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GERMANY IN SAMOA.

THE NATIVE TROUBLE. The officers of the steamer Yeddo, which arrived from 'Frisco and Samoa yesterday-, state that the native uprising which threatened German authority in the island has been quelled, and matters were apparently quiet while the Yeddo was at Apia. Speaking to a "Star" reporter, one of the officers of the Yeddo stated that there were three German warships at Apia when his vessel called there. He ascertained that several native chiefs and others who had been inciting the natives to rebel- against German authority had been arrested by the German marines and placed on 1 board the warships, where, }t was understood, they were awaiting I transportation to one of the islands to keep them out of harm's way. The The Admiral, in hi<s flagship, had left j for Fiji' before the arrival of the'Yeddo in order to communicate with Berlin for iristruc'tions as to how the prisoners- were Ito be dealt with.

"I don't think the natives have much love for the Germans," our informant .further explained, and when asked if the present dispute had been effectively disposed of, replied rather naively that so long as the warships remained at Apia the natives would be quiet. So far as he could find out, it appeared that the natives objected to pay the taxes imposed by tbe German authorities, contending, as they did, that the small improvements that had been effected at Apia were' not in proportion to the heavy 1 imposts they were labouring under. The chiefs invited the natives to refuse to; 'pay' any* more faxes as a protest, and dlrHougii' rhafiter¥ were apparently quiet-iff-the islantf it' was ; -a matter to I say whether lie dispute l&d. !beeiii- finally settled, . _. ; ~

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GERMANY IN SAMOA. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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