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HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	423
All this occurred on the street, and as we were about to part, I said 
to him that I should call on Mr. Nordhoff, and let him know the status 
of the affair; that I felt it my duty to give him such assurances as would 
conduce to his sense of security. To this he responded: "I have taken 
precautions against any violence being done to him, although I do not 
think he is in any danger."
I immediately sent to Mr. Nordhoff's house and was at first pre- 
vented from entering the yard by two policemen. I am persuaded, 
however, that this was an unintentional error on their part and not in 
pursuance of their instructions.
In conversation with Mr. Nordhoff he told me he had been summoned 
before the advisory council. On reaching home I found the docu- 
ment, a copy of which I inclose herewith (No. 3).
It hud very little the appearance to my mind of a request. On the 
23d I had Mr. Nordhoff come to the legation headquarters at 9 o'clock, 
and requested him to remain there until I should return from the Gov- 
ernment building where I was about to proceed to make formal an- 
nouncement of my appointment as envoy extraordinary and minister 
plenipotentiary.
I do not deem it necessary to report the speech of myself or President 
Dole, but simply to say that they contained those manifestations of 
friendship usually occurring on such occasions between friendly powers.
After this ceremony was over President Dole expressed a desire to 
speak with me on the subject of the legal proceedings instituted by the 
attorney-general against Mr. Nordhoff, and likewise the action of the 
advisory council and my verbal complaint in relation thereto. He 
began by desiring an appointment with me sometime during the day in 
order to communicate with me what had occurred in the matter of the 
consideration of the subject by the law officers of the Government. I 
said that I hoped it would be disposed of as promptly as possible; and 
that I had foreborne any written communication on the subject in the 
interest of good will between the two countries; that unless the matter 
was disposed of speedily I must address him a communication.
He asked me if Mr. Nordhoff would go before the council and make 
an apology? To this I responded that i did not think he would ; that 
I could not advise him to such a course; that after denunciation by the  
"Star," the Annexation Club organ, threats of insult by tarring and 
feathering, proceedings instituted by the attorney-general in the local 
courts, and the action of the advisory council, such an apology would 
have the appearance of compulsion, to which I was not willing to see 
an American citizen subjected.
At this hour (10:40) I am awaiting a communication from the Gov- 
ernment. To avoid any additional complications I have advised Mr. 
Nordhoff to remain at the legation.
At 2:10 p. m. a communication was received from President Dole, 
through his secretary, a copy of which I inclose herewith (No. 4). 
Whereupon Mr. Nordhoff left the legation for his residence.
At 4:30 p. m. of the same day, the 23d instant, not hearing anything 
from President Dole, I sent my secretary, Mr. Mills, to inquire whether 
he would call during the day, and if so, at what time? He sent me 
a verbal message by Mr. Mills to the effect that he was not under the 
impression that he was to have any further conversation with me, 
having had one at the Government building. Of course this was a 
misunderstanding between us. He further stated that the advisory 
council had referred the subject to the attorney-general, to inquire

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