MR. HENRY CAMPBELL
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether one of the district postmasters of the General Post Office named Michael Laide, of Ballyheigne, county Kerry, did, at the Cork March Assizes, 1885, plead guilty to a charge of embezzlement of the sum of £18 3s. belonging to Bridget Kenny, of Thidur, Ballyheigne; whether this money was sent to this lady by her brother David Kenny, Soldiers' House, State of Ohio, by bank draft on the International Bank of London (Limited), dated 24th December, 1883; whether, upon such confession of guilt, the said Michael Laide was sentenced to a period of five years' imprisonment: whether the said Bridget Kenny has been refused payment of the above amount by the Postmaster General; and, whether, bearing in mind the great Loss which this money would be to Bridget Kenny, he will give instructions that the amount be refunded to her?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HENRY H FOWLER),
in reply, said, the late postmaster pleaded guilty to the offence referred to, and was sentenced to five years' penal servitude. He was sorry to say there were other cases besides the case of Bridget Kenny. As the letter was not registered, the Postmaster General had no power to give compensation.