asked whether any fighting was now going on between the Mullah and the friendly tribes, and whether he had any information to show the losses that the friendlies had sustained to date, and on what date his last despatches were received?
§ Colonel SEELY
No official news has been received of further fighting between the Mullah and the friendly tribes since I made my last communication to the House on the subject. With regard to the losses of the friendlies, I would refer the hon. and gallant Gentleman to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member 1676 for Shrewsbury on the 6th of April. The last despatches were received on the 16th of this month.
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he can state why the Friendly Blacks have been deserted when His Majesty's Government displayed such affectionate regard for the yellow Chinese in South Africa?