NEW EPITHET APPLIED
“MISSIONARY PROTESTANT REPUBLICANS” NOW.
The Organ of the Home Rule Party Draws the Color and the Sectarian Line.
The “Kuokoa Home Rula” contains the following based on the statement that efforts are being made in Congress to amend the electoral qualification in Hawaii.
The Kuokoa Home Rula is the organ of the Home Rule party and is said to be edited by George Markham and Senator Kalauokalani.
“On the Tuesday just passed information was received by us which is important news for the Hawaiian people, and which may cause us all to weep. This will result if the task of strangling us, a la pig, is successfully accomplished by the mercenaries of our enemies, who are struggling in their efforts to influence the Congress of United States of America, Hartwell was sent by the rattle-brained Governor Dole and the Missionary Protestant Republican party to oppose us and deprive us of ‘manhood suffrage,’ the right which was given us by the United States of America, our Father Government—the right to vote.
“A bill has been prepared by these parties to be presented to Congress; to the Senate and the House of Representatives; limiting the qualifications of the native Hawaiian in the right of suffrage. The Nation should be ever watchful in the future and should jealously guard and protect this precious right, for it means our existence or our destruction. These are the doing of the Protestant Missionary Republicans, who are so unreasonably embittered and so venomous that we may be poisoned by their touch—like unto the fangs of the death-dealing snake. This is really the work of a venomous snake, with jealousies and animosities emplanted within its breast and which with malice seeks the destruction of we of the Hawaiian Race. Not satisfied with our being buried alive in Kalaupapa and Kalawao, they are now doing all in their power to deprive the Hawaiians, we of the brown skins, of all of our rights.
“Auwe! Auwe! Ka make o ka Lahui e. Here we are; whither are we floating? The graves for our burial are now being dug by the Republicans.
“These people are hunting us down to strangle us as pigs; they are all of the same flock. Therefore they must be remembered at the next election (Then follows a list of senators and representatives of the Republican party.) They must be remembered by the people. You supported them and carried them through at the last campaign, and as a result of your work they turned upon you and spat in your eyes.
“You should not be carried away again by the smoothness of their talk. They are now perpetrating one of the blackest of deeds, worse than the committing of murder, for this reason, that the only life taken is that of the person murdered, but in this case it will be the death of all the race.
“This political party is now making an effort to take away from us our rights to the ballot, and now they have turned to smite those who voted for them at the last election.
“Therefore ye must be sound in the teachings of the race, and must remember those who are downing you, the open hearted Hawaiians, with such injustice and ingratitude.”
In addition it is stated that a representative will be sent to Washington to oppose any such measure, and that petitions against it are being circulated for signatures among the Hawaiians.
[I wonder what the rest of the Kuokoa Home Rula was like in its early days! Hopefully, there are still originals hiding somewhere in the world and they will be unearthed soon!!]
(Hawaiian Star, 2/5/1902, p. 5)