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              976	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
modify their general laws against contract labor so that  they can maintain a system of contract labor in the 
islands?
A. I would not say contract labor. They say we may have to give up contract labor, but we can get all the labor 
we want from Japan.
Q. How?
A. They say: We send an agent there and send money and he sends them here, and when they are here then they 
can make a contract with them.
Q. They think in that way they can evade the labor laws of the United States?
A. Yes; they think they can get around it. My opinion is that they can not, but they think they can get around the 
United States laws. President Dole called upon me the Saturday before last and asked if I would not be kind 
enough to go before the ministry and talk the labor law with them on Tuesday. I went there and I asked President 
Dote whether he had studied the immigration laws and whether he found that I was correct. He answered that he 
found that I was correct in that way. " But," he said, "I have-belief that the United States will give us a separate law 
that we can get laborers here."
Q, Did that idea seem to be in the minds of other members of the cabinet?
A. Yes; that the United States will give them anything they ask for.
Q. You have been talking politics with these people here. What sort of idea, have they as to the kind of 
government they want and expect for these islands in the event of annexation?
A. Their idea is that when they arc annexed to the United States they will have a governor-some of them will 
be appointed by the President-and leave it to them, so to say, to rule these islands.
Q. Do they ever speak of the Washington, D. C., form of government as suitable?
A. Some speak about that; that they would like to have a government like that.
Q. Are they in favor of a system of government that allows the natives generally to vote?
A. They do not want the natives to vote.
Q. Would they be in favor of any form of government that would leave the natives a majority of the voters!
A. No, sir; they would not.
Q. Would they consider any such government a stable government?
A. They think it would be stable with the United States cutting out the Kanakas so that they could not vote.
Q. This is, then, largely a struggle to take political power from the natives and put it in the hands of the whites?
A. Exactly.
Q. And that is what they hope to get in the event of annexation? .
A. Exactly.
Q. What is the feeling of the natives on the subject of annexation?
A. I think that seven-eighths at least would be opposed to it Some are employed by the Provisional Government. 
They had to sign the annexation roll or be discharged.
Q. And they signed to hold their places?
A. Yes.
Q. Is the argument made to the native that if he is annexed to the United States his right to vote will be 
preserved?
A. That I can not say.
Q. What is your opinion on this question: If a vote was had by

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