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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.				1213

the part of this Government as to the intentions of your Government concerning the subject-matter.
(11) On November 14 Mr. Thurston, Hawaiian minister at Washington, called upon the Secretary of State and 
inquired if the above letter was authentic, and was assured by Mr. Gresham that it was.
Mr. Thurston then said: "I wish, then, to further ask whether it is the intention of the U. S. Government to carry out 
the policy therein indicated by force; or, in other words, whether if the Provisional Government declines to accede to 
the request of the U. S. Government to vacate in favor of the Queen, U. S. troops will be used to enforce the 
request."
To which Mr. Gresham replied: "I am not at liberty at present to answer that question. It is a matter concerning 
which I will speak to the President and talk with you more fully this afternoon."
In the afternoon of the same day Mr. Gresham further said to Mr. Thurston:
"I have already answered your first question, to the effect that the letter published (Secretary Gresham to the 
President) was authentic and a correct statement of the policy of the United States. As to your second question, as to 
whether force is to he used by the United States to restore the Queen, all that I am at liberty to state is that Mr. Willis 
has no instructions to do anything which will cause injury to life or property of anyone at the islands. Further than 
this I am not at liberty to state what his instructions are. You can draw your own inferences from my statement and 
allay any apprehension which may have been caused by what has been published."
Mr. Thurston further said to Mr. Gresham:
"Your answer does not convey the information which I requested. What I desire is to obtain information which will 
guide my Government in their action. If they know that force is to he used by you their course of action will 
necessarily be different from what it otherwise would be. The definite information from me that you intend to use 
force may be the means of preventing them from using force and causing bloodshed."
To which Mr. Gresham replied:
"Our relations in the past have been pleasant and I want them to continue to be so in the future, and to be perfectly 
courteous to you, but I can not at present answer you more fully than I have."
(12) On the 16th of last November there was published in the Honolulu Star an interview with you, with the 
accompanying statement that the proofs had been revised by you.
The following are extracts therefrom, purporting to be statements made by you:
"You are authorized to say from me that no change in the present situation will take place for several weeks. I 
brought with me certain instructions. * * * Since my arrival hero contingencies have arisen about which neither the 
United States Government nor myself were aware when I left Washington. * * * I forwarded my dispatches to 
Washington by to-day's steamer, and until I receive an answer to them no change will take place in the present 
situation, nor will any be allowed.
" What do you mean by the expression nor will any be allowed?'"
"I mean just this; that until the time comes for me to carry out my instructions, the peace and good order of this 
community will be kept undisturbed in the interests of humanity. That any attempt made by any person or persons to 
make trouble will be promptly checked and punished. You may put the matter more plainly and say that even if the 
Provisional Government discharged the whole of its troops to-day, no lawlessness would be allowed for one moment 
under the present situation of affairs. * * * The whole Hawaiian question is now in abeyance and nothing the 
newspapers can say or do, will alter the situation one iota; * * * There is not the slightest necessity for any one to 
stay out of bed nights for fear of trouble of any kind, for none will be permitted."
In the Honolulu Bulletin of November 17, last, there is published what purports to be a letter signed by yourself, in 
which you state concerning the above-mentioned interview:
"The interview in the Star was submitted to me but I did not scrutinize it carefully. It contains several expressions 
which are misleading; due, I am sure, not to any intention on the part of the writer."
There is no specification of what the "misleading" portions are, although you have since verbally informed me in 
substance that you did not intend to use such words and had no intention of exercising authority inconsistent with 
that of the Government.
(18) On November 29, last, the Hawaiian Star published a statement purporting to be a report of remarks made by 
you to a delegation of the American League, in which the following words are stated to have been used by you:
"I have my instructions which I can not divulge.    * * *   But this much I can say:

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