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mil my. -s;.v.. PROGRESS. 77 Zir -j7&r Land is Esiabiiskea in Righteousness. HONOLULU, NOV. 13, 1S93. TOPICS OF THE DAY. Tho gifted geographer and divine diplomat, who rakes up the editorial garbage of the Star, has made, one more break in another outburst of slush in the intorvnls between insulting and outraging women aud woman hood with Iiis slanderous lies, and lecturing the Provisional Councils on law, statesmanship, and diplomacy, and bellyaching for tho unprovidod for members of the. annexation club. This time he informs us there are 22,000,000 soldiers under arms in Europe. "We have previously exposed his utter ignorance of geography, diplomacy, and law, and excused his general dis regard of truth in his utterances about local affairs by showing hs inoxperionce derived from his recent arrival among us so that wo can only ascribe these start ling figures to his innately audacious plagiaristic habits by having stolen tho article bodily out of some Eastern papor, or to his custom, so thoroughly ex emplified in his property and taxation statistics, of looking at all figures through a quintuple magnifying lens. But still more startling is the " logical inference ho has drawn from these millions of armed men. First, he declares that they will inevitably and speedily bring oa war general, horrid, multitudi nous, devastating war. Then he declares that ninety-five percent, of thorn officers and mon will got killed in that war. And final ly ho declares that having dis covered this they won't have any war on acconut of this fearful porcouage of-danger. Which taken all told is as surprising a foatnro as the case of the P. G. green-pea heroes, who laid down their lives once and were ready to do it again. But this is nothing to his stand on tho question of annexation. JEo 'mournfully, but sadly an nounces tho demiso of that phase of our local politic without, however, discussing tho fact that his own journal has done more to hasten tho extinction of the von cause it was brought into being to further, and then defiant ly announces that there is yet balm in Giload and hope in tho editorial breast of finding more funds in tho P. G. locker. With polished sarcasm he bids the Provisional Councils hold on aud continue to govern (by in--sinnation and innuendo mis govern) tho country and no longer by promising a vote to even kanaka in future and a free homestead and all sorts of other bribing lies but by this means (tell it not in the Annexa tion Club, publish it not in the Board of tho A. B. C. F. M.) the Royalists will bo dragooned into prayingfor annexation as the lesser evil to their abhor rence of the tyranny and mis government of the "missionary V rule" of the .Reform Party. O ye Gods! What a confusiqn'. And this is his opinion of the good and stable government the Star and Advertiser are hired to sup port and praise. One year more of it will dragoon a free people into praying for annexation to be delivered from its corruption and tyranny. Job says "O that mine enemy had written a book." Had ho lived to-day he would have been content to have him Editor of the Star. . The editorial in this morning's Advertiser headed "why should not the Japanese vote in a ple bescite?"' is amusing through its intrinsic weakness. The editor evidently misunderstands the great democratic principle of "one man, one vote." He explains it as meaning that a man "residing" in a country becomes entitled to a vote simply, because he resides there. Not so indeed. If a man resides in a country and fulfills the qualifications which the con stitution of such country pre scribes for the privilege of exer cising the voting franchise,' he becomes naturally entitled to vote irrespective of color, race or financial circumstances. We can hardly believe that the editor of tho "Advertiser will claim that every man residing within the borders of tho United States is a voter? And in the taking of a plobescite the same rules apply as do under any ordinary election. The Hawaiians are entitled to a vote, because that right was granted in the constitution of 1SS7, now supposed to be tho fundamental law of tho laud a constitution made by tho very backers and supporters of the Advertiser. The Chinese and the Japanese are not entitled to a vote under that constitution, nor are persons who haven't resided here within a certain length of time or persons who haven't paid their taxes or criminals. But the proposition "of the Advertiser to disfranchise a nation which has exercised tho right of voting for half a century, and in that time brought their country to a wonderful degree of prosperity is not alone contrary to all demo cratic principles but it is simply infamous. The Advertiser editor may sugar coat the pill as much as he pleases; he may talk about tho Hawaiians being favored passen gers on tho ship of state; he may adopt a parental tone and he may say that common sense-nlthough contrary to principle will leave the destiny of Hawaii in the hands of tho officers of the ship. He may do all this, but the pro position to disfranchise the Hawaiians and to 'allow the future of their country to be. de cided by the self-elected few whom the Advertiser represents we claim is a piece of gross in famv. May we ask the editor how about the officers to use his simile on the ship who do not agree .with the gentlemen represented by the Advertiser? Are they not to be heard either and are thev to be classed among the "weak, ignorant and , superstitious?" Are men like i Theo. H. Davies, J. O. Carter, the Macfarlanes, Sam Allen, I James Gampbeii. Godfrey Brown, " W. G. Irwin, H. A. Widemann and innumerable others not to be heard and are they to be treated like the rest of the "ignorant and frightened passengers?" Yerily the conceit of the little clique represented by the Advertiser is of a decidedly corrugated nature. But the editor can be sure of one thing that if the United States should cause a plebiscite to be taken here, it is for the purpose of learning the true will of the Hawaiian people. The desire of the P. G. and its backers have been presented to them long ago and there are no doubts in that direction. Always remember Thurston's words in the last Legislature: "The United States will never annex these Islands against the will of the "Hawaiian people." How unpalatable it ma be. now .to the successful showman and unsuc cessful statesman he spoke the trutJt. We are still waiting for the Star's explanation of where the club got the signatures of 1,449 American "voters." WHAT RESTORATION MEANS. There has be.en a deal too much loose talk arid loose writing as to the results to bo expected from a restoration to power of the Constitutional Government of Hawaii, whose functions were suspended in January last through tho hostile interference of United States naval forces, acting under the command of John L. Stevens', American Minister to the Hawai ian Government. In order