§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when the Treaty of Commerce and Friendship concluded between Her Majesty and the Emperor Menelik of Abyssinia will be circulated to Members; what is the present international situation of the territory of Harrar; and whether Her Majesty's Government can give the House any information as to the whereabouts of the French military expeditions commanded by Captains Marchand and Liotard or as to that of M. de Bonchamps?
The treaty was presented on Tuesday. The territory of Harrar is recognised by Her Majesty's Government, and, it is believed, by other Powers, as forming part of the dominions of the Emperor Menelik. We have no information, other than what has appeared in the Press, with reference to the French expeditions named in the third paragraph.