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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
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The calumnies of critics — My female slave — Real object of my journey — Preliminary arrangements — General Stephenson's letter 1-7
CHAPTER I
I START FOR KORDOFAN
Engagement of guides — A neglected warning — Hasseena accompanies the party — Dervishes reported on the road Non-arrival of Hogal — Dervishes sighted at Selima Wells 8-14
CHAPTER II
BETRAYED BY GUIDES
Different routes over the — desert A quarrel amongst the guides — Scouts sent out — Hassan convicted of error — Zigzagging in the desert — A council of war — Surprised by the dervishes — The fight — Taken prisoners 15-28
CHAPTER III
IN THE HANDS OF THE DERVISHES
Conference of the Emirs Farag and Hamza — Halt for the night — Baggage looted by dervishes — The Emirs confiscate all treasure for the Beit-el-Mal — Cross-questioned on my letters — Called a Government spy — Tortured by dervish guards — Rescued by Hamza and reserved for Wad en Nejoumi 29-40
 
CHAPTER IV
ARRIVAL IN DONGOLA
Display of dervish horsemanship — Flogging among the Ansar — Hasseena is searched — Insults of the rabble — I am brought before Nejoumi — I declare myself a merchant — Evidence of a Christian girl-convert against me — Execution of fourteen Arabs of the party — I am re-examined and sent to the Khaleefa 41-52
CHAPTER V
THE REAL HISTORY OF THE CAPTURE
Extracts from newspaper and official accounts — The antecedents of the guide Gabou — Dissensions in the Kabbabish tribe — Gabou schemes for his own section — Hassan's part in the matter — Gabou reveals the plot to Nejoumi and enlists Hogal on his side — The Emirs prepare to intercept me — Capture of the caravan — Hogal's deceit and its excuse 53-63
CHAPTER VI
DONGOLA TO OMDURMAN
Preparations for the journey — Nejoumi's friendly disposition to the Government — His loss of faith in the Mahdist movement — Why the guide Amin was executed — Horrible death of an old Arab woman — In the market-place of Omdurman — First meeting with Slatin I am chained and tortured — I defy the Khaleefa — A mock execution — The Khaleefa is merciful — Slatin intervenes — Letter to Mankarious Effendi — Imprisoned by Slatin's advice 64-79
CHAPTER VII
THROWN INTO PRISON
Methods of shackling — My first night in prison — Hasseena sent to the head-gaoler's hareem — Mahmoud Wad Said — Ajjab Abou Jinn — The three sons of Awad el Kerim — Sheikh Hamad El Nil — Ahmed Abdel Maajid and his bride — Lessons in Mahdieh — I visit Khartoum in chains — Again before the Khaleefa — My chains removed 80-92
 
CHAPTER VIII
PRISON LIFE
Prayers — Night in the Abou Hagar — Possibilities of escape — News from Egypt — Idris-es-Saier — His methods of extortion — A prison homily — Effectual blackmail 93-104
CHAPTER IX
MY FIRST CHANCE OF ESCAPE
Ahmed Nur ed Din — His relations with Gabou — We plan an escape — Death of Nur ed Din — My sickness and recovery — Treatment of typhus — I decline to be converted — Meal-time in the Saier — Father Ohrwalder's charity — A famine — The struggle for food — Ministrations of Hasseena — Mutual help amongst the prisoners 105-119
CHAPTER X
PRISON JUSTICE
Escapes from the Saier — The advantages of matrimony — Tactics of the gaolers — I become doctor to the hareems — — Discipline amongst women prisoners — My first flogging — The gaoler dismissed — Method of flogging — I am flogged again — My mental agony 120-133
CHAPTER XI
A SERIOUS DILEMMA
Newspaper calumnies — Hasseena's condition — A disputed paternity — Mohammedan laws of marriage and divorce — I decide to claim the child — Idris disputes the claim — A jury of matrons decides in my favour — Birth of "Makkieh" — The Khaleefa's congratulations — Joseppi, the German baker 134-144
CHAPTER XII
IBRAHIM WAD ADLAN
Friendship with Wad Adlan — His directorship of the Beit-el-Mal — The Khaleefa grows jealous — Adlan thrown into prison — The advantages of trading — Adlan reinstated — I design the Mahdi's tomb — Letters to Mankarious Effendi — The guide Moussa Daoud el Kanaga — Reports from Egypt — Escape of Joseppi — Treachery of spies — Disgrace and death of Adlan 145-159
 
CHAPTER XIII
THE TRUE HISTORY OF MY ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE
Letters of the German Consul and my manager to Mankarious — Kanaga's visit to Cairo — He receives a letter to Slatin — He is captured at Berber and turns back — The War Office letter to my wife — My answer to calumnies 160-169
CHAPTER XIV
A PRISONER AT LARGE
Belief in evil spirits — Shwybo as an alchemist — He is flogged for his pains — I am told to make saltpetre — Released from my fetters — The gunpowder factory at Halfeyeh — Death of Makkieh — I am transferred to Khartoum — Our gunpowder a deliberate failure — Visits of Father Ohrwalder — News of his escape. 170-184
CHAPTER XV
DIVORCED AND MARRIED
Hasseena's thievish propensities — I am compelled to divorce her — The Khaleefa finds me a wife — I forestall his good offices — Umm es Shole — Mohammedan divorce and re-marriage — A further dilemma — The second child dies — Hasseena proves irreclaimable 185-194
CHAPTER XVI
HOPE AND DESPAIR
Mankarious' first envoy returns — Arrival of second envoy — Rossignoli's guide Abdallah — Projected method of escape — Abdallah's treatment of Rossignoli — Slatin escapes — My chains redoubled — The Khaleefa's fury — Slatin's reputation amongst the Mahdists — His letter read to the Muslimanieh — Confiscation of his wives and property — My deliverer returns — I am again in the Saier 195-208
 
