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SAMOAN AFFAIRS.

[By Elbotrio Telegraph—Coptbioht.J [Per Press Association. | BERLIN, May 24. The next sitting of the Conference dealing with Samoan affairs will be held on Tuesday. It is mtnored among the delegates that the German Government intend to claim an indemnity from Kiog Mataafa for the attack on German sailors, in which he was successful. The American delegates strongly oppose Mataafa being held to blame for his part in the struggle, and they assert he only acted in self-defence. Another ground upon which the American delegates reject German dictation is that the Natives, even if an indemnity were ordered, are too poor to pay it. The Auckland • Herald's' correspondent, j writing from Apia on May 7, states that matters political are comparatively quiet. The belligerents still occupy their respective positions, apparently awaiting the result of the Samoan Conference. It is believed that, through the instrumentality of Admiral Kimberley, both Mataafa and Tamasese have agreed to suspend hostilities in the meantime, and that the Natives will return to their homes to plant food. In a quarrel between two Samoan young men one shot the other dead with a revolver. The father of the murdered man took upon himself to punish the murderer, and deliberately shot him, claiming that Samoan custom allowed him to take the law into his own hands, whilst, moreover, the Bible held that it was right to take eye for eye and tooth for tooth. One of the U.S. marines was engaged on the l£th rearranging a hammock in M'Arthur's timber shed, when a beam*fell upon him, killing him. A man named Miller, who was employed by the German Trading Company, Bhot himself on May 5 with a revolver. He was in good circumstances, and there was no apparent cause for the suicide. The American warship Nipsic left Apia on the 9th May, under convoy of the Alert, to proceed to Auckland for repairs, but when about 200 miles out the temporary rudder which had been fitted to the Nipsic got adrift, and as the vessel wan making water rapidly both ships returned to Apia, The Nipsic is now at Pagopago.

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SAMOAN AFFAIRS., Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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SAMOAN AFFAIRS. Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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