§ SIR WILFRID LAWSON
asked, Whether it is now possible for Her Majesty's Government to take the "friendly action with a view to the restoration of peace" in Basutoland, which was alluded to in the Speech from the Throne, and endeavour to protect the lives and property of Her Majesty's subjects in that country?
MR. GRANT DUFF
Sir, Her Majesty's Government did take that friendly action through Her Majesty's High Commissioner some time ago; but I regret to say that his efforts towards bringing about a settlement were not crowned with the success they deserved, the Basutos declining, in spite of their loyal professions, to confide unreservedly in the Representative of the Crown. Within the last day or two he has informed us that he has again made an attempt to get them to do so; but, when he last telegraphed, their answer had not been received.
§ SIR GEORGE CAMPBELL
wished to know whether Sir Hercules Robinson asked the Basutos to put themselves in his hands, as distinguished from those of the Cape Ministry?