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                                  HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.                                     	1029
ings of the Thurston faction, and on Sunday, the 15th. I received information from one special that a meeting had 
been held at Thurston's residence the night previous, and kept up until late, at which a majority of those 
afterwards known as the committee of safety were present.
I have learned since from one of those who were present that the object of the meeting was to overthrow the 
Queen by force and bring about annexation, Mr. L. A. Thurston being the leader. Mr. A. S. Hartwell, who was 
present, opposed the move, as he thought it was not the proper way to bring about annexation, but Thurston and 
the others did not agree with him and ridiculed his objections, in consequence of which Mr. Hartwell had 
withdrawn from the compact and stated that he could not be a party to any such action, and retired from the 
meeting. At this meeting Thurston stated that Minister Stevens had promised to support them, if they proclaimed a 
provisional government, with troops from the U. S. S. Boston, and that their cause could not be a success without 
those troops and Minister Stevens's assistance.
Another special brought in word that they were still recruiting and arming, and that they could only rely on about 
seventy-five men and not over eighty stand of arms. From another I received information that L. A. Thurston, W. O. 
Smith, W. E. Castle, J. H. Soper, John Good, C. W. Zeigler, H. Waterhouse, C. L. Carter, J. A. McCandless, J. F. 
Morgan, A. Brown, W. W. Hall, J. H. Fisher, J. Emmeluth, W. Chan, and C. T. Wilder were all out working the 
matter up round town among people to see how many stood on the matter; that some were on horseback and others 
in hacks. Other specials reported that some of the above named gentlemen were constantly in and out of Minister 
Stevens's house (the United States legation), also those of W. W. Hall, L. A. Thurston, F. W. Wundcnberg, and H. 
Waterhouse. Another special reported that Messrs. Thurston and Colburn had visited A. P. Peterson's house early 
that morning, but could not learn what their course of action was, but something serious was under foot.
On receipt of these reports, more special officers were detailed to procure further information, and report as 
boon as possible. I then sent immediately for Capt. Nowlien, and telephoned for Mr. Peterson, the attorney-
general, and arranged for a meeting of the cabinet at the police station. On Capt. Nowlien's arrival I imparted to 
him the information Iliad received, and requested him to prepare and get the barracks and his men ready for active 
service, as it was evident these people (the Thurston faction) meant business. I also asked him to lay the state of 
affairs in town before Her Majesty, as I had to go myself to the police station immediately.
On my arrival there, I found everything in regular order and the men fully prepared for any emergency. The 
attorney-general arrived shortly after, as also did the other members of the cabinet. I laid before them the reports 
of the situation furnished me by my special officers. They were not much surprised at receiving such, information 
as they were in possession of similar facts themselves and also of documentary evidence of the same, which Mr. 
Peterson produced and which I considered was sufficient cause for the arrest of these men on a charge of treason.
After a short consultation, I made a proposition to swear out warrants for the arrest of the ringleaders of the plot 
at once. The attorney-general objected to the proposition, giving the following reasons, stating that he had been 
called on by Minister Colburn and Mr. L. A, Thurston curly that morning at about 6 or 6:30 a. m., who made a 
proposition to him showing a course of procedure fully prepared, which, if carried out, would cause the overthrow 
of the Queen and her

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