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THE WAR IN SAMOA.

(Special eorreapondent of '' Sydney Telegraph-") Apia, December 8, When I last wrote to yon about 8000 of the rebels were encamped at Saluafata. They consisted principally of Monono and Savait people. By thia movement tbe followers of Tamaaete stood between two Area, af tbey were holding the coast line from Lnatuanou to a portion of Salnafata. To disperse the rebels from thia point, where tbey had burned the honaes and done other damage, Tamaaeae sent a large body of Atoa people through the both to surround the followers of Mataafa. After four days' consideration the rebels" determined to pin their main bodyatLanbi, Jeaving- Saluafata In boats, and keeping ..long the coast, arriving at their head.quastere safely. Having oonoentrated their forces, the .rebels decided on attaoklng the strong - Jhold of Tamasess, the strength of whose iforta has been wondered at by people of all shades of opinion. About 4 o'olock on mha morning of November 29th another battle took plia j whioh lasted all day and • portion of tbe following day, when a cessation of hostilities took plaoe to allow «_oh aide to bury the dead. The Tuama -. x fa made a bold attempt on behalf of tbe rebi ** £** I- side one of the forts, and If t« _Vfr&- desperately s-aceeded m dotnc ao v A portion of the Savaal were aeot ud to t^Meve tfa e Toafaaaega, as the •Uttro^h. T> *"» Pft>%' c ' did not like the* wdettaklng. The Tamaaeae party ral„<«AV>» d » »» k » n ? • bold ru-b, drove the *•<»* •■* of t the fort. This waa the oau^^asrloua , loss of life, a* tbe natives were fifrWHl hand to hsnd. " The women also to-* *»« ,_ |D it, two of them losing their lives. After a brief respite, the Tumaaaga again made a rush for the fort, and succeeded let onoe more getting Inside. Whilst the Sighting was going on so awvetely on land the rebels mustered •strongly on the water, and with their three war eaonoes. ln whioh they have several eannone, some heavy firing took plaoe* Doting the morning they made three etUoks, being repulsed on each occasion by the Governmen*; soldiers, who have a very strong fortification at this part of the coast. Tery little damage to e^bec puty waa austained from the m t tm /\ mad* from the sea on acoount of the Th._ VF eweli that la so prevalent along .hi Boiit. U» *blfd • ttßck h * Ti °8 P roved fraiSei. t_> l**" l 9 retirßd wlth thelr etn^lnd^oa^ ** • «***»* «"* *•« Between 10 and /.l ** '_^^J^L__ In Apia that the fight *?ol£be tbe most desperate the natives hau* *•* «**-•* Io v Tha atrongest portion i* *J» * eDel contingent, the Tnamaraga, *** *** a given to understand tbat no* *-**** would be shown to them by tha folio - *™ ot Temasete, and tbat they might* )-& as well die ln fighting for Mataafa. Thfa roused tbe natives to suoh a* extent tbat their usually eautloua «ay of ightlog was discarded. This, no doubt, aeeounta greatly for the number killed and wounded. When the rumors Degan to arrive In town with the newa from the scene of battle, as usual, exaggerated atatementa became prollfio. As the afternoon wore on, however the severity of the fighting going on was demonstrated by the number of wonnded brought to the Impromptu hospital lnalde the grounds of the British •onaulate. The fighting taking jplace about four miles away, tbe sufferings •of the uufortooate men must hava been terrible, as they bad to be oarrled over a zougbroad nearly all the way. Some wore brought down m boata, whioh, no doubt* waa muoh' easier for the sufferers. By 9 P>*a< there -were thirty-two cases brought m, and this waa for the rebel •Ida only. No Information oould be gleaned as to tbe doings of the Government soldiers, who have no aeoesa to Apia on account of the followers of Mataafa holding a atrong position at Lanll, whioh lies between Lnatuanou and Apia. A few dead {pen were also brought down, bat thsy were immediately taken to their homes. Next morning boats jßAin- down bringing bad news and dead tjpople with them. On acoount of thej ibaaberooa custom of tha natives In hackring off the heads of their foes, the bodies .oalf -f tha vlotlma could be found, the (heads -having been secured by their fopponeutf. .To sea* a headless body tcerried by two man on a long pole through tthe street m tba asme manner as the actives carry their pigs or any other >eavy objects la a slekecfeg apeotaole. In ac» Instances the bodies were followed ky women and children exhibiting great OMMCCCSV Set till the following Mondsy could any reliable news be beard cf the number killed and wounded. - father Bemy, the head of tha French mission Jiere, has always taken every precaution l^ obtain the name and district of any man who haa been killed. With this e_d m view there haa eenstantly been a teacher of the 33reneb mission on each aide, as they have m% large nomber of there people although theyworsblptogetber, taklngoppositeiidei on tha TamaaeseMalletoa question. The sewa reoelved by them points to the fael that forty-three headless bodies had been foopd belonging to the rebel party, and forty-six with their heads on, making a „ Jotel of eighty nine killed, The number <o( , woended cannot be a eorately disooeetbjl, aa many of them go to their -tome wt&ent troobling the man-of-war doctors at tho hospital, preferring to be Attended to In tbe Samoao way. Over fifty eases, however, have been treated at the hospital, and it is estimated that afaut forty- have been treated elsewhere. Tbe nomber killed on ihe Government aide has been found t# be eighteen, and twenty-three wounded. ■ Some of Tamasese'a men alao loat their heads, aa one of the rebels was noticed carrying two heads through tbe street In a basket made from the leaves of tbe cocoa not tree Since th* war began; about three months sgo there hare been 131 Wiled and abont 100 wonnded. Had '+_* old Samoao custom of fighting been 4 0 lIoVed oof, ft woold have taken years ■ie bring £bout a __h fatal results. On aoeotk^t of the troubled stats of »_ tire here, the British Oonetil has iasued * proclamation notifying all her Brlttan'o lit j»ty's subjects tha. In future they will be under Ala jsole oontrol. Only a few -weeks ago be -pcbllabea' a letter m tbe aoeal paper, fat which he stated hfs Instroo • •tlons were to tw, neutral and that he waa to reeognlse the de facto Samosn Govern* mens. Special const »blei £i - a fhjo been mfow il 07 hi*

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THE WAR IN SAMOA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VIII, Issue 2027, 3 January 1889

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THE WAR IN SAMOA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VIII, Issue 2027, 3 January 1889

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