asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs is correctly reported by Reuter's Agency to have stated in the Chamber of Deputies on Saturday that "Portugal maintained her right to control the navigation of the Zembesi, and also the right to extend her influence over the territories which lay inland from her coast possessions," and "that these rights bad been acknowledged by the Berlin Conference, and in particular by two Powers"? Whether Her Majesty's Government admit the rights referred to to have been acknowledged by the Berlin Conference as stated, and whether they acknowledge the existence of either right on the part of the Portuguese Government?
§ *SIR. J. FERGUSSON
We have not as yet received any confirmation of the report mentioned, and I would rather not express an opinion upon an alleged statement which might not be accurately reported.