Heroes of the Dark Continent and How Stanley Found Emin Pasha; A Complete History of All the Great Explorations and Discoveries in Africa, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time ...

Heroes of the Dark Continent and How Stanley Found Emin Pasha; A Complete History of All the Great Explorations and Discoveries in Africa, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...the inner walls. An interview was arranged between several of the rebel generals ami Gordon, at which the former promised to abstain from action during the next assault if they were guaranteed immunity from harm by the Imperialists upon the city's capitutation. This agreement was received with favor, the more so because Gordon's available force was now only 5500 men, and the inner wall of the city was protected by a deep moat of appalling width. To demonstrate their sincerity, the deserting generals even arranged to surrender one of the gates of the city, but in this promise Gordon did not place the greatest confidence, though by way of enforcing compliance he put on a bold front and declared that if it were not done, he would not be responsible for the conduct of his soldiers. MURDER OF THE DESERTING GENERALS. On the following day the attack was renewed, but so little resistance was offered that Gordon made no stop until he entered the city and set the Imperial flag on the walls. He found the place in the wildest confusion, which was doubly confounded by the looting soldiers and the high-leaping flames that shot up from hundreds of burning buildings. By heroic resolution Gordon finally restrained the rapacity of his soldiers and gradually restored order, but when he came to make inquiries about the deserters to whom he had promised protection he found that they had all been murdered, and that too by order of General Ching, of the Imperialist force, who was present with Gordon when the promise of immunity was made. This act of treachery, in which his own honor war. deeply involved, so sensibly affected Gordon that he burst into tears. But grief was almost immediately followed by a spirit of vengeance, which he vowed against the...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920236
  • 9781236920232