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THE SAMOAN QUESTION.

Private letters woaived from Samo* Btate that Sir J. B. Thurstoo, the Bigh Cjmmfcsioner lor the Western Paoific, hes Investigated the charges preferred by the German anthoiltles agataat Oolorr 1 Ooatiogen, the British Consul, of slg a' ling to Mat oafa by means of lights on « night of their ill-fated expedition, v 1 thus led the Germans into an smbu The High Commissioner hue gone into matter closely, an<? fin-Is there is no j fioation for inch accusations. Itapj that Mataafa'a patty knew aU (hat going on. Iha Germans had art en the day's work with Tf»maee3«, o v whose right hand m» n Is a chief na La Mamea The wife of La Mamea j woman of the Tuamr-eaga tribe (the I fighting men of MV.aa'fl). He wrote his wife and told her whit wan going happen, L'nt the wife "loviut? " (as iiBamoaDS express it) her own family au people more than her renegade husband, sent the letter to Wataa/a by a oonfi dential friend. "I'," says the wiiter, "tto Germans are fond of precdin they can fiod precedent for this it Itiett i/, and spare \h emsalvos tae trouble of fmpoet'og • British Oontnl and • rec tunp, ok wy other stage properties." Beferrlog to the politfotl situation . the wrltet nytf " The United States osn not without making • new deparum Minme extra territorial responsibilities and obligations. Bat item and doe> trail England no matter what the Ger Bum may say. And Qermtny, If she bis midt np her mind, as appears probable, to abandon her attempts at ac arrogantly predominating control, wontd bt>ve perfect faith In the jaatfet srad Impartiality of England ts umplr or refe'ee, Buoh an Impartial pollcj would osnse the commercial predomtn•nee to rapidity gravitate In the dlreotlot of the arbitrator. This Is of oomse wha the Germans In Samoa have long forewen, snd mostly striven to prevent by ac Itjastice and cruelty to the Samoa* ntloh |i inoonoetvsb^e In » modern and gteti State."— "N.Z. Herald." The trtftty wbloh hit ju«k been drawD cp gnsriate<*s the «oton< mona Ldmlnlstratioc|>f tht Bsmoan I^ands, under the joint oontrol of Germany and .he Unite eutes, Great Btltlsn acting 1. , crbltrato la the event of any d'ff renv?« arlslog. The Samotna will eleot tbelr own klt>£ and viceroy, and will be represented by s f nsto c mposed of the prlt opal chlefi and a Obamber elected by the people. 1 Samoa will have the right of lev;! Dp doties cf every description, and the treaty also atlpnlates that the Gerirana ah all Ctoeive • money fnd»mnlty for tbelr loves. Vor the 1 ettlement or tbe land qnestton » gptolal Oodrt will be appointed.

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THE SAMOAN QUESTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2185, 29 July 1889

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