At the regular meeting of the Hawaiian Patriotic League, on the evening of Monday past. John Hilo [Keoni Hilo] announced before the meeting. He was a mate of the steamer Mokolii of the Wilder Steamship Company [Hui Hooholo Mokuahi o Waila ma]; for almost 10 years or more he worked for that Company.
He was compelled by his boss to sign under the Annexationist Association, and if he did not agree, he would be fired from his job. This is the response of that true Hawaiian Patriot, “I will not sign on your paper, and I am leaving that job of yours;” he left for his home. Patriotism was more important to him than his job, where he received his livelihood for him and his family.
Soon after, a supervisor of the Wilder Company came and told him to come back to work. Much praise to you O True Hawaiian Patriot.
(Leo o ka Lahui, 3/29/1893, p. 3)