No. 422.
Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard


Mr. Pendleton informs Mr. Bayard that he has submitted the latter’s proposal of October 11 to the consideration of Count von Bismarck, who showed him a telegram, dated September 17, from the German consul at Apia, which stated that all the important chiefs, who had assembled, after notice, on September 15, had formally recognized Tamasese as king; that the islands were quiet; but that the German men-of-war would remain for a few weeks in order, by the moral effect of their presence, to prevent any outbreak. The Count stated these statements were confirmed by a telegram dated September 20 from the German commodore.

Count von Bismarck seemed not to know that any definite agreement had been reached in conference in relation to the election of a king and vice-king.