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(Received April 30, 10.30 a.m.) LONDON, April 29

Official.—The revised draft of the mandate for New Zealand's control of Somoa has been It is invpos* sible at this stage to make the details public, but the main principles may be outlined.

Germany renounces all rights, and the Allied Powers entrust the government of the .islands to his Britannic Majesty, to be exercised by the New Zealand Government, with full legislative, administrative, and judicial power, over the islands as an integral portion of New Zealand territory, to which New Zealand laws will be applied, subject to any necessary local modification. The trust will be accepted for the well-being and development of the Natives, and, to that end, New Zealand undertakes to prohibit the slave trade, forced labour, and sale of spiritous liquors. There will be no military training of the Natives, except for police and local defence, and no fortifications, military or naval bases, shall be erected. It is provided that if the Natives at any time express a desire to be united with New Zealand, and if thel Council of the League of Nations considers the desire well-founded, effect shall be given to it, and the Islands will be incorporated in New Zealand. The arrangement generally represents a marked difference from the original proposals, when the matter was fhscussedHfefore the Council of thePeaoe Conference. The safeguards advocated by the overseas delegates have been accepted. Apparently it is ilot clearly 1 understood in New Zealand that a mandate could not be accepted by Great Britain for any former German colonies in the Pacific, so there never was any conflict of opinion between New Zealand and the Mother Country. Mr Massey throughout advocated the British policy, with certain safeguards from the Dominion point of view. The area of the Samoan Group formerly held by Germany is over one thousand miles. The portion occupied by America is about seventy-five miles.

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SAMOA'S FUTURE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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SAMOA'S FUTURE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919