CHAPTER XVII
A NEW OCCUPATION
Nahoum Abbajee engages me — Emptiness of the treasury — Unsatisfactory state of the currency — I am transferred to the arsenal — I design blocks for the Mint — We do great damage — The Khaleefa's buried treasure 209-215
CHAPTER XVIII
MY SECOND IMPRISONMENT
Idris a reformed character — He ensures my kind treatment — Fauzi's first night in prison — Kadi Ahmed's captivity — His death by starvation — Death of Wad Zarah — Letters from Europe — My replies — My reflections in prison 216-225
CHAPTER XIX
RUMOURS OF RELIEF
Khartoum again — Thoughts of Gordon — At work in the arsenal — Extracting precious metals — Chemical experiments — The troops advancing — I invent a powder-mill — Its manifold defects — I scheme to gain time — Wholesale destruction of metal — Repairing a steamer — My letter to Onoor — In a fever for news 226-241
CHAPTER XX
PREPARING TO RECEIVE THE GUNBOATS
In the Saier as a visitor — I send intelligence to the English — Anxiety amongst my circle — Embassy from Abyssinia — The Khaleefa's reply — Mahmoud disobeys orders — Defeat of Osman and Mahmoud at the Atbara — Manufacture of torpedoes — I decline to assist — My chains redoubled — The torpedoes explode — I become a centre for Government sympathizers — Frustrating the mines 242-256
CHAPTER XXI
NEARING THE END
Conflicting rumours — Appeals to prophecy — I suggest a night attack — I send more information to the army — Mad struggle with a gaoler — Negotiations with Idris — The Khaleefa sallies out — The gunboats open fire — I go mad — Arrival of fugitives — The riderless horse — The Khaleefa's despair 257-268
 
CHAPTER XXII
AT LAST
Threats of the prisoners — The routed army in flight — Macdonald's brigade — Illuminating the Ratib — Soudanese sang-froid — Sheikh ed Din repulsed — Attack upon Macdonald — Destruction of Yacoub — Flight of the Khaleefa — His narrow escape from the Sirdar — The Sirdar enters the prison — We meet — The head-quarters' mess — Mr. Bennet Burleigh — My German tongue forsakes me 269-280
CHAPTER XXIII
THE SIRDAR AND SAVAGE WARFARE
The looting of Omdurman — Soudanese troops to the rescue — Genial horseplay — A war correspondent's article — The Sirdar errs in giving quarter — Lex talionis — The ferocity of wounded dervishes — No succour desirable — A challenge to correspondents 281-288
CHAPTER XXIV
BACK TO CIVILIZATION
High hopes — Disillusionment — Attitude of the War Office — I am forced to defend myself — Newspaper calumnies — The News Agency representative — A good Samaritan — Sir George Newnes 289-299
CHAPTER XXV
HOW GORDON DIED
Conflicting accounts — A hero's death — Hope deferred — Gordon's last night — Value of my testimony — Father Ohrwalder's evidence — "Ten Years' Captivity" criticized — Justification of Gordon — The trader as missionary — A tribute to Gordon 300-324


APPENDICES
Appendix 1.
Hassan Bey Hassanein 325-331
Appendix 2.
Orphali 332-337
Appendix 3.
Letter dictated by the Khaleefa to General Stephenson 338-339
Appendix 4.
Ibrahim Pasha Fauzi Gordon's favourite officer 340-345
Appendix 5.
Ahmed Youssef Kandeel 346-348
Appendix 6.
The Soudan: its Past, Present, and Future 349-359


 
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
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1. Neufeld as found by the Sirdar Frontispiece
2. An Arab guide 8
3. The Khaleefa's Eunuchs at attention 37
4. The Khaleefa's tender mercies 45
5. Sheikh Ed Din's eunuch in his master's marriage Jibbeh 64
6. Writing under difficulties 77
7. A Group of prisoners 84
8. Learning the Mahdi's Ratib 94
9. Idris-Es-Saier 103
10. Catarina 114
11. A Flogging by order of the Khaleefa 129
12. Meal-time in the Saier 143
13. Moussa Daoud El Kanaga 154
14. Mankarious Effendi with guides 164
15. Umm Es Shole and two children 189
16. Said Bey Gumaa 203
17. Fauzi Pasha in dervish dress 218
18. Neufeld's hut in the Saier, showing the famous anvil 223
19. Onoor Issa 226
20. Powder-machines 236
21. A Group from photograph taken at the Feast of Beiram, 1899 242
22. Neufeld doubly fettered 252
 
23. Shereef, the "False Fourth Khaleefa" 263
24. The Flag of Khaleefa Shereef 273
25. Trophies taken at Omdurman 282
26. Khaleel Agha Orphali 303
27. Hassan Bey Hassanein 325
28. Fauzi Pasha in Uniform 340
29. Ahmed Youssef Kandeel 346
Map showing Proposed Route and Route actually taken by Caravan 15
Sketch accompanying Author's account of Capture 23
Plans of Palace at Khartoum illustrating the Death of Gordon 334