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              HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	969
Messrs. Damon and Bolte returned with Parker and Cornwell to the police station to meet the other ex-
ministers.
Messrs. Damon and Bolte returned with the four ex ministers, who requested that the Queen should Lave an 
opportunity to make a protest.
Mr. Damon went with them to see the Queen.
Ex-ministers and Damon returned stating that the Queen gave up under protest, and that Marshal Wilson had 
been ordered to give up the station house. And we sent an officer with a squad of men to take possession of the 
station.
As to the precise time when the letter of recognition was received from American Minister Stevens I can not be 
positive. My recollection is that it was about the time that Messrs. Damon and Bolte returned from the police 
station with the four ex-ministers, but the records of our proceedings at the time, kept by the secretary, place it 
after the return of Mr. Damon and the ex-ministers from their visit to the Queen. In any event it was very late in the 
day, and long after Messrs. Wodehouse and Walker had called.
Before the letter of recognition was received from Mr. Stevens, Lieut. Young, of the U. S. S. Boston, called upon 
us, and stated that he was ordered to verify the correctness of the assurance that we were in occupation of the 
Government building and departments.
These events occupied the time till after dark; meanwhile many matters demanded our attention.
I sent for the attorney-general and desired to examine him in reference to to the events connected with the 
revolution of the 17th of January, 1893. He said he preferred not to be examined; that he would bring me a paper 
containing a history of those events, prepared by himself and some other gentlemen. The next day he brought the 
paper to which, this is attached, saying it was a part of the record. I asked him if he would allow me to see the whole 
record. He hesitated about it and said that he would prefer to talk with Mr. Dole first. While I have seen him 
frequently since he has never referred to the matter again. When he handed me the paper he said he did not care to 
be examined himself; that it' there was anything in it that I did not understand he would explain it to me.
James H. Blount.
Honolulu, July 15,1893.
No. 40.
Interview with J. H. Soper, June 17, 1893.
Q, Where were you born ?
A. In Plymouth, England.
Q. How long have you lived hero?
A. I came here in December, 1877.
Q. Are you a naturalized citizen?
A. Of this country?
Q. Yes.
A. I have taken the oath of allegiance to this Government.
Q. Are you a British subject?
A. I am an American.
Q. How long did you live in the United States?

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