§ MR. A. M'ARTHUR
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to a Petition 10 lately presented to the Viceroy of India by upwards of ten thousand persons in the Presidency of Madras, who allege that numerous innocent persons have been convicted for alleged complicity in the Salem riots; and, whether he can lay a Copy of the Petition upon the Table, together with a letter written by Mr. Lewis M'Iver, collector and magistrate at Salem, dated November 4th 1882, and Governor Grant Duff's comments on Mr. M'Iver's suggestions as to the proposed action of the Madras Government in the appeal cases at the time before the High Court of Madras?
§ MR. J. K. CROSS
The India Office hag no information as to the Petition referred to. As regards the rest of the Question, I have nothing to add to what I said in reply to the hon. Member for Cavan's (Mr. Biggar's) Question on the 3rd ultimo as to the same matter, except that what I stated to be Mr. Grant Duff's comments may be found in The Madras Times Overland, of the 19th of March, page 25.