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THE OPIUM TRAFFIC.
Mr. SMEATON (Stirlingsbire) asked the Prime
Minister whether, seeing that crime in Burma had
increased during the past 25 years with the growing con-
sumption of opium, that tho report just issued shows how
far opium was å predisposing cause of the crimes com-
mitted by Chinese in the Transvaal, and that the opium
habit was being fostered among the Kaffirs, he would take
into consideration the urgency of the steady suppression
of the opium traffic in and from India, which was the
principal source of supply.
Mr. MORLEY (Montrose, &c.), who replied, said :-
I am not sure that crime has increased in Burma owing
to the greater prevalence of the opium habit. The per-
centage of opium consumers to the total gaol population
of Burma is less than it was in the past. The subject, my
hon, friend may be certain, is receiving the closest atten-
tion of his Majesty's Government from every point of