§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affaire whether he has any official information that a telegram has been received from Hong Kong to the effect that a French flagship and two French gunboats arrived at Macao on the 25th ultimo, and will he now state the result of his inquiry in regard to the report that the French Government have recently acquired territory near Macao.
§ LORD CRANBORNE
We have notheard of the arrival of any French men of-war at Macao. According to our information, a piece of ground near Macao has been purchased by French missionaries for the erection of a hospital.