Mr. Willis to Mr. Oresham.
Honolulu, February 23, 1895. (Received March 8.)
Sir: I have presented a written protest, embodying the facts heretofore communicated to you, as to the forcible deportation of Mr. J. Cranstoun, who claimed to be an American citizen. In a note received an hour ago, this Government claims that he is a British subject. The fact seems to be that he was born in England and took out his first papers at Deadwood, S. Dak., where he practiced law. This was in 1878 or 1879. He returned temporarily to England, and had not lived long enough in one place to complete his naturalization. In the above state of facts, I will await your instructions.
As to those yet in prison who claim American citizenship, I inclose correspondence with Mr. Hatch. As to the question of citizenship, I have asked that it be submitted to you for decision.
Eleven political prisoners leave on the steamer to-day. As to those who are citizens of our country, I have informed them that I could not advise them to go or to stay, but they should make their own decision. Several of them, professing absolute innocence of any connection with or knowledge of the uprising, have concluded to go, saying that they did not believe that in the present condition of affairs a fair trial would be given them. They have, without my acquiescence, signed papers, but not admitting any complicity. The charges, if any, are suspended.
I have sent you a telegram giving the sentences in the cases of United States citizens Gulick, Seward, Marshall, and others. These sentences are tantamount to imprisonment for life and confiscation of their entire estates. The informer Nowlein, the self-proclaimed originator of the plan of rebellion, together with Bartelmann, Davis, the two Ferns, who were witnesses against Bowler, and others who turned states evidence, will, it is understood, be released, their sentences having been suspended. The sentence in the case of the ex-Queen will, it is reported, be suspended.
As the delay desired by our Government was voluntarily granted, it did not, I am glad to say, become necessary to present your telegram.
With sentiments of high regard, I am, etc.,