MR. HERBERT ROBERTS
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will state whether the country round Tien-tsin is greatly disturbed; and whether concerted action by the Powers is contemplated.
§ MR. BRODRICK
Disturbances have taken place in the provinces of Shantung and Pechili stated to be due to the action of secret societies. Representations have been made to the Chinese Government on the subject by the foreign representatives, including Her Majesty's Minister, and the Government of Shantung has been recalled and a new one appointed. Two of Her Majesty's ships have been sent to Taku for the protection of British lives and property.