to understand what a restoration of that government would imply, it is only necessary to know what were its constitu tional powers at the time of its enforced suspension. There is no especial lack of information upon this point. All who are at all informed concerning the Hawai ian Constitution know that the government is administered by the Cabinet, who are responsible alone to the Legislature. The latter body being one-half "popular," in its composition, that is, one-half of Jts members being elected by an open, while the remaining half are elected by a restricted franchise including a combined property and income qualification it follows that the property interests of the country are exceptionally well represented in the body which control absolutely the course of legislation, while it also possess es the power to retire a Ministry at will. There would seem, to the unprejudiced observer, nothing -very terrible in the prospect of a return from our present condi tions of a "government of discre tion" aud indiscretion (chiefly the latter) to Constitutional forms and . guaranties such as previously prevailed. But the ' gentlemen who are now administering our affairs for their own benefits, and those of their sisters, their cousins, their aunts and more remote append ages M the delectable family compact, profess the uttermost horror at what they most disingen ously term "the iestoration o tho Queen." That phrase is a grossly exaggerated representa tions of future conditions. If the Queen shall return to Her place, it will bes merely as an incident of the restoration of the constitution, and a return to con stitutional government, of an escape from the humiliation, ignominy and peril of government by a gang of political pretenders and mountebanks, thrust upon us by American bayonets aud gatlirigs, at the instance of the hoary Pharisee from Maine. The Sovereign of Hawaii is accorded no real power by our constitution, She may reign, but not rule. There could be no more pointed illustration of this truth khan the tlat failure of the most illadvised attempt of the Queen to modify existing forms, by" the substitution of a new constitution for the existing one, on January 14th last. In that instance, consent to tho scheme of revolution was withheld by the Cabinet, the real deposit aries of the political power, hence the failure of the project. For that act of aggression tho Queen has few apologists, and deserves none, but wo protest against the visitation upon tho Hawaiian people at large of the wrath which is, perhaps justly felt because of tho Queen's un authorized attempt at the subver sion of the constitution. The most that can be urged against tho so called "restoration of" the Queen" is, that it will imply a relapse into tho long discarded rut of irresponsi ble rule. But even that argu ment is characteristically phar isaical on the part of the group of shady schemers who advance it; for a ten months' ex perience of their chosen and saintly forms of alleged govern ment most adequately proves that nothing less "responsible" in character could, by any sane man, bo expected even from condi tions, the prevention of which they urge is an excuse for their exist ence. If the phenominally good and pure and patriotic gentlemen who are so soficitious for our salvation from "irresponsible rule" would but put their theory into practice for an hour, the end of that hour would find our hal lowed P. G. restored into its original elements. But no one who knows them ever suspected the "party of high "pretensions," who are now, by the grace of Hawaiian patience, superadded to international out rage, holding down the official salaries, of meaning anything the say in the line of pure and popular government. When they thought tho Monarchy was dead, theyransackedthedictionariesfor terms of opproprium :nd insult to hurl at theQueen, from their supposed impregnable p isition of safety behind old Stevens' skirts. But now, that they are forced, by tho grim .logic of events, to acknowledge the probability of Her Majesty's return to Her place at tho head of the government; they are al ready intriguing for Her pardon and Her favor, and sending emis saries to arrange a "com promise" with leading loyalists, by which the latter shall donsent to waive all claims, to political preferment, and agree that the traitors shall continue to ad minister affairs after they have turned up smiling as Her Ma jesty's most liege and dutiful subjects, llt's all one to them what form of government we have so long as . they God's chosen one shall be permitted to handle the spoils, and pocket the boodle. Their patron saint openly announced, in a political meeting, scarcely more than a vearajro, his readiness to strike hands with the devil, in order to accomplish his ends. Like saint like worshippers, and tho ontire guild are to-day in tho same frame of mind, nor have they ever been in any other. How cheerfully they embrace Mr. Thurston's Silent Partner as a helpmeet in their extremity has been frequently demonstrated, aud is in constant process of demonstration. The issue cannot, as somo of the P. G. sages suppose, bo either hidden or obscured, by a change of tactics or of naniOi on their part. A restoration of the constitution is certain, and the Queen, as an incident of such restoration, will be replaced upon the throne. If this be not performed by the United States, tho power. by which the con stitution was suspended, then if that great nation shall ignore its manifest duty .in the promises, even then, in the language of Gladstone, "the resources of civilization aro not exhausted." A chango of . name by the P. G. will be merely a following of tho example set by the sapient ostrich which, having buried its head in the sand, left other, and more valua ble portions of its anatomy con spicuously exposed. To change from the P. G. to tho Hawaiian Commonwealth, or tho Hawaiian Republic, might involve somo expense for printing, but could scared be oxpected to produco any more serious results, or bring to tho administration any x the virtues it now so conspicu ously lacks. A skunk, by any other name, would smell as sweet., We Rest Our Case. The political situation in Hawaii has beeu the subject of the most exhaustive discu?siori in the press. Everything which could have been said has beeen said The'ease has been argued in the fullest manner and sub mitted to tho United States acting as a court of arbitration. Further debate is useless. What ever we or the opposition organs can say now can have no effect. Our readers must be as tired as we are of a continuance of a sub ject which has been threshed threadbare. We propose to givo J them a rest on the "why's"- and "wherefore's" we should or should not be annexed and sub mit our case. SANS SOUCI HOTEL WAIK1KI, HONOLULU. Filst-Class Accommodation for Tourists and Island Guests. Superior Bathing Facilities, Private Cottages for Families, t T. A. SJMPS02. -oct9 Manager. .