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Page 678


678                         FOREIGN RELATIONS.
                                    [Inclosure 1.]
                             Mr. Sewall to Mr. Becker.
   CONSULATE-GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, APIA, SAMOA,
                                                         Apia, January 31,
1888.
   SIR: Referring to your communication of 18th January, I have to state
that while
 the position of Her Britannic Majesty's vice-consul, Mr. Wilson, renders
the negotia-
 tions proposed by you impossible, yet that in my opinion it is advisable
that some un-
 derstanding be reached by ourselves respecting the pilot station, the house
of which
 is occupied by a German subject and the land owned by a citizen of the United
States.
   I should be glad to have your opinion about this matter.
       I am, etc.,
                                                  HAROLD MARSH SEWALL,
                               ...... .Coseul-Ueneral.
                               [Inclosure 2.-Translaion]
                             Mr. Becker to Mr. Sewall.
               IMPERIAL GERMAN CONSULATE FOR THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS,
                                                        Apia, January 31,
1888.
   I have had the honor to receive your polite note of this date, and, having
made in-
 quiry of the Samoan Government in relation to the matter, I have the honor
to make
 the following reply:
   1. The Samoan Government is prepared to become a party to the contract
concluded
 between the owner of the land on which the pilot-house stands and the former
munici-
 pality and to continue to be the lessee of the property, or to conclude
a new contract
 of lease with the owner of the property. Billie Coe (Pele Toe), the colored
man who
 concluded the contract for the lease with the municipality and who still
claims to
 be the owner of the land, has for a week past been negotiating with Judge
Martin for
 an extension of the contract.
   2. If the owner of the land will not extend the lease and will not conclude
a new
 contract with the Samoan Government, the latter will vacate the land without
delay,
 and will remove the pilot-house to another place.
 3. With regard to the pilot-house itself, I respectfully suggest that the
sale of that
 building and the division of the proceeds thereof be postponed until a general
ar-
 rangement is adopted concerning the property of the municipality. In view
of the
 smallness of the amount involved, it would not seem as if there could be
any ob-
 jections to such a postponement. The value of the pilot-house certainly
does not ex-
 ceed $1,000, and you, as the representative of the Americans here, could
not, in any
 event, claim more than one-third of that sum. The Samoan Government will
be
 obliged to pay a suitable rent for the intervening time.
 4. If you are unwilling to accept the proposition made by me in the foregoing
para-
 graph, and do not feel disposed to permit the present occupant of the house
to occupy
 it any longer, the Samoan Government is prepared to vacate the pilot-house
also
 without delay.
 I beg you to let me know the name of the owner of the land in question in
case it
 no longer belongs to Billy Coe, and I respectfully ask to be informed which
of my
 proposals you and the owner of the land feel disposed to accept.
      Accept, sir, etc.,
                                                                  BECKER,
                                                              SImpeial Con8ul.
                                   [Inclosure 3.1
                            Mr. Sewall to Mr. Becker.
            CONSULATE-GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
                                                            APIA, SAMOA,
                                                        Apia, February 1,
1888.
  SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication
of yes-
terday's date.
  There appears to be a dispute as to the legal ownership of the land in
question,
and I will shortly address you again on the subject.
      I am, etc.,
                        ~HAROLD MARSH SEWALL,"
                                                    Consul- General.
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