The River War - An Account Of The Reconquest Of The Sudan By Winston S. Churchill

















































 -  With him he trembles for the fate
of the 'poor little beast,' the Husseinyeh, when she drifts stern foremost - Page 70
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With Him He Trembles For The Fate Of The 'poor Little Beast,' The Husseinyeh, When She Drifts Stern Foremost

On the shoal, 'a penny steamer under cannon fire'; day after day he gazes through the General's powerful telescope from

The palace roof down the long brown reaches of the river towards the rocks of the Shabluka Gorge, and longs for some sign of the relieving steamers; and when the end of the account is reached, no man of British birth can read the last words, 'Now mark this, if the Expeditionary Force - and I ask for no more than two hundred men - does not come within ten days, the town may fall; and I have done my best for the honour of our country. Good-bye,' without being thrilled with vain regrets and futile resolutions. And then the account stops short. Nor will the silence ever be broken. The sixth instalment of the Journals was despatched on the 14th of December; and when it is finished the reader, separated suddenly from the pleasant companionship, experiences a feeling of loss and annoyance. Imagination, long supported, is brushed aside by stern reality. Henceforward Gordon's perils were unrecorded.

I would select one episode only from the Journals as an example of the peculiarity and the sternness of Charles Gordon's character - his behaviour towards Slatin. This Austrian officer had been Governor of Darfur with the rank in the Egyptian service of Bey. For four years he had struggled vainly against the rebellion.

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