HC Deb 21 July 1884 vol 290 c1758

I beg to give Notice that, on Thursday next, I shall ask my noble Friend the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he can give the House, and especially the friends of General Gordon, any information which can remove or lessen their anxiety as to his present position? I put this Question for Thursday, because it will give time to my noble Friend to communicate by telegraph with the authorities in Egypt, taking into account the very conflicting rumours, especially that received to-day, and as to the credibility of which information may be obtained. I shall also ask these two Questions—first, whether the rewards which the Government offered for information with regard to General Gordon are now in force, or whether they lapsed in the month of June; and, secondly, whether any information can be given as to the probable fall of the River Nile at Khartoum in the middle of September? Such a fall, I am informed, would make the sending of relief to General Gordon, or giving him any means of escape by the river, much more difficult than it is at present.