Mr. Clarence E. Edwords, who recently visited these islands, has written an unusually correct and truthful account of the present situation of Hawaiian politics, etc. which we shall take pleasure in reproducing from the Kansas City Journal in our next issue. Mr. Edwords is a distinguished politician and journalist, and was one of the delegates to the St. Louis convention. He is one of the few visitors to the islands who have sized up our true conditions, and although belonging to the Republican party, is not afraid of speaking according to his honest convictions. If other prominent republicans in the United States are as upright and sincere as Mr. Edwords the prospects for annexation are very slender indeed. The Americans are more and more coming to the conclusion that the people of Hawaii do not desire to give up their independent government, of such a form as the majority may chose, and they now finally admit that the Hawaiians are not the Stevens-Wiltze-Dole filibusters, but the native owners of the country. And they will never voluntarily consent to the hoisting of the Stars and Stripes in Hawaii.
[I will try to put up the entire Clarence E. Edwords text tomorrow!]
(Independent, 7/10/1896, p. 2)