§ SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if there is any truth in the rumour of scurvy having been prevalent among the Indian troops at Suakin and Tokar last year.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (LORD GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
The Indian troops at Suakin were attacked for a short time by a sudden outbreak of scurvy, during which two British officers, 103 men, and 85 followers were admitted to hospital, suffering from this complaint. In about a month—viz., by the beginning of November—it was completely eradicated, and the general officer commanding was able to report that "by the middle of November, so far as the men were concerned, the force was as fit to take the field as it was on its arrival in the country."