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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president, transmitted to Congress December 2, 1895
(1895)

Hawaii,   pp. 818-883 PDF (26.9 MB)


Page 871


HAWAII.
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topsail. She had one topmast. She had no foretopmast; it was gone. She had
a
maintopmast and flyingjib. Theflyingjibwasin. She wasjust such a looking
craft
as the Norma. She was painted black, and had a big cabin. She had a straight
bow.
I do not think it was the Norma, though she looked just like her. Her name
was the
H. W. Wichert or Elichert. I don't know much about the Norma. I have seen
her
at thewharf. This schooner was just such a vessel. She had two whaleboats-one
on each side-hanging on the upper deck right on top the poop. I didn't notice
whether she had a bobstay under the bowsprit-what we call a martingale. I
was
within 100 yards of her. She had about four men on board. There were three
white
men and a negro. The captain was a German. His name was Martin-Captain
Martin. He was a big, tall man, stooped a little in the shoulders; florid
complexion.
I have seen the mate down here somewhere. I don't remember his name. He is
a
medium-size man, German appearance.
  The guns were all on deck in cases, loose. The cases were not aboard my
ship.
They were taken out of the cases. I don't know who shipped the goods from
San
Francisco or who paid for them. I heard that they were put aboard a tug and
the
tug put them on the schooner. I didnt hear the name of the tug or Whose tug
it
was. I heard that the captain of the schooner was a cousin of somebody interested
in this movement. I don't know who. Rickard didn't tell me the date the schooner
left San Francisco; he told me she was there. Rickard did not tell me he
had
heard from her. He told me she was there; that was sufficient. I heard the
signals
were showing a blue light off the island and answering with a red light.
Townsend
said he was there when they saw the signal and answered with a red light.
This
was at Rabbit Island. Townsend said he was on the lookout for her for ten
days.
He said nothing about receiving information from San Francisco, nor did he
say
where she sailed from. I don't know where the schooner was to go to. He was
ask-
ing for ballast, and Townsend told him to go tc the lee side of Lanai. I
don't know
who this letter was from that Townsend gave the captain of the schooner.
I don't
know where the schooner was going after getting ballast.
                                   [Inclosure 3.]
Extracts from evidence of George Townsend, given under oath before the court
in Honolulu
                                January 21,U 1895.
  George Townsend-age, 39 years in July; born in the islands; been seafaring
man;
was first approached in this matter on December 8 by Charles Clark; Clark
said
Sam Nowlein wanted to see witness: saw  sowlein in rear of Bertelmann's office;
he
wanted witness to go to Koolan; witness could go up on 5 o'clock car to end
of line;
would be met near cemetery by boy and Charles AWarren with horses and ride
to
Koolan; didn't meet horses until 7 o'clock, near Shaefer's place; met John
Liilii on
beach; went to house near Makapun Point; stayed there watching for schooner
until near Christmas; was given letter for captain of schooner and six lights;
Now-
lein told witness and (Warren to go to Koolan and remain until schooner arrived;
schooner would bring 400 rifles and revolvers; revolvers were to be landed
at Rab-
bit Island; further notice was to be given as to landing rifles; schooner
was sighted
on December 19; witness and three others were present when schooner was sighted;
knew schooner by signal lights; vessel showed blue light; we answered with
red;
schooner responded with bright light according to agreement; witness went
off in
boat; before getting alongside captain called forpassword; witness replied,
"Mission-
ary ;" was then told to come aboard; captain of schooner asked witness
before he
went aboard if he had a letter; witness said yes, from the major; thought
letter
was from Major Nowlein; captain gave the witness no letter; soon as got the
stuff
sent off men to town to let parties know everything was all right; brought
revolvers
to Rabbit Island; put them in sacks and buried sacks in sand; men started
for
town at daylight; told them to go around town and tell schooner had been
met;
witness waited at Rabbit Island until men returned; they returned 10 o'clock
Fri-
day night; witness reported to Nowlein on December 21; was told to go and
get Wai-
manalo to meet schooner and land arms: went back to Rabbit Island; picked
up
boat and instructed to land part of arms at Kaakako and balance at fish market;
Davies was captain of Waimanalo; saw him Thursday; letter witness gave captain
schooner was addressed "ICaptain of schooner;" it was dirty, and
rolled up like a
cigar; witness noticed handwriting.
  Waimanalo left Thursday evening, December 27; witness went down to steamer
about 4 in the afternoon; went to sea Friday night; Nowlein gave witness
a letter
to give Captain Davies when steamer got out to sea; two letters were in one
envel-
ope; witness read both letters; one gave Davies instructions to lay 25 miles
off Rab-


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