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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS. 	     1035
building's by a lane known, as Mililani street, about 20 feet wide, and not more than 200 yards directly in front of 
the Queen's palace.
Messrs, Peterson, Parker, Colburn, and Cornwell, after returning from the Government building, reported to me 
that Mr. Stevens had stated that he had landed the troops at the request of Mr. Thurston and the committee of safety, 
and that they (the cabinet) had protested against the landing of the troops, and requested the U. S. minister to 
withdraw the United States forces from the shore, but were refused or did not get any reply. Then the cabinet left me 
to attend another meeting of the Queen's friends. After the meeting the attorney-general. Mr. Peterson, returned to 
the station house, and remained with me there during the night. At 11:30 p. m. a special officer reported to me that 
the conspirators were now recruiting at Klemme's lodging house on Fort street, and that Mr. J. H. Fisher and J. B. 
Castle were there. I again proposed to Mr. Peterson to proclaim martial law in the morning and get out warrants for 
the arrest of the conspirators, and showed him a proclamation, to that purpose, ready prepared for the signatures of 
the Queen and the governor of the island of Oahu. I also proposed placing an armed force in the Government 
building, but ho thought that it was no use to send armed men there, as it was a bad building to defend, especially if 
Minister Stevens insists on continuing-to support the conspirators, as we can not afford to light the United States of 
America. Better let the matter rest until the morning and see what may develop.
Perfect quietness reigned through the city, there being a band concert at the hotel, which was attended by a large 
and peaceable crowd, as usual. The city was patrolled as usual by the regular police force, and, as before, I had a 
strong guard at the station house in case of a night attack. There were no unusual incidents during the night, with the 
exception of two fire alarms, neither serious, one a little before 12 m., and the other about 3 a. m., which were 
promptly extinguished by the fire department, which, by order of the cabinet, had been kept ready for immediate 
service ever since Saturday night, as also were the waterworks employes kept on duty in case these people might, in 
the fury of defeat or with a view of creating an occasion for the United States troops to interfere, attempt to create an 
incendiary scare. Every precaution was taken by Her Majesty's cabinet and every means that lay in their power was 
made use of to secure the protection of life and property, and nothing was lacking in this respect, so that nothing 
warranted the landing of troops from the Boston, as the Queen's government was in a position to put down any 
insurrection if left without interference from any foreign power. On Tuesday, the 17th, everything appeared very 
quiet, so much so that I dismissed the extra guards at the police station, but I still kept on the watchers on the stores 
of the dealers in arms and ammunition.
About 9:30 a. m. I received information that a meeting was held at the residence of Mr. H. Waterhouse, at which 
were present H. Waterhouse, T. F. Lansing, S. B. Dole, W. R. Castle, C. L. Carter, J. H. Soper, F. W. Wundenberg, 
W. W. Hall, J. A. McCandless, J. Emmeluth, and a number of others. I afterwards learned from one who was present 
at that meeting that discussion of various plans was had, and a committee of three was appointed to personally 
confer with Minister Stevens, and received his direct and personal assurance that they would get the support of the 
United States troops if they went on with the affair. Messrs. Soper, Carter, and Waterhouse were the committee. 
They went over to the United States legation, which is on the premises adjoining that

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