HC Deb 29 July 1862 vol 168 cc984-5

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether there is any truth in the report that a body of Sappers and Miners had been marched into the International Exhibition Building and had forcibly covered up and hidden the stall of an Exhibitor, in consequence of such Exhibitor having placed on his own glass case a printed expression of opinion adverse to the decision of the Commissioners who had adjudged the Prizes, and that guards had been mounted over the same stall; and if this report was true, by whose authority had the military been thus employed?


said, he found, upon inquiry, that no guard of Sappers and Miners had been placed over any stall at the Exhibition. But one of those notices of adverse opinion having been put up at a stall, a Sapper caused the stall to be covered up, under the authority of the Commissioners for the Exhibition, as communicated to him by the superintendent of the class to which the stall belonged.