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Mr. Blount to Mr. Gresham,
Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, May 29, 1893.
SIR: Just before the leaving of the Australia, on the 24th instant, 
there came to me, too late for mailing to you, a communication from 
President Dole, a copy of which I inclose (No. 1).
At this date (May 29) nothing further has been heard.
I suggested to President Dole and the attorney-general, in conver- 
sations with them, that if Mr. Nordhoff was so obnoxious they might 
possibly require him to leave the country. This did not seem to im- 
press them favorably. Indeed, the whole proceeding in relation to him 
seems to have been animated by the spirit of crushing out all opposing 
opinions by forceful methods.
I do not expect the Government to recur to this matter again until a 
mail from the United States brings some letter to the Herald from Mr. 
Nordhoff, criticising the action of the annexationists. Then I expect 
it to be very much stirred again with anger toward him.
The action I have already taken will restrain it from excesses.    
The Hawaiian Star, which is the annexation organ, commenting on 
the stay of proceedings against Mr. Nordhoff, published an editorial 
entitled "The Cutting Precedent," a copy of which I inclose herewith. 
(No. 2.)
I also inclose another comment from the same paper, entitled "The 
Farce of Protection." (No. 3.)
The editor-in-chief of this paper, prior to my taking any notice of the 
temper of the community towards Mr. Nordhoff, went to Admiral 
Skerrett late in the afternoon and informed him that he had been all 
day endeavoring to prevent the people from tarring and feathering Mr. 
Nordhoff; that up to that time he had been able to prevent it, and 
called on Admiral Skerrett to do what he could with the same view.
Admiral Skerrett communicating the facts to me I communicated 
them to President Dole. On his motion he sent the police to Mr. 
Nordhoff's house.
The situation, therefore, will appear somewhat graver than in my 
former dispatch, in which the statement of Admiral Skerrett was not 
as full as herein contained.
I hope you will not underrate the excitement which prompted all my 
actions in regard to Mr. Nordhoff.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States.
(Inclosure 1 in No. 3, Diplomatic Series.]
Honolulu, May 24, 1893.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 22d instant 
relating to Mr. Nordhoff, and to state in reply that upon full consideration of the 
questions involved this Government has decided to take no criminal proceedings 
against Sir. Nordhoff for what was suggested as contempt against the advisory 
council of this Government.
In respect of the matters referred to in the attorney-general's letter to Mr. Nord- 
hoff. this Government does not propose to take any proceedings in contravention of 
the view of international law expressed by the United States Government in the 
Cutting case; but there is apparently this distinction to be noted in the two mat- 
ters, viz, That Mr. Cutting was in the United States when he made the publication

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