Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.
Honolulu , October 19, 1886. (Received November 6.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the Hawaiian Legislative Assembly was finally prorogued on Saturday, the 16th instant, after the unusually long session of five and a half months.
Upon reassembling in August last, after a vacation of two weeks, a liberal spirit seemed to be infused into the members of the Legislature, as the appropriation bill will show. Instead of reducing expenses, as recommended by His Majesty the King, and keeping the expenditures to the limit of $2,633,169, as was proposed and mentioned in my dispatch No. 74, of July 27, 1886, the amount of the appropriation bill has been increased to $4,552,477.16.
The currency bill mentioned in my No. 74, of July 27, 1886, was slightly amended and passed in the last days of £he session, and I inclose three copies of the same.
I also inclose a copy of the speech of the King, delivered by himself at the prorogation of the Legislative Assembly.
It will be noticed that His Majesty refers to the “Polynesian communities,” and hopes to assist in securing their permanent autonomy.
I have the honor, etc.,