Letters from Samoa, 1889.

Malietoa Arrives in Samoa!

Three-thousand Go to Meet Him with Gifts!
Important Correspondences!

Apia, Upolu, Samoa.

July 23, 1889.

John S. Kukahiko,

Much aloha between us.

I arrived on the 18th of June and am doing well.

Before I left Honolulu on the 7th of June, I went to your place often, thinking that perhaps we would meet one final time, but you weren’t at your place.

I’ve seen what’s new here and I have gone with Hairama Kaumialii to see the battlegrounds here in Samoa. All of their actions are admirable; they are a fearless people and true warriors. They are a loving and kind people. These are the most comely people I’ve seen throughout the world.

Each morning the King Mataafa attends Catholic Mass nearby where I live. And when he attends mass, he is accompanied by his fearless warriors very prepared, carrying weapons and firearms. They are very cautious [?? lili] in their protection of him; there is no enemy who is able to abduct him, lest he be abused.

The German and British warships are here in the port of Apia, but the Germans cannot try once again wage war and take him captive. Mataafa has fine features, and when he goes to pray, he and his guards are a magnificent sight to see. He is well regarded by the haole and his own people.

On the 22nd of this month, the American Consul and Admiral Kimberly bestowed upon him gifts from the President of the United States for them helping the Americans in Apia in the recent terrible storm. The Counsul and Admiral Kimberly gave speeches, and Mataafa gave a short reply which was printed in the newspaper, “Samoan Times.”

I’ve met fequently with Hairam Kaumialii, but where he lives is twelve miles away from here, in Malie.

I include also in this letter his aloha to you and to all true Hawaiians. Hiram is a true friend to me, from when I first got here until today.

I also give my aloha to you and to the family.

Much aloha,

George Glendon.

Apia, Aug. 11.—King Malietoa arrived aboard the German warship the Wolf at 3 o’clock this afternoon on the trip in which he was taken captive, and King Mataafa and the whole of the Samoan people feel much aloha for him. Three hurrahs were given by some Americans, Brits, this writer, and the Samoans, and there were many other activities. There is much happening for the audience being held tomorrow.

Apia, Aug. 12.—Early this morning, 1000 or more Samoans went bearing gifts to see him. It is 12 noon, and the people are arriving. They are coming in their traditional Samoan attire, singing war songs while stomping their feet to the beat of the war drums, and chanting as well of Malietoa’s royal genealogy from time immemorial. Their performances were just beautiful and were appreciated by the haole. Those from abroad have great trust in this people. I have met with the alii Mataafa, Malietoa, and the others. This is a people of aloha, kindness, and fearlessness–there were 3000 Samoan warriors who went to see Malietoa today with gifts.

[???] from earlier until the 30th of July {???????] on the 3rd of August, and and much consideration was given pertaining to the rioting in Honolulu. I am very sad for the problems of Mr. J. E. Bush. Aloha,

George Glendon.

[There is something wrong with the digital image of the second column of this article. I am not sure if it is because the original was torn or folded, or if it is just a faulty image.

For more on L. A. Kimberly and Samoa, see: “Samoan Hurricane” on the Navy Department Library website.]

(Ko Hawaii Paeaina, 8/31/1889, p. 4)

Hiki ana o Malietoa i Samoa!

Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke XII, Helu 35, Aoao 4. Augate 31, 1889.

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