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SAMOAN AFFAIRS.

A HOPEFUL OUTLOOK. Captain S. F. , Allen, of the s.s. Dawn (N.Z. Shipping and Trading Company), is at present in Auckland, and in conver-' sation with a representative of the "Auckland Star/ gave some interesting particulars regarding the position of affairs at the present time in Samoa. In the first place, he stated that what hag appeared regarding Dr. Solf having resigned the position of Governor of Samoa, is entirely untrue. Said Captain Allen: "Dr. Solf has merely handed over certain portions of his work to Dr. Schultz, in order to enable him to attend more freely to native matters. There is another point I wish to draw attention to. Statements have appeared that the chief Lauati has defied the Government and refused to obey the Governor's orders. Now, that is" not true. There certainly -was a danger of trouble between .Pule and Tuumua—-the old time war parties—and it would have taken place had not the Governor gone himself and personally interfered between them. He prevailed upon the natives to return to their homes, after they had got their war paint on and were flourishing their knives. When the Governor arrived on the scene, he, iby his personal influence, put an end to the danger of an outbreak of war between the natives. "There is another matter that also requires denying. The statement has been published that' there are too many Government officials in Samoa, who are doing nothing half their time. Now, let mc tell you there are only 23 white Government officials at Samoa, and they include the judicial staff, police, gaoler, surveyors, architects, secretaries of native affairs, typist-, and various other departments, so you can see the staff of white officials is not heavy. As a matter of fact, a number of them are appointed in Germany under agreement that they shall receive two months' holiday in each year, and the custom is to give them six months at the end of the term instead of the holiday each year. As to the charge of sedition, about which there was some talk, the only thing in that direction was 'brought, by one German trader against another trader. That has not been abandoned., as the Government is still collecting evidence. Another complaint has been that the natives are taxed to pay for the Dawn's trip to 'Savaii. As a matter of fact, the Dawn makes two trips a year, one to take the Governor, and another to bring the native chiefs and others to the 'tone.' The money ito pay for those trips is found Iby the Home Government, and not charged to taxes levied from the natives. "The trouble is that there arc a lot of people down there who, like your Pakeha Maoris in the old days, try to stir up trouble between the natives and the Government. They lead the natives to believe that if trouble was started England and America would interfere, I and the natives would get back the Island again. To my mind what Samoa requires is a stirring up similar to that done by Sir Arthur Gordon, who made a clean sweep of a lot of those kind of people from another place. The natives of Samoa are always talking about how much cheaper it would be if they were ■like Tonga, thinking they would have smaller taxes to pay, but as far as I can find out the difference is as between 30/- at Tonga aDd 12/- at Samoa." "What is the outlook for Samoa?" "Well, the copra crop for 1908 was a record one, totalling 10,200 tons. This is to a great extent "due to the Government getting the natives to plant large, areas each year. The output of copra could have been bigger last year, if only the natives had worked, but you know they only work when they want money for a particular purpose. Samoa produced' a/bout 200 tons of very good cocoa last year, and it is probable that the output for 1909 will be 450 tons. Then, too, the rubber plantations are also shaping very ■well; and, altogether I think the outlook is favourable."- j

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SAMOAN AFFAIRS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 73, 26 March 1909

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