FRENCH ANNEXATION OF THE ISLANDS.
The Richmond, which arrived at Auckland from the Islands this forenoon, brings Raratonga news to May 6. A few days back the schooner Punui arrived from Tahiti at Ngatangia, and from her was obtained the very unwelcome news that after all the French authorities at Tahiti had stolen a march and hoisted their flags on the islands of Rimutara and Rutuhui. This news created a great deal of excitement at Raratonga, and general regret was expressed at the misfortune that had befallen the people of the two islands. The seizing of the islands in the face of the strong expression against French occupation, which the petition to Queen Victoria contained, cannot be looked upon in any other light than that of a very great misfortune and a cruel wrong to the owners of the soil. The schooner Nassau, which arrived yesterday from Tahiti, brings intelligence that the French had decided to annex the Island of Manheke. This island is about 500 miles to the north of Raratonga, and is a very valuable little island. The Richmond brings further news that, when the French man-of-war reached the island named, the Natives had hoisted the British flag, thus securing the island against French occupation,
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FRENCH ANNEXATION OF THE ISLANDS., Evening Star, Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
FRENCH ANNEXATION OF THE ISLANDS. Evening Star, Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
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