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 VIII. STEAIMER JOURNEY WITH REBELS.

Kodi Aga's defection -- Sand bar -- Arrival at Tunguru -- Stanley's arrival contradicted -- Casati's grievances -- Abdullah Vaab Effendi -- Casati's life in the Province -- Reason of his coming to Africa -- His treatment by Kaba-regga -- Suliman Aga beaten by his soldiers -- Vita's house looted -- Emin's Irregulars -- Departure of steamer for M'swa -- Moslem protestations of friendliness -- Influence of Egyptians on the Soudanese -- Message from Shukri Aga -- Shukri Aga's ruse -- Seizure of ammunition by rebels -- From Tunguru to Wadelai -- Drunken officers set fire to huts -- Breakfast of African dainties -- Farida and the necklace -- Steamer journey to Dufilé -- Emin's judges -- Arrival at Dufilé -- Sad fate of the Kirri clerk.

BEFORE leaving Wadelai, I wrote a letter to Emin telling him of all that had happened. This I handed over to Signor Marco, who promised to send it down by a Lur interpreter.

After waiting four days we left Wadelai, and I found that Kodi Aga, the chief of the station, was going with us. I was very sorry, for from this it was evident that he had joined the rebels; I noticed he avoided meeting my eye when I looked his way. It seemed a bad look out for Emin, for he had thoroughly trusted Kodi Aga. Some three or four hours distant from Wadelai, a sand bar runs right across the river, which at low Nile has not much depth of water over it. Here we stuck, and as the steamer was heavily loaded, all the people had to be

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