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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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was

any

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 would 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 asHarbour of Biserta made some years ago self, and were also stated in the other

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

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

ARMY RE-ORGANIZATION–THE NEW of the Hydrographic Department of the

WARRANT. Admiralty; but doubtless it is the same

Mr. FITZPATRICK asked the Se. as 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 (subof 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- 40 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 French 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. not constitute an act of war against the LIEUT.-COLONEL MILNE-HOME 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 have wholly or partially will lay upon the Table Papers 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- gallant 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 Purchase officers will retain on retire- to any plan for bringing the remains ment the pecuniary advantages given at the present time to one place as was them under the present Warrant. If done by the French. I believe, hom. the hon. and gallant Gentleman is aware ever, that the state of the Cathcart's of any special case which would form an Hill Cemetery is not accurately deexception to this rule, under the system scribed in the letter to The Times signed I have explained in the Memorandum“ J. P.," and it is contradicted by a laid before Parliament, it shall be con- subsequent letter signed by two gentlesidered by the Committee who are deal- men known to me of undoubted authoing with the new Warrant. If the second rity, whose initials are given, and also by part of the hon. and gallant Member's a report from the Consul General at Question refers to the principle of the Odessa, who recently visited the Crimea. Warrant of 1877, under which induce- I have asked the Foreign Office to inments irere given to officers to retire in struct the Consul General at Odessa to their then existing ranks, and which he make further and full inquiries on the calls an apparent anomaly, I can only subject. say that I find that this so-called anomaly was a very deliberate decision by POST OFFICE-POSTAGE OF NEWS. my Predecessor on the Report of the

PAPERS ABROAD. Royal Commission, where the reasons MR. WARTON asked the Postmaster for it are fully given ; and I am not pre- General, Whether he will consider the pared to disturb it.

advisability either of extending the time

within which newspapers may be posted ARMY-BRITISH CEMETERIES IN THE to foreign parts

, or of dispensing with CRIMEA.

any restriction in that behalf? MAJOR VAUGHAN LEE asked the

Mr. FAWCETT : Sir, the restriction Secretary of State of War, If his atten. to which the hon. and learned Member tion has been called to a letter in the refers has been practically abolished “Times” newspaper of the 14th instant, with regard to the whole of the Contiunder the signature of J. P., showing nent, the United States, and Canada, the state of our cemeteries on Cathcart's because newspapers can, by a regulation Hill and elsewhere in the Crimea ; and, of the 'Postal Union, be posted at the if he will cause steps to be taken to

same rate as book packets. I will converify this statement, and, in the event sider whether any steps can be taken to of its being correct, he will, without de- limit the effect of the restriction with lay, make arrangements to have the regard to other countries. walls of these cemeteries repaired, and the graves and graveyards properly restored, and, for the future, have those

SOUTH AFRICA – THE TRANSVAAL cemeteries maintained in proper order (NEGOTIATIONS)-SIR EVELYN like those of the Freuch ?

WOOD. MR. CHILDERS: Sir, in reply to Sir H. DRUMMOND WOLFF asked the hon. and gallant Member, I have to the Under Secretary of State for the state that I have alwvays taken much Colonies, Whether the attention of Her interest in the subject of his Question, Majesty's Government has been called although officially the cemeteries are

to a telegram in the “ Standard ” of not in charge of the War Department May 6th, dated Newcastle, Wednesday, and we have no funds from which aid in which it is stated that could be given towards their maintenI find, as a matter of fact, that here at the question raised in England as to

“Considerable surprise has been manifested since the Crimean War about £7,000 blame or praise due to General Wood for his has been spent upon them, and at the making the Treaty with the Boers. present time £80 a-year is allowed from “Sir E. Wood as a soldier obeyed the orders Civil Votes for the salary of a custodian he received from the Home authorities

, and and for repairs. The real difficulty, best of his abilities. It is, however, no secret

carried out a painful and delicate task to the which marks the difference between here that he strongly advocated driving the these cemeteries and the French graves, Boers out of Natal before entering into any is that there are 10 British cemeteries negotiations with thein ; but his advice was alat or near the places where the men fell, together ignored at home;" and that much objection would be made and, whether such statement is correct?

