I SHALL EAT STONES.
This past Wednesday, John Polapola was dragged along by a traitor to his motherland. This is what he said to Jno. Polapola, as he held on tightly to his hand.
Where are we going? said John [Keoni].
The traitor responded: To the Annexation Office, where you will sign your name, because you should think about your crackers and beef, and how you can continue to work.
This is the answer of the patriotic man: The job that I have now is in no way sufficient; Not at all! But I tell you, “I will eat stones;” that is better than me agreeing to sign my name under the Annexationists. For I love my land, and my Queen, and if you want to take away your jobs, I am now prepared.
And that is when that Judas said: That is not how it is, but having a job is what is important.
John Polapola answered back: I have hands and am prepared to work, so I will not agree to what you say.
The Lahui [the Leo o ka Lahui newspaper, and I am sure the Lahui as a whole] gives its congratulations to you, O John Polapola, for your carrying out of the words of God; and the circle of Judas folk remain, the one who betrayed the Lord for 30 pieces of silver.
It was Keoni Polapola himself who told me this yesterday morning, April 6, 9:45 a. m.
D. M. PUNINI JR.
[It seems John Polapola was employed as a police officer during the monarchy.]
(Leo o ka Lahui, 4/7/1893, p. 2)