HC Deb 13 June 1890 vol 345 cc849-50

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give any further information as to the reported attacks on the mining settlement at Bartica, on the Essequebo, in British Guiana; and whether he has yet received any Report on that occurrence from Colonel the Hon. R. Cotton, the Chief of the Police?


There has been no attack on the settlement at Bartica, but Colonel Cotton's Report, received by the last mail, states that a rumour reached the Government that a party of 70 armed Venezuelans had entered British territory; and that a party of 14 boat's hands and police, under the command of a general, who stated that he was an Inspector of Rivers appointed by the Venezuelan Government, and described as "half-naked savages," appeared before the penal settlement at Massaruni and were promptly disarmed by the Stipendiary Magistrate. The Government are taking every precaution to prevent the violation of colonial territory.