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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.
t5 DtVoft D f ''frt'- f i' iUSs - Newlands resolution, is an arbitrary act that is r JtojHE f'VC'IM I 1? , h' "foij?'- only unconstitutional, but works n'eat injustice to i (.vvnrcTr - 7jy"" V AX J 'tMti&A nocent purchasers and retards business in prochi JilfIL S ArmSmK' ia. a felin of ""y .innd tillos- . T RSi!SB5r --SSSS r"i EEKLY (Pacif-h I'lMU.lSHI I) i'.V I 1111 AUSTIN PUHI.ISIIING COMPANY. NKLIN AUSTIN, Mnnn;in; Editor. DUNN, Associate lScltlnr unci Artist. Fl ALLAN .Subscription, $:i oo per Yuar. United State and Canada, $5.00 per Year. Other L'ou .tries 111 Postal Union $( x per Yeir, Postage Paid. Single ( opy, l'ie Cents, Business Office and Editorial Rooms, Lincoln Block, King St , near Alakea. HONOLULU, DECEMBER 25. 1S99. What the Congress of the United Stales will do is some thing no one dare predict. What it ought The Enabling to do is quite another matter. It is certain Act. sit least that it will not enact legislation in the interest ot' Hawaii until alter the holi days Congress annexed Hawaii by joint resolution, and provided that Hawaiian laws not inconsistent with the Con stitution of the United States should continue to govern until an enabling act was passed. It gave the President power to oppointand remove any ollicers of the government and the general supervision over Hawaiian affairs, but it did not five him the power to set aside or make inoperative any of the 1 lawaiian laws not inconsistent with the constitution of the United States; yet one of the first acts of the President was the issuing of a peremptory injunction forbidding the local election of senators and representatives of the legisla ture, thus contrary to I lawaiian law which, by the Newlands resolution, was made to govern, cutting the people off fiom any representation in the affairs of government. In the first place this was un-American, and it certainly was not the intent of Congress to delegate a power to the President that would have this effect. In the second place the possibility of a delay in gelling the requisite appropriations made next year has'placed the local government in a veiwembarrassmg position. Taxation continues and money is piling up in the treasury with no means of making it available for circulation in the channels it was intended for. By the end of this month there will be a balance in the treasury ot nearly $2,000,000, considerably more than half of which is pro bably surplus; vet, unless the enabling act is speedily passed by Congress, all public work must stop, school-houses close, and all brandies of government must be crippled for want of money when there are more than ample funds in the treasury to meet all requirements. Doubtless 1 resident McKinley, in slopping Hawaiian elections, had an abiding faith that Congress would act promptly in Hawaiian aitairs. but as no man can tell what Congress will do, leaving out of the question the constitutionality of his interference, Mr. McKinley did the people of Hawaii great injustice in placing them in a position that banishes the possibility of self govern ment if Congress does not act. ' The President's land proclamation, which sets rtsic e the I lawaiian land laws and breaks every sale or lease made by the Hawaiian Government, which was authorized by the Newlands resolution, is an arbitrary act that is not m- uc- he United States annexed the Hawaiian Isl.mds without the consent of the majority of the people of Hawaii, and if the islands are to be retained as an integral part of the United States it is the duly ol manifestly Con gress to immediately pass an en ibling act which will give Hawaiians self-government or in some way curb the President's propensity for interfering with the operation of Hawaiian laws, which arc good enough for any one. It would be almost impossible for those living on the mainland, especially in the Eastern States, Christmas in to realize what Christmas is like in the mid the Pacific. Pacific. It is as balmy as June this Christ mas morning with the birds chattering in the trees, and the warm sea-breeze fanning the cheek. The day has none of the coventional customs that surround Christmas in other lands, and to those born in the United States, Merry England or Europe, the day loses a large part of its charm. To those to the manor-born Christmas Day with the snow on the ground is a strange and unac customed sight. Yet even to them there is a charm in the snow and the swift sleigh-ride of winter, bundled up deep in furs a delight the holiday does not possess here. Imagine one coming into the house Christmas after noon wiping the perspiration from his brow and complaining of the heat. Imagine the ladies sitting down to Christmas dinner in white muslin dresses and tanning themselves while the chit-chat goes around the table. Imagine the trees green with the bright bloom of early spring upon them, and driving up through avenues of palms as one drives to a friend's house to dinner and green lawns, with children in white frocks, playing on them. If people abroad can imagine all these things, and such an unconventional Christmas, a fair idea of the winter conditions in I Iawaii may be realized. Wm. G. Irwin & Co. (Limited) Spreclcels Building, Fort Street. V.m. G. Irwin Piesident ;ind Manager Claus Spreckkls Vice- President Walter M. Giffakd Secietary and Treasurer Tiibo. C. Porter -. ". Auditor Sugar : Factors : and : Cnmrnisainn : Agents. Oceanic Steamship Co, SMBS?00 AGENTS FOR THE Wm. G. Irwin & Company, Limiud, bus assumed the assets and liabilities of the late firm ot Win. G. It win & Company, and will continue the general business foimeily cartied on by that House.