§ MR. SEXTON
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether George Barker, a gamekeeper, being in a public house in the village of Cliffoney, county Sligo, on the evening of Friday last, the 20th instant, used language provocative of a breach of the peace, challenging "any Papist——to fight;" attempted to turn other persons out of the house; being then himself expelled, drew and brandished a revolver in the street, shouting that he "would blow the brains out of any Papist that dare come near him;" discharged one chamber of the revolver at a constable who arrested him; further violently resisted the arrest; and, upon being taken to the police station, drew a large knife on the constable in charge; what steps have been taken by the police in reference to this case; and, whether Barker holds a licence to have and carry 1603 arms; and, if so, whether it will be now revoked?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
Very short Notice has been given of this Question; but, from the information I have received, it would appear that the hon. Member is not quite accurate in some particulars. Barker will be prosecuted at the next Petty Sessions on a charge of being drunk with loaded firearms; and, as is usual in such cases, the question of the revocation of his arms licence must await the result of these proceedings.
§ MR. SEXTON
asked, whether the right hon. Gentleman considered the danger to the public peace of allowing this drunken firebrand to remain in possession of arms in the meantime?