September 1887 (n.d.): Missing Money
The following excerpt was “filed” at the front of the folder containing Attorney General records from September 1887. The letter intimates that certain fraudulent activities were occurring at the police station house in Honolulu. Specifically, that there were shortages in the accounts at the station house. The letter explains that this has become a regular occurrence since the “unceremonious dismissal of “the old faithful servant McKeage [McKeague].” Officer Sam McKeague was the station house keeper for Honolulu, prior to the events referenced in this letter. See Richard A. Greer, “Sweet and Clean”: The Chinatown Fire of 1886,” 10 Haw. J. Hist. 33 (1976) (available here). The author of this letter is unknown (it contains no signature or address). The attorney general at this time was Clarence Ashford, who replaced Antone Rosa just a few months prior.
A brief transcription is provided below for this short excerpt.
Some 2 weeks ago, 2 chinese were convicted of assault and battery and sentenced to pay, beteen [sic] them, in, different amounts, E a total of $25. A shortage in the accounts of the Station House, however, needed explanation. The explanation was, that these two men had escaped by some mysterious means without paying their fines. Shortages have been the rule there, of late ^ as you can find out from the Judge – the exception since the old and faithful servant McKeage [sic] was so unceremoniously put out. There are several eye witnesses to the payment of this money, who are willing to swear to the fact. The matter is not yet . . . .