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vorite of the Queen, the marshal of the little kingdom, and his band 
of adventurers, still dominate the palace and defy the responsible men 
of the legislature and the islands. An associate of the half caste fa- 
vorite is an American renegade by the name of Whaley, a disgraced 
and expelled San Francisco custom-house official, now at the head of 
the "opium ring," and one of the supposed owners of the Halcyon, the 
notorious smuggling schooner which flits between these islands and 
British Columbia. This man Whaley has more brain than the Tahitian 
The better portion of the English residents are in substantial accord 
with the principal Americans in support of the legislature, and the 
chief German commercial houses and influential German residents are 
in full agreement with the Americans; but more or less of the English 
are so jealous of the strong American sentiment in the legislature that 
they support the Queen and the Tahitian favorite openly or covertly. 
The native Hawaiians, composing half of the legislature, are about 
equally divided. The unscrupulous adventurers of different nationali- 
ties - Americans, English, and Germans, without character, and most 
of them without property - are with the half-caste Tahitian favorite 
and the Queen. A majority of the legislature and the best citizens of 
the islands are exercising remarkable forbearance and self-control.
It is proper for me to say that just at this time Mr. Mott Smith, the 
present minister at Washington, is likely to be misinformed as to the 
real condition of things, for the rejected minister of foreign affairs, a 
native Hawaiian, of the Queen's supporters, still occupies the foreign 
office, and the American deputy would hardly dare to send any ad- 
vices to Minister Smith not indorsed by the acting head of the de- 
The U.S.S. Boston is in the harbor, and Capt. Wiltse will cooperate 
with me in exercising careful circumspection.   In about twelve days 
from this I can send another dispatch. 
I am, sir, etc.,
Capt. Wiltse to the Secretary of the Navy.
Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, October 12, 1892. 
Navy Department, Washington, D. C.:
SIR: I have the honor to report that on the 14th of September the 
introduction in the Hawaiian legislature of a want of confidence res- 
olution in the new ministry resulted in a vote of 24 to 21 in favor of 
the resolution.
The opposition claimed that the resolution had passed, but the min- 
istry declared it required a vote of 25 to pass, and the chair sustained 
them. As the question hinged on an interpretation of the constitution, 
the matter was referred to the supreme court, which decided in favor 
of the ministry.
On October 4 an election was held to fill the vacant seats of two 
members. The ministerial party raised the cry of anti-annexation and 
were ardently supported by the British and other foreigners. Un- 
warranted attacks were made (in my opinion for political purposes) up-

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