SIR; H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN (Stirling Burghs)
asked whether there was any fresh news from China.
*THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. BKODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
We have no news from Peking, nor have we any confirmation of the various reports which have reached us through native sources. We have received the following message from the Commander-in-Chief, viâ Chefoo:—Tientsin, July 7—Chinese continue sniping, often shelling the settlements. 'They are extending their lines along Lutaian Canal, to the north-eastwards, and appearing in greater force to the west of the city. Yesterday we bombarded city and immediate suburbs, which stopped Chinese gun tire for some time. French settlement and railway station most subjected to attack. To-day another bombardment will take place as yesterday. Am steadily getting more guns up. Ten thousand troops now here, more required, but both Russian and Japanese expected.
SIR, E. ASHMEAD - BARTLETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall
): Is the edict published in this morning's papers, purport- 1305 ing to be issued by the Chinese Government, authentic or not?
§ MR. MONK (Gloucester)
Is it not possible for the Government to obtain authentic information from the Chinese Minister at this Court?
§ [No reply was given.]
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
I am afraid that I cannot give any promise at present.