CHAPTER X
THE NEW GATE OF AFRICA

RATHER more than seven years ago an event occurred which was hardly noticed in the English newspapers, though few happenings of the time were of more importance with respect to the future.

In January 1906, Lord Cromer, accompanied by the Governor-General of the Sudan, by a bevy of officials, and by guards of honour of bluejackets, marines, and British and Egyptian infantry, opened the Nile-Red- Sea Railway at Port Sudan.

In January 1907, Lord Cromer's successor, Sir Eldon Gorst, visited the same locality to note what had been done in the interval. He declared himself amazed at the substantial and rapid progress which had been made under the direction of the British officers and officials who control the affairs of the Red Sea province.

The progress went on steadily and swiftly for the next five years; and in January 1912, the King and Queen, on their way home from India, landed at Port Sudan, were received with due ceremony at that thriving town, travelled some distance up the country as far as Sinkat --once a place of unhappy memories in the days of the Mahdist fury--and there held a review of native

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  • Title Page v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note by the Author xxi
  • Contents xxiii
  • Egypt in Transition Chapter I - The Desert Train 1
  • Chapter II - A City of Romance 9
  • Chapter III - The Growing of Khartum 19
  • Chapter IV Omdurman 31
  • Chapter V Anglo-Sudanese Society 40
  • Chapter VI Concerning Politics and Persons 51
  • Chapter VII Some Sudanese Problems 62
  • Chapter VIII Simpkinson Bey 74
  • Chapter IX - Concerning Women, Soldiers, and Civilians 84
  • Chapter X The New Gate of Africa 93
  • Chapter XII A Nocturne 111
  • Chapter XIII A Sudan Plantation 120
  • Chapter XIV Land and Water 132
  • Chapter XV The Bridle of the Flood 141
  • Chapter XVI The Clients of Cook 153
  • Chapter XVII The Hills of the Dead 162
  • Chapter XVIII Cairo Impressions 169
  • Chapter XIX 179
  • Chapter XX Mr. Vaporopoulos 192
  • Chapter XXI - The Schools of the Prophet 202
  • Chapter XXII - The Occupation 212
  • Chapter XXIII 223
  • Chapter XXV Halting Justice 242
  • Chapter XVII Some Recent Reforms 253
  • Chapter XXVII The Drag on the Wheel 270
  • Chapter XXVIII Conclusions 286
  • Index 311
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