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Beblin, May 6.

The ex-German Consul, Dr Knappe, m his published despatch attacks the American sailors and asserts that Mataafa ordered bis followers to abstain from rescuing the Germans during the disastrous storm m March.

The Samoan Conference held its second meeting on Saturday, and received the report of the sub-Committee appointed to consider the land question. It is understood the report was considered satisfactory, and another SubCommittee was appointed to consider the future form of Government of the islands. It is expected the Samoans will be asked to elect their own King, but it is anticipated the question of the foreign control of this ruler will be likely to raise considerable difficulty.

Lateb|^ The Conference is discussing the question of the kingship, with' a guarantee of order by the Government m Samoa, A Land Commission is to be appointed. It is hoped the Conference will terminate m a week.

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THE SAMOAN QUESTION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2128, 7 May 1889

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