HC Deb 11 May 1900 vol 82 cc1369-70

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government have received any information with regard to the reported attack at Wei-hai-wei upon the Commission engaged in delimiting the leased territory.


Two camps of the British Commission engaged in demarcating the frontier were attacked on the 5th and 6th instant by Chinese villagers. Major Penrose and four men were wounded, none seriously, on our side. About twenty Chinese of the attacking party were killed. The Chinese Commissioners are in consequence desirous of postponing further work, but Colonel Dorward, Her Majesty's Commissioner, has been instructed to continue the demarcation with or without Chinese cooperation. Reinforcements have been sent to him, and in a telegram of yesterday's date Colonel Dorward reported that the general outlook was reassuring.