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 IX. THE REBEL COUNCIL.

Fadl el Mulla opens proceedings -- Accusations brought against Emin -- The first day's proceedings close -- Indictment against the Governor -- Signing of Emin's deposition -- What is to be done with the Mudir? -- Emin longs for a glimpse of trees -- The case of Hawashi Effendi -- Fury of the people against him -- Accusations proved -- Spoliation of Hawashi s property -- Osman Latif -- Khedive's letter credited -- Emin to be sent to Rejaf -- Suspense -- Books -- Quarrels among the rebels -- Binza's wife's head is too hard -- Flogging of women -- Visit to Osman Latif -General desertion to the rebels -- Emin's disappointment -- General discontent of the soldiers -- Emin makes his will -- Letter from Osman Latif -- Plans made by the rebels -- Trial of Vita Hassan -- Vita Hassan questions me -- Inability of the people to help themselves -- A pretentious people -- Emin's house looted -- Spirit of "laisser faire" in the Province.

ON September 24th, the Council began to sit. It was composed of between sixty and seventy officers, clerks, and employes from every station in the Province. Most of the officers were Soudanese, but the clerks were chiefly Egyptians, Copts, and Khartoum people or half-breeds.

The Council met under the trees in the middle of the square, and a sort of divan was formed by seats being placed upon the raised platform of which I have before spoken. On these were seated the principal members of the Council, while the lesser members found places on a large semi-circle of seats below the platform. Beyond these were drawn up

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