Mr. Childera

ance.

SIR MICHAEL HICKS - BEACH

TITHE (EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE) asked permission, before the right hon.

BILL. Gentleman answered the Question, to put to him a Question on the same sub- MR. J. G. TALBOT asked the honject of which he had given him private ourable and learned Member for Rye, Notice. It was—Whether any commu- Whether, looking to the fact that a nications by telegraph or otherwise bear- Select Committee of this House has been ing on this subject have passed between appointed to consider the question of Sir Evelyn Wood and the Home Go- Extraordinary Tithe, he proposes to

provernment, or between the late Sir George ceed with the Second Reading of the Colley, while he was in command, and Bill on the same subject on the 25th of the Home Governinent, which have not May ? yet been published ; and, if so, whether NR. INDERWICK, in reply, said, any such communications will be pub- he had received no Notice of the intenlished?

tion of the hon. Member to put the MR. GRANT DUFF: I will, Sir, Question to him. The Select Committee with the permission of the House, answer to which the hon. Gentleman referred these two Questions together. The hon. had not yet been appointed. When it had Gentleman the Member for Portsmouth been, he would be happy to tell the hon. (Sir H. Drummond Wolff) asks me with Member what course he intended to regard to a passage in The Standard news- take. paper. To that I have to reply that the MR. J. G. TALBOT said, he had statement therein contained appears to given public Notice of his Question on me to be neither correct ner just to Sir Friday, which he had thought would Evelyn Wood. In reply to the right hoc. have been sufficient, and he had intended Baronet the Member for East Gloucester- ! no discourtesy to tho hon. and learned shire (Sir Michael Hicks-Beach), I have | Meniber. He now gave Notice that if to say that the whole liistory of the the hon. and learned Member proceeded transaction to which he alludes is in the with his Motion on the 25th of May hands of lion. Members; that we have he would move the “ Previous Quesreceived no telegrams or other commu- tion." nications either from Sir George Colley or Sir Evelyn Wood besides and beyond SOUTH AFRICA-THE TRANSVAAL thuse that have been laid on the Table

(NEGOTIATIONS)—THE BRITISH of the House. I would refer hon. Mem

GARRISONS. bers more especially to No. 89 of 2,837, received at the Colonial Office on the LORD EUSTACE CECIL asked the 6th of March, to No. 113 of the same First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, Paper, received on the 17th of March, in view of the great danger of a native and to No. 5 of 2,858, dated the 23rd rising in the Transvaal, and of the critiof March, the inaterial part of which I cal state of our negotiations, as sugwill read as containing the most re- gested by his answer on Monday last, he cent expression of Sir Evelyn Wood's can explain the exact position of the views

garrisons in the Transvaal under the "March 23, 11.30 p.m.-Sincerely grateful terms of the armistice by which they to Government for appreciation of efforts in

were to be allowed to receive provisious, carrying out their wishes. Referring to words but no material of war? ' happiest results,' &c., in my telegram of March Mr. GLADSTONE: I do not wish to 6, 1 meant that a series of actions fought by six be committed by the terms of the Quescompanies could not affect our prestige, but Boer leaders had lit a fire which had got beyond tion in the answer which I give; and I their control and would be quenched inore easily take it for granted that the noble Lord's after a British victory; the fire is now out for a object is not to ask me to go into military time, but Kruger to-day stated the Republic details, but simply to state the condition would be ruined if the Commission admitted of the garrisons. Taking the Question claims from all forced to aid Boers. In drafting in that view, I have no hesitation in instructions, therefore, the hitherto inert power of the loyalists must be treated as an important answering that, in the first place, as factor in the question of a lasting peace. It regards the provisioning of the garriwould be also false modesty to conceal belief that personal acquaintance with me has mate

sous there is no difficulty whatever. In rially aided solution. Uneducated men mistrust regard to ammunition, they are also Governments, but trust persons."

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