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LATEST FROM SAMOA.

■ ♦ AUCKLAND, August 20. The Wainui from Samoa brings news that the return of the exiled King Malietoa took place on August 11, by the German warship Wolf. At first there was some doubt as to whether Malietoa w*s really on board, but soon after the vessel anchored a group of Samoans were observed standing on her deck, and with the aid of glasses the people on shore were enabled to recognise the familiar features of the Samoan banished King. A number of boats and canoes put off from the shore, but no one was allowed on board the Wolf. When it was ascertained that Malietoa was actually on board it was suggested that his flag should be hoisted as a token of welcome. This was the identical flag that bad been hauled down by the officers of the German squadron two years ago. Senmanatafa at that time took it into his care, and has jealously guarded it ever since. It was brought forth by him and run up speedily on M‘Arthur and Co.’s flagstaff. When tho old flag fluttered in the breeze and Malietoa recognised the familiar symbol of his former authority ho was deeply and visibly affected, and subsequently declared, after coming ashore, that the sight had gladdened his heart. Malietoa landed just before dusk, and immediately had an interview with Mataafa. The meeting between the man who has so well and ably sustained the fortunes of Maiietoa’s party during the recent trouble and the returned exile was not only friendly and cordial, but affecting and pathetic. After dinner a general conversation was engaged in, but Malietoa and Mataafa were soon deeply engaged in private communication. It was clearly manifest that there was no feeling of rivalry between them at all, and that whatever development ia Samoan politics may take place the relations between the two men will be of a most amicable nature. Duringthe evening Mr Blacklock, American ViceConsul, offered his congratulations to Malietoa on his return to Samoa. Malietoa had the option of proceeding in tho Wolf to his homo in Savaii, but he preferred to land at Apia before going home. He is at present staying with Chief-magistrate Falun.

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LATEST FROM SAMOA., Issue 7990, 20 August 1889

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LATEST FROM SAMOA. Issue 7990, 20 August 1889

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