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TUESDAY, APRIL 6TH. HOUSE OF LORDS. The House of Lords sat for nearly half an hour. The Military Works (Money) Bill and the Military Lands Act (1892) Amendment Bill were read a third time and passed. HOUSE OF COMMONS. Lord G. Hamilton, replying to Mr. Bhownag- gree, said the Indian Government had tele- graphed to the effect that the total subscriptions received by that Government on account of the famine were as follow Mansion House Fund, g361,000, remainder of the United Kingdom, £ 184,000, British colonies, f57,000, of which Canada had contributed £ 25,000, India, 979,000, other parts of the world, £ 4,700, total £ 667,000, They had as yet received no contribution in money from Russia, but the Government, having learned that grain was on the way from Russia to India and that the Russian Govern- ment had provided special facilities for its transport, had lost no time in conveying to that Government thanks for its sympathetic action. 0, Asked by Mr. T. Shaw if he would bring before the South Africa Company the claim for compensation of the father of one of the ser- vants of the Company who followed Dr. Jame- son into the Transvaal, was wounded, and died subsequently at Durban, Mr. Chamberlain said the man's death appeared to have been due to dysentery. The Company, however, denied all responsibility for Dr. Jameson's incursion, and for its rebults to those who took part in it. In answer to Sir E. A. Bartlett, Mr. Cham- berlain said that on March 30 the British Agenn at Pretoria telegraphed to the High Commis- sioner that a most painful incident had ocurred at the race meeting at Krngersdorp on the 27th March, when a police officer of the South African Republic, and wearing the uniform of that Republic, permitted himself to make use of language which the Agent declined to repeat in Connection with the name of tfye Queen. The Agent addressed a Note to the Government of the South African Republic on the subject, and the Government provisionally suspended the police officer, and promised that matters should be proceeded with in such a manner as circum- stances appeared to require. Since then the President had personally expressed regret at the incident, and said that the matter was being inv^stigajied. « Mr. Curzon, replying Mr. said, the, British Ambassador at Constantinople had re- ported that apprehensions were left of disturb- ances at Bitlis and other places in Asia Minor, and a British man-of-war was cruising along the coast with the Vice Consul on board. Orders of the strictest kind had been sent by the Turkish Government to their officers through out the provinces, and as the guilty officials at Tokat had been dismissed and the commandant of the troops arrested, there was reason to hope that the orders would be obeyed elsewhere. In reply to Mr. Dillon, Mr. Curzon said that the British Consul at Canea telegraphed on the 4th inst. that, owing to the report that the Admirals had authorized the insurgents on Akrotiri to cross overland to Apokorona, 600 or 800 armed Bashi-Bazouks proceeded to Akro- tiri and opened fire on the insurgents. The Admirals were about to shell the Bashi-Bazouks when they saw the Turkish Commander-in-Chief Major Bor, and other officers approaching the Bashi-Bazouks, and they accordingly refrained from firing. Sir W. Harcourt asked the First Lord of the Treasury whether he could assign a day for the discussion of the Address to the Crown of which he gave notice on Monday. Mr. Balfour replied that, as there was not a word in the motion which explicity expressed condemnation of anything the Government had done, or were doing, or had announced their intention or preparedness to do, he was forced to conclude that the object was not to put a direct issue, but to evade it. Under these circumstances he did not think it would be in the interests of the conduct of business that he should five a day. Mr. Seton-Kar called attention to the wholly inadequate production of food supplies within the area of the United Kingdom in relation to its large and increasing population, and moved a resolution declaring that the dependence of the United Kingdom on foreign imports for the necessaries of life, and the consequences that might arise therefrom in the event of war, demanded the serious attention of the Govern- ment. Mr. Yerburgh seconded the motion. In the course of the debate Mr. Balfour said he frankly accepted, on his own behalf and on behalf of the Government, the responsibility which the resolution threw upon them. They recognised the necessity under which this country lay of having an adequate navy- They admitted their responsibility for that adequacy, and in assenting to the motion they only gave another proof that it was a responsibility they did not fear, and from which they did not desire to shrink. The motion was then agreed to, and the House was shortly afterwards counted out.






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