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418	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
their utmost to seduce the Japanese officials by stimulating their ani- 
mosities and aspirations. Among these adventurers are well known 
here to be Paul Neuman, the fallen Queen's attorney, now or recently 
in Washington. He is in the paid employ of the Tokyo contract labor 
importing ring, who for years have been bleeding the Hawaiian 
planters and the Japanese laborers out of large sums of money. There 
are the best reasons for the belief that this Tokyo ring and their co- 
partners here are opposing annexation because they believe that Amer- 
ican possession will put an end to their corrupt work and large gains. 
Careful inquiry leads to the conclusion that this Tokyo ring, aided by 
Englishmen and others like Sir Edward Arnold, are stimulating Japan- 
ese ambitions and interference here. Highly-placed Englishmen will 
do this, because they prefer Japanese influence should predominate 
rather than American. Annexation would end forever all schemes of 
this kind. Certain it is that at present it would be risking too much 
to withdraw our protecting flag and armed marines from Honolulu until 
this Japanese menace shall have completely terminated and the un- 
scrupulous ring of foreign adventurers can no longer make use of it as 
an agency of reaction and misrule.
All friends of the United States in these islands, and none more 
keenly than the Provisional Government, appreciate this, and are anx- 
ious for the continued support and protection of the United States. 
Had I failed to give to the Department of State the information and 
suggestions contained in this dispatch, I would have keenly realized 
that I had failed of my duty as an American minister at this important 
juncture of Hawaiian affairs. 
I am, sir, etc.,
JOHN L. STEVENS.
NOTE. - I have in the above and a preceding dispatch spoken of the 
presence here of the Japanese war ship, the Kongo. While in these 
waters that ship made a visit to Hilo early in March. While at Hilo 
the conversation related in the inclosed paper took place on board that 
ship, which may be read in connection with my accompanying dispatch 
93. I also inclose printed slips of the Honolulu Advertizer, the chief 
newspaper on the islands, strongly American in its views and senti- 
ments :
Copy of language used by the captain of the Japanese war ship Kongo while in the harbor
of Hilo, March 5 or G.
INTERVIEW OF  JAPANESE INTERPRETER.
I have just had a long talk with Mr. LeRoy, the Japanese interpreter for the Hilo 
district. He was the only one who had a talk with the captain of the Kongo dur- 
ing her presence in the harbor, and I quote his own language.
"Sunday afternoon when the Kongo arrived the surgeon of the ship called upon 
me and asked about the health of the port. I referred him to Dr. Williams, the 
Government physician, and then he handed me a sealed letter; upon the upper corner 
of the envelope were the words 'official business.'
"Upon opening it I found a communication from the captain of the Kongo, who 
asked me to visit the ship the next day. I accepted, and Monday afternoon went 
on board. The captain took me into his cabin, away from the others, and, after a 
few introductory remarks, he said :
'"What is the sentiment of the Japanese on the islands? Do they not side with 
the natives?' I assured him that such did not seem to be the case.	
"'In case,' he continued, 'that there should be trouble, would they not bear arms 
with the Hawaiians?'
"This question rather puzzled me, but I told him I did not think so.
"He went over the same ground several times, and, from what he said, I am con- 
vinced he was not pleased with the attitude the Japanese had taken.

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