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Perhaps it is well to state that it is the rumor here that the last re- 
jected cabinet, only holding their places until others are appointed, 
have sent a dispatch to Washington asking the recall of Consul-Gen- 
eral Severance. I do not credit this rumor. But influential parties 
have called at this legation who say that if any such step has been 
taken by this rejected cabinet, the American merchants and business 
men, as well as other leading citizens, will send a strong memorial to 
the Department of State against any such action of a dead ministry. 
I have not encouraged any such action in our behalf, believing it to be 
unnecessary. So far I am supported here by all the responsible Amer- 
icans and others to a degree more than I had the right to expect. This 
so much the more impresses on me the necessity of prudence as well 
as of firmness. To keep the Department of State well informed as to 
affairs here, I deem it well to give these particulars. 
I am, sir, etc.,
NOVEMBER 1, 1892.
Names of the new cabinet sent to the legislature this morning. 
Resolution of "want of confidence" passed in one house, and thirty 
minutes after the names of the new ministry were read, and only 13 
votes out of 48 members of whom the legislature is composed were in 
their favor. The strongest objections are to the minister of foreign 
affairs and to the minister of finance - Joseph Mamohi and William H. 
Cornwell - both of them unqualified and very unacceptable to the more 
responsible men of all nationalities. As they will assume to hold their 
places until their successors shall have been appointed, they may at- 
tempt to do some strange things. As Cornwell, for some reason, is 
hostile to the American minister and to the consul-general, would not 
be surprised should he induce his associates to ask for our recall. 
Possibly they may hold their places one week, as the legislature has 
adjourned for six days to allow the Queen time to select their suc- 
Capt. Wiltse to the Secretary of the Navy.
Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, November 1, 1892. 
Navy Department, Washington, D. C.:
SIR:  Respecting the state of political affairs in the Hawaiian King- 
dom, I have the honor to report that, after much delay, a cabinet was 
sent to the legislature to-day and was immediately voted out by a vote 
of 26 to 13.
The legislature then adjourned until November 7, having yesterday 
refused to pass appropriation bills for the running expenses of the Gov- 
ernment. Meanwhile the salaries of all officials are overdue and must

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