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Since the preceding dispatch was written Paul Neuman, as the 
attorney of the Queen, has called on me and explained his mission to 
Washington. I will take back nothing as to his former political 
career here; but he is good natured and politic lawyer. While he will 
probably urge the request to have the United States restore the 
fallen Queen to the throne as a matter of form and good faith on his 
part to his royal client, I have impressed on him the logic of the situa- 
tion and the absolute impossibility of restoring the deposed Queen. I 
think he sees this clearly, however otherwise he may at first talk, and 
that his only hope is to obtain a good cash consideration for all her 
claims. 1 think he has "fall power of attorney" to this end. He 
takes with him the young man, Prince David, as he is called here, one 
of the two princes made by Kalakaua, spoken of in my No. 82, page 9.
Mr. Foster to Mr. Stevens. 
Washington, January 28, 1893.
Tour dispatch, telegraphed from San Francisco, announcing revolu- 
tion and establishment of a Provisional Government, was received today. 
Your course in recognizing an unopposed de facto Government appears 
to have been discreet and in accordance with the facts. The rule of this 
Government has uniformly been to recognize and enter into relation with 
any actual Government in full possession of effective power, with the 
assent of the people. Yon will continue to recognize the new Govern- 
ment under such conditions. It is trusted that the change, besides 
conducing to the tranquillity and welfare of the Hawaiian Islands, will 
tend to draw closer the intimate ties of amity and common interests 
which so conspicuously and necessarily link them to the United States. 
You will keep in constant communication with the commander of the 
United States naval force at Honolulu, with a view to acting, if need 
be, for the protection of the interests and property of American citizens 
and aiding in the preservation of good order under the changed condi- 
tions reported.
Mr. Stevens to Mr. Foster,
HONOLULU, February 1, 1893.
Provisional Government of Hawaii gaining power and respect. 
Everything is quiet. Annexation sentiment is increasing. Dead mon- 
archy and opposition to annexation is supported chiefly by lottery and 
opium ring. To-day at 9 a. m., in accordance with the request of Pro- 
visional Government of Hawaii, I have placed Government of Hawaii 
under the United States protection during negotiations, not interfering 
with the execution of public affairs. Have mailed important dis- 
patches. Have sent duplicate copies of dispatches. It is advisable 
that Commodore Skerrett proceed at once to Honolulu, Sandwich 
Islands, with one or more United States ships as precautionary meas- 

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