1894 Congressional Record, 53rd Congress, 2nd Session p2408–p2420

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HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

Mr. Morgan. I am directed by the Committee on Foreign Relations to submit a report giving the opinions of the members of that committee, and also to present the evidence which has been taken before the committee in regard to the recent revolution in Hawaii and the participation of the diplomatic and military officers of the United States in that affair. The committee have not found it proper (and perhaps they might consider that it would be improper) for them to formulate resolutions or statements of the law, as they consider it to exist, in regard to this matter, and they have therefore merely presented their opinions in writing, which I have in print here and which I ask leave to submit to the Senate.

I will state that in regard to the main leading propositions which were submitted to us, and that have been under debate of rather a heated character throughout the country, the majority of the committee have agreed upon the opinion which is here expressed. Indeed I do not know that anyone dissents upon any of the man and leading propositions. There are, however, some subordinate questions relating to the personal conduct, I may say the official conduct, of certain officers of the United States Government upon which several members of the committee have expressed their individual opinions. They do not relate, I understand, to the controversey [sic] upon the main propositions which are reported by the committee.

I should ask the indulgence of the Senate to read this report in order to put the Senate in possession of the exact views of the committee if I did not feel that it would be an imposition upon their patience to do so. It is somewhat extended.

Mr. Frye. This is a very important report, attracting very extensive attention. I hope the Senator from Alabama will read the report in the presence of the Senate.

Mr. Cockrell. I should have no objection to that, but we shall probably want an adjournment to-day as early as 1 o'clock, and the reading could not be concluded by that time. Why not print the report in the Congressional Record? I think that would be better than to read it to the Senate.

Mr. Gray. I think so. Let it be printed in the Record.

The Vice-president. Does the Senator from Alabama ask permission to have the report printed in the Record?