§ MR. HARRISON (Tipperary, Mid)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will state to the House the official record of the crime of which the Walsall anarchists or dynamitards were convicted and of the sentences imposed; and also the official record of the crime of which the Irish "treason felony" or dynamitard prisoners were convicted and the sentences imposed?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I have not copies of the records in these cases; and if I had, it would far exceed the limits of an answer to state the effect of all the counts of all the numerous indictments referred to. I may say, generally, that the Walsall anarchists were indicted under the Explosives Act of 1883, and received sentences of ten and five years' penal servitude. "Treason felony" prisoners, whether Irish, English, or Scotch, were indicted under the 11 and 12 Vict., c. 12, and received sentences ranging from transportation or penal servitude for life to penal servitude for five years.
MR. P. O'BRIEN
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the case of Egan, in whose possession explosives were not found; they were found in his garden?