and
: turned to me.
"t)o I look like a dying woman?"
. "God forbid!" said I.
That much at least Is due divine
Providence. If Liliuokalani were to die
at this tide of her affairs it would have
been. only civil of heaven to have taken
•her .before the dawn of August twelfth.
•\ "I have received condolences," ex
.pl&taed the Queen, "from the States.
.This Bt earner brought me a number of
; letters and circulars and resolutions, all
very kindly intended of course, but I
V must say a llittlee — cr — startling to a per
.. eon who has no Immediate idea of
leaving the world."
• The court giggled respectfully.
"You see, I was ill in Washington
and the report was given out that I
had a cancer."
."■ '"But there is no truth In that?"
"Unfortunately, there is all truth in
• It/ "replied the Queen, smiling, with
perfect serenity. "You look surprised.
■ ! Js it because I smile? You see I have a
good doctor. I mean to get well. If
. not— l am not afraid of death. I am
.-'■ not even afraid of life."
The. court sighed tenderly.
"I have needed courage to live," she
.added. "They say it is given to those
.•.•who have to endure."
"Noblesse oblige," I returned, po
The Queen v.as pleased to smile. Is
.. there any railk so sensitive to recognl
■ ;tlon as lost rank? The ex-Queen of
Hawaii has an eye to little matters of
:': this sort— a gracious or a critical eye
: according as you remember them or as
you .do not. One has need of court
manners to go calling at Washington
Place; and since an earlier visit I have
.- felt the lack of mine, I am pleased to
find" that I am getting on. Moreover,
,*••. my. heart, is in this. My sympathy goes
. .out to the woman in trouble and there
. fare I. am pleased to please the Queen.
\ ' "So they say," she went on. "And
there is something in that. I could re
. main here In my home where you know
1 can. hear everything; the guns, the
music of the band, the cheering. I
. " could do that. I do not think every one
. "I am sure, indeed," I answered,
truthfully, "hardly any one could. I
thought perhaps you would go away —
into the country."
Liliuokalani raised her brows.
"Why? I came here to be near my
people — to show them how to meet this.
It has come upon us together — you un
derstand? Together. I am not alone.
My people lose their country; they lose
their identity. Should I run away and
Bhut my eyes and my ears when so
many of them had to remain here In
their homes? My home also is here, in
Honolulu. It gives us all courage to
think of others. I remembered my peo
ple this day and they remembered me.
We bore our trouble together. I did
net leave my house. I received no visi
torsT'^i instructed my household to pass
this day as we pass all our days, as if
HAWAIIAN WOMEN OF THE BETTER CLASS WAILING IN THE
GARDENS DURING THE ANNEXATION CEREMONIES.
THE CALL Sunday Edition
HERE WAS THE STORY— 'HAWAII'S STORY BY HAWAII'S QUEEN I—TO1 — TO BORROW THE TITLE OF LILIUOKALfINI'S BOOK, fl QUEEN WITHOUT fl
THRONE, (\ FLAG WITHOUT A PLACE, (k COURT WITHOUT (\ KINGDOM."
BY ALICE RIX
The Queer) was seated on the sofa which serves her now as throne. For canopy the royal flag of Hawaii was draped
above her bead, por court there were the women facing her, with sad and faithful eyes. Tlje Queen gave rt>e a quiet hand,
her phv»lclan was Just leaving her. She smiled hlrr> thoughtfully away and turned to me. "Do I look "Xc a dying woman?" she
said. r 'Qod forbid," I said.
nothing happened to us— nothing at all.
There are duties, in every home. Is it
not bo? I ordered that the duties of
my house be attended to as usual. I
permitted no one to speak t«^ me of
this" — she hesitated — "of this matter.
I did not permit myself to think of it.
Can you believe that? It is true. I
All the Queen in Liliuokalanl spoke
there. I was compelled to quick ad
miration of the strength of the woman
and the pride of the Queen. I thought
of the picture that day had painted of
her to the curious mob — out of fond,
sentimental fancy, bien entendu — for
no one knew of her doings except her
household attendants, faithful watch
dogs of her privacy. It was known that
her doors were closed and it was con
jectured that even her stubborn cour
age had yielded to the strain under
which even aliens bent — the solemn
thunder of the guns which shook the
great house savagely, the requiem ' Ha
waii Ponoi" playing down her Flag, the
bugle sounding taps above its fall,
creeping through her Royal palms, In
sistent at her closed doors. And all
the sounds that welcomed a new sov
ereignty to rule her fathers' land.
Le roi est mort! Vive le roi! And
the king alive to hear.
