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SAMOA.

The wotk of the Samoan Conference at Berlin was completed at Obanoellor Blamarck's offijUl residence on May Mb. The sittings weie brief, nearly ever; point advanced by the American Commissioners being ponooded. The stains quo was established and ten days allowed for the ratification of the treaty by all oontraotlDg Powers. Germany is not allowed to oolleot heavy damages from the Samoa™, ] and a Native Government is insisted Upon. The Government of Samoa is to be exclusively native. JNone of the treaty Powers will have -i a voioe m the local government of Apia, The leading olauae m the treaty Insures the absolute autonomy of the Samoan TsUnde, gnaran> teeing native iu^aenoe m every governing body, and restricting the tieaty Powers from represents 1 ion upon the Samoan Ooufloll. England's repreaent»tlve will act only m the eharaoter of when the German and Amerioan Ministers fail tp agree, A Land Qommlsslon is provided, whose business it shall be to examine the titles of tho Samoan real estate, settle disputed oUtus of foreigners In Samoa, and generally set at roat the queatlens of ownership to land between foiei^ners and natives. A oonatitution for tha uovcrnraent of (he island ia provided for. lhe islands are to be governed by a native king, and a viceking is to be elected by the £amoaas. .Iheee, together with the chiefs of the Bamoan famil es, will compose tbe Upper Honse o{ Native Legislataro styled " laiwerft The Lower gquia qj

" Taipule " is to be made op of Native Sarcoma eh a n by the people on « basil of one representative to every 2000 peop'e. The treaty guaranteers tbe restoration of tha status, quo ante and the rehabilitation of Malietoa as King. This point was long resisted by the German representatives. In the Plenary Conference the provisions of several treaties now m exietsnce between the Powers and Samoa as to coaling stations set apart upon tbe islands were re-enacted m the treaty. A separate station is allotted to each Power m which ships of war may be at liberty to anohor, to remain, to take supplies and repair. Tbe section which caused most discussion was that pro* scribing the indemnity to be exaoted f rom the Samoans for the destruction of German life and property. The German representatives finally withheld their &*• marjd for an extortionate indemnity. The Treaty provides for the payment of a nominal Bum, During the latter part of the discussion England's Influence was thrown on the side of the United State*

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SAMOA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2156, 24 June 1889

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SAMOA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2156, 24 June 1889

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