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PROGRESS.
77 jfyc of the Land is Esiablishea
in Righteousness.
HONOLULU, NOT. 8, 1S93.
ATOPICS OP THE DAY.
t . .
The comfort svhich the annexa
tionists bare derived rom. the
ordinary, every day diplomatic
language contained in Minister
Willis' letters of credentials, and
in hia speech isi Source of smo
merriment and rsorae .surprise.
"Ve understood all along since
January tho 17th, tlit the object
of the revolution7 on that day,
was to get Hawaii joined as a
roombor of tho HJnited States.
"Wo thought that the reason for
tho existence of the P. G. was to
gain the same object, and that
"closor union with the United
States" was its mission here.
And weibeliovod that the oigau
i7Ation of tho annexation club,
tho display of American
bunting in the streets, the
sending of Commissioners, profes
sors, envoys and secretaries was
for the purpose of deceiving tho
people of Hie United States into
tho belief -that Hawaii and the
Hawaiian nation were ready and
willing to surrender their inde
pendence and bo deprived of
self-government. And now after
all their schemes have been
frustrated and iheir hopes finally
stamped out and Iinistor "Willis'
very presoueo .hero has put tho
seal oi tuo unitea states on tneir
defeat, these men, sing out
triumphantly, "-wo are saved,"
and tho Star goes into hysterics
and fat typo. s .
And what does this artificial
enthusiasm prove? Simply that
all those patriotic (!) disinterest
ed (J) nnsolfish (I) men who in
duced a disgraced American
Minister J. L. Stevens and an
irroponsible naval officer to put
them by display of force, and by
the misuse of the United States
name into power only wanted to
get thore, because they hated to
bo "outs" and were longing to
bo "ins." They in their iguor
anco of diplomatic language and
usages believe or pretend to
believe that Minister Willis'
credentials assure them of permanency-
as a government and
assist thorn in depriving Ha
waii of a right to solf-govern-ment,
History shoidd have
taught them that the will of a
people always ultimately carries
the ' day, aud so made them
'bottle up their enthusiasm for
some other occasion.
That closer union with tho Unit
ed States was not the trno cause
for tho revolution as has been
stated heretofore can be seen
from tho happiness nmong tho
annexationists on the day that
they finally learned that the
United States will not annex us.
It was ' government pap and
boodle, they were after, and wo
aro suro they have made tho most
of their.brief opportunity.
-Tho resolution which was in
troduced at a meeting of the
Board of Health for the purpose
of preventing salo of fish outside
tho public market looks very
much like a job. "We don't be
lieve though that the Board of
Health has sufficient power to
make such an order unless a law to
that effect be passed. Nothing
was said about the object of this
remakable step, but we suppose
that sanitary reasons will be
civen as the cause for putting
number of people living in the
suburbs to great inconvenience
JFish is a wholesome food when
it is fresh. But we cannot see
why people cannot as well judge
of the good quality at their
Kitchen-door as they can at tho
market. People of ordinary means
who keep no horses and car
riages, finds it a great conveni
ence to occasionally have fish
brought to their door and sold
as ehenn as at the market. If
the absurd step is really taken
it will mean that many house
holds will bo deprived of a
variety of food and forced to eat
nothing, but meat of the
poor quality often sold in Hono
lulu or they will have to live on
frozen fish which tho
Board of Health is kind enough to
offer as a substitute for fresh fish.
What .guarantee has the . Board
that j:he frozen fish imported
hero is of sound and good quali
ties? We doubt very much that
any of tho fish brought down
hero on ice in tho steamers
is ever as fresh and whole
some as the fish caught
in tho night and peddled around
early in the mornings The
whole business looks like a job
and a very "sell-fish" oneat
.that
It is surprising why tho organ
of tho Annexation Club should
oppose the taking of a plebiscite
in Hawaii. Tho club we learn
claims that on its Begister ap
pear tho names of bona fide
members to tho amount of 6,596
or about C3 per cent of tho votes
cast at the last general election.
