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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	1023
of Honolulu was lying a ship of the much-vaunted Navy. Moreover, a large number of local steamers were 
anchored in the harbor waiting for employment. Thanks to private charity and generosity a short ineffectual search 
was made by the steamer Kinau, whose owners declined to receive remuneration for what, in their opinion, was the 
performance of an act of common humanity. Meanwhile, the Boston lies calmly as if nothing had happened. Her 
searchlights sweep the heavens at night, resting for a moment on the hotel cupola, then another moment on the 
rising tower of the American church, then flash away to far Waikiki or elsewhere, calculated no doubt to strike 
terror into the Hawaiian breast, and to show the futility of trying to evade the searching eye, not of Providence, but 
of Uncle Sam. There were those who said that it had been better if that light had swept the horizon beyond Hawaii 
for that speck in the wide ocean to which were clinging a mother and her child. However, nothing absolutely is 
done, except that some theories are propounded by the American consul-general. Besides this, nothing.
It is said on good authority that the captain of the Boston offered his ship, but that the American minister 
declined the offer. He was afraid, it is said, that something might happen if the Boston were to leave port. Here, 
then, two reflections arise. First, why is the Boston here at all ? and, secondly, is it not manifest now that there are 
occasions when we are deprived of the maternal protection of the United States and need a small force of our own? 
Finally, seeing that humanity was being sacrificed to miserable considerations of polities, a member of the 
Hawaiian Legislature moves that steps be taken immediately to attempt relief to the unfortunate captain and his 
family. This poor little Kingdom, not in anyway connected with the disaster, was about to rescue citizens of the 
United States because the representatives of their own country would not move hand or foot. And this is the 
country to which the Advertiser invites us all to address ourselves for permanent protection and relief. An English 
man-of-war would have been under weigh within two hours of receiving the intelligence. The fact is, the American 
Republic has so much to think of at home that it has no time to spend over such trifles as shipwrecks. And, if in an 
unfortunate moment of mental obstruction Hawaii were ever to seek admission to the Union, she would find that 
this little Kingdom would be too small to occupy the absorbing interest which, according to the Advertiser, would 
be directed to her interests.
Minister Stevens took such exceptions to those articles that he forthwith visited the minister of foreign affairs, and 
stated that he wished a personal interview with Her Majesty, without informing the minister of the nature of his 
proposed visit. On the appointed day and hour, Minister Stevens, accompanied by Consul-General H. W. Severance, 
arrived at the palace. He was ushered into the Queen's presence with a document in one hand, which subsequently 
proved to be the articles that had been printed in the "Bulletin," already referred to, and a volume under his other 
arm. He was asked politely to take a seat, and did so, flinging one leg over the arm of the chair, and in this uncouth 
position before a lady he most heatedly announced to the Queen, and to her amazement, that he was there not as 
plain Mr. Stevens but as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America. Then 
drawing himself up to an erect posture, proceeded in a very ungentlemanly tone to inform the Queen that it " was the 
President of the United States of America addressing the Queen of Hawaii." He then went on to say that he was not 
to be insulted by any newspapers in her realm, and said he referred to certain articles which had been published in 
the "Bulletin," copies of which he had brought with Mm to place before Her Majesty. He expected an apology from 
the Queen, and also that she give him redress for the insult he had received. He then read extracts on ''international 
law" from the book which he had carried under his arm. He also read an "amende honorable," which he insisted 
should be published in the "Bulletin," but was not. It was as follows:
We desire to express our deep regret for the admission to our columns of communications reflecting on official 
American representatives relative to the wrecked ship Wm. A. Campbell. We are satisfied that the insinuations and 
reflections contained in those communications are entirely unwarranted and unjust. The United States officials now 
at Honolulu are responsible to their own Government at Washington, and not to residents of foreign countries. Nor 
are they at liberty to explain

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