THE SAMOAN QUESTION
(Mb PBua association)
™i» t « linear, April 3a Mr W. L, Rees has been interviewed by a representative of the "Pall Mall Gazeite." He stated that he had written to the Marquis of Salisbury, to Mr J G. Blame, Secretary of State for the United States, and to Prince Bitmarck with reference to tbt questions to be discussed at the conference on Samoan affairs now sitting at Berlin, and that he urged the restoration of e J"King Malietoa, who was deposed by the Germans and is now being kept m exile on one of the islands of the Pacific. Mr Rees also suggested that .he should himself appear before the Conference on behalf of the Saraoaw. BiBUOr, May JL At the Samopn Conference yesterday Count Herbert Bismarck and Sir E. B Malet denied positively that there had ever been a secret treaty between England and Germany for partition of the Pacific, whereby England should take Tonga and Germany Samoa. The commander of the German corvette which conveyed ex-King Malietot of Samoa to the Island Taliut, where he is now being kept m exile, reports that he expresses regret for His former atttitude towards Germany, and begs the Emperor William to look upon the past as expiated by the exile he had undergone. Jt is stated that m view of this expression of regret on the part of Malietoa, the Emperor William has decided that he shall be speedily liberated.
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