Emin Pasha and the Rebellion at the Equator: A Story of Nine Months' Experience in the Last of the Soudan Provinces

By A. J. Mounteney Jophson; Henry M. Stanley | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XV. START TO JOIN STANLEY.

I leave Tunguru for M'swa -- Hot sulphur springs -- Arrival at M'swa -- Shukri Aga's helpfulness -- Arrangements for refugees -- Woman's gratitude -- Left in the lurch -- Consultation with Lur chiefs -- Letter to Emin -- Choosing a body-guard -- Friendly tribes sacrificed -- Final start in canoes -- "Taking fire from a stone" -- Native salutations -- Magunga -- Magala's complaint -- Melindwa's country -- Thievish Lurs -- Dignified bearing of Wa- huma -- Contrast between soldiers and Wahuma -- I reach Katonza's village -- Enforced delay -- My looking-glass creates a sensation -- Fatiguing palaver with Katonza -- We ascend the mountains -- Met by Stanley's couriers -- Boisterous welcome by Zanzibaris -- I rejoin my leader -- Letters from home.

ON January 28th I started off in the steamer for M'swa, and even at starting more difficulties were put in the way of leaving, by Saleh Aga. Casati and I made a tremendous stir, and by dint of storming got him to arrange things.

Emin and Casati came down to the steamer to see me off. He and I stood talking long together of what was likely to happen after I had gone, and at the last I felt a kind of remorse for leaving him alone. Yet I knew I was doing the best thing I could by going to join Stanley, and concerting measures with him how best to save Emin. Good- bye is such a sad word sometimes to say, and I felt it doubly sad that day, when Emin clasped my hand, and looked down. He stood watching the steamer as

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