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J. H. Thomas, Secretary of State for the Colonies, received in South Africa, where he was on a semi-official visit, a telegram from Chief MacDonald. The Premier informed Mr. Thomas that Parliament would reassemble on Sept. 30, for "Irish business" and that his presence was necessary. Before sailing Mr. Thomas remarked to a reporter:

"My visit to South Africa has been most instructive, and I intend making other visits in the Empire, in order to acquaint myself with the problems of the various countries concerned in my...

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