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The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner


Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment

Rudolf Steiner


The Diplomatic Background of the War

Charles Seymour


Theory of Colours

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Magdala, the story of the Abyssinian campaign of 1866-7

by Henry Morton Stanley

Excerpt:

Coomassie was a town insulated by a deadly swamp. A thick jungly forest surrounded it to a depth of 140 miles seaward, many hundred miles east, as many more west, and 100 miles north. Through this forest and swamp, unrelieved by any novelty or a single pretty landscape, the British army had to march 140 miles, leaving numbers behind sick of fever and dysentery. Five days' hard fighting ended the march, and

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Coomassie was at the mercy of the conquerors, to sack and burn to the ground. When this work was done, the commander of the force was compelled to march his soldiers back again to the sea, to save the remnant from perishing by flood and disease.

Magdala was a town situate on the top of a mountain about 10,000 feet above sea level, amid gigantic mountains, profound abysses lying between them—2,000, 3,000, and even 4,000 feet deep—a region of indescribable wildness and grandeur. It was almost an impregnable stronghold, about 400 miles from the sea, in a strange, weird country, full of peaks and mountains. The scenes which flanked the march bristled with rocks and crags ; but the country was one of the most healthy countries on the face of the earth. The march was full of interesting incidents, more especially a3 we drew near the end. A battle was fought; Magdala was taken by assault, then fired, and utterly destroyed. The Emperor committed suicide; the captives were released; and the conquerors returned to the sea, flushed with unequalled success, having suffered the smallest loss that could possibly follow an invasion of a hostile country.

A greater contrast could not be made than is presented by the story of the two expeditions which England undertook in Africa, in behalf of her honour, her dignity, humanity, and justice; and more brilliant successes than attended these two campaigns in hostile countries are not recorded in history.

HENRY M. STANLEY, Special Correspondent' New York Herald.'

Londoh: April I87i,

LIST OF ILLUSTEATIONS

PAGH

Colonel Sib W. L. Mebewetheb, C.B., K.S.I. . . to face 16

Castle Between Mai-wahiz And Ad-abaga . . „ 42

Ruins Op An Ancient Gbeek Chubch At Agulla

Mb. Stanley's Tent „ 40

Majob-genebal Sib C. Staveley, K.CB 62

House At Magdala Whebe Consul Camebon And

The Rev. Mb. Stebn Webe Fibst Impbisoned „ 80

Going Up To Attack Magdala ,146

The End Op King Theodobe , 150

View Neab The King's House, Magdala 156

Bubning Op Magdala ,,164

MAP

Map Op Route Op Bbitish Expedition Fbom Annes

Ley Bay To Magdala to face l

MAGDALA

CHAPTER I

A BRITISH CAMP—INTRODUCTORY

A Most extraordinary and novel sight presented itself to me as I landed upon the bunder at Zoulla. Thousands of half-naked coolies were shouting and chanting a barbaric song while they worked under as hot a sun as ever blazed in the tropics, and hundreds of uniformed superintendents, armed with long courbaches, were coercing the labourers under their charge to work. The braying of hundreds of donkeys, the neighing of horses, the whinnying of mules, the lowing of thirsty kine, the shrill shriek of two anomalous locomotives, the noisy roll of rickety cars as they thundered to and fro, caused the scene to appear at the first impression as if a whole nation had immigrated here, and were about to plant a great city on the fervid beach of Annesley Bay. The mountainous piles of stores covered with tarpaulins, the long warehouses, with their roofs of brushwood, filled to the utmost with the materiel of war, and the noble bay crowded with majestic transports, steamers, men-of-war, great sailing-packets, tiny tugboats, elegant little yachts, and innumerable Turkish kanjeahs from Mocha, Jeddah, Souakim, and Massowah, flitting about with their swallow-winged sails, only served to heighten the illusion.


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