§ MR. FIRTH
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether his attention has been called to a sentence of fourteen days' imprisonment and twenty lashes with the cat, recently passed by Judge Ernst in the Northern District Court of Jamaica upon a man named Evans, charged with stealing a dogwood tree of the value of two shillings; whether it is the fact that such imprisonment and flogging were inflicted, but that afterwards upon an appeal to the Court of Appeal, the judgment was reversed, and the Court held that there was no right to inflict flogging for such an offence; and, whether the conduct of Judge Ernst has been reviewed, or Evans compensated; or whether it is proposed that either of these things shall be done?
§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
, in reply, said, his attention had been called to this subject by paragraphs in the newspapers, and those paragraphs confirmed and fully bore out the statements contained in the first two branches of his hon. Friend's Question. No Report had been received from the Colony on the subject, but a Report had now been called for.