had lost none of their love for their native country, and looked forward with confidence to the time when the islands, like ripe fruit, should fall into the lap of their beloved mother.
These American Hawaiians were men of very high character, and much above the average of intelligence even in this country.
They had no desire to force the ripening of the fruit, but were perfectly content to bide the course of nature, which must of necessity produce the result in no long time.
It seems to me a very narrow view of the intelligence of the people of this country which suggests any serious difficulty in the government of outlying possessions which are essential military and naval outposts simply because their heterogeneous populations are not yet capable of self-government, or fit for admission to the Union
as a State.
If the Territorial system to which the country is accustomed is not appropriate in any special case, and the prejudice against a military government is regarded as insurmountable, we have an example in the present government of the District of Columbia,—one of the best and most economical in the world,—which would require very slight modification to make it perfectly applicable to any of the islands of the Atlantic
, the Pacific
, or the gulf which may be acquired by this country.
I do not believe any man worthy of the title of statesman will admit for a moment that the United States
cannot govern, and govern well, any national outposts or other possessions which the interests of the country may require it to hold.
In fact, it seems an almost self-evident proposition that a government, under exclusive national authority, exercised over comparatively small districts of country and small population, under the constant observation of the people and public press of the entire country, is more likely to be just and pure than any other.
Responsibility to a local constituency undoubtedly has great advantages, but responsibility to