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10th Native Infantry 3d Native Cavalry Abyssinia advance animals Annesley Bay Antalo army arrived artillery attack Attegrat baggage baggage-animals Beloochees Bombay brigade camels camp Captain Captain Speedy captives carry cattle chief Colonel Merewether Colonel Phayre commissariat Consul corps course dhoolie distance drivers elephants European expedition extreme Fahla feet fire five forage forward four Gazoo ground guns head hill hundred King Koomaylo land Land Transport Corps letter load MARCH TO MAGDALA Massowah miles morning mountain mules Munzinger nearly night o'clock officers once party pass pier pioneer force plain plateau present Punjaubees ravine Rayray Guddy regiment road rode Salamgi Sappers Scinde Horse seen Senafe sent servants Shohos side Sir Robert Napier Snider rifles soldiers Sooro Staveley steep stones supply syces tent Theodore Theodore's thousand Tigré transport train troops valley whole yards yesterday Zulla
Page 405 - The Queen and the people of England entrusted to you a very arduous and difficult expedition — to release our countrymen from a long and painful captivity, and to vindicate the honour of our Country, which had been outraged by Theodore, King of Abyssinia. I congratulate you with all my heart on the noble way in which you have fulfilled the commands of our Sovereign. " You have traversed, often under a tropical sun or amidst storms of rain and sleet, 400 miles of mountainous and difficult country.
Page 405 - A host of many thousands have laid down their arms at your feet. " You have captured and destroyed upwards of thirty pieces of artillery, many of great weight and efficiency, with ample stores of ammunition. You have stormed the almost inaccessible fortress of Magdala, defended by Theodore, with the desperate remnant of his chiefs and followers.
Page 405 - You have unloosed the chains of more than ninety of the principal chiefs of Abyssinia. " Magdala, on which so many victims have been slaughtered, has been committed to the flames, and remains only a scorched rock.
Page 324 - ... miles distant from this camp. It is found, however, that the country is perfectly impracticable, and that we must make a detour of sixty miles to get there. . . . We have scaled mountains and descended precipices, we have traversed along the face of deep ravines, where a false step was death; we are familiar with smooth slippery rock, and with loose boulders; and after this expedition it can hardly be said that any country is impracticable for a determined army to advance.
Page 405 - Bashilo ; and, when within reach of your enemy, though with scanty food, and some of you even for many hours without either food or water, you defeated the army of Theodore, which poured down upon you from its lofty fortress in full confidence of victory. A host of many thousands have laid down their arms at your feet. You have captured and destroyed upwards of 30 pieces of artillery, many of great weight and efficiency, with ample stores of ammunition. You have stormed the almost inaccessible fortress...
Page 368 - Some had died instantaneously, shot through the head ; others had fallen mortally wounded, and several of these had drawn their robes over their faces, and died like Stoics. Some were only severely wounded, and these had endeavoured to crawl into bushes, and there lay uttering low moans. Their gaudy silk bodices, the white robes with scarlet ends which had flaunted so gaily but two hours since, now lay dabbled with blood, and dank with the heavy rains which had been pitilessly coming dowu for the...
Page 12 - So," exclaimed the exasperated monarch, " your Queen can give you orders to go and visit my enemies the Turk's, and then to return to Massowah ; but she cannot send a civil answer to my letter to her. You shall not leave me till that answer comes.
Page 375 - Theodore had all the European captives out, and before their eyes he put to death 340 prisoners, many of whom he had kept in chains for years. Among them were men, women, and little children. They were brought out chained, and thrown on the ground, with their heads fastened to their feet. Among this defenceless and pitiable group the brutal tyrant went with his sword, and slashed right and left until he had killed a score or so. Then, getting tired, he called out six of his musketeers, who continued...
Page 375 - They were brought out chained, and thrown on the ground with their heads fastened to their feet. Among this defenceless and pitiable group the brutal tyrant went with his sword, and slashed right and left until he had killed a score or so. Then getting tired, he called out six of his musketeers, who continued to fire among the wretched crowd until all were despatched. Their bodies were then thrown over a precipice.
Page 392 - ... heap of bricks outside the well from which they had been taken, and the solid walls of which were still composed of them. While the men were working, I explored the mounds in every direction. They covered an area of rock about half a mile long by a quarter of a mile wide ; this had been quarried into within the last ten years for the purpose of getting stone for the sugar -factories on the other side of the river.