The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 1889. AFFAIRS IN SAMOA.
The civil war which has been raging m Samoa for the past three months has already been attended with considerable loss of life, not only to the natives, but to the Germans, whose intrigues have been the means of bringing it about. The latter are carrying things with a high hand, and there is not the smallest donbt that the intention is to turn the 6itmtion to account as an excuse for the annexation of the islands. That is evidently fully understood m London, for we see by our cablegrams that one journal speaks of 4< German intrigue and bluster to secure a # monopoly m Samoa," while another roundly accuses Germany .of acting "traitorously." Further it appears that a section of the German press are openly urging annexation, hinting that America is not likely to interfere, because her interests m the group are not of sufficient magnitude to justify a dispute with Germany, and apparently presuming upon the laiaser faire policy of the British Foreign Office as a guarantee against the intervention of England. What English residents m Samoa think of the position is shown plainly by a letter addressed to the "New Zealand Herald" under date Dec. 25, m which the writer says : — " If fc ngland consents to a German protectorate m Somoa, she deserves to suffer for her cowardice, and doubtless will do so m time coming, because Samoa is tbe key to the Panama Canal m the fc'outh Pacific. A strong Power holding thie group of islands would have the Australian and Now Zealand trade at its mercy." It is to he hoped that even at this iate moment the Imperial Government will bestir themselves before it is too late ; indeed, the treaty which exists between England, Germany America and Samoa, demands that both England and America should interfere tc preserve tho independence of the lattei and to prevent ihe fulfilment of German designs. It is indeed infinitely to be regretted that years ago the request oi the Samoan cliipfs for incorporation m the British Empire was not acceded to. 3 hey pointed out very plainly al that timo tbe drift of German policj and indicated the probability of the occurrence of tho very things which arc now happening. The New Zealand Government of the day at their request forwarded theßO representations to the Imperial Government and urged the matter upon its consideration but un fortunately m vain. News from the United States says that two men-of war are under orders for fcatnoa, and a telegram from Auckland intimates that H.M.B; Rapid is to be sent thtyher to protect the lives and property oi British subjects, but it is greatly to be feared that ere the arrival of the former, »t anyrate, matters Wilj have got into a tftage which will present but one of two alternatives, vi>., either to accept German annexation as unfait accompli or to dispute it at the sword's point. If things came to that pass it may be confidently predicted that the former will bo chosen, and that all tbafc jvill regain tc Fnglishmen will be a lost opportunity and curse to v t Mt v Q f fl, e m iQ fB p t tfro greatest theimbeci,... for alloying a Empire m tbe w -^tftbifeh a foreign military power to c • -~* stronghold m the very midst of its faireo* colonial possessions.