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CEREMONY AT HONOLULU OF TRANSFORMING THE REPUBLIC OF HAWAII INTO A TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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THE TERRITORY OF HAWAII.

· Pending the consideration States the sovereignty and public propThe Presi

dent's of the Senate of the treaty erty of the Hawaiian Islands. Message which was signed on June

· Pursuant to the terms of the joint 16, 1897, by the plenipotentiaries of resolution and in exercise of the authorthe U ted States and those of the ity thereby conferred on me, I directed Republic of Hawaii, which provide for that the civil, judicial and military the annexation of the islands," says the powers theretofore exercised by the President in his message, “ a joint reso- officers of the Government of the Relution to accomplish the same purpose public of Hawaii should continue to be by accepting the offered cession and exercised by those officers until the incorporating the ceded territory into Congress shall provide a government the Union was adopted by the Congress for the incorporated territory, subject and approved July 7, 1898. I there- to my power to remove such officers upon directed the U. S. S. Philadelphia and to fill vacancies. The President, to convey Rear Admiral Miller to Hon- officers and troops of the Republic olulu and entrusted to his hands this thereupon took the oath of allegiance important legislative act, to be deliv- to the United States, thus providing ered to the President of the Republic for the uninterrupted continuance of all of Hawaii, with whom the Admiral and the administrative and municipal functhe United States Minister were au- tions of the annexed territory until Conthorized to make appropriate arrange- gress shall otherwise enact. ments for transferring the sovereignty Following the further provision of of the islands to the United States. the joint resolution, I appointed the This was simply but impressively ac- Honorables Shelby M. Cullom, of Illicomplished on the 12th of August last, nois; John T. Morgan, of Alabama; by the delivery of a certified copy of Robert R. Hitt, of Illinois; Sanford B. the resolution to President Dole, who Dole, of Hawaii, and Walter F. Frear, of thereupon yielded up to the representa- Hawaii, as Commissioners to confer and tive of the Government of the United recommend to Congress such legislation

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