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 XII. FLIGHT FROM WADELAI.

News of the fall of the northern stations -- Council of War held -Soldiers implore Emin to take charge of them -- Flight decided on -- We prepare for the flight -- We throw away our treasures -I disable the Advance -- Binza, a regular character -- Our flight from Wadelai -- Desertion of the soldiers -- Strange baggage of the fugitives -- Heart -- rending scene at the river -- Curious ideas about evacuation -- We camp -- Arrival of the steamer -- Letter from Selim Aga Matara -- Description of the siege of Dufilé -- Emin decides to go on -- Further particulars of the siege of Dufilé -- Cowardice shown by the soldiers -- Our narrow escape -- Conduct of soldiers in former Mahdi war -- Rumours accounted for -- We reach Okello's -- Arrival at Tunguru.

On the morning of December 4th, at about midday, a small party of soldiers, accompanied by some women and children, were seen hurrying along as fast as they could go on the other side of the river. As soon as they arrived opposite the station one of them began to make signals by frantically waving a white flag. A boat was instantly sent to bring them over. They turned out to be the garrison of a small station called Bora, half way between Dufilé and Wadelai. They had come in haste to bring us the news which had been brought to them by some friendly natives near Dufilé, of the Lur tribe. Hamad Aga, who was the chief of Bora, told us that Muggi Laboré, Chor Aiu and Dufilé had all fallen before the Donagla, who had also taken Fabbo. A native chief

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