§ MR. KEIR HARDIE (Merthyr Tydvil)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he has received a Report concerning the conviction of Ramchandra Narayen Mendlik, editor and publisher of the Vihari, who has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment, with a fine of 1,000 rupees, for having published an alleged seditious article; and whether he has seen the article in question, and can state its terms.
§ MR. BUCHANAN
The conviction of this editor and the sentence as stated in the Question have been announced in the newspapers, but we have not received any official confirmation. The Secretary of State has seen the substance of the article in question, but I cannot lay it on the Table.
§ MR. KEIR HARDIE
Can any means be adopted to put the House in possession of information as to the character of the article in question?
§ SIR H. COTTON (Nottingham, E.)
Was not the article in this particular case a translation of a piece of poetry by Mazzini written fifty years ago?