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September 10, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(11):733-737. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500110002a

Pango Pango, Samoa, July 21.

The recent annexation of the Hawaiian Islands as a territory of the United States has awakened anions; us a new interest in their agricultural, commercial, professional and educatonal status. The wisdom of the consummation of such an act can not be questioned, as the United States has thereby gained a firm foothold in the Pacific Ocean at a point of great strategic importance and the islands have secured for themselves a permanent form of government and the most advantageous commercial relations with the outside world. The inhabitants will be made to feel that

"In no other state except that in which the power of the people is supreme has liberty any abode, than which nothing assuredly can be more delightful."—Cicero.

The islands have natural resources that must be made available to the natives. The rapid transitions from barbarism to a kingdom and from a kingdom to a republic, and from a republic to a territory of the great republic have left the agricultural

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