HC Deb 10 February 1882 vol 266 c381

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he can give any information as to the reported murder of Mr. Still-man, the "Times" correspondent in Albania?


Sir, when Notice of this Question was given we telegraphed at once to Athens and to Scutari; but have not yet received a reply respecting the reported assassination of Mr. Stillman. It is stated, however, that he was at Athens on the 2nd, and was then reported unwell. The news of his reported assassination appeared in a Vienna newspaper on the 9th; and it is extremely unlikely that between the 2nd and the 9th Mr. Still man, who did not mention that he was about to leave on the 2nd, should have left Athens and gone up the country as far as the place where he was said to have been murdered, which was altogether beyond means of communication, or that there should have been time for the news of his assassination to have been received at Vienna on the 9th. We, therefore, have every reason to believe there is no truth in the rumour.