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THE WAR IN EGYPT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 689, 17 July 1882
THE WAR IN EGYPT.
The Enemy’s Loss. Two Thousand Killed. Alexandria in Ruins. The Khedive Himself Again. Pillaging the Ships in the Canal. The Canal Traffic all Stopped. Reinforcements to Assist the British. Arabi Pasha and his Murderous Designs. The Khedive Guarded by British MarinesArabi Pasha only Escapes by Giving Heavy Bribes. Fearful Havoc by the British Guns. Occupation of Alