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TEE PACIFIC COMMEECIAL ADVERTISER, NOVEMBER 1 4, 1884 VARIGNY S FOURTEEN YEARS IN THE SANDWICH ISLANDS L concluded, j We pas3 over 21. Varignys narra tive of the remainder of his minister ial career. It was distinctly a success ful one in spite of the strong adverse criticism which his appointment evoked.
The elections which followed the proclamation of the new Consti tution gave the Ministers a large majority of supporters in the Assem bly. According to custom one of the earliest documents presented to the House was the Report of the Minister of Finace, with the Budget for the new biennial period. This was re ceived with favor in all quarters and the journal which M. Varigny looked upon as the mouthpiece of his enemies, the Pacific Commercial Advebtisek, closed an eulogistic arti cle in the following terms: Were all the public offices filled with men showing as good intentions and ac quitting themselves as well as Mr. Varigny has done in this report, the people would have less cause of com plaint against the Government Mr. Wyllie and Mr. Harris were still the subjects of most violent attacks but from this date M. Varigny. appears to have been let alone. On Mr Wyllies death he became Minister of Foreign Affairs In 1868 his health failed, and he obtained from the King leave of absence to visit Europe From thence he tendered his resignation which after some correspondence was accepted. The last chapter of his work contains his remarks on what followed this change down to the end of the reign of Lunalilo. We give a translation of the major part of this chapter be cause it contains a review of some of the matters with which he had dealt in the earlier part of the work and will serve as a suitable introduction to such general remarks as we may desirVto indulge in by way of com ment. Ater stating that the King finally accepted his resignation of Ministerial office though still retain ing his services aa Minister Plenipo tentiary to the several European courts he goes on to say . . . y Mr. Harris became Minister of Foreign Affairs and was replaced in y ni . . t a. I T T wie: r lnance xeparimeui oy ur. . Mott Smith one of our mutual friendsra member of the Hoiise of in Honolulu. : These arrangements r were oaaiy receiveu oy iue American party. In spite of all his activity aud his incontestable ability, Mr. Harris had long been unpopular and his summons to take the first place in the Cabinet was not a measure calcu lated to strengthen the Ministry. He could not maintain. himself in his position more than eighteen months, and in 1871 the entire Cabinet had to tender to the King a collective resig JliblUU. IUCOSIOi ttUU LXX lll retired altogether. Mr. Hutchison the Minister of the Interior was made Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the task of reconstructing the Ministry. He selected for the Finance Depart ment, Mr. Stirling, an Englishman, a capable engineer and highly re spected. Emboldened, however, by success the Opposition did not con sider the changes sufficient. Whilst attacking individuals they steadily aimed at thereversion of the policy inaugurated by the covp cVEtat of 1S64. They clamored for the restora tion of the Constitution of 1S52, the work of the American missionaries, which would when the opportunity came render annexation to the United States possible. As I have said before, that which distinguishes the Constitution of 1S52 from that of 1SG4, is that the former gives the right of voting, without restrictions, whilst the latter insists on conditions of residence, and proof of possession of the means of sub sistence, which took away from the floating population and the Chinese laborers held in hand cnregimente by the planters, all political influence. This Constitution of 1S64 has been much criticised on the Islands. At this moment of writing, it is the butt of violent attacks. Of its authors, one is dead and the others are no longer in power. Examining it after the lapse of nine years, and with ex perience of accomplished facts, I still remain convinced that we were in he right ; that it gives the fullest satisfaction to all legitimate rights, and that its abrogation will be but a prelude to annexation to the United States. I believe now, as I believed then, that there are no fights without corresponding duties, and that to each duty corresponds a right. In politics I consider that the right of suffrage corresponds to the fulfillment of cer tain social obligations, which are duties for those who desire that their votes should be counted, and that to give the right of suffrage to all is to subordinate intelligence to numbers to dethrone the former for the benefit of the latter. Under every circumstance, the Op position had never yet been able on this point to overcome the resistance of the King. They knew this, and they waited, but without any great hope. An unexpected circumstance furnished them with an opportunity to try to seize upon power again. Kamehameha V. died suddenly on the 11th of November, 1872, the anni versary of his birth. He had attained his fortythird year. . Strong and vigorous he seemed, called upon to reign for yet many years, Like his br ... Copyright: Library of Congress Source: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1884-11-04/ed-1/seq-9/ Publication:
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