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Reports of Committee on Foreign Relations 1789-1901 Volume 6 pp1026-1027 300dpi scan (VERY LARGE!)

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"EX-OFFICERS OF THE HONOLULU RlFLES IN 1887-'90 AND WHO WERE ACTIVELY CONNECTED WITH THE REVOLUTION OF JANUARY 17, 1893.

"G.F. McLeod, late adjutant; J.H. Fisher, late captain Company B; C.W. Ziegler, late captain Company A; H. Gunn, late captain of ordnance; J.M. Camara, late captain Company C; A. Gartenborg, late captain of ordnance; W.W. Hall, late captain and quartermaster; J.L. Tolbert, late first lieutenant Company A; G.C. Potter, late first lieutenant Company B; J.M. Vivas, late first lieutenant Company C; J. Asch, late second lieutenant Company A; I.A. Burget, late second lieutenant Company A; J.V. Simonsen, late second lieutenant Company A; T.E. Wall, late second lieutenant Company B; A.G. Silver, late second lieutenant Company C.

"In addition to this most of the noncommissioned officers were with us also."

The Chairman. On page 448 of Executive Document No. 47, House of Representatives, I observe the names of the officers of the Hawaiian Patriotic League; and these persons have also signed a statement which the President sent to the House of Representatives; which statement purports to express the opinions of 8,000 native Hawaiians in regard to the maintenance of the monarchy and annexation of the islands to the United States. I will ask you to state in respect to these persons what their standing is in Honolulu?

Mr. McCandless. Mr. Cummings is a half-white, whose father left him very well off, and he has practically squandered the whole of the fortune. The next two, Joseph Nawhi and Bush, I would refer you to Minister Willis's report in regard to their characters.

Senator Frye. What does Minister Willis say of them?

Mr. McCandless. That they are men of no standing, and that Mr. Bush is of very bad reputation, which I know to be a fact. The others I know; they are men of no standing, and of bad reputation in the Hawaiian Islands.

Adjourned until Monday, the 29th instant, at 10 o'clock a. m.


Washington, D. C, Monday, January 29,1894.

The subcommittee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present, the chairman (Senator Morgan) and Senators Butler, Gray, and Frye.

Absent, Senator Sherman.

Senator Frye. Mr. Chairman, I move that the correspondence which has been submitted to Congress since the order under which this committee has been acting, and such as may be sent in before the committee shall have closed its investigation, shall be made a part of this record.

The Chairman. That is proper.

SW0RN STATEMENT OF WILLIAM S. BOWEN.

Senator Frye. State your business and residence?

Mr. Bowen. I am a journalist and reside in New York City.

Senator Frye. You are connected with what paper?

Mr. Bowen. The New York World.

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Senator Frye. Editorially?

Mr. Bowen. Mine is a peculiar, unique position. I am the confidential man to the proprietor of the World.

Senator Frye. Were you sent to the Hawaiian Islands at anytime?

Mr. Bowen. I was, last winter.

Senator Frye. At what time did you go?

Mr. Bowen. I sailed from San Francisco on the 31st of March.

Senator Frye. And arrived in the islands when?

Mr. Bowen. On the 7th of April.

Senator Frye. How long did you remain there?

Mr. Bowen. Until the 26th of April.

Senator Frye. What was the purpose of your visit to the islands?

Mr. Bowen. I was sent there by the World merely to study the situation and note the conditions prevailing there. My visit was hastened somewhat by the report that a special commissioner had gone to the islands. I followed him from San Francisco.

Senator Frye. Do you know what time Commissioner Blount arrived in the islands?

Mr. Bowen. About ten days before I did.

Senator Frye. Did you make, as yon were instructed to do, an examination into the condition of affairs of the islands at that time?

Mr. Bowen. I did. I did not stay so long as I had expected to do; but I made an examination to the best of my ability.

Senator Frye. Did you become acquainted with the members of the Provisional Government?

Mr. Bowen. I did.

Senator Frye. What kind of men did you find them to be?

Mr. Bowen. I found Mr. Dole, the President, to be a man of the highest character. In fact, I was surprised: I had a different impression before I went out to the islands. I found Mr. Dole and most of the members of the Provisional Government to be men who would compare favorably with the best of our public men—Mr. Dole, especially.

Senator Frye. Did you become acquainted with the Queen's special supporters?

Mr. Bowen. I did.

Senator Frye. What estimate did you form of them?

Mr. Bowen. With one or two exceptions, I found them to partake more of the Polynesian type than that of the Anglo Saxon. I found the Queen's principal adviser to be a man of mixed blood, an amiable, kindly gentleman, but like a child as compared with the others.

Senator Frye. Who was that?

Mr. Bowen. Mr. Sam Parker, a happy-go-lucky man, but one who was very kind to me.

Senator Frye. You may state generally what investigations you made there during the time you were present.

Mr. Bowen. The policy of the paper to which I am attached is one of investigation, with opposition to annexation. Of course, I wished to follow specially the policy of my paper. I had not been in the islands over twenty four hours before my personal sympathies tended toward the side of annexation. That is, I found a charming place, a beautiful island; I found a little city that compares favorably with any city in the United States, except in the Chinese quarters; I found electric lights, street cars, good police, and the telephone more used in proportion to the population than anywhere else in the world. I found a delightful society. I was entertained a good deal at dinners. The conventionalities of life are more strictly observed there than anywhere


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