The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, MAY 3, 1889. THE SAMOAN DIFFICULTY.
It will probably take a good deal to induce most people to believe that Germany has had no desire for the annexation of the Samoan Islands, or that the conduct of Dr Enapp, since disavowed by Bismarck, arose solely from his own personal idiosyncraoies and predilections, and without hints as to the desires of the Imperial administration ; and the general views is, and we fancy will continue to be, that the monkey has blamed the cat for trying to reach the chestnuts, simply because he found them too hot for convenient deglutition. Bat be that as it may, the Samoan difficulty, as " a difficulty" is apparently over, for the conference now assembled has been assured that the Emperor William is desirous that an amicable settlement should be arrived at, Prince Bismarck has received the delegates with the ntmost cordiality, and Count Bismarck has assured the Conference that Germany has not attempted any secret bargain with Great Britain assuring Samoa to the former and Tonga to the latter. This last assurance has been borne out by bir JB. B. Malet, British Ambassador at Berlin. Count Herbert has further declared that Germany has no selfish or secret scheme of annexation or aggrandisement m the Pacific of any kind, least of all at Samoa, and that she desires nothing for herself that is inconsistent with existing treaties. Sir £. B. Malet has reciprocated these sentiments, and Mr Kasson, the American Minister, has concurred, hinting, however, that his Government hopes that the autonomy and independence of Samoa will not be interfered with. When we read further that the "Berliner Zeitung" advocates the " granting of autonomy to Samoa" — rather it should have said the maintenance and guarantee of Samoa autonomy — it would seem that all parties are already agreed, and that the work of the Conference must therefore prove exceedingly simple. As besides, all this, the cable news relates that Malietoa, having expressed regret for having offended his German Imperial Majesty, is to be liberated with all convenient speed, the outcome of" all the pother " will probably be his restoration to the throne, and m fact an entire reversion to the status quo ante. That will be the beat solution of the matter, and it is to be hoped that Germany will not for many years to come attempt to repeat the intrigues which bave on this occasion been so entirely oheokmated and set at nought.
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