HC Deb 15 May 1874 vol 219 c311

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he could give any explanation relative to the proceedings of the British Minister in Chili, in demanding the immediate release of a British subject who had been imprisoned on a charge for an offence alleged to have been committed in Chilian waters, whereby the lives of many innocent persons were sacrificed?


Sir, our information as to the transaction in question is at present incomplete. It is, however, perfectly true that the British Minister in Chili has demanded the release of Captain Hyde, imprisoned by the Chilian authorities, on the ground that the arrest was illegal; but we are not informed as to the nature of the offence alleged to have been committed by Captain Hyde. Further than that we have no information.