Mr. Willis to Mr. Gresham.
Honolulu, February 16, 1895. (Received March 2.)
Sir: I have received the reply of Mr. Hatch to my request for copies of the record in cases of citizens of the United States tried and to be tried before the military commission. I inclose copies of the correspondence on the subject.
The ex-Queen is still a prisoner. The sentence in her case has not yet been made public or approved as far as known to me.
There are 15 persons in prison who claim to be citizens of our Government. I have had several interviews with the authorities, but thus far without satisfactory results. I hope during the coming week to be able to report to you definitely upon this subject, and also as to the forcible deportation of Cranstoun.
Martial law is still in force and the military trials continue. Up to date about 100 persons have been tried. In addition to these, the prisons are crowded with over 200 political prisoners, besides a hundred or more confined for other offenses. All who bore arms and all prominent “suspects” having been arrested a month ago, it is hoped that normal conditions will soon be resumed; such a result is, I think, desired by the Government.
With high esteem, I am, etc.,