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Thrum, Thos. G; [Hawaiian revolution]
Hawaiian Almanac and Annual for 1888. A Handbook of Information on Matters Relating to the Hawaiian Islands, Original and Selected, of Value to Merchants, Planters, Tourists and Others
Press Publishing, Honolulu, 1887. This edition of the almanac publishes the "Bayonet Constitution". It was signed on July 6, 1887 by King David Kalakaua, at the gunpoint of a militia nicknamed the Honolulu Rifles. The document stripped the Hawaiian monarchy of much of its power. In Thos. Thrum's "Advertisement" on page 3 of the pamphlet, dated October 1887 he understates events as he writes, "1887 witnessed material changes for the well being of Hawaii, not only in her internal, but also in her foreign policy." This refers to the revolution of July 1st 1887 and July 6th 1887 when the "Bayonet Constitution" was adopted (a copy of which is included in the almanac) along with "Resolutions of the Memorable Mass Meeting Held At Honolulu June 30, 1887, and His Majesties reply". Thrum, although educated in Hawaii, was clearly in the camp of the foreign white planters, Lorrin Thurston, Sanford Dole and their associates. The white settlers grievances with the Hawaiian government culminating in the death of Tong Aki, a want-a-be Chinese opium importer who paid a large bribe only to lose out on being awarded the contract. When this became public knowledge, the foreigners used it as an excuse to mount a coup. In the "constitution", they transferred power "from the monarchy to the more settler-friendly legislature. The document also granted suffrage to foreigners (generally Americans and Europeans) by linking the right to vote with property ownership." (National Geographic) "Thomas Thrum (1842-1932) was born at Newcastle, N.S.W., the son of Thomas Augustine and Elizabeth W. (McPhail) Th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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