Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
A communication very similar to the one which my hon. friend has just read was received from the same firm by the Secretary of State (Mr. Copp) towards the latter part of last week and was referred to the Department of External Affairs. I ascertained at the time that the Under Secretary of State for External Affairs had already instituted an inquiry into the incident to which my hon. friend has made reference. My hon. friend will appreciate that conditions are very much disturbed in China at the present time. Mr. Lowe was one of fourteen or fifteen, I think, who were similarly tleated. He was released immediately after his capture, and the government of China made some apology; our government notwithstanding is making representations as to the incident with a view of seeing what reply the Chinese government may wish to make.