Delaware Statesman's Eyes German Understrappers Are
Treating Americans in Samoa Like Dogs.
FIGHT THE FIRE.
By order of the imperial government, I herewith proclaim the state of war for Samoan islands. Any assistance to rebels will be punished by martial law, irrespective of any nationality. Introduction of contraband goods of war is prohibited. All vessels and boats are liable to be searched by the authorities." The police from the Adler went on board of the Richmond,
unless he sent the prisoner on board of the Richmond at once the armed boat from the Royalist would go to the Olga and t[a]ke him off the ship. Gillan was returned to the Richmond without delay. Consul Coetleson has informed his government of the fact that an armed German boat forcibly took a British subject from under the English flag. Vice Consul Blacklock addressed a letter to Dr. Knappe on the 21st asking whether the imperial German government had declared war against Samoa, and also why King Mataafa and h[i]s men were referred to by the German consul as rebels. To this the German consul replied that the imperial German government had declared war against Mataafa and his followers, and that they were
unless a promise was given in writing, made in the presence of the consuls, that Tamasese and Brandeis would be sent out of the country and assurances given that Germany would not attempt to take advantage of King Mataafa and his government after it was established. Before, they asked for two weeks in which to consider the German consul's proposition, It had previously been arranged that two weeks' time should be demanded in order that time might be given the arrival of news from the United States in regard to what action the government had taken concerning Samoa. The Samoans based all their hopes for rescue from the Germans upon the news which the next San Francisco steamer would bring about the action of the United States Jan. 23, Capt. Fritze announced that he would thereafter exercise police control in Samoa. Consul Blacklock declined to recognize this proclamation. In this document he requested all civilians of Apia to give information to the German officer of the guard on shore of the number of firearms and quantity of ammunition in their possession on or before the 25th evening. All firearms and ammunition were to be officially sealed, and all arms and ammunition of which no information had been given was to be seized, and the owner or owners of the same punished by imprisonment, or by transportation. Capt. Mullan wrote some vigorous letters to Capt. Fritze on the evening of the 24th. protesting, in the name of the United States government against the latter's proclamation of the previous day concerning the police in Apia. The government of Tamesese said Capt. Mullan had never been recognized by the United Slates government. As to the possession of the firearms by the American residents of Apia,
in free government, having a due regard for the safety of its citizens. Capt. Fritze replied to this that he would leave the question as to his authority to declare martial law to his superior official in Germany. On the night of Jan. 21 Klein was taken on board the American man-of-war Nipsic, having eluded the German police. On Jan. 25 Capt. Fritze sent the following letter to Capt. Mullan: