Samoa Under the Sailing Gods
Appendix xiii — Conclusion to a series of articles entitled "General Richardson as a Witness," by Captain T. B. Slipper, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, lately practising at Apia, in Western Samoa, published in the "N.Z. Samoa Guardian" of November 28, 1929:
Conclusion to a series of articles entitled "General Richardson as a Witness," by Captain T. B. Slipper, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, lately practising at Apia, in Western Samoa, published in the "N.Z. Samoa Guardian" of November 28, 1929:
"… There is no Technical School in Apia. A very small one was opened at some time or other which I have not been able to discover. But there is now on that forlorn building a bronze plaque, measuring 24½ inches by 11¼ inches, with words embossed in 'Alto-rilievo' of a depth of ¼ inch and in letters of no inconsiderable measurement the following:
"'This stone was laid by Major-General Sir George S. Richardson, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., to mark a further step in the education of Western Samoa.
"'11th December, 1926.'
"Before the year 1927 had faded, the alleged Technical School had ceased, as such, to exist. The building is there, and half of it is now used as a workshop for the Transport Department (whatever that may be) and the other half is relegated to the dumping of whatever somebody or other may elect to dump. This somebody may be the Transport Department—but on the other hand it may not be. At all events, any curious person can view the dump through the wide latticed walls of the so-called Technical School. It should be remembered that any attempt at technical classes had been abandoned long before General Richardson had left Samoa—and also before he made this unchallenged statement at Geneva.
"It is hoped that a careful examination of the foregoing matters will enable readers to judge of the mental workings of the man during whose administration Western Samoa came to its present pass.
"It is hoped that it will make manifest his idea as to what is evidence—what are facts—what are reliable sources of page 313information—what is necessary to 'satisfy' him as to the desirability of deporting Europeans and banishing High Chiefs without trial. It illustrates his skill in seeking to put the blame for his own failures upon the shoulders of all or any—regardless of 'accuracy.' I cannot call anyone to account for any decision made without the hearing of both sides. International dignity has outgrown this elemental."