I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the men who recently so violently assaulted and robbed our Vice-Consul, C. J. Cooke, Esq., outside Sebastopol were Russian seamen wearing the uniform of the Imperial Navy; whether the offenders have been arrested, and whether any representation has been made to the Russian authorities upon the subject; and whether the Russian servant of the Vice-Consul, who was also grievously hurt in defending his master on the occasion, will be suitably rewarded for his gallant conduct?
The men who committed the assault on Vice-Consul Cooke were, as stated, seamen of the Russian Imperial Navy, and were at the time in uniform. The local authorities at once effected the arrest of the culprits, who will be tried before a Court Martial. Her Majesty's Ambassador has received from the Russian Government an expression of sincere regret for this assault upon a British Consular Officer. The case of the Russian servant must depend upon any recommendations that may be made by Her Majesty's Consul.