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HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	435
will support the present Provisional Government of Hawaii, and in all honorable 
ways aid in accomplishing annexation.
Believing that you would desire to know something of the aims and methods of 
work of the organization this committee was appointed to visit you and give yon 
such information as you desire, and to extend to you cordial greeting. It would 
afford us pleasure to meet and greet you under the most ordinary circumstances, but, 
coming as you do as a representative of the President and the people of the United 
States, and considering the importance of your mission, it affords us peculiar pleas- 
ure to give you welcome.
Some of our members have resided in Hawaii for many years, while others have 
come within the last few years and some have arrived within the last year, yet 
whether we have been away from America a few months or many years; whether 
native-born citizens of the Union or citizens by adoption, we still venerate and love 
our country, and will cooperate with you in advancing its best interests and looking 
out for the welfare of the citizens of the United States, whether they are such from 
birthright or adoption. If at any time there is an opportunity for us to aid you 
feel free to command us, and be assured that under all circumstances we desire to 
make your stay here pleasant to yourself and beneficial to the country that you 
represent, for it is our common country and in its welfare we are all interested.
We have delayed somewhat in calling on you, believing that your official duties 
and the numerous calls being made would fully occupy your time for the first few 
days.
Again expressing the pleasure it affords us to greet and welcome you, we are, 
very respectfully, yours,
GEO. VAN HOUTEN, 
JAMES F. HILBUS, 
JOS. L. CURTIS, 
Committee American League.
Mr. Wills to Mr. Gresham.
No. 5.]	LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
Honolulu, November 18, 1893.
SIR: In the forenoon of last Wednesday, November 15, Hon. S. M. 
Damon, Minister of Finance, notified me in person that there were 
rumors of an attack that night or the ensuing night upon the Govern- 
ment building, in consequence of which the regular guard would be 
increased and one of the volunteer companies would be ordered under 
arms for the night. On the royalist side apprehensions for the safety 
of the Queen were expressed. The next day was King Kalakaua's 
birthday, an event which generally attracts a large crowd here, and is 
celebrated with various festivities. A concert in honor of the occasion 
was advertised under the auspices of the native Hawaiians.
In view of these facts, I thought it proper in an informal way to 
make public the fact that there would be no decisive action taken by 
our Government for three or four weeks, or until I beard from Wash- 
ington. I also thought it proper, with the private knowledge and con- 
sent of all factions, to say that mob violence would not be allowed dur- 
ing this interval.
The effect of these announcements was to reassure the people and to 
stop active military preparations. Many representatives of foreign 
governments and prominent citizens, officially representing both par- 
ties, have called to express their gratification at the result.
The excitement has been continuous for so long that the slightest 
circumstances are magnified, and rumors fill the air, both night and 
day.
It is impossible to exaggerate the unhappy condition of this people,
nor can I, in words, picture their pathetic surroundings.    Almost every
movement is under espionage, the most meaningless  expression is

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