Display of power by the American battleship, 1893.


American Battleship Soldiers.

In the early morning of this Tuesday, some of the soldiers of all ranks from the warship were sent ashore, perhaps numbering three hundred when combined with the officers. There were two small cannons in this parade, and the soldiers were armed with weapons. The soldiers from the battleship landed at Kinau Wharf [uapo o Kinau], and marched on Fort Street and turned on Beritania where they continued marching until Richards and Beritania; the troops divided: some travelled on Richards Street and some on Beritania Street. They rested for a while, and then proceeded to drill. After drilling, they went back on Beritania Street and turned on Fort, until reaching the wharf.

Everyone was left puzzled by this action of the great number of the troops who came to shore. When we asked the Office of the American Consul directly, we were told that they landed to parade. When we heard this, our confusion was cleared, and so we report to our reader friends. The drilling here is part of their job. Let’s see what happens in the future.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 10/25/1893, p. 3)


Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 798, Aoao 3. Okatoba 25, 1893.

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