There was a short, pregnant pause.
I knew, as one sometimes knows un
spoken thoughts, that. her own move
ments on this fateful day were passing
through her mind in swift review. The
lines about her mouth deepened, her
eyes were sad and far. Her women,
watching her, wept softly among them
selves. There were no tears in Liliu
okalani's eyes. But I think she is one
to weep in the heart. When she spoke
it was to go on quite naturally with her
"I made up my mind that I must be
brave, and to be brave I knew I must
be busy. For the morning I went to my
desk and sorted over all my letters.
They have accumulated during my ab
sence, and it Is a task. I have put off
SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 1898.
for a good moment. This day," Liliu
okalani smiled bitterly, "gave me that
good moment. I wrote several letters
and then I put my mind upon, my book.
I am writing my third book— a work
on the Hawaiian words. There are
many of the old words which are pass
ing out of use — many now quite obso
lete; and yet their origin is interesting
and full of suggestion concerning the
manners and customs of our people be
fore — y OU know, in other days. I have
already written one book on the Ha
waiian music that will be valuable. I
hope, to those interested in such sub
jects. I have managed to put upon
paper the peculiar musical phrases of
the melees, even the oli-oli; that is the
gurgling sound our melee singers use in
wailing or chanting. It was a very
baffling task, but I wanted to preserve
the music of my country. That was all.
So I wrote and revised and planned and
kept my mind on other things. It was
while I was looking through my letters
that"— the Queen paused, "A few of
DURING THE FLAG-RAISING CEREMONIES THE QUEEN TRIED
TO FORGET WHAT WAS GOING ON BY LOOKING
OVER HER CORRESPONDENCE
my friends were here — my close friends,
my attendants. They were weeping
about me. It was not for me to weep.
We heard — you know — everything. I
spoke of other things. I do not remem
ber now of what, and It matters very
little — and t.ien I went on looking over
The little court at the end of the
room sobbed audibly. A trio of voices
rose from the shadow of the palms,
singing the plaintive native music,
which is forever sounding in the
Queen's gardens. She sat, listening
quietly to the sobbing and the singing.
Her command is admirable.
"Did you send any protest?" I asked,
when the song was ended; "that is, did
you send one to Washington?"
"To Washington? To Washington?
Have I not exhausted Washington?
To whom would I make a protest? Tour
Government is a government of many
— by many," and this daughter of a
race which has one supreme and suf
ficient chief shut her lips derisively.
"When an appeal reaches the last of
your governors, It has had time to be
forgotten by the first. My people sent
their protest. That is as it should be —
but as for me — I have written enough
for the waste paper baskets of Wash
"I thought," I said, suggestively,
"that you might have some idea of go-
Ing on to Washington when Congress
meets in December, to make a personal
Lilluokalani shook her head. "I
have," she said, "no such idea. I have
no ideas at all just now. I shall re
main in Honolulu. I shall live here, I
believe. I worked very hard for my
people, for my country, for my cause
while I was away in a foreign land, and
as you know, I worked in vain. I have
returned here to take up the life I lived
before I went away; a life of retire
ment among my friends, my books, my
thoughts. I am now, more than ever,
a woman In private life."
She spoke with indescribable bitter
ness. A woman In private life is sup
posed to be sheltered from the ills
which vex a Queen, but one must be
born to these safe joys to relish them.
No Queen deposed has ever yet ac
quired the taste, and I have known an
inconspicuous nobody or two who would
have given their ears to wear a crown
or even a shabby little coronet. And,
of course, under one or the other of
these decorative circumstances ears
would not be missed.
"I hear," said Liliuokalani, "that it
was not so gay over there as some per
"It was not gray at aIL Nearly every
one was weeping."
"Ah!" said the Queen, coldly. "Why
should they weep?"
"You mean it is for your people, not
ours, to weep. There is such a thing
as sympathy. I wish you could know —
perhaps you do — how many hearts were
filled with that."
"I know," she Interrupted, "I know."
"Admiral Miller himself " I said.
"Ah! yes, I have heard."
"And," I said, "all Americans who
love their own Flag "
The Queen made a sudden movement.
"If it had been yours!" she said sharp
ly. "If it had been your Flag!"
As if that were not what I have been
thinking ever since I came here to think
about it at all!
"I said that my day was quiet," she
went on passionately. "I said it was
humdrum. I said that I put my mind
on other things " She laid her hand
touchingly to her breast. "But that is
not here. Of my heart I do not speak.
My heart is my country, my flag, my
people. My heart is Hawaii."