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THE TROUBLES IN SAMOA

A gentleman m Wcjuiugtoo has permitted the '"New Zealand Times" to make the .following extracts from a letter reoelved from his brother m Apia, Samoa, ard dated Deoember 24, 1888 :—• "A great change has taken plaoe In Samoan affairs, and lam afraid it will go hard with the poor S-imoans— in faot the oountry will no doubt pass into the bands of the Germans. Malietoa, m fighting against Tamasese, was gaioiog ground In every engagement, and was m a fair way to subdue him. The Germans wave 'baokio? Taonsese np, and, yon kuow, they have committed aots which hftve beeu little short of of barbarous and oowirdly, and oaused the Malietoa people to disr. apeot them. Laßt Sunday night about 200 men were put on shore from a German worship on liberty. It seems that they were bent on having a row, and they had oop. Four half-castes went into' an hotel pretty well on and started, to fight among these sailors. One hundred or more ooald not put them down with their fists, bur must resort to their knives or sticks. Tbe result waa that the halfcastes were la a little while covered with blood from head to oot. Not content with nearly murdering the half-oastea the German sailors then, started to go Into the Samoan houses and molest the Samoans, and m their mad exoitemeut near'y killed severil women. "Last Monday, about midnight, some boats put cff from tbe Ger mm man-of-war, and landed about WB Germans with some of Tama3ese'e men. The latter started lo throw up earthworks, tbe objeot boing to build a fort between Mallotoa's camp and Apia, to out off hia oommoulcatioa. A few of Mallotoa's forces came up to *bern, probably with no Intention ol fighting the Germans, but tbe latter shot one of tbe former chiefs • theu a rush w&s mado and a terrible battle' ensued? The Germans were thoroughly reputed, leaviog 52 killed and wounded to hind them The loss on Malietoa r s side was five killed and 24 wounded. The Samoanß captured 20 guos and a quantity of ammuuttlon, Iq the annate of Samoan* history this Is tbe first battle between Samoans and Europeans, and the effeot of having beaten the Germanß is that the natives have now a poor idea of their power. In revenge for their defeat the Germans shelled "the towns and burned down the houses. The Eogllsh flag was flying on several houses, but the Germans beeded lt not. Malietoa ia building forts all round Apia, and will not allow &uy Germans to go oqt of town. Malietoa's troops threatens that If the German's molest them any more they will sweep down and slaughter every German In town, and burn down their properties. Our oonsula are doing their best to preserve the neutrality of the place, but it Is useless when the Germans carry 'on io the high-handed way ln which they 'do. The Samoaas aye a patient, enduring people, and do their utmost Co prevent war with tbe Germans ; but they are forced loto lt. It Sbems that lv everything the Germans do ' they make a blunder Yesterday.^ln their anxiety to

do some daring aot, they .started with a large, armed boat to oopture a Samoan boat which was going toward them- T*he natives were unarmed,. T\xe boat was j v captured, and taken m triumph to the v German warship. Apd it was the boat 3 oontaining the clothes of the German 1 officers, which had been sent ashore to be > washed 1 Truly, a great prize. It waa 3 rumored on Friday night t^at the I Germans werg going to . f hell this town. There was a oomplete exodus of Germans, English, and Americans to tbeir men-of-war, only a few of us remaining ashore. Iv the morning we found the rumor was ooly a scare. Ido not allow theae scares to trouble me muoh. The only people we fear are the (_ferma»s. Tbey are savages | the Samoans are not. The "Samoa Times" of December S2, 1889, says lo a leading article :—"Unqueatiouablf Germany has ae.qaied tbe. oontrol of the situation. Our lives and property are In J-opardy, and It is ovly reasonable to txpeo'_ that every precaution will ba taken for the safety of the foreign residents In Samoa. The foreign residents m Samoa havo been for years endeavoring to icdaoa their respective Governments to Interest themselves In oar affairs acd Investigate our außatisfaotory condition. Germany Is the only Great Pcwer that took notioe of us, and their Government seem to have given their Consols unlimited 'power to' dr with their people as they pleased. The English Government up to the last .two months appear to have forgotten her subjeots here altogether, and it la only within twelve months t^ it the United States ftas shown .a disposition to plnoa Samoa and its Inhabitants more prominently before the world with a view"' of establishing a mltablo goyernmppfc, ■t-

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THE TROUBLES IN SAMOA, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2034, 11 January 1889

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THE TROUBLES IN SAMOA Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2034, 11 January 1889

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