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              818			                          HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.
of the minister of foreign affairs. The audience was accorded, and, trembling with passion, he reiterated 
his demand for " satisfaction, " leaving it somewhat vague as to the form or kind of "satisfaction" he 
desired. The impression left by him in both interviews was that it was not so much "satisfaction" that he 
was after as it was an opportunity to pick a quarrel with, and embarrass, the cabinet who were then under 
fire in the legislative assembly.
Hon. Samuel Parker, Hon. Paul Neumann, and Maj. J. W. Robertson can give more fully the details of 
the foregoing.
Very shortly after Mr. Stevens' arrival in the Kingdom he made it generally known that he considered 
annexation to the United States as not only the ultimate or "manifest" destiny of the little country, but 
that it would be just as well to hasten the event, and the American legation immediately became the 
rendezvous or headquarters of the annexation leaders, such as Hartwell, Judd (the chief justice), 
Thurston. Dole, Castle, Smith, and others, who frequently met there for the purpose of discussing plans 
for bringing about the desired end.
On one occasion M. d'Anglade, the then French commissioner, and M. Canavarro, the present 
Portuguese charg6 d'affairs, were invited to dinner at the American legation, and much to their surprise 
found several of the above-named gentlemen present, and as the dinner proceeded were not a little 
annoyed to find that they had been invited for the express purpose of being sounded with regard to 
Senhor Canavarro and Dr. Trousseau, the latter being an intimate friend of M. d'Anglade, the French 
commissioner (who is not now in the Kingdom), can throw light on the above if they will submit to an 
During August, 1892, the tension became so great in the Legislature that the cabinet was voted out, and 
a new one was appointed on the 12th day of September. A vote of "want of confidence" in the new 
cabinet was immediately introduced, and the speeches of Thurston, Smith, Ashford, and their associates 
on the motion showed that the meetings at the legation were beginning to bear fruit. Mr. Stevens was 
present during a part of the debate on the motion, also Capt. Wiltse, who just after one of Mr. Thurston's 
speeches called at the interior office and took occasion to inform the then minister of the interior (C. T, 
Gulick) that he considered Mr. Thurston a "very able man," and that his "views on the situation, and 
particularly those on the monarchy, were very sound." It may be observed that Thurston had very plainly 
shown in his speech supporting the motion that he and his supporters would leave no stone unturned in 
order to destroy the monarchy and get the reins of power into their own hands.
As Thurston and his party were known to be annexationists, his expressions seemed to please Capt. 
Wiltse very much. About this time (September, 1802) it was a matter frequently spoken of that any move 
for the overthrow of the Government would receive the official recognition of Mr. Stevens and the 
material aid of Capt. Wiltse. Annexation was so freely discussed in public that T. T. Williams, of the San 
Francisco Examiner, polled the Legislature on the subject, and when -they found that their views were likely to 
be published they denounced annexation to a man.
The meetings at the legation continued, and Stevens and Wiltse (the latter more particularly) called 
frequently at Hartwell's office during the day. Wiltse told people that he kept himself thoroughly posted 
with regard to affairs, as he "was constantly in communication

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