A prisoner of the khaleefa: twelve yearsʹ captivity at Omdurman

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G.P. Putnam's, 1899 - History - 365 pages
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Page 301 - ... The surging mass threw itself on the palace, overflowed into the lovely garden, and burst through the doors in wild search for their prey ; but Gordon went alone to meet them. As they rushed up the stairs, he came towards them and tried to speak to them ; but they could not or would not listen, and the first Arab plunged his huge spear into his body. He fell forward on his face, was dragged down the stairs, many stabbed him with their spears, and his head was cut off and sent to the Mahdi.
Page 301 - Gordon, it is said, made a gesture of scorn with his right hand and turned his back, when he received another spear -wound, which caused him to fall forward, and was most likely his mortal wound. The other three men closely following Shahin then rushed in, and cutting at the prostrate body with their swords, must have killed him in a few seconds.
Page 132 - ... was I, a European, a Prussian, a man who had fought with the British troops in what transpired to be the " too late " expedition for the rescue of Gordon, now in the clutches of the tyrant and his myrmidons, whom we had hoped to rescue Gordon from ; a white and a Christian — and the only professing Christian — chained and helpless, being flogged by a black, as much a captive and a slave as I was, and yet my superior and master. It is impossible for any one not having undergone a similar experience...
Page 309 - Gordon himself committed a mistake by which he gave a death-blow to himself and his mission. On his way to Khartoum, he stopped at Berber and interviewed the Mudir Hussein Pasha Khalifa ; he imprudently told him that he had come up to remove the Egyptian garrisons, as Egypt had abandoned the Soudan. At Metemmeh also ... he committed a similar imprudence, by giving the same information to Haj Ali Wad Saad, the Emir of Metemmeh. "—Ten years...
Page 307 - Father Ohrwalder's manuscript, which was in the first instance written in German, was roughly translated into English by Yusef Effendi Cudzi, a Syrian ; this I entirely rewrote in narrative form. The work does not therefore profess to be a literal translation of the original manuscript, but rather an English version, in which I have sought to reproduce accurately Father Ohrwalder's meaning in the language of simple narration.
Page 313 - ... have been their rations amongst the families of the besiegers, but it was of no avail. Gordon should have recognised that the laws of humanity differ in war from peace time, more especially when the war he was waging was especially directed against wild fanatical savages who were enemies to all peace. He was entirely deceived if he believed that by the exercise of kindness and humanity he was likely to win over these people to his side ; on the contrary, they ridiculed his generosity and only...
Page 264 - ... a grand parade of all the troops was held on the new parade ground, and, while it was being held, alarming news was brought by Abd-el-Baagi's messengers. . . . That night the rain came down in torrents, and the following day the army arose uncomfortable, and maybe a little dispirited, but Abdullah restored their good spirits by the relation of a vision. During the night the Prophet and the Mahdi had come to him and let him see beforehand the result of the battle ; the souls of the faithful killed...
Page 259 - At close quarters the dervish horde was more than a match for the best drilled army in Europe. Swift and silent in their movement, covering the ground at four or five times the speed of trained troops, every man, when the moment of attack came accustomed to fight independently of orders, lithe, supple, nimble as cats and as bloodthirsty as starving man-eating tigers, utterly regardless of their own lives, and capable of continuing stabbing and jabbing with spear and sword while carrying half a dozen...
Page 310 - ... estimation of his followers he was a greater man than the Prophet Mohammed. The world was to come to an end in his time. Had Gordon only known beforehand how boundless was the wild fanaticism, and how completely the Mahdi's followers were intoxicated by it, he would never have accepted the mission. As it appeared to us in Kordofan, and to the Mahdi himself, Gordon's undertaking was very strange ; it was just as if a man were attempting to put out an enormous fire with a drop of water.
Page 22 - ... additional forces of the English were gathering at Hadley and vicinity, and all were under the general direction of Major John Pynchon, of Springfield, commander-in-chief in the county of Hampshire. On the return of Major Treat from Northfield with the garrison and people of that place, a council of war was held, at which it was decided to strengthen the various garrisons and hold the army for the present on the defensive. The Commissioners of the United Colonies had agreed to raise an army of...

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