Dillon and his wife, 1886
1886 came, and Palmyra was again under new and emboldened management. The new owners searched for any and all means of turning a profit. In the periodical "Uncle Sam's Pacific Islets" (published and updated several times in the 1930's and 40's), we read the following account:
From this authority it appears that the Pacific Navigation Company sent a man named Dillon in September, 1885, under contract for one year, to Palmyra Island. He agreed during that period to cut firewood, catch shark, fish and birds, and plant coconuts, and try to find pearl shell and coral. Dillon and his wife remained on Palmyra for a year, and returned to Honolulu at the end of 1886, or beginning of 1887.
Sent primarily to plant coconuts, Dillon spent a good deal of time thoroughly exploring the islands for whatever treasures he and his wife could find, but ultimately landed in the same spot as his predecessors, with little to show for it, beyond a ticket back to the mainland.