No. 426.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Pendleton.


Mr. Bayard informs Mr. Pendleton that Mr. Sewall, consul-general of the United States at Samoa, has reported that Tamasese has, with the aid of Germany, taken control of the municipality and left Americans without protection.

Mr. Bayard further states that he has telegraphed to Mr. Sewall that his powers with regard to American citizens and their interests do not depend upon the municipal government, and has again instructed him to maintain strict neutrality. Mr. Pendleton is instructed to inform the German Government that it is confidently hoped that in the discharge of his functions Mr. Sewall will not be interfered with by the representatives of Germany.