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A REVOLUTION AT HAWAII.

SIX PERSONS KILLED AND EIGHT WOUNDED. AUCKLAND, August 16. News is brought by the mail steamer Alameda that a revolution broke out in Hawaii on July 30. R. W. Willcox, a wellknown Hawaiian Government pupil at the military academy in Italy, led about 100 armed men over the palace wall in Honolulu shortly after three o'clock in the morning. The guard could offer no resistance, and Willcox and his men demanded the surrender of the palace. Lieutenant Robert Parker, who was in charge with twelve of the household guards, refused. The Government troops were called out, and attacked the rebels in the palace yard, when firing was commenced and became general on both sides. Minister Domon appealed to Willcox to surrender, but the insurgent leader declined to receive any communication, and firing was briskly continued. Robert Boyd, Willcox's lieutenant, and a student were fatally wounded. A squad of marines from the American warship Adams landed and marched to the United States Legation, where they were stationed for the protection of British interests. On the 21st tho Government decided tn rnalrn jn effort t3 dislodge Willcox from the bungalow to which he had retreated, and a terrific fusilade was begun upon this spot, with the result that the rebels held up a white sheet and called out •' Surrender." The gates were thrown open, and a force of volunteers entering received the submission of Willcox and about thirty of his followers. The remainder made good their escape over the palace wall. The thirty who had surrendered to Lieutenant Parker in the afternoon were sent to the station under guard. Willcox and his gang wore also escorted to the police station. Daring the fighting six persons were killed and eight wounded. It is believed that the plan of the insurrectionists was to secure the person of the King and demand of him a new Constitution and a new Cabinet, also his abdication in favor of Liliuokalani, his sißter, the heiress apparent. The King was at Hounakaha, the Queen s private residence, when he received news of the revolt. His Majesty immediately telephoned to James W. Robertson, vicechamberlain, and they hurried off to the royal boathouse, where the King has remained ever since, the royal standard floating from the flagstaff. The Cabinet appointed Colonel V. Ashfordto take charge of the troops, and the Honolulu Rifles to the number of 100 mustered. Every ablebodied male employ 6 of the Government was ordered by proclamation to report himself. The firing while it lasted was very strong. R. W. Willcox, the leader, and A. L. Willcox, his lieutenant, were brought up at the Police Court charged with treason, but at the request of counsel the cases were remanded till Augußt 5. Willcox takes all the blame on himself. The rebels, to the number of 190, met at the palace of the Princess, and marched from there to the King's palace. The name of the Association they belonged to was the Liberal Patriotic Association, with seventy sworn members. Willcox is a half-caste Hawaiian, thirty-five years of age. Princess Liliuokalani has replied to the statements that she was implicated, stating that she knew nothing of Willcox's intentions until Ministers informed her, when she at once told Willcox she did not approve of his designs, and told him he should desist without delay. She had never been present at any of Willcox s meatings,

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A REVOLUTION AT HAWAII., Issue 7988, 17 August 1889

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A REVOLUTION AT HAWAII. Issue 7988, 17 August 1889

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