HC Deb 09 July 1883 vol 281 c783

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to the murder of Mr. J. W. Honey, a British subject, by Boers, in the country taken from Montsioa, the Bechuana chief, and now known as Stellaland; whether it is true, as stated in the "Scotsman" of June 30th, that he was last seen in the company of three Boers, one of whom was an official; that "his remains were found in the bush perforated with bullets and battered with stones; "and that the magistrates at Christiana declined to make any inquiry into the matter; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will instruct the British Resident at Pretoria to investigate all the circumstances of the case?


Sir, my answer on Friday covered the whole of this Question. I gave all the information we are at present in possession of. I may add that it appears to me that information is more likely to be obtained at Kimberley than at Pretoria; and, as far as the intervention of the British Resident is concerned, this affair did not occur in Transvaal territory, and as it had nothing to do with Natives, it would not come under any of the provisions of the Convention.


Is it not a fact that Mr. Honey was taken before the Transvaal authorities in Transvaal territories, tried there, and acquitted of the charges made against him.


I have already given the House all the information I have on the subject. I can add nothing more.