Mr. Willis to Mr. Gresham.

No. 116.]

Sir: The legislature will meet in called session on the 12th instant. Under the constitution the present advisory council will terminate at that time, and also the present cabinet, unless confirmed. The main object of the called session is reported to be the enactment of a land law.

Under the auspices of the George W. De Long Post, G. A. R., Memorial Day was celebrated here with elaborate ceremonies, in which fully 5,000 people participated. The Philadelphia battalion acted as escort to the post. Six companies of the Hawaiian forces were in line, followed by civic and military representatives of our Government and of this Government in carriages. The address on the occasion was delivered by Hon. L. A. Thurston.

The habeas corpus case in the matter of Prince Cupid, who was convicted of misprision of treason, is pending before a special session of the supreme court. The proceedings will present for review the action of this Government in the declaration of martial law and the legality of the military commission.

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W. N. Armstrong, member of the board of labor commission, left for Japan on the 1st instant, ostensibly on business connected with that position. It is probable, however, that he will inquire into the political situation as affecting these islands.

Business has improved and the situation is at present without sensational features.

I am, sir, etc.,

Albert S. Willis.