Of course when tho club makes
such a statement it is for the pur
pose of impressing upon people
abroad, the alleged universal
popularity of annexation among
all the voters of the country. An
analysis of the figures of the club
compared with the registered
voters does not bear out the
statement made, but proves that
there is something rotten in the
figures somewhero or in tho club.
Glassed as to nationality tho
club claims "according .to its
statement to present tho follow
ing: American 1,449; Hawaiian
1,671; Portuguese 2.3S6-, Ger
man 420; British 351; Norwegian
72; Unclassified 247. As regis
tered voters (at the last general
election) we find the following:
American 637; Hawaiian 9,554;
Portuguese 2,091; German 3S2;
autkso on. Now wo would like
to know where tho club has got
its members from? The number
of foreign residents in Hawaii is
steadily decreasing and it would
therefore bo interesting to know
how tho club has succeeded in
scraping up 1449 American mem
bers when there only aro 637 voters
of that nationality. Tho total
amount of Americans according
to the last cousus was 1,928, and
in that figure are included all
men, women axid children. We
can hardly believe that thttclub
would have tho gall to claim that
every American is a member of
it,- and that both women and
children have been registered.
But whatever the club should
claim in that regard its 1,449
Americans cannot be voters.
Indications are that every tran
sient traveller, every tourist,
every sailor, or any other bird of
passage has been labeled Amer
icans, and registered and
represented to be residents
and voters of Hawaii.
The figures are . fraudulent and
the method is characteristic of
the annexation schemers and
plotters who have attenrpted to
settle the destiny and polic- of
Hawaii through the - common
methods of ward-politicians and
sand-lotters. That .they have
utterly failed is as satisfactory as
it was inevitable.
The Circuit Court is working
its weary way through tho un
usually long calendar. It is
worthy of notice and comment
that there aro not less than 46
cases against people charged
either with selling liquor, gamb
ling or offenses against tho opium
law. There must certainly be"
something radically wrong. Of
course we believe that every man
shonld have all possible facilities
to be tried by a jury, but it is
both wasto of timo and of 'money
to tr- before juries the petty
sale of a bottle of swipes or tho
possession of cho fa tickets. If
the government had desired to
show itself an impovemeut on
former regimes it should have oc
cupied its time by changing and
regulating all the license laws and
tho illicit transactions now
flourishing all over tho country
would soon be abated if not
stamped out. But tho cant and
hypocrisy which aro the leading
features of tho Beforin Party will
continue to prevent wise and
beneficial legislation at least as
long as matters of state and of
church aro hopelessly tangled up
and mixed to gether.v
FIRING THE KOTlL SlMTE AT
- -WINDSOR.
Tho ordinary idea with regard
to the firing of the Royal salute
is that it is performed by means
of a heavy gun or guml, That is
true in respect to natiil and mili
tary stations, and some other
places where big guns abound;
but it is not correct as to Wind
sor.
It might be supposed that at
Her Majesty's principal home,
whifih as one of our oldest castles
was in past times intimately as
sociated with largo weapons of
warfare, the salute would be fired
from at least a great muzzle-
loader, if not one of the modern
breech-loaders, with soldiers in
attendance. It might seem, too,
that hero, above all, tho ceremo
ny would lie accompanied by
some show of dignity worthy of a
closely observed and much res
pected function. But, alas! for
supposition and exalted associa
tions of Royalty, this not the
case. - Readers who have not
witnessed the performance maybe
interested in a brief description
of it, as carried out in Windsor
Park.
The principal occasions on
which the Royal salute of twenty
one guns is fired are on the an
niversary of Her Majesty's birth
day, accession; and coronation,
and of the birthdays of the
Prince of. Wales, the Empress
Frederick (Princess Royal of
England), the Duke of Edin
burgh, the Duke of Connaught,
Princess Christian, Princess
Louise (Marchioness of Lome),
and Princess Beatrice (Princess
Henry of Battenberg). The
salute also extends to tho eldest
son of the Heir-Apparent, aud
was accordingly1 fired on June
3rd for the Dnke of York.
