HC Deb 07 June 1883 vol 279 c1926

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention had been directed to an article contained in the "Times" of yesterday and headed "Infernal Machines," extracted from an American newspaper called the "New York World," which gave a long and detailed description of a number of new and highly-destructive infernal machines stated to have been recently turned out in large quantities by a man name Holgate, in Philadelphia, and to have been exported for use in foreign countries; also to a statement made in the "Globe" of yesterday evening to the effect that the American Labour Reform League was about to commence operation immediately, its programme being as follows:—(1), That all accumulators of wealth shall be treated as robbers; (2), to pay no rent is the banner of duty all over the world; (3), all Czars, Queens, Presidents, landlords, railway directors, and bank monopolists are to be taken off by dynamite, dagger, or other means; and, whether Her Majesty's Government would take steps to ascertain through the British Minister at Washington the truth or falsehood of those very serious and threatening announcements?


Sir, I do not think I could, with any advantage, enter into the details of the matter to which the hon. Member has referred. All I can say with reference to menaces of this description is, that Her Majesty's Government are perfectly alive to the necessity of watching and paying attention to such matters.