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In the afternoon, and as soon as I ascertained from one of the cabinet 
ministers that an attempt would be made to dislodge the insurgents 
from the "bungalow" before dark by the use of dynamite, and as there 
were large crowds of people congregated on the streets, I deemed it 
advisable to ask for the landing of the remainder of the forces from the 
Adams before dark as a precautionary measure in the event any as- 
sistance to preserve order might be required, and to be immediately 
available in the event a conflagration should start. In this matter 
Commander Woodward fully agreed, and by permission of the minister 
of foreign affairs the forces landed about 5 o'clock p.m.  Early the 
following morning all the men belonging to the Adams returned to the 
The members of the cabinet and many prominent residents expressed 
much commendation of the prompt landing of the men, and remarked 
upon the very salutary effect their presence seemed to have among the 
people on the streets.
The U.S.S. Adams was the only naval vessel in port. The British 
ship Espiegle recently left under sealed orders on a cruise south.
This disturbance at this time was wholly unexpected by the Gov- 
ernment officials as well as nearly every permanent resident.
Although for several weeks it was known that Wilcox was endeav- 
oring to draw around him as many disappointed native political aspi- 
rants as possible, yet it was recently ascertained on what seemed very 
reliable authority that no overt acts would be committed prior to the 
next general election in February, when it was thought the present 
ministers would be defeated at the polls.
However, the success of the Government in subduing the insurgents, 
it is thought, will draw some to its support, and the general feeling is 
that the Government will be strengthened by the result of the conflict.
Immediately after the surrender of the insurgents the city was quiet 
and still remains so, while business is being transacted as usual. As 
to the exact number of the insurgents it is difficult now to determine, 
as some deserted in the early morning. About 80 prisoners were secured. 
No serious casualties occurred except to the insurgents.
In order that you may be promptly informed of the principal facts a 
week in advance of the regular mail, I will forward by the steamer 
leaving here to-morrow a telegram, to be wired from San Francisco, of 
which the following is a copy:
On July 30 unsuccessful attempt by about one hundred half-castes and natives 
to overthrow Government and depose King. Insurrection suppressed by Hawaiian 
Government without foreign aid. Six insurgents killed, 12 wounded. Order re- 
stored same day. Men from U. S. S. Adams lauded by permission, to protect lives 
and property if found necessary; afterwards returned to ship.
Before sealing this dispatch I shall inclose clippings from news- 
papers giving latest intelligence, but will be unable to properly paste 
and arrange them.
Trusting my action may merit the approval of the Department, 
I have the honor, etc.,

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