Heroes of the Dark Continent; And How Stanley Found Emin Pasha

Heroes of the Dark Continent; And How Stanley Found Emin Pasha

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...He then, with his main army, swept around to the eastward and planted his siege guns against the other outposts. Simultaneously with the beginning of a bombardment of the outer posts he made an assault upon Leeku, which soon capitulated, and with its fall followed that of Wauti, which completed the investment of Soochow. A HELLISH NIGHT. The most serious obstacles were yet to be met, for though the outposts had been reduced and the siege fairly begun, the strength of the main fortifications was yet to be determined, as well as the resolution of the defenders. Eleven days of investment had given neither side any advantage, when Gordon determined to make a night attack, which he did by assaulting the north-east angle at one o'clock in the morning. An advance was made on the outer stockade, which progressed favorably until the advance guard had clambered upon the breastworks. All had been still up to this time, when suddenly hell itself seemed to open and from its sulphurous bowels gushed out a sheet of flame that gave to creation such murderous missies as grape-shot and bullets. It was an awful moment, in which the riot of death held high carnival, against which even Gordon himself could not make the magic wand which he was supposed to carry effective. But though he could not stem the tide, he fell back gracefully on its current, and with his shattered contingent rushed back to the guns that thundered both death and applause. Though repulsed, with serious loss, Gordon had given blow for blow, and when morning broke there was a 'ow of dead men on either side of the broken walls. Even though the rebels had beaten back their enemies, they felt that a capitulation of the city was only a question of time, and so general was their fears of disaster...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563204
  • 9781236563200