HC Deb 09 March 1882 vol 267 c466

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether it is true that Mr. Arthur Evans, well known as the author of books on South Eastern Europe, and as Correspondent of the "Manchester Guardian,'' has been arrested by the Austrian Government in Dalmatia; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government are taking steps to obtain his immediate release?


Before this Question is answered, may I be allowed to ask if this gentleman was ever "reasonably suspected" by the Austrian Government?


On the 4th of March Her Majesty's Consul at Ragusa reported that Mr. Evans had received notice to quit Austrian territory within three days. On the 7th, Consul St. John reported that he had been arrested when about to leave. Her Majesty's Ambassador at Vienna inquired yesterday of the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and was told that directions had been given for Mr. Evans's expulsion, but that the Government had not heard of his arrest. Her Majesty's Ambassador and Her Majesty's Consul at Ragusa have been telegraphed to in reference to the arrest.