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against the sash, and fell on the outside as it the Treasury that, as the prosecution exploded. It is believed that the act was

was undertaken by the Crown, and as prompted by a feeling of revenge towards Mr. Nickol for evidence which he gave in court

no case was made out for the consideralately against some poachers in the district ;" tion of the jury, Mr. Fraser should be

reimbursed for his necessary expenses and, if any arrests have been made ; out of the public funds ? and, if not, whether the Government

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. intend to apply for additional powers M'LAREN): Sir, the prosecution referred for the better protection of life and pro- to by the hon. Member was instituted perty in Scotland ?

after very careful inquiry, and after conTHE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. M'LAREN): Sir, the Executive in Scot- the case broke down at trial, the learned

sultation by Crown counsel. Although land have sufficient power to deal with Judge who presided expressed his opiany agitation that may arise. But, as nion that it was a proper case to be long as the land agitation in Scotland is brought to trial; and after reading the in the hands of two hon. Gentleinen Papers I have no hesitation in concuropposite, who lately addressed meetings ring in that opinion. There are in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I am contident that it will not be necessary to put of an accused person can

public funds out of which the costs

be paid, those powers into execution. The matter and I do not think that this is a case referred to in the Question had no connection with any agrarian movement,

for proposing a special Vote for the and it is undergoing investigation by the expenses to which the accused party

has been put. authorities.

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POST OFFICE-COMMUNICATION WITH
SOUTH AFRICA-THE TRANSVAAL
WAR (CASUALTIES).

THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND.
MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON asked

MR. CAMERON asked the Postmaster the Secretary of State for War, Whether General, Whether he is able to state if he can state what is the total loss in arrangements have been made with the killed, wounded, and incapacitated by Highiand Railway Company by which sickness amongst Her Majesty's forces an acceleration of the mails between in the late war with the Boers, and what Perth and the North may be effected; is the approximate estimate of loss among and, whether he is aware of the great the camp followers and teamsters ? loss and inconvenience suffered by those

MR. CHILDERS : Sir, I cannot yet now engaged in the fishing on the West give a full answer to the hon. Member's Coast of Scotland, in consequence of the Question, especially the latter part. But delay in repairing the cable to Stornothe numbers of killed and wounded are way, and if he can hold out any hopes -officers, 29 killed and 20 wounded; that the cable will be put into working non-commissioned officers and men, 306 order within a short time? killed and 428 wounded. We have no

Mr. FAWCETT, in reply, said, that Returns of death from sickness.

no arrangements had been entered into with the Highland Railway Company

for the acceleration of the mail referred CRIMINAL LAW (SCOTLAND)--CASE OF

but negotiations were about to be MR. FRASER.

entered into with that Company. With Mr. CAMERON asked the Lord Ad- regard to the second part of the Quesvocate, If his attention has been called tion, the delay in the repair of the cable to the case of Mr. Fraser, Inspector of to Stornoway was due to the difficulty Poor in the parish of Glenelg, who was of obtaining a cable ship. He hoped tried on a charge of manslaughter at the steps would be taken to obviate that late assizes in Inverness, which was with difficulty in future. He was glad, howthe concurrence of the presiding judge ever, to be able to state that a few days withdrawn by the Crown Prosecutor since a suitable cable vessel was obbefore the case for the defence was tained, and that vessel was now being opened; and, whether, seeing the great got ready with the greatest speed posannoyance and expense to which Mr. sible. It would proceed to Stornoway Fraser has been exposed in meeting so in the course of a day or two, and he serious a charge, he will recommend to hoped no delay would occur again,

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the police under sub-inspector Barry of Major Traill has been acting for the Ballinamon, when out assisting bailiffs lasť fifteen months for another resident to serve ejectments on the “King” pro- magistrate absent on sick leave, the perty near Ballinamon did, when they Government will at once take steps to found a house tenantless, search it, and, appoint a competent person in the place if they found no one in charge drank of the absent official ? all the milk and sucked all the eggs MR. W. E. FORSTER: Sir, I have they could find on the premises ; and, instituted an inquiry into the circumif the allegation is true, will he stances referred to in the Question, and take means to have the guilty parties what I understand to be the case is punished ?

this. Sixteen persons were arrested on MR. W. E. FORSTER : Sir, I have a charge of assault in September last at made inquiries into the facts of this the place, named, and detained in the matter, and I am glad to say that these lock-up. Three of these persons were charges against the constables are quite the persons alluded to in the Question. unfounded.

