§ LORD EUSTACE CECIL
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether, in view of the fact that Captain Elliott's murderers must have formed part of a detachment which was appointed to escort prisoners over the frontier, any satisfactory explanation has been yet received from the Boer leaders of the delay in the apprehension of the persons concerned?
MR. GRANT DUFF
We are informed by Sir Hercules Robinson that the explanation of the Boer leaders as follows:—They say that during the war their hands were so full that they had no time to think of anything else, and that their promise to co-operate was made on the 21st of March, after which date the government was out of their hands, and they had no power to arrest. They have given the names of the persons believed to be implicated, and say they are willing to assist the officers of justice in arresting these persons when a warrant of apprehension is issued.