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President Cleveland sent a mass of doouuaonts bearing on the quest'on to Congress on December 21st. The chief feature of interest was tbe correspondence between Secretary Bayard and Baron von Sedtwitz, of tbe German Government, relative to the proposition submitted by Secretary Bayard for a new form of government for Samoa. The proposition of the Seoretary was for the appointment of three Commissioners, oae by the United States, one by Great Britain, and oie by Germany, who should confer with the King snd Vice -regent, making a Board of five to administer the Government To this proposal the German Government objected, and produced many arguments againat it, holding that it would be impracticable to administer Government among this olaas of people m this manner, and especially so as the fcJamoan King and Vice-regent are unfamiliar with any language which representatives of civilised nations would use, and that it would be impracticable for them to operate m the administration of Government. A counter proposition woo submitted, m which the German Government proposes that tbe nation having the largest interest m Samoa shal appoint a single representative to administer the Government jointly with the King. This, of course, wou'd have resulted m the appointment of a German representative. The remainder of the documents are devoted, for tie most part, to detniled accounts of the war between Tamaeese and his followers and those of King Mataafa. Later reports from tbe Consul at Samoa continue to urgently call for another American war vessel to be sent there. Several Berlin evening papers of date January 7th, commenting on the condition of affairs m Samoa, emphasise the faoof the preponderance of German commercial interests over American, and express | a hope that the American Government will recognise this question and stop the intrigue of Americans, and facilitate an agreement with the oontending forces. The U.S. warships Mohican and Handel have been put m commission and ordered to Samoa with all speed, to reinforce the Adams and Nipsfc now at Apia.

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THE SAMOAN QUESTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2056, 6 February 1889

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THE SAMOAN QUESTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2056, 6 February 1889