to Mr. Evarts.
Honolulu, July 5, 1880. (Received July 22.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit certain documents prepared by Rev. Hiram Bingham, on behalf of the board of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association, after verbal consultation with me. The papers present the whole case clearly.
The German consul named in the papers is reported to be guilty of another outrage against the simple people of the islands. He sold goods to the natives, and got them in debt to him. He then demanded payment of these debts by the community, one whole island. The islanders not being able to comply with his demands, he fined them 200,000 pounds of copra, an amount more than the total production of the island. [Page 615]As it was impossible to pay this, he took possession of certain lands and harbors in the name of the German Government.
There are outrages going on constantly in the Southern Pacific which ought to receive attention, but it seems difficult to reach them with a remedy. It might be worth while for the United States to send a commissioner—some minister already in commission might go, with an allowance for expenses—to visit these islands with a man-of-war, and establish their status internationally, for their protection.
I have, &c.,