24. Lieut.-Colonel W. THORNE
asked the Home Secretary whether, a few days ago, there arrived in England from 1608 Norway a man named Zachariassen, who handed to a woman a sealed package; whether he was shortly afterwards arrested and, after a night's detention, made a confession implicating certain people in this country; if he had previously stated in England that he had brought a sum of £6,000 for the woman; and if he will give the House full information about the matter?
§ Mr. SHORTT
Axel Zachariassen landed in this country on 30th June, and was detained by the police as stated in the question. In a written statement he said that he had been asked to convey from Stockholm a locked box, of which he had the key, containing notes, and to hand it to a lady in this country. In this statement he said that he did not know the amount of the notes, but he appears previously to have said that the sum brought by him was £6,000 The lady in question has admitted having received £280 through Zachariassen for the support of a journal of extreme views and small circulation of which she is the editor.