§ MR. BRYCE (Aberdeen, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he can inform the House what 399 is the latest news as to the position and movements of the force of invading dervishes in Nubia, and as to the dispositions that are being taken to repel them?
§ * MR. E. STANHOPE
I have not much additional news to communicate to the House. The advance of N'jumi's force has now been checked for several days, and he is still near Abu Simbel. Sir Francis Grenfell has gone to the front from Assouan to inspect the position. It is also reported to us that there is Dews of a further reinforcement of 1,500 dervishes at Sarras. The friendly Sheikh of the Second Cataract with his men has captured two guns complete at Gemai, near Wady Halfa.
§ SIR W. LAWSON (Cumberland, Cockermouth)
May I ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has now obtained the information he promised to get as to whether it is true that a proclamation has been issued calling for the infliction of the death penalty on all natives who should traffic with the dervishes?
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir J. FERGUSSON,) Manchester, N.W.
If the hon. Member will be good enough to give notice of the terms of the question, I will endeavour to obtain information.