§ SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE
I wish to put a Question to the Government of which I have given Notice to the noble Marquess. It is, Whether there is any truth in the report of the surrender of Tokar; and, if so, what effect that event will have on our expedition?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
A telegram has been received at the War Office, and, as far as I am aware, it is the only telegram which the Government has received. It is from General Graham, and is dated Suakim, 12.25 P.M. to-day. It is as follows:—Suakin, 22nd.—Just arrived. Spies report that Civil Governor and Commander of troops Tokar went to rebel camp Wednesday and agreed to surrender on Thursday. Five men. have come in from garrison, making same statement. Report of Tokar being actually surrendered not yet received. All preparations for landing at Trinkitat are, therefore, being pressed forward.I think that, supposing the information to be true that Tokar has surrendered, it is rather premature to say what effect that event will have upon the expedition.