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Egyptian Soudan: Its Loss and Its Recovery


Publisher:Greenwood Pub Group



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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ...were as much in a state of squalor as ever, except that the gyassa with the blankets and kits at last made its appearance, and we were able to eat with a fork off a tin plate, instead of with a pocket-knife out of the tin. Of course, tents were absolutely unknown, except those of the Headquarters and Hospital, all the others being left at Kosheh, and the only shelter from the sun we ever had was such as we could improvise with blankets, bushes and rifles. The Dervish spears which we got here came in very useful for this purpose. Apropos of this, we read in the papers that "it was a pleasant sight to see the English officers giving up their tents to the wounded Dervishes, and sitting in the sun whilst the latter were having their wounds dressed." It made us angry to read such nonsense, but we were not by any means surprised, after the astounding statements we had already seen in print. Of course, the enemy were attended to in our hospital with as much care as our own wounded received, and the medical staff were always kept pretty busy. One afternoon there was an auction of Dervish trophies--spears, guns, jibbahs (tunics), saddles, nagara (war-drums), cartridge-belts, &c. A bugle and drum fetched nearly 2 a-piece, and a muchworn saddle twenty-four shillings. An ordinary jibbah fetched a guinea, though the natives were selling them for four shillings. This reminds us of an escapade which occurred to a couple of subalterns in one of the regiments. Like every one else, they were walking about camp on the look-out for Dervish curios of any kind, when they saw a wounded Dervish being carried by his comrades towards the hospital, on an angareeb (native bedstead), with some guns lying next to him on the bed. Thinking the guns were Dervish (they w...

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