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              HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.		821
Q. They dismissed you on account of your political views?
A. Yes. I came down to W. O. Smith's office and asked why I was dismissed. He said: " Simply because you 
are a friend of the Queen, You and the circuit judge are looked upon as enemies to our arrangement and we do 
not think it right to have two prominent officials against us." I asked him: "Do you want a republic here? He 
said: "No." I said: "Are you quite sure of what you are saying? I have heard it reported on the street that you 
do." He said: "I give you my word of honor I do not." He said: "We want annexation." I said: "do you want it 
pure and simple ?" He asked what I meant. I said: "To give the natives franchise." He said: "Oh, no; we could 
not do that." I said: " You will never get it unless you do. I could go out and get 1,000 signatures for annexation 
if I could guarantee the franchise. You could not get one."
Q. As a matter of fact are they not getting signatures?
A. There is no question about that. My personal interests would be advanced 100 per cent by annexation.
Q. How?
A. Because we only get 10 cents a pound for our wool. If we had annexation we would get 20 in California. 
We have to send it to London and ship it through the United States.
Q. What do you think were the causes of the revolution?
A. Simply 2 cents a pound on sugar-to get some treaty or some arrangement with America. They did not 
see their way clear to get it in the face of the McKinley bill. They thought Harrison would be reflected and the 
Republican policy would be continued.
Q. But at the time of the revolution Harrison had been defeated?
A. Yes; but this thing was marked up long before that. They wanted to force it upon the Harrison 
administration, if they could, before the inauguration of Mr. Cleveland.
I have carefully read the foregoing and pronounce it an accurate report of my interview with Col. Blount.
(Mr. Blount didn't care to have this certified.-E. M.)

No. 26. 
Statement of C. M. Hyde,
HONOLULU, April 3, 1893.
Hon. J. S. BLOUNT,
Commissioner, etc.:
Since I saw you at your residence last Saturday afternoon, it has occurred to me that it might be advisable for me, 
occupying such a position as I do at the islands, as the only resident missionary of the A. B.C. F.M., to write out for 
your information and consideration such a state ment of facts as might assist you in arriving at just conclusions 
in regard to the political and social condition of affairs, and the proper course for the United States Government 
to take at this juncture.	;
I have no occasion and certainly no desire to appear as either advocate or assailant of any persons or parties 
here. Nor have I any authority to act as the representative of the American board in matters outside of my special 
province as principal of the training school of

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