§ MR. HEDDERWICK (Wick Burghs)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if his attention has boon drawn to the frequent use of poisoned arrows by the natives of West Africa; and whether any arrangements can or will be made for the scientific analysis of the poisons so employed, and of alleged native or other antidotes, in the Colonial Medical Institution whose functions he recently described.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. J. CHAMBERLAIN,) Birmingham, W.
It is not proposed to make arrangements in the School of Tropical Medicine for the scientific analysis of arrow poisons or their antidotes, as such arrangements would entail expense which the school is at present hardly in a 736 position to meet. Only one case of the use of poisoned arrows in West Africa has been brought to my notice, and in that case an analysis of the poison and of the supposed antidote was made at Netley.