Two of them who had committed the

offence were convicted by the magistrate LAW AND JUSTICE (IRELAND) — AL- named; but this conviction was illegal,

LEGED ILLEGAL SENTENCES MR. because they were tried at the gaol by TRAILL, R.M.

one magistrate, and not at petty sessions MR. HEALY asked the Chief Secre- before more than one magistrate. I tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, have received no official report of the If his attention has been called to the proceedings referred to, nor of the lan. proceedings in the Exchequer Division guage used by Mr. Justice Fitzgerald of the High Court of Justice in Ireland at the trial; but I have no reason to on the 25th April, in the case of Egan believe that it has been inaccurately v. Traill, the defendant being a resident given in the newspaper reports. The magistrate of Parsonstown, and the ac- commitment was made by the magis. tion one of three brought against him trate in ignorance of the law ; for having illegally sentenced to im- Major Traill has been sufficiently penalprisonment and hård labour persons ized for the error he made by becoming who had been arrested by the police on the defendant in three actions. He was a charge of assault, Mr. Traill having appointed by the late Government to do gone on a Sunday to the police barrack duty in the place of the resident magiswhere the men were in custody, and trate, who had asked for leave of abalthough they offered bail and asked to sence, and has since resigned in consebo remanded to petty sessions, refused quence of ill health. A successor to to postpone the cases, and imposed on Major Traill will be sent to Parsons. the men sentences of imprisonment vary- town in a few days' time. ing from eight days to one month. The men were in gaol for the whole of these CRIME (SCOTLAND) -- ALLEGED OUT. respective periods, and the affidavit RAGE AT BRAEHEAD, DUNFERMstated that they had to sleep upon

LINE. plank beds; whether Baron Fitzgerald

MR. SEXTON (for Mr. BIGGAR) asked stated when refusing Mr. Traill's appli- the Lord Advocate, If his attention has cation, that he “liad sentenced three been called to the following paragraph several men to imprisonment illegally;" from the daily newspapers whether when excusing Mr. Traill's conduct his counsel stated that he, head, near Dunfermline, about midnight on

"A daring outrage was committed at Braebeing only a major in the Army, “could Sunday. While Thomas Nickol, coachinan at not be expected to know the law accu- Lassadie House, and his wife and family wore rately as he was not a lawyer;" whe- sitting at the fireside they were startled by a ther the Government will consider Major terrific noise, and on going to the door they Traill's removal from such a responsible the room in which they had been sitting a flask, legal position, and upon whose recom- about five inches in length by three inches in mendation Major Traill was appointed, diameter, which had evidently been filled with and by whom it was sanctioned; and, some explosive substance and a lighted fuseo whether if it be true, as appears from applied to it. It is presumed that the perpethe Return of Stipendiary Magistrates Hask with the intention that it should pass lately presented to this House, that through the window; but, fortunately, it struck

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against the sash, and fell on the outside as it the Treasury that, as the prosecution exploded. It is believed that the act was

was undertaken by the Crown, and as prompted by a feeling of revenge towards Mr.

no case was made out for the consideraNickol for evidence which he gave in court lately against some poachers in the district;" tion of the jury, Mr. Fraser should be

reimbursed for his necessary expenses and, if any arrests have been made ; out of the public funds ? and, if not, whether the Government

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. intend to apply for additional powers M'LAREN): Sir, the prosecution referred for the better protection of life and pro- to by the hon. Member was instituted perty in Scotland ?

after very careful inquiry, and after conThe LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. sultation by Crown counsel. Although M'LAREN): Sir, the Executive in Scot- the case broke down at trial, the learned land have sufficient power to deal with Judge who presided expressed his opiany agitation that may arise. But, as

nion that it was a proper case to be long as the land agitation in Scotland is brought to trial; and after reading the in the hands of two hon. Gentleinen opposite, who lately addressed meetings ring in that opinion.

Papers I have no hesitation in concur

There are no in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I am contident that it will not be necessary to put of an accused person can

public funds out of which the costs

be paid, those powers into execution. The matter and I do not think that this is a case referred to in the Question had no con- for proposing a special Vote for the nection with any agrarian movement, and it is undergoing investigation by the expenses to which the accused party

has been put. authorities.

