§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he can inform the 787 House if any consideration has been paid by Russia to Japan for the recent cession to Russia by Japan of her rights in the Island of Saghalien?
§ MR. BOURKE
Sir, the negotiations between Russia and Japan in regard to Saghalien have been carried on at St. Petersburg between the Japanese Minister and the Russian Government; and the Japanese Minister has informed Lord Augustus Loftus that a Convention was signed on the 7th instant ceding the southern portion of Saghalien to Russia in exchange for the Kurile Islands—18 in number—lying to the north-east of Yeso. The Russians are already in possession of the northern part of Saghalien.