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The Samoa Trouble

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Parent Issue
Day
31
Month
January
Year
1889
Copyright
Public Domain
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TUREATENINGS OF W.VR. Berlín, Jan. 25l- The Noitb ü.;rraiwi Gazette, Prince B Bmarck'a organ, denies tho existence of any treaty precludin any European power from acquirlng or seeking to aoquirj ascendency ia Samoa. Tho Gazette a!so denies that England and thu United States aro agreed that tho proceedingB of tlie Germán agent in Samoa aro contrary to the stipulations of the treatúM o nceining Samoa aud arj opposed to diplomatic etiquette, aud that those powers have offlcialiy m.tifled te Germán (ïovernment aooordinfflj. 'l he treaties between Samo.i, Oerman V, Knglaud and the United States, the Gazette further saya, provide that Bamoa shall concedo to each treaty power equal rights with any other power, but no treaty regarding the neutrality or ïndependence of Samoa exists between Germany and the United iáiates. Berlín-, Jan. '6 -The North Germán Gazette says that the English Cabinet disclaims co-operation with t!:e Washington Government regarding Samoa. The Cologne Gazette declares thatthere is no occasion to fsar that the excellout relations between Germany and America are In danser of undergoing any radical change. It says: "Comparatively little Importance is to be attached to the last acts oí an American Govmentabout to Quit office. Under the Presidency oí Mr. Ilamson a complete clearance of Mr. Cleveland' 8 official stafl becomes voidable. Mr. Cleveland's most recent steps, therefore, have lost their importance, and liis actions are in no way binding upoa Mr. Harrlson. From the intelligence received here it is evident that the American Government treats the Samoan question in a spirit hostile to Germany and on a basis of incorrect suppositions. It is incorrect to Bpeak of a violation by Germany of actual agroemcnts between the treaty powers, as no treaty was ever concluded between Germany, Great Britain and America in regard to Samoa, while on the other hand such a treaty does exisi between Germany and England. The excittment in America is therefore incomprehensible. Mr. Bayard has declared that he does not know whether Klein is an American BUbject, but nevertheless he is responsible for Klein" s misdeeds." London-, Jan. 25. -The artic'.e in the North Gorman Gazette relativo to the treaties regarding Samoa has caused somewhat of a commotiou in official circles hero. By some persous it is regarded as a delibérale deíiance to the Washington Government. IiOndon, Jan. 26 - Comuieuling on the Samoan aftair the Dailv News says: "Iti3 extremely important ttiat Eufjlaud should act cordially with America. It is therefore the more to bo regretted that wo havo no Minister at Washington. If Lord Salisbury would be a little less humble to Germany aud alittle more civil to America it would bo far botter for all the parties concerned." Wasuington. Jan. 2(5. - When Secretary Bayard was shown theBerlindispatchgiving the North Germán Gazette's views on the Samoan question he said he did not know what authority the Gazette had for its statements, consequently he could not assume them to be official, and tliey mia;ht, after all, prove to be mere newspaper possip. In regard to the statement that Germany would viólate no treaty in acquiring an ascendency in Samoa Mr. Bayard called attention to the declaration concerning the boundaries of the Germán and English dominions in the West P,icific Ocean, sigued at Berlín, April 6, 188-i, and he thouí?ht this agreeuient precluded Gorman acquísitions in tSamoa, ani. that Germany was bound to respect the rights of that islaml. Senator Sherman said he supposed Bismarck had a perfect right to expres his opinión upon any subject, but did not suppose such an expression of opinión would deter the American people from carrying out any policy they might adopt. Pakis, Jan. 27.- he Temps publishes a dispatch from Zanzíbar BtaUng that au American sailing ves;l from Zanzíbar íor Madagascar ports ha 4 been lired into and disabled by a Germán warship. New Yokk, Jaa. 29 - Jo'nn C Klein, the Samoan correspondent of the New York World, who has been charrcd witli being the leader in the trouble wlth tiie Germans in that couutry, has a six-column letter in Sunday's paper deseribing the trouble. Klein begins his letter by statin;,' that the situatiou is alarmiug, oivi. { to the tyrannical action of Dr. Knappe, the Germán Consul. He then te'ls of the killinp; of tierman soldiera, and the destruction of Amor. can homes. Klein declarea that' the Germán officers were üruuk on shore, and committed many outrjgos. Thoy announoed that they ■were partieularly anxious to meet Americana or Eniilislimen. The sailors from the stuaiuers took posíessions of the saloons and proceeded to get drunk. They made insulting remarks bout, Ainoricans, whereupou George and Morris Scanlan, tivo Americans, resented tho reflections. They were attacked and severely statbed in the back. Then the sailors run amuck through Mátatelo, assaulting men, women and children. One woman had her rib and bot arms "broken. Tho story then goes on to repeat the story reeen tly told by tho press dispatches!tLjoi;t tho ñghtin; and alleged outrattes. Kiom repeatodly deolares that he acted simply as a newspaper correspondent, and did not advise any ono. He describes in detail the battles botween the nativos and tlio protests of United States Oonsul Blacklook against the Uermans attacking tl.o i'-.moans. Beki.in, Jan. 29- Tho Nüith Germán Gazette siiys: "Advices f rom San Francisco show that the Cuambur of Commeroe there is the most active element In tho oppositiou to Germany's policy in Samoa. The anti-German feeling is heightened by tho aetion of Mr. Bewell, thu American Consul in Siunoa. There is no couflict between Germauy and Amcric.i. It, is only with Soweil and ths American officials in Bamoa, wUo are anxious to causo complications. "

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