Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.
Honolulu , December 17, 1887. (Received January 3, 1888.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a bill, entitled “An act to authorize the Hawaiian Government to contract for the construction of international and interisland submarine telegraph cables,” which has passed the legislature and received the approval of His Majesty the King.
The printed text is the original bill and the interlineations, in red ink,* represent the amendments adopted.
The original bill was in the interest of Mr. Audley Coote and the Canadian Pacific Railway, but it being” suggested that it might be desirable to have a cable reach these islands from some point on the coast of the United States, the exclusive right and privilege to land a cable reaching to or from any foreign nation was stricken out and confined to British territory, which, with other amendments adopted, it is now stated by the friends of the original bill render it valueless to Mr. Coote, and it is probable he will not care to enter into a contract with the Hawaiian Government under the provisions of this bill.
There is a strong popular feeling here in favor of connecting these islands with the North American continent by cable and of rendering financial aid in the work.
My observations convince me that a telegraph cable, under the control of American citizens, connecting these islands and America, with a terminus on the coast of the United States, would be of great value to this country and our interests here, by reason of its influence in quieting the unrest natural to a segregated, ocean-bound community, confined to a limited area, and by bringing the people in daily contact with affairs in the United States and the world at large.
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