§ Mr. W. P. BYLES
Will the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs say whether he can give the House any information beyond what appears in the newspapers as to the Chinese Riots at Chang-sha and at Hangkow, especially as to the safety, or otherwise, of the missionaries there, and what steps have been taken?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
I am glad to say that our information is that no lives of British subjects have been lost. It is believed that the British Consulate has escaped destruction. The "Snipe" and "Nightingale" were sent to Chang-sha immediately news of the outbreak was received. British subjects and other foreigners took refuge in ships lying at Chang-sha. Forty missionary refugees arrived at Hangkow on Friday night. The "Cadmus" is held in readiness at Wuhu to proceed to Hangkow if required.