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POST OFFICE-COMMUNICATION WITH
SOUTH AFRICA-THE TRANSVAAL

THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND.
WAR (CASUALTIES).
MR, STANLEY LEIGHTON asked

MR. CAMERON asked the Postmaster the Secretary of State for War, Whether General, Whether he is able to state if he can state what is the total loss in arrangements have been made with the killed, wounded, and incapacitated by Highiand Railway Company by which sickness amongst Her Majesty's forces an acceleration of the mails between in the late war with the Boers, and what Perth and the North may be effected; is the approximate estimate of loss among and, whether he is aware of the great the camp followers and teamsters ?

loss and inconvenience suffered by those MR. CHILDERS : Sir, I cannot yet now engaged in the fishing on the West give a full answer to the hon. Member's Coast of Scotland, in consequence of the Question, especially the latter part. But delay in repairing the cable to Stornothe numbers of killed and wounded are way, and if he can hold out any hopes

-officers, 29 killed and 20 wounded; that the cable will be put into working
non-commissioned officers and men, 306 order within a short time ?
killed and 428 wounded. We have no

Mr. FAWCETT, in reply, said, that
Returns of death from sickness.

no arrangements had been entered into

with the Highland Railway Company CRIMINAL LAW (SCOTLAND)-CASE OF

for the acceleration of the mail referred

to; but negotiations were about to be MR. FRASER.

entered into with that Company. With MR. CAMERON asked the Lord Ad- regard to the second part of the Quesvocate, If his attention has been called tion, the delay in the repair of the cable to the case of Mr. Fraser, Inspector of to Stornoway was due to the difficulty Poor in the parish of Glenelg, who was of obtaining a cable ship. He hoped tried on a charge of manslaughter at the steps would be taken to obviate that late assizes in Inverness, which was with difficulty in future. He was glad, howthe concurrence of the presiding judge ever, to be able to state that a few days withdrawn by the Crown Prosecutor since a suitable cable vessel was obbefore the case for the defence was tained, and that vessel was now being opened; and, whether, seeing the great got ready with the greatest speed posannoyance and expense to which Mr. sible. It would proceed to Stornoway Fraser has been exposed in meeting so in the course of a day or two, and he serious a charge, he will recommend to hoped no delay would occur again,

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in. WILD FOWL ACT, 1880-SALE OF BIRDS. Whether he can give the House

formation with MR.JACOB BRIGHT asked the Secre nature of the conflicts that have recently

regard to the origin and tary of State for the Eome Department, taken place between the Albanians and Whether he can state what is the opinion the Turks? of the Law Officers of the Crown with

SIR CHARLES W. DILKE: Sir, regard to the right to offer for sale birds

ever since the murder of Mehemet Ali, which, under the Wild Fowl Act of

which allowed to remain unpunished, 1880, it is lawful to kill ?

the inhabitants of North-East Albania, SIR WILLIAM HARCOURT, in reply, said, he had consulted the law who had already shown their discontent Officers of the Crown with regard to the with Turkish rule, have assumed a very matter referred to in the Question, and independent attitude towards the Ottotheir opinion was that on the construc- which was fostered by the Porte in order

man officials. The Albanian movement, tion of the Statute it was doubtful; but to resist the surrender of Dulcigno to before the Courts for decision, it would Montenegro, could

not be suddenly sup. not be desirable to express any definite pressed when the Porte were ultimately opinion on the subject. If the decision compelled to carry out that arrangement

. should be adverse legislation would be at the moment of a successful resistance

in , necessary.

offered to the conscription in the northARTIZANS' AND LABOURERS' DWELL- sovo. The hoad-quarters of the Albanian

eastern districts of the Vilayet of Kos

. INGS ACT (1868) AMENDMENT ACT, League were first at Prisrend; but it 1879, SECTION 18-PUBLIC HEALTH gradually extended its influence southACT, 1875, SECTION 90.

ward, till it embraced nearly the whole MR. J. HOLLOND asked the Presi- of the Vilayet of Kossovo. About the dent of the Local Government Board, month of February, emissaries were Whether any action has been taken by sent to Middle Albania and Scutari to the local authorities under "The Ar- agitate for autonomous Albania ; but tizans' and Labourers' Dwellings Act they did not meet with much success. (1868) Amendment Act, 1879;," and, if As it as stated the League so, whether any account of the funds to furnish a corps of 20,000 men for spent in carrying out the Act has been hostilities against Greece, the Porte presented by the local authorities in found it advisable to temporize with accordance with Section 18; and, whe- them ; but the authority of the Porte ther the Local Government Board has was practically in abeyance till troop; made any bye-laws under Section 40 of began to movo up to Uscup, at the end "The Public Health Act, 1875 ?"

of February; and in April the League MR. DODSON : Sir, as far as I have was defeated by Dervish Pasha. been able to ascertain, action has not been taken by the local authorities under THE ISLANDS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC this Act, except in two or three instances. -OUTRAGES UPON NATIVES COM. Forms of account of expenditure have MITTED UNDER THE BRITISH FLAG. been sent by the Secretary of State and MR. SUMMERS asked the Under Sethe Board to all the urban authorities; cretary of State for the Colonies, Whebut the Returns received do not show ther his attention has been called to the any expenditure, save in one or two statements of Captain Turpie, the Rev.

