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              HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.			973

No. 50.

Interview with Claus Spreckels, Friday April 21,1893.
Mr. Blount. Please state whether or not you had any message from the American minister and whether any 
conversation with him?
Mr. Spreckels. I had.
Mr. Blount. Be kind enough to state it?
Mr. Spreckels. He sent down on Tuesday, about 3 o'clock whether I would be kind enough to come up to his 
house to see him. I took a carriage and saw him at 4 o'clock that Tuesday afternoon. He told me that Mr. Parker 
had no influence with the Queen, but that Paul Neumann could control her, and, if I would, if I could; control 
Paul Neumann; that Paul Neumann tell the Queen that she be in favor of annexation, and tell the Kanakas who 
follow her to go all for annexation.
He said that he expected to be here only thirty or forty days, and he would like for annexation to be before he 
left; some words to that effect.
No. 51.
Interview with Claus Spreckels, June 5, 1893.
Mr. Blount. Is this a copy of the contract made with laborers by planters? (Copy attached hereto.)
A. It is.
Q. What means have the planters of enforcing their agreements?
A. The law upholds that contract.
Q. Suppose the laborer does not work satisfactorily?
A. That brings him to the police court-make complaint.
Q. .What punishment is inflicted?
A. I am hardly able to answer that. I do not know how they carry out the law.
Q, Can you state-is the remedy at law for the enforcement of -contracts generally satisfactory to the planters?
A. I would say, yes. This contract is made first with the Japanese Government. This Government makes the 
contract, and this Government makes the contract with the planters, and that is the contract you have there 
between the planters and this Government.
Q. Does the Government pay any expenses in the matter of the laborers?
A. No; the planter pays passage money and all expenses.
Q. Who pays for the officers connected with the inspection of laborers?
A. I am unable to answer that.
Q. Are you familiar with the lands in all these islands?
A. I am,
Q. Are they suitable for much else than sugar-cane culture?
A. That is their principal use.
Q. Could the sugar cane be grown here without cheap contract labor?
A. No.
Q. Suppose they could not get it, what would he the condition?
A. They would have to close the plantations.

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