§ MR. SCHWANN
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has had any Report as to the hardships endured by the Christians of the district of Alassonia, in Southern Macedonia, ever since martial law was proclaimed here; whether his attention has been particularly drawn to the case of the seizure a few days ago of 20 Christian notables of Siatista, who were taken bound to the town of Servia, and beaten unmercifully to compel them to reveal the names of those persons who were supposed to harbour brigands; and to the report that some gendarmes thrust a red-hot bayonet into the nose of Nicholas Doukas, a notable, who is dying from the effects of the cruelty and violence shown to him; has he, further, any information of the seizure of some 200 persons belonging to the district of Anaselitza, who were conveyed to the town of the same name, and tortured in order to extract money; and will he make inquiries into these alleged atrocities, and remonstrate, if they prove true, with the Turkish Government?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir J. FERGUSSON, Manchester, N.E.)
No such information has been received. Inquiry will be made of Her Majesty's Consul General at Salonica.