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THE SAMPAN QUESTION.

(FIR PBISS ASSOCIATION.) Washington, January 10. President Cleveland has addressed a message to Congress m relation to the dispute between the United States Government and Germany on the Samoan Question. The message sets forth that while Germany professes to have no intention or desire to overturn the Native Government of Samoa, or to ignore her treaty obligations, her actions m Samoa indicate a desire to obtain a preponderance of power m that country' which is quite inconsistent with the existing agreements between the United States and European Powers. The message further refers to treatment received by the Samoan natives at the hands of the German officials the residents m Samoa — treatment which certainly gives coior~~f6~fHer suspicion that Germany is not content to occupy a merely neutral position m Samoa. Admiral Kimberley, who is under orders to proceed to Samoa with the U.S. corvette Triton, has been instructed to afford all possible protection m his power to American residents at Samoa and their property, and to report at once if m his opinion the German officials are acting with impartiality m their dealing with the natives. The Admiral, is also instructed to protest against the overthrow of the native Government at Samoa. Mr Bayard, United States Secrerary of State, has informed Count Herbert Bismarck that he has no knowledge of Klein, one of the Americans who are accused by Germany 01 instigating the rebellion m Samon, and that if there is any truth m the statement Klein is acting' without authority. Mr Bayard adds that the American officials m Samoa. have been instructed to observe strict neutrality m dealing with native affairs. He suggests that the present time is opportune for the Saraoans to elect a King, io accordance with the agreement arrived at at the Washington Conference on the Samoan question, and says that his Government will be willing to co-operate with Germany and Great Britain to restore order m Samoa on the basis of Samoan independence. President Cleveland, m his message to Congress, declines Germany's pro- ! posal for co-operation with the United States for the settlement of affairs k Samoa, and invites congress to decide the course to be taken by America. There are now large fleets ol United States' war vessels on each side of the Isthmus of Darien, and several other vessels are being despatched. Klein insists that the Washington Conference of 1887 granted the Samoans the right to elect their own King. Hydnky, January 17. Arrived— s.s. Lubeck, from Samoa. She reports that no further righting has taken place. Lieut. Spingel, who was wounded m the recent fight, has succumbed to. his injuries. Mataafa has taken up a new position, and is strongly fortifying his camp. It is reported that his troops have committed extension depredations on the cultivations of residents m the vicinity to provide food supplies for the camp. Tamasese is quietly recruiting. Shipments of amttounit'ion have come to hand, and have been eagerly purchased by both sides, numbers of natives mortgaging their lands m order to procure fighting material. London, January 17. Lord Salisbury has forwarded instructions to the British Consul at 1 Apia similar m terms to those given by ;he United States Government to their representative m Sgraoa as to the observance of neutrality m the present lituation. i

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THE SAMPAN QUESTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2040, 18 January 1889

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THE SAMPAN QUESTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2040, 18 January 1889

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