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Reports of Committee on Foreign Relations 1789-1901 Volume 6 pp702-703 300dpi scan (VERY LARGE!)

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Mr. Young. No. The large pieces were intended for horses, but they moved them by drag ropes.

Senator Butler. They were moved by hand?

Mr. Young. Yes; drag ropes. I wrote the drill they have, at their request; a little friendly act.

The Chairman. Did you take any charge of these troops?

Mr. Young. No, not at all.

The Chairman. After the United States troops were withdrawn on shipboard, on the 1st of April, I will ask you how long you stayed there after the 1st of April.

Mr. Young. In Honolulu?

The Chairman. Yes.

Mr. Young. Until the 20th of September last.

The Chairman. During that period of time was there at any time any outbreak amongst the citizens?

Mr. Young. There was no outbreak; but one evening there was a disturbance between some Japanese contractors and laborers. About 400 of them came into town one evening armed with their machetes from the plantation, and they were instigated to it by some of the adherents of the Queen, who told them that in case the United States had anything to do with these islands their contracts would be perpetual and they would be slaves the rest of time.

Senator Butler. Who were they ?

Mr. Young. Contractors and laborers on estates about 20 miles from Honolulu. And the people had a great deal of apprehension from these Japanese, and finally the Japanese minister sent a vessel down to Hawaii to put a stop to these movements.

The Chairman. When you got back to Honolulu from this cruise to Hilo and Lahaina, what ships did you find in the bay—ships of war?

Mr. Young. I do not think there was but one man-of-war, and that was the Japanese school ship Congo.

The Chairman. Did any come in afterwards?

Mr. Young. Yes, the Naniwa, a Japanese cruiser, came in afterward. That is the vessel whose model we took to build the Charleston by. It is exactly the same, except that the Charleston is a heavier beam, larger by an inch in beam.

Senator Butler. A pretty formidable ship?

Mr. Young. Yes. She was built by Armstrong, of England.

The Chairman. How many others?

Mr. Young. An English ship, the Nymphe came. I think it was the Nymphe. She remained about two or three weeks. That was before the revolution. There was another English vessel there. I have forgotten her name. I know Capt. McArthur was in command. They passed on south. They only remained in the harbor a few days.

Senator Butler. Were they ships of war?

Mr. Young. Yes; gunboats—English gunboats.

Senator Butler. Were you present when the flag was hauled down on the 1st of April?

Mr. Young. I was on board ship.

Senator Butler. You were not on shore?

Mr. Young. No.

Senator Butler. Did you go on shore after that?

Mr. Young. Yes.

Senator Butler. Was there any demonstration at all by the people of the town?

Mr. Young. There was no demonstration of any forces at all; but I


heard a great many people, particularly the leading ones, make, the remark that they were afraid it would give them a great deal of trouble, and they were afraid in the event of other vessels coming in they might land some forces in the city.

Senator Butler. What do you mean? Some foreign government?

Mr. Young. Foreign government; yes. Their expression was that they did not feel secure under the situation.

Senator Butler. No other troops were landed from foreign vessels?

Mr. Young. They made an effort to; but the Government declined to let them land—the Japanese and the English Governments—for the purpose of drilling; but they declined to allow them.

The Chairman. You mean that the Provisional Government declined to allow them?

Mr. Young. Yes.

Senator Butler. When was that?

Mr. Young. Along about the last of January or early in February.

Senator Butler. Did they ask permission to land to drill?

Mr. Young. Yes.

The Chairman. And the Government declined to grant it?

Mr. Young. Yes.

Senator Butler. And they did not land?

Mr. Young. No.

The Chairman. State whether during the fifteen or sixteen days of January, and before the troops went ashore from the Boston, there was any offer on the part of Capt. Wiltse to send troops ashore which had been rejected by the Provisional Government?

Mr. Young. No.

The Chairman. Nothing of that sort occurred?

Mr. Young. No. We had been landing troops once a week for drill.

The Chairman. Do you know what time the first request of Minister Stevens was received by Capt. Wiltse in regard to landing the troops?

Mr. Young. The only information I have of any request at all of Capt. Wiltse was at 3 o'clock on Monday, after the battalion was ready to land.

The Chairman. That was after Minister Stevens came on board?

Mr. Young. Yes.

Senator Frye. Mr. Stevens came after Capt. Wiltse had given orders?

Mr. Young. Yes.

Senator Butler. Am I to understand you as saying that Capt. Wiltse pursued that course because of orders received from Admiral Brown?

Mr. Young. No. Because of the condition of things on shore, of which he received information at the time. There were two mass-meetings, in opposition to each other, at the time.

Senator Butler. I thought you had referred to some secret instructions which Captain Wiltse had received from Admiral Brown, and which were substantially the instructions which he had received from the Navy Department?

Mr. Young. Yes; his instructions were substantially those received from Admiral Brown.

Senator Butler. But the instructions under which he acted were received from the Navy Department?

Mr. Young. The Department; yes. No; his instructions

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