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The Samoan Massacre: December 28th, 1929

[Letter to] Father John Cullen. March 14th 1930

page 6
Auckland, New Zealand,

Dear Father John Cullen,

Further to my letter of the 1st, inst., I have to advise now that Mr. T. B. Slipper, Solicitor of Apia, was fined £105 and sentenced to three months imprisonment for protesting to Colonel S. S. Allen, the Administrator, against the inhuman treatment, by Armed Forces, of Samoan Women and Children during the absence of their menfolk.

The Military Policeman, who shot the boy Molia, has been charged with Manslaughter, and will stand his trial at Apia.

The Officials primarily responsible for these Atrocities are permitted by the Ward Government to continue Adminstering Western Samoa; and despite the unanimously expressed wish of the Public, Press and the Majority Opposition in Parliament, the Ministry autocratically refuse to either resign, or meet Parliament to discuss the situation.

The remaining ambition of Sir Joseph Ward, who is 73 years of age, is to die Prime Minister of New Zealand.

From the foregoing you will understand readily the necessity for immediate action.

Yours respectfully,

C. W. Owen.

Father John Cullen,

Hobart, Tasmania.