Response on interview by Jule de Rytiler, 1897.

The ex-Queen has evidently been playing to the gallery and has enlisted in her broken cause some hysterical women. Among these is Julie de Rytiler. This may be a pseudonym, however, for the ever present Julius. He may have changed his sex in print. For mawkish sentiment the interview cannot be beat. When an interviewer writes such stuff as this she insults the lady she is interviewing. The ex-Queen is represented as having read “Aloha Oe” to this double distilled idiot and she writes “I do not know one word of Hawaiian, and yet so feelingly and expressively did this lovely woman read these songs that I felt sure I understoods it all.” It reminds one of the old lady in one of Marryat’s novels, who spoke of the extreme comfort of that “Blessed word Mesopotamia” was to her. The interviewer must be the kind of woman that can get a great deal of comfort out of “Mesopotamia,” or “Aloha Oe.” Hysterical persons like this do harm to the person they wish to do good to and certainly take away from the dignity of the ex-Queen.

(Hawaiian Star, 3/31/1897, p. 4)

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The Hawaiian Star, Volume III, Number 1235, Page 4. March 31, 1897.

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On the 100th anniversary of the passing of Queen Liliuokalani, 1917-2017.

[Found under: “LILIUOKALANI. A Published Interview With Her.”]

The Hawaiians are my people, and I am still their Queen. To the Hawaiians I shall always be Queen while I am alive, and after I am dead I shall still be their Queen—their dead Queen. But Hawaii is not in the hands of its people. From other countries all kinds of people have come—some wise, some foolish, some good, some very mean. They found fortunes in my county under the protection of my fathers, and then they robbed me of my throne.

[This quote is taken from an interview by Jule de Rytiler originally published in the American Woman’s Home Journal. For the entire interview as published by the Independent, see here.]

(Independent, 4/1/1897, p. 4)

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The Independent, Volume IV, Number 547, Page 4. April 1, 1897.