HC Deb 13 April 1921 vol 140 cc1109-10
65. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received any confirmation of the reports of the death of Haji Mohamed Abdullah, popularly known as the Mad Mullah?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Churchill)

A report that the Mullah had died in Abyssinia was recently communicated by His Majesty's representative at Adis Abeba, but it has not been confirmed.

Sir J. D. REES

Is there any record at the Colonial Office of the number of times the Mullah has died?


In these hard times we cannot undertake to keep unnecessary statistics.

Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the leaders of the Triple Alliance received a wireless message from the Mullah this morning, saying, "I am not half so mad as you are," and signed "Abdullah"?