§ SIR. MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH
I wish to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies a Question of which I have given him private Notice— namely, Whether there is any truth in the statement that Usibepu has been seriously defeated in Zululand by a joint force of Boers and Zulus, and that he has retired to Ekowe; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government propose to take any action in the matter? Perhaps he will also tell us whether there is any truth that there has been further trouble in Stellaland, and that our Resident, Mr. Mackenzie, has been assaulted there?
§ MR. EVELYN ASHLEY
The right hon. Gentleman's Notice only extends to the fact contained in his Question. As to the intentions of Her Majesty's Government, I must request further Notice; but as to the facts we have received telegraphic information that these things have occurred. As to Stellaland, we have no information as to disturbances; on the contrary, our last information was that things were peaceable.