MR. GIBSON BOWLES () Lynn Regis
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the speech of Mr. Rhodes at the meeting of the De Beers Company on 24th February, stating that the profits of the Company for the year ended in July last amounted roughly to £2,000,000, and that they had in Kimberley at present a stock of diamonds valued at £167,000; and whether any portion of this large amount of property rescued by Her Majesty's troops from the enemy will be distributed among those troops by way of reward, in the nature of salvage, or will be applied to the relief of the widows and children of those who have fallen.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
My hon. friend desires to introduce quite a new military practice with regard to beleaguered towns. It seems to me that the difference between being sacked by your enemies or relieved by your friends would be one of form merely.