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RETURN OF TRANSPORT.

WELLINGTON, Sept, 7. The Moeraki, No. 1 transport of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, arrived baok in Wellington Harbour from Samoa at 6,30 this morning in charge of Commanders Ward and Steward, with twenty -one invalided Territorials and fifteen H.M.s. Sea Larks' company. H.M.S. Psyche, under the white flag, entered Apia at nine, and demanded its surrender. Captain Marshall could not find the Governor, but the representative in power would not surrender. Eventually Captain Marshall found the Goyernor in the wireless station, and landed troops and formally annexed the town, and Colonel Logun took command. The Monowai took the Governor to Suva that night. Not a shot was fired. The natives seem' decidedly favourable to the British. The troopships were convoyed by H.M.S. Psyche, the Philo mcl and Pyramus, and at Noumea were met by H.M.S. Australia, H.M.S. Melbourne and the French ship Montcalme. The men landed all in good spirits, and appeared to have suffered no particular hardship, except the difficulty during the early days of getting proper. meals. The occupation of Samoa was marked by one collision, whiob looked serious for a time, owing to the dislocation of shipping supplies, which had been running short, for some 2000 Chinese from the plantations crowded around headquarters* and refused to disperse when ordered. At length Colonel Logan ordered the Samoan police to charge the mob, whioh was done, free use of batons having the desired effect. CANTERBURY EXPEDITIONARY FORCE.

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RETURN OF TRANSPORT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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RETURN OF TRANSPORT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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