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GOVERNOR'S SUICIDE IN AMERICAN SAMOA. The residents of 'the Island of Tutuila, white and Samoan alike, continue to bo stirred by a scries of dramatic events, said a recent message from Pago Pago. Tho government of American Samoa had proceeded smoothly up to quite recently, when disaffection spread among tho natives. It -was claimed that it was fomented by Lieutenant-Commander Boucher, who was m charge of the naval yard. One outcome -of agitation 'was the dismissal of two native Governors and the suspension of the chief of the] navy yard. His successor was a Com-j mander A. C. Kail, and it is claimed that ho also did not work m harmony with Governor Warren J. Terhune, Commander U.S.NJ, who is known to many New Zealand residents. Tho authorities at Washington decided that a thorough investigation was desirable, and Admiral Hughes was dispatched on tho battleship Kansas, to conduct a searching inquiry into the affairs of American Samoa. The warship was expected here on the sth, and Lieutenant-Commander Boucher, whose actions m supporting the natives were to be the main subject of inquiry, by the Sonoma on the Sth. A terrible staggered the little community of Pago Pago on tho eve of the arrival of the Kansas. Governor Terhune committed suicide at his residence at noon. During the morning he had attended his office and had had interviews with several of: the chiefs loyal to the Administration. He appeared m good spirits! when leaving with his orderly about noon to return to his residence. Upon reaching tlie house he entered and went upstairs by tho back stairs; apparently he proceeded straight to th<v bathroom, and leaning over the bath ! shot ..himself through tho heart with a .45 pistol. The servant who investigated the cause of the noise upstairs,] found ythc. Governor m the bath. Mrs. Terhune was below oh the porch with ' the wife of the senior naval surgeon, i Mrs. Dollard, and doctors were quick- i ly m attendance. They could do no- j thing. Commander Kail, as senior of- 1 ficer of the port, assun/ed the Govern-, orship, and among his first acts were tho reinstatement of the two Governors who . had ' been suspended because of disaffection, and the dismissal of the natives who had been put m their places. Court proceedings were also suspended. Next clay the Kansas arrived and j the investigation of the unsatisfactory j state of affairs of the territory is to ! proceed forthwith. Tho body of. the late Governor is to be taken up to the States by the naval collier Brutus, by which Mrs. Terhune, with whom the greatest sympathy is felt, will be a passenger.

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DRAMATIC EVENTS., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVII, Issue 15381, 27 November 1920

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DRAMATIC EVENTS. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVII, Issue 15381, 27 November 1920