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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Germans Glide Out of Harbor

Germans Glide Out of Harbor.

Malietoa came to consult Mr. Rees, who vainly implored the British Consul to intervene to save British lives and property. He studied the agreements of the three powers guaranteeing the protection of Samoa. In that of the United States was a clause not found in those of the other two—that, in the event of threatened hostilities, the United States would use its good offices to avert attack. Under this, he persuaded the American Consul most reluctantly to hoist Malietoa's flag under the Stars and Stripes, and to inform Dr. Steubel, the German Consul, and Admiral Knorr that King Malietoa was under the protection of the United States. The German replies to these communications, as well as to Malietoa's announcement of the facts and his assertion of his rights, were not merely strong; they were violent. The rejoinders of Mr. Greenebaum and of Malietoa (as anyone acquainted with “W.L.” might expect) were also strong and extremely pithy and trenchant.

Then, on Monday morning, the war canoes of the rebels swept into Apia harbor, went to the flagship for instructions and were ordered back to their camp. The German ships were hoisting anchor and preparing to leave when the Diamond's guns were heard, saluting the Admiral's flag. As the English ship came in the Germans glided out. There was feasting and laughter in Apia that night.