§ SIR JOHN COLOMB (Tower Hamlets, Bow, &c.)
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he is aware that, at a Great Pitso hold at Mafeking on the 15th October, all the Baralong Chiefs and Petty Chiefs there assembled protested against Bechuanaland being placed under the control of the Government of Cape Colony?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
A Report of the Pitso has been received. The Chiefs who spoke protested as stated; but Her Majesty's Government are informed 95 that there is reason to doubt whether they had correct information as to the protection they would receive if annexed to the Cape Colony.