§ MR. JOHNSON (Gateshead)
I to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the disease beriberi appeared among the Chinese coolies brought from Hong-Kong to Durban; if so, how many suffered from this disease and how many died from it; whether the coolies were medically examined before embarking; and if he can state to what cause the outbreak is attributed.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. LYTTELTON, Warwick and Leamington)
I have no official information, but, as I stated yesterday, I have telegraphed to Lord miler on the subject. The coolies were medically examined before embarking. I am making inquiry as to the cause to which the reported outbreak is attributed.