The Local Government Board Thomas Neilson, and others, to the effect have issued model bye-laws under Sec- that outrages are being constantly pertion 90 of the Public Health Act, 1875, petrated with impunity upon the natives and are now making suggestions to the of the islands of the South Pacific by local authorities on the point

. The ac- white men sailing under the British flag; tual making of the bye-laws rests, how- and, whether he is able to give the ever, with the local authorities, and not House any information on the subject; with the Board.

and, if not, whether he will cause strict

inquiry to be made ?' TURKEY--THE ALBANIAN LEAGUE. MR. GRANT DUFF: Sir,

MR. SUMMERS asked the Under tion liaving been drawn some time ago Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, to these statements in the newspapers,

were ready

cases.

our atten

my noble Friend the Secretary of State | 1863, it would not be convenient to pick directed a letter to be addressed to the out for present publication portions of a London Missionary Society, asking for very long correspondence, which was of any particulars as to the time, place, immense bulk, in 1838 and 1864. and nature of any such outrages, ex- MR. MONTAGUE GUEST asked, pressing likewise his regret that mis- whether the hon. Baronet rould be willsionaries should not at once report such ing to lay on the Table the despatch cases to the naval or colonial authorities, conveying the assurance given to Lord or to Her Majesty's High Commissioner Lyons by M. de St. Hilaire in regard to in the Western Pacific.

Tunis ?

Sir CHARLES W. DILKE, in reply, FRANCE AND TUNIS—THE HARBOUR said, that despatch contained assurances OF BISERTA.

which were repeated last week, so there Mr. OTWAY asked the Secretary to ultimately be laid before the House; but

were two despatches, and these would the Admiralty, Whether there is any it was not desirable to do that at this objection to lay upon the Table of the House a Report as to his Survey of the moment. The substance of these as

a Harbour of Biserta made some years ago self, and were also stated in the other

surances had been stated twice by him. by Admiral Spratt ? MR. TREVELYAN: Sir, the manu

House by Lord Granville on Friday last. script of this Report is not in the records of the Hydrographic Department of the

ARMY RE-ORGANIZATION—THE NEW

WARRANT. Admiralty; but doubtless it is the same

Mr. FITZPATRICK asked the Seas appears in the published journal of the Royal Geographical Society for 1846. cretary of State for War, Whether, The Report is accompanied by a very who are now forty years of age will be

under the new warrant, senior Captains clear map, and may be found at page 251 of the volume, which is volume 16 promoted to the rank of Major (sub. of the series.

stantive) on 1st of July, or whether they will be compelled to retire on that day?

MR. CHILDERS: Sir, in reply to FRANCE AND TUNIS–THE KROUHMIR the hon. Member I have to state that TRIBES (MILITARY OPERATIONS).

there are several classes of captains of MR. OTWAY asked the Under Secre- 10 years of age, and that, without entertary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whe. ing into much detail, I could not explain ther it is true that a considerable num- how they will be dealt with. But, as a ber of Frer.ch troops have been landed general rule, I think that an officer proin the Bay of Biserta, contrary to the posed to be promoted and liable to retire protest of the Bey of Tunis; whether as a captain on the same day would This act, under such circumstances, does probably be promoted. pot constitute an act of war against the LIEUT.-COLONEL MILNE-II O ME Government of Tunis; and, if so, whe- | asked the Secretary of State for War, If ther it has been preceded or followed by the Regulations intended to take effect a declaration of war against the govern- on the 1st July 1881 will preserve to all ing power of Tunis; and, whether he officers who havo wholly or partially will lay upon the Table t'apers in the purchase rights the same pecuniary adForeign Office relating to the subject vantages on retirement that are given by during the Government of Lord Palmer- the Warrant of 1878; and, also, if his ston, about the year 1863 ?

attention has been called to the apparent SiR CHARLES W. DILKE: Sir, it anomaly under that Warrant of officers is true that French troops have been who may, in certain instances, lose by landed in the Bay of Biserta, and that promotion in respect of retiring pension, Her Majesty's Government have received and if he will in the forthcoming Warfrom the Bey of Tunis a protest against rant provide against the recurrence of the violation of his territory; but his such cases ? Highness at the same time states that MR. CHILDERS: Sir, I do not know ho continues to be at peace with France, the particular case which the hon. and and the Consul of France still holds re- gullant Member has in view ; but, lations with the Bardo. With regard speaking generally, the effect of the to the presentation of the Papers of proposed changes will be that all

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