On this subject our views are well known, and we desire to quote for the information of the many the following, from a speech by James G. Blaine delivered sometime since:
“We are not seeking annexation of territory. Certainly, we do not desire it unless it should come by the volition of a people who might ask the priceless boon of a place under the flag of the Union. I feel sure that for a long time to come the people of the United States will be wisely content with our present area and not launch upon any scheme of annexation.”
The above declaration of principles by one of America’s leading statesman is plain and to the point, silencing as it does those who assert his country’s greed for this archipelago, and those who believe annexation impossible.
(Leo o ka Lahui, 9/11/1891, p. 4)