§ 16. Sir CHARLES HUNTER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he intends to leave the investigation concerning the reported murder of Mr. Benton by General Villa entirely in the hands of the United States Government?
§ The UNDER - SECRETARY for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Acland)
As will have appeared from the answer given yesterday, we wish to have a British Consul on the spot to participate in whatever investigation of facts can be made, and for that purpose the British Consul at Galveston has been instructed to proceed to El Paso, which is on the frontier, but I am not prepared to send him into the dangerous district until there is some assurance that he will be safe.
Will the hon. Gentleman take steps to secure that this investigation shall be as brief and conducted as rapidly as possible?