§ MR. PICTON (Leicester)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any Report has been received on the circumstances under which the Indunas were killed at Tati; and whether he will state the conclusions 464 arrived at, or will lay the Report upon the Table?
§ MR. S. BUXTON
Sir H. Loch was instructed to order a special inquiry into the circumstances connected with the death of the two Indunas at Tati on the 18th of October last. Major Sawyer, Sir H. Loch's Military Secretary, having been sent up to Matabeleland, and the witnesses being available while he was there, Sir H. Loch instructed him to carry out the inquiry. His Report we have now received. Under the circumstances, I think it will be better, instead of waiting for the publication of the next Matabele Blue Book, to lay the Report and the other documents bearing on the question as a separate Paper. I think it right to say that the Report exonerates Colonel Goold-Adams from blame in regard to this very unfortunate occurrence.