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Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, duly author- 
ized for this purpose by their respective Governments, have met to- 
gether at Washington, and having found the said convention has been 
approved and proclaimed by His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Is- 
lands and has been ratified and duly proclaimed on the part of the Gov- 
ernment of the United States, and that the laws required to carry the 
said Treaty into operation have been passed by the Congress of the 
United States of America on the one part and by the Legislative Assem- 
bly of the Hawaiian Islands on the other, hereby declare that the Con- 
vention aforesaid concluded between the United States of America and 
His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands on the 30th day of Janu- 
ary, 1875, will take effect 011 the date hereof.
In witness whereof the undersigned have signed this protocol and 
have hereunto affixed their seals.
Done in duplicate, at Washington, this ninth day of September, one 
thousand eight hundred and seventy-six.
Mr. Evarts to Mr. Comly.
Washington, November 13, 1880.
SIR : Your No. 117 of the 5th of July last, in reference to the appeal 
of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association for the moral influence of this 
Government to support the enforcement of the prohibitory liquor ordi- 
nance of Chief Lebon of the Ralik Islands, has had favorable considera- 
tion. The wise enactment of that chief requires no argument to justify 
the earnest support of all governments having intercourse with the 
islands, and this Government in particular is desirous of seeing its com- 
plete and impartial enforcement, inasmuch as one of the reported offend- 
ers is unfortunately said to be an American citizen. In view of the 
absence of a national representative in the Ralik group, and consider- 
ing also the alleged coparceny of the German consular officer in the 
traffic which it is so properly sought to restrain, it has been thought that 
a double result might be reached by informing the German Govern- 
ment of our adhesion to Chief Lebon's edict, and requesting its good 
offices, through the agency at Jaluit and the superior consulate at Apia, 
to aid in the impartial and complete enforcement of the law.
While considerations of trade would hardly serve alone to warrant 
the establishment of a consular station of the United States in the 
Raliks, it is thought that the moral benefit which would flow from our 
proper representation in that quarter would justify the steps, if a proper 
person could be found to accept the position of consular agent under 
the consulate at Apia. It is regarded as best that the office should 
pertain to the Samoan scheme for more harmonious correlation with the 
British and German systems of consular supervision in the Pacific.
Your own good offices in the direction of making such an appoint- 
ment are desired, to the extent of inquiring of the Rev. Mr. Bingham, 
who addressed you on the Ralik question, whether he knows of any 
capable American citizen in the Raliks who would accept the post 
without salary. Possibly the Mr. J. L. Young who wrote to Mr. Bing- 
ham from Jaluit, would be a suitable person, and if he should prove to

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