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              HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.				1219

these rumors, "but there were many people who had apprehensions upon the subject, in consequence of which, as he 
informed me, the regular guard had been increased and one of the volunteer companies would be ordered under arms 
for the night. I asked him,  "Who constitute the volunteer companies?" His reply was, "They consist mainly of the 
citizens, many of them being the young men employed in the banks and business houses of the city."
I then said: "It seems hard to have these young men called from their homes under such circumstances, as their 
families will necessarily be under great anxiety during their absence," I further remarked: "The Japanese consul-
general, the English minister, and other foreign representatives have already called to say that their people are 
apprehensive of mob violence, and had asked me as the only representative whose Government has war vessels now 
in port to protect their people. The friends of the Queen, also, are apprehensive as to her safety. I do not wish to 
interfere in any way with your domestic affairs, except with your approval. If you do not object, however, I will 
publicly announce that the United States will cooperate to prevent mob violence. I will also state that there will be 
no communication to your Government from the President of the United States for several weeks."
Mr. Damon replied, thanking me for the offer, and saying that he could see no objection to it whatever, that such an 
announcement would go very far toward allaying excitement and relieving general anxiety.
In reply to the question whether the order calling out the volunteer troops could not be rescinded he said that he 
would go immediately to the executive building, but was afraid it was too late to make any change for that right.
The following evening I met Mr. Damon at a dinner given by Capt. Barker on board the U. S. flagship Philadelphia, 
when he expressed his hearty appreciation of my action, and said that the effect of the interview, which you quote, 
had been to greatly relieve the apprehensions of the community as to mob violence.
On the following morning you called at this legation, and being informed of the preceding facts and that, as stated in 
your letter, I "had no intention of exercising authority inconsistent with that of your Government," you expressed 
your satisfaction and approval of what had occurred. The representatives of the foreign governments and many 
prominent citizens expressed themselves to the same effect.
The action taken was meant and understood at the time as in the interest of peace, humanity, and good order, and 
will, after this explanation, no longer, I hope, be considered an evidence of hostility.
Paragraph (13) contains extracts from remarks published in a local paper of the 17th of last November, purporting to 
have been made by me to a "delegation of the American League," and which you accept as correct.
In the came issue of that paper, its editor, commenting upon these "remarks," says: "They contained two statements 
which must give encouragement to those to whom the future of Hawaii as a civilized state is a cherished and 
Christian object. We group these declarations together so that they may stand out with the prominence which is their 
due.
" I am an ardent American. I would like to see the Stars and Stripes waving, under proper conditions, not only over 
the Pacific islands, but over any other territory which would be beneficial to the United States, and this-'knowing 
the policy of the United States, I could not have accepted the position of an executive officer had it been in conflict 
with the principles I hold.'"
"Surely," continues this editor, "the time can not be far off when the American nag shall wave over these Pacific 
islands and do so under proper conditions."
By a singular coincidence the "two statements" above cited were the only portions of the alleged ''address" that are 
omitted in your quotation. I respectfully submit that as an entirety the "address" admits only of the friendly 
construction given by this editor.
Without reference, however, to such construction or to the question of the correctness of the published "address," I 
state now that nothing was said on that occasion which was intended or which could be construed into an unfriendly 
sentiment towards you or your Government.
Paragraphs (14) and (15) refer to your personal call at the legation in company with the attorney-general on Friday, 
November 24, and inquiry as to "what the intentions of my Government were" and to your letter of November 29, 
asking " whether the published reports of the letter of Secretary Gresham are substantially correct;" and stating "if 
they are, I feel that it is due this Government that it should be informed of the intention of your Government."
My duty, as I understood it, did not permit me to discuss with you, the letter of Mr. Gresham to the President, nor 
could I, under the state of facts, be questioned as to the existence or nature of the "intentions" of my Government. 
As a matter of fact, it was, at that time, doubtful whether my Government had any "intentions," hostile or otherwise, 
towards your Government.
This inability to comply with your requests should not have been construed as an

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