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Noble Thurston did not propose to go into details. The attorney-general in a late 
campaign speech had taken occasion to charge him with losing $900,000. The attor- 
ney-general knew that he was speaking an untruth, and ho known it tonight. He 
said the bonds could only be sold for 90. The treasury balance when he took office 
was about $13,000. Bonds could not be sold at any price. Bonds had to be placed 
in England at a cost of $100,000. The treasury balance March 31st, 1888, was $109,- 
465; March 31st, 1890, it was $491,152. Hawaiian Government bonds sold at public 
auction here at 113. The minister wrote to London to buy bonds at par and could 
not get any for nearly a year. As to the postal savings bank, the minister of finance's 
report gives every dollar and every cent of expenditure of the funds for that service. 
During that period $579,000 was received from the bank. (The speaker read a large 
number of items showing that the money was expended in useful public improve- 
ments.) So that when the attorney-general makes such statements he knows, or 
should know, it was false, and should have the decency to get up and admit it, 
[Attorney-General: I said it had been wasted.] You said it had disappeared, and 
left no record and no trace.
Attorney-General Neumann asked indulgence of the house to set himself right. 
He had not charged any stealing. The honorable member claimed that there were 
bribes. So there were. Iron pipes resting at Wailuku - an electric plant which was 
almost worthless. (Noble Thurston: And a balance of $491,000 in the treasury.) 
Perhaps he had erred in his figures. The member might have wasted but $600,000.
Rep. Kamauoha said be had not intended to say anything more, but the attorney- 
general had reflected on the motives of the members. The attorney-general had 
suddenly developed the idea that going to luaus was wrong. What then did he say 
to the luaus given at Waikiki when this resolution was up before. What about the 
little dinners that used to be given at the hotel. Did the attorney-general mean 
to admit that these were given for the purpose of influencing votes?  The reason 
of the change of the members wag that they had been disappointed in the conduct 
of the cabinet. As for the members going back to their constituents with a blush 
on their cheeks, there would be no need of that, and their chance of being returned 
was a good deal better than the attorney-general's. He would move the previous 
Rep. Waipuilani said the insinuations of the attorney-general, that certain mem- 
bers Lad taken bribes, were an insult to the house. (Some sparring took place be- 
tween the member and the attorney-general at this point.) The minister of finance 
hart intimated that this resolution had been got up at the luau yesterday. It was 
proposed last week and given to the interpreter to translate. He hoped every mem- 
ber would vote honestly and moved the ayes and noes be taken.
The motion to indefinitely postpone was lost on the following division:
Ayes - Nobles Hopkins, Pua, Peterson, Williams, Maile, Hind, Cornwell, and Dreir, 
Reps. Pua, Koahou, Kaunamano, Kapahu, White, Kanealii, and Edmonds - 15.
Noes - Nobles Ena, Cummins, Kauhane, J. M. Horner, Hoapili, Marsden, Young, 
Baldwin, W. Y. Horner, Walbridge, Anderson, Thurston, G. N. Wilcox, and Kanoa; 
Reps. Wilder, Bipikaue, Ashford, Aki, Kauhi, R. W. Wilcox, Bush, Nawahi, A. 
Horner, Kamauoha, Waipuilani, Nahinu, Kaluna, Iosepa, Akina, Smith, and A. S. 
Wilcox - 31.
Absent - Noble Berger.
Rep. Nahinu explained his vote. He voted no on account of the registration bill 
and the O. R. &. L. Co. bill.
The motion to adopt the resolution was carried on the same division.
A motion to reconsider was made and lost.
The house adjourned at 10:18 p.m.
Mr, Wharton to Mr. Stevens.
Washington, October 26, 1892.
SIR : I have received your dispatch No. 70, of the 8th instant, in rela- 
tion to the political situation in Hawaii.    It has been read with much 
interest and attention. 
I am, etc.,
Acting Secretary.

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