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New Zealand's Task.
Examination at Geneva.
GENEVA, Oct. 20.
The Permanent Mandates Commission began an examination to-day of the New Zealand Government's annual report of its administration of Samoa as mandatory on behalf of the League of Nations, to March 1928, in the presence of New Zealand's re- presentatives, Sir James Parr (High Com- missioner), and Sir G. Richardson (Admin- istrator).
The period, covered by the report saw the events traversed by the New Zealand Royal commission which inquired into the native agitation. Particulars were sought as to the present situation, and explan- ations asked for regarding certain informa- tion according to which portion of the population is still discontended.
Sir George Richardson explained that the so-called "Citizens' Committee" still ex- isted, and secretly kept in touch with the agitator O. Nelson, who is now in banish- ment. It also continued to contribute to the disaffection of the native population by spreading false news. The natives had been informed of the Mandates Commis- sion's work, but they had been influenced again by the intrigues of the agitators.
Sir James Parr said that the New Zea- land Government reported that the situa- tion had improved during the last six months, but immediate results could not be expected. Order was being maintained, and the Courts were now obeyed. Ac-
count must be taken of the fact that the Administration was compelled to deal with passive resistance in the shape of refusal to pay taxes.
The chairman (the Marquis Theodoli) remarked that they knew in Italy how to deal with those who refused to pay taxes.
Sir James Parr replied that they did not have a Fascist army in Samoa. The man- datory power was going to the limit of its patience before resorting to stronger
The commission will further examine the report to-morrow.