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Germany in the Pacific

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13.06.2018

Lake Ada opens up a magnificent scene of splendour from the Milford Sound Track. - Otago Witness, 19.6.1918.

Sir Robert Stout, writing in The Times, denies that Germany ever possessed any colonies in the Pacific.

''She seized some islands,'' he says, ''contrary to the wishes of their inhabitants, and she has governed them as autocrats govern; but she has had no colonies.'' It is to be feared that this declaration involves a verbal refinement which will not weigh very heavily at the conference that will determine the future of those islands.

The essential fact is that Germany held the islands prior to the war, and that she hopes to recover them, along with the territories she formerly possessed in Africa. Her aims have been quite frankly expressed by Dr Solf, her Minister of the Colonies, who has laid emphasis on the re-acquisition of........

© Otago Daily Times