Formerly the salute was made
also On April 25th and April 7th,
in honour of the lato Princess
Alice (Dnchess of Hesse) and the
Duke of Albany (Prince Leo
pold), but it, of course, ceased
with their death. On the morn
ing of each of- these annivers
aries, an officer, called the
Queen's Bombardier, has convey-
; ed fo the Park, not in Roval van,
but in a "common or garden"
wheelbarrow, twenty-ono small
guns, which are somewhat pro
fanely called '.pop guns."
Each of those "formidable"
weapons is about 14in. long and
weighs about 61b. Taken from
the barrow, they aire placed in a
row in. the Long Walk, facing
tho Queen's entrance to the
Castle, and each having been
duk charged wUh a blank charge,
the feu dejoic takes place. The
Bombardier has a long rod with
a slit at one end, into which he
inserts a fuse, and then lighting
it with a match discharges tho
guns one by one, refitting the
wand each time with a fresh fuse.
Tho performance occupies
about ten minutes, commencing
at half-past twelve, and is usually
witnessed by a small crowd,
largely composed of idle little
boys, who, at each discharge,
roll over in simulation - of having
been shot.
At the conclusion the officer
walks off, leaving his henchman
to collect and stow away the
miniature cannon for tho next
celebration. Such is .this im
portant ceremony at Windsor,
and although tho guns are power
ful enough, and everyone re
spects their significance, the
function lacks impressivonoss
and dignity to a degree almost of
incongruity. .
Tho "pop-guns" are of a spe
cial make, and have to be renewed
every few years, but the old ones
aro carefully preserved. Thero
is thus a large collection of them,
and it is a very curious fact that
among them aro some actually
200 and even 300 years old.
Such is tho" respect paid to some
old and worn-out servants of the
Crown. The duties of the Bom
bardier do not appear to be too
arduous (only that he is a bit of
a pluralist), and one wonders
what would happen if he should
on any of these anniversaries for
get the date.v -One can imagine
what would have been the result
of such an oversight in tho days
of Henry YIII but things have
changed, since then.
Besides the annivesaries, thero
are special occasions when the
guns are fired, the latest of tliese
using July 6th, when the salute
was made in honourjof tho mar
riage of the Duke of York and
Princess May.
The connection between the
Royal salute and the flag that
floats over the Round Tower of
Windsor Castle may not appear
very close, but it is perhaps near
enough for a brief reference.
While the Queen is residing at
the Castle the Royal Standard is
hoisted to tha-summit of a lofty
staff upon the high "tower; bni
while Her Majesty is absent, if
only for a day or a few hours, the
Standard is replaced by the
Union Jack.
Prior fo last winter no flag was
flown during the Queen's afAsenco,
although tho custom now adopted
was in vogue early in the cent
ury; but through tho exertions,
it is believed, of the Marquis of
Lorne, Governor and Constable
of the Castle, tho custom has
now been revived, so that tho
flagstaff is never left baro during
tho hours of daylight
Hoisting tho Union Jack thero,
however, is not a mere arbitrary
desire of the Queen, for every
fortress in tho kingdom is en
titled to fly tho "Jack," and
Windsor Castlo ranks as a fort
ress. The Standard is lowered
immediately tho Queen leaves
Windsor, and is run up on hor
return directly she crosses the
Thames and comes within tho
limits of the borough. Hitherto
tho Royal flag was displayed only
for HorMajesty, but a now depart
ure was made on November 9 th last
when, by tho Queen's command,
the Standard was hoisted in
honour of tho Prince of Wale's
birthday.
The fair-weather flag is of im
mense size, hut the stormy weather
Standard is somewhat smaller and
of stouter material. The same
may be said of tho ''Jack." The
raising and lowering and changing
of these flags is in the charge of tho
Queen's master gunner, and a very
bus' time ho has of it occasionally.
The flagstaff, by the way, is at
least 3ft. thick at the base, tapering
away slightly to the apax, and it
is 170ft. high, rising from the
Round Tower, which itself attains
a great altitude above the Home
Park. These Standards last about
five years, and when discarded are
sent to the Tower of London, where
great care is taken of them.
Here, again, used-up servants are
provided with an idle and a com
fortable future of indefinite length.
Tit Bits.
TO-NIGHT!
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Between Fort and Bethel Streets.
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