THAT MURDER AT HAMAKUA.
The body of the Japanese doctor* Goto at Hamakua was found dangling, killed by unknown people; news was received this week that three haole sugar plantation workers suspects were arrested, and they are being brought from Laupahoehoe aboard the Kinau to be detained at the Hilo jail.
Their names are T. G. Steel [T. G. Steele], J. Richmond and W. C. Blabon.
By the kindness of Mr. J. Kaulahea, we received the letter below from one of his friends in Honokaa:
The news of Honokaa nei is that a Hawaiian and haole are being arrested, suspected that they beat and hung the Japanese from the telephone pole.
These are who were arrested and taken to Hilo: 1 Hawaiian and 3 haole. However the arrests amongst the haole are not over.
The haole being arrested are all influential. Those who participated in this act are believed to be J. R. Mills and Overend [Owelena], and his head overseer and the haole who cares for the donkeys.
Horne, a shopkeeper, and some other haole, and one Hawaiian named Lala. It was this man who told the Sheriff that it was three haole who did the killing, but he did not name the haole; and it was Lala who put the Japanese up on the telephone pole.
G. W. Pilipo, Jr.
* The “doctor” is added to Goto here because they were confusing Katsu Goto with the famous Japanese doctor in Hawaii, Masanao Goto.
(Kuokoa, 12/7/1889, p. 3)