University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

Home: The Annexation Of Hawaii: A Collection Of Document
(808) 956-8264

Blount Report: Affairs in Hawaii

[ Previous Page ] -- [ View PDF ] -- [ View in MS Word ] -- [ Next Page ]

               1022	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
and property in its absence. This was during the Macfarlane-Neumann and the Cornwell-Nawahai cabinets regime, 
when the Thurston faction were in opposition. A few weeks later, when they had got into power, he took occasion to 
use the Boston to convey himself and family to Hawaii. The incident caused strong comment amongst Americans in 
Honolulu on his heartlessness and cowardice in taking care of Americans and American interests, and called forth 
several communications which were published in the Daily Bulletin, a leading newspaper owned by a private 
corporation. The articles referred to are as follows:
In the legislative assembly on Tuesday, the 27th of September, 1892, Noble Cornwell, under suspension of the 
rules, moved the following resolution:
"Whereas, information from authoritative sources has been received that an American vessel has been wrecked 
near the coast of Hawaii, and by reports of one boat's crew of survivors that another boat containing the captain and 
his wife, and other people, was still missing;
"Resolved, That Her Majesty's Government is hereby requested to inquire into the expediency of assisting the 
castaways, and is hereby authorized in that behalf to employ the services of one of the Inter-island steamers for the 
purpose of searching for the missing people, to render assistance if possible;
"Resolved, further, That the Government be authorized to incur the necessary expenses connected therewith."
On motion of Noble Baldwin the words "if deemed necessary" were added, and the resolution passed, and referred 
to the cabinet.
On the 28th of September the following communication appeared:

Editor bulletin:

I would like to ask through your columns "of those who have the authority" why the U. S. S. Boston is not sent out 
in search of the missing boat of the American ship Wm. A. Campbell. I will venture to say that if the U. S. minister's 
or consul-general's wife and child were in that boat the Boston would have steamed to sea in search of it several 
days ago.
An Indignant American.

In its issue of the 29th was this editorial:
The U. S. S. Boston, leaves port this afternoon on a cruise in search of the missing boat of the lost ship Wm. A. 
Campbell. This movement is to be placed to the credit of the action taken by the Hawaiian Legislature on a 
resolution introduced by Noble Cornwell. While there is no certainty that the captain's party have either perished or 
been picked up, there is a chance that they may be found alive on the wide ocean by the cruiser. Better late than 
never that the search is instituted.
The above was one of the specifications in Minister Stevens' libel suit. "Another Indignant American," on the 30th 
Editor Bulletin:
It is just one week ago to-night since the American Minister Stevens, Consul-General Severance, and the U. S. S. 
Boston were communicated with on the subject of instituting search for the missing boat's crew of the wrecked W. 
A, Campbell, a report of which appeared in the Bulletin first on last Friday afternoon. The answers were vague and 
indefinite, except such as received from the Boston which supplied the information that no instructions had been 
received. Now, this afternoon, the Boston starts on her belated trip in the cause of humanity. The excuse can not be 
offered that the attention of these officials was not drawn to the need for humane action, nor can poverty of the 
nation they represent be advanced, in atonement for disgusting quiescence. If the Boston comes across a ship's boat 
containing fourteen grinning ghastly corpses, including those of a loving mother and her babe- a woman and her 
child-it will not be a pleasant picture to contemplate, nor will it be a source of satisfaction to Hubites when they 
reflect upon the odium which has already been cast upon the namesake of the capital city of the old "Bay State," by 
the senility and Chinese-like stolidity of the man from Maine.
On October 1 "Looker-On"; writes:

Editor Bulletin:
Last Friday, news was brought of a terrible disaster at sea. One boat was picked up off the Hawaiian coast, and the 
exhausted survivors were able to tell of the still more desperate condition of the occupants of another boat, supposed 
to be following the first. A woman in a delicate condition and a baby were sharing the awful hardships of the open 
sea in a small ship's boat. The vessel was American. In the port

Return to Top

Terms of Use  |  UH Mānoa  |  UH System  |  Ask Us
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library  |  2550 McCarthy Mall  |  Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA
808-956-7214 (Reference)  |  808-956-7203 (Circulation)  |  808-956-7205 (Administration)
808-956-5968 (fax)  |