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Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892

The missionaries and the mahdi


FATHER

OHRWALDER AND HIS COMPANIONS TAKEN CAPTIVE.

The storm rises in Dar Nuba--The Baggara begin to raid-- Khojur Kakum of Delen--Mek Omar besieges Delen--The slave guard deserts the Mission--The priests and nuns surrender-- They are sent to the Mahdi 22

CHAPTER III.

THE MISSIONARIES AND THE MAHDI.

Description of El Obeid--Said Pasha's system of defence-- The Mahdi's followers encircle the town--Townspeople desert to the Mahdi--Unsuccessful attack on Government buildings --Dervishes driven off with loss of 10,000 men--The missionaries brought before the Mahdi--Threatened with death--Preparations for the execution--Reprieved at the last moment--The Mahdi's camp described--Death of some of the missionaries--Illness of remainder 34

CHAPTER IV.

THE SIEGE OF EL OBEID.

Terrible sufferings of the besieged--The Kababish--Fall of Bara--Fall of El Obeid--The Mahdi enters the town--Fate of the El Obeid Mission--Cold-blooded murder of the brave defenders--The Dervishes live a life of ease in El Obeid-- The Mahdi makes laws--He sends out proclamations--Prestige increased by capture of town--News from Khartum--Bonomi and Ohrwalder summoned before the

Mahdi--The interview 52

CHAPTER V.

THE MAHDI'S VICTORY OVER HICKS PASHA.

The European captives learn that General Hicks is advancing--Slatin Bey's defence of Darfur--His heroism-- The Mahdi prepares to resist Hicks--The march of the Hicks Expedition--Extracts from the diary of Major Herlth--Colonel Farquhar's gallantry at Rahad--Gustav Klootz deserts to the Mahdi--Klootz's interview with the Mahdi in which Ohrwalder and Bonomi act as interpreters--The expedition advances towards Shekan--Is surrounded and annihilated--Description of the battle--The Mahdi victor of Kordofan 72

CHAPTER VI.

THE MAHDI'S TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO EL OBEID.

Fall of Darfur--Slatin surrenders--The Mahdi's divinity credited after the annihilation of Hicks--King Adam of Tagalla--Stambuli's kindness to the European captives-- Gordon writes to the Mahdi--Power's letter--The sisters seized and distributed amongst the emirs--They are tortured--The missionaries turned into slaves--The terrible journey to Rahad--The Greeks come to the help of the sisters--The proclamation concerning the treatment of priests and hermits by Mohammedans--The Mahdi at Rahad-- Ohrwalder's interviews with the Mahdi concerning religion --The Dervishes attack the Nubas 91

CHAPTER VII.

FATHER OHRWALDER'S VIEWS OF GORDON'S MISSION.

Ohrwalder describes his treatment at the hands of various masters--The Nubas surrender and afterwards desert--News from Khartum--The capture of the English mail--Its arrival at the Mahdi's camp--The Mahdi decides to advance on Khartum--Brief review of events in Khartum and Berber--Ohrwalder's views on Gordon's mission--The Mahdi sets out for Khartum--Mohammed Ali Pasha's defeat and death--Colonel Stewart, Mr. Power, and others leave Khartum in ss. "Abbas"--Description of their wreck and treacherous murder 114

CHAPTER VIII.


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