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te Extra, Aug. 19, 1880.
Yesterday an informal meeting of some thirty
citizens was held at 1 o'clock at tho office of Mr. B.
H. Austin, for the purpose of considering the condition
of public affairs, and the propriety of calling
a public raeetiu on the subject. A petition to the
King was discussed, and it was decided to present
it for tho consideration of a public meeting to be
called at the Bethel Church at 5 o'clock. Posters
were at once prepared, and at the hour named the
Bethel Church was filled to its fullest capacity by
an assemblage of earnest, determined, pe ice and
order loving men. Judge 8. L. Austin, on motion
of E. O. Hall, was called to the Chair, and B. P.
Dillingham was chosen Secretary.
Judge Austin with a few well chosen remarks announced
the object of the meeting to be the proper
course to tike on tho appointment of a Ministry
which this country cannot and ought not and does
not trust, and which is likely to lose for us the respect
of foreign nations. That tho citizens had
determined in an orderly and deliberate way to
urge that the country be not deprived of the
good government, to which wo .ire entitled.
The following is the petition which was laid" 1-e-fore
the meeting :
To His Majusit Kalakaua
Sti e : The undersigned citizen, rnsidnti. nf the
Hawaiian Kingdom, desire to express to Your
Mpjesty our deep sense of the critic il condition of
Hawaii in affairs from the recent appointment by
Your Mijesty of a Cabinet consisting of Hon.
Jno. 12. Bush. Minister of the Interior: Mr. Cel-o
Cas ir Moreno, Minister of Foreign Affairs ; ltev.
M. Krnea, Minister of Finance ; Mr. W. C. Jones,
We begleae to state that we have no confidence
in these Ministers, that they do not adequately
represent the wealth, intelligence or character of
your subjects, and resident foreigners, that inconsequence
of their appointment wo are personally
injured not only in a weakened sense of security
of person and property but in an actual Io from
possible depreciation of values.
Kegarding the present Cabinet as not creditable
to the country and that the lelations of this government
with foreign powers are gravely affected
thereby, we are especially grieved at the occupancy
of the Foreign Office' by a person whom we
regard as hostile to the true interests of these
Regretting Your Majesty's action in appointing
a Ministry which we are compelled by the dictates
of self-respect and of patriotism to oppose,
We respectfully beg that Your Majesty will regard
this expression of sentiment from those who
nave susiuued Your Kingdom in the past and are
identified with its future, and to appoint as its
Administrators those who can command our respect
and with whom we can co-operate.
And your petitioners will ever pray.
Mr. A. J. Cartwright now entered the Church
and informed tho audience that the King, tntiitly
of Uia oicn million, had removed Mr. Moreno from
office. At this there was immense cheering, and
on motion of Mr. C. It Bishop a Committee was
appointed to wait on His Majesty to thank him for
this and to ask when he would receive the respects
of the citizens. By perhaps a felicitous blunder, "
the motion was put " to comjt ululate His Majesty,"
which was amended "to thank and tongiatttlate"
Messrs. Bishop, Cartwright, May, Atherton and
PHuger as the Committee went off with the message.
During their absence tho discussion of the
petition, amended by omitting referenco to Mr.
Moreno, went on. Mr. E. O. Hall struck the key
note, by saying tint Mr. Moreno's lenioval was
good as far a3 it went, but that he was not satisfied
with those who remain. Messrs. S. N. Castle, V.
It. Castle, J. T. Watcrhoust, H. A. P. Carter, S. B.
Dole, W. W.Hall, A.S. Hartwell and especially
Gen'l S. O. Armstrong coincided -with Mr. Hall,
and expressed theirviewsof theuccessityof united
public action for the common safety, in tho
emergency. The fact that evil Counsdsweio
prevaihag of late, and that the community wai
now misrepresented by tho Cabinet n,n forcibly
The patriatio action of Messrs. Walker. David
son and others, who had declined to enter any such
cabinet, was extolled by Messrs. Carter, Hall, and
others. The motion was unanimously carried that
the above petition, amended by omitting reference
to Mr. Moreno, bo signed by the Chairman and
Secretary, in behalf of and for all those present at
The adjournment was made subject to the call
of tho Chairman and Secretary.
The petition t.as sent to His Majesty with the
following: "A meeting of the citizens of Honolulu,
held at tho Bethel Church tins 18th d ly of
August, 1SSO, by a unanimous vote Uctolctd that the
nbovn petition to His M ijesty, amended by omitting
reference to Mr. Moreno, be signed by the
Chairman and Secretary of that mttting, and
to His Majesty aa the petition of the loyal
citizens of Honolulu."
(Signed) S. L. Austin, Chairman,
(Signed) B. F. Dillingham, Secretary.
Mr. Moreno being out of office, the good tense of
this community will sternly deprecate any further
demonstration against him. It is enough that an
orderly expression of feeling has been made.
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