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Respect for Government

Respect for Government.

"I have urged respect for all Government officials. As to my wide knowledge of the language, customs, etc., and history of the Samoan people, I think your Excellency is giving me credit for a greater knowledge than I possess and, with whatever knowledge I have of Samoa, I have never attempted to create false and misleading statements and suggestions. If it is thought that my statements are misleading, I would be pleased to correct them, even though they have been made some time since. [disdain anything false and misleading. I prefer to be sincere in any statement that t make. I may be wrong sometimes. If I am wrong I will correct any mistakes that I have made. I have avoided playing upon that characteristic of the Samoan people which might cause them to give credence to sensational falsehood. I do not Know that I have eve"* stated any sensational falsehoods. I do not think that the Samoans of the present day, with the advance that they have made during the last forty years, could be persuaded to give ready credence to any sensational falsehood or anything of a false nature."