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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

Preface

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Preface.

The articles constituting this pamphlet were contributed to the "New Zealand Herald" between January 27th and March 2nd, and arose out of the most recent trouble in that troublesome country, Samoa. The articles dealt mainly with the decision of Chief Justice Chambers, concerning which there has been, and still is, fierce and bitter controversy. I have endeavoured to review that decision calmly and impartially. How far the attempt has been successful, the reader will judge for himself. From recent letters and other information received from Samoa, it seems that an impression exists there that an effort will be made to fortify the decision of the Chief Justice by incorporating with it his opinion on the merits of the case, expressed some time after the disturbances had occurred. I do not know of any principle of law upon which this can now be pone, but probably it is a mere surmise arising out of the statement of the Chief Justice that if he had given a decision on the merits, that decision would also have been against Mataafa.; The pamphlet is issued at the suggestion of a few persons interested in Samoan affairs, and at the time these pages go to press the problem created by the decision and by Mataafa's action remains unsolved.

Wm. Cooper.

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