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The Journals of Major-Gen. C. G. Gordon, C. B., at Kartoum; Printed From the Original Mss
by:Charles George Gordon
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... JOURNAL. EVENTS AT KARTOUM. November 5.--Steamer Bordcen left this evening for Metemma. According to all accounts the presence of the steamers...
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... JOURNAL. EVENTS AT KARTOUM. November 5.--Steamer Bordcen left this evening for Metemma. According to all accounts the presence of the steamers at Shendy and Metemma cause the Arabs great annoyance, for the Arab chief of Berber keeps calling for them to come down and help him; while they say, "If we do, then the steamers will pillage our houses." I cannot get out of my head the Abbas catastrophe; that the Abbas (with her 970 bullet marks on her, her gun, and her parapets, which were bullet-proof), could be captured by force, seems impossible; that she ran upon a rock seems unlikely, for she had her sides defended by buffers, sunk one foot in water. I also had warned them against ever anchoring by the bank, also to take wood from isolated spots; in fact, as far as human foresight goes, I did all my possible. Why did you let them go? The matter was thus. I determined to send the Abbas down with an Arab captain. Herbin asked to be allowed to go. I jumped at his offer. Then Stewart said he would go, if I would exonerate him from deserting me. I said you do not desert me. /: I cannot go; but if you go, you do great service. I then wrote him an official; he wanted me to write him an order. I said " No, for though I fear not responsibility, I will not put you in any danger in which I am not myself." I wrote them a letter, couched thus: "Abbas is going down; you say you are willing to go in her, if I think you can do so in honour--you can go in honour, for you can do nothing here, and if you go you do me service in telegraphing my views." You will notice the number of Greeks. They were a bodyguard I ordered and paid highly, to prevent any treachery on the part of the crew. Thus the question of treachery was duly weighed by me and guarded against, as far as I cou...
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