Mr. Willis to Mr. Gresham.
Honolulu, June 1, 1895. (Received June 17.)
Sir: I have to acknowledge your No. 83, of the 14th ultimo, in regard to the claims of sundry persons who asked indemnity for wrongs done them by the Hawaiian Government, and instructing me to report upon certain matters in connection therewith.
Karl Klemine and N. Peterson were informed before they left here that they were not entitled to the protection of our Government, both having been abroad and never fully naturalized. Klemme is, I am informed, in California, but Peterson has been permitted to return here.
Henry von Werthern, Henry A. Juen, P. M. Rooney, and Arthur White are in the United States. I am at present unacquainted with their address, but think it is San Francisco. If desired, I will endeavor to secure their statements as to whether, when here, they contemplated a return to the United States to participate in the obligations incumbent upon its citizens. John Ross, John Mitchell, C. F. Molteno, and James Dureell are in the Hawaiian Islands. Molteno can not, however, at present be located. He was born here of an English father. He went to America in 1876, returning here in 1882. While in the United States he voted in two Presidential elections.
I transmit additional statements of Ross and Dureell and Consul-General Mills upon the question referred to in your dispatch, by which it will be seen that von Werthern, Klemme, and Mitchell appear to be [Page 857] the only registered voters. Further information may be secured on the return from the United States of Mr. Taylor, who is the custodian of the election returns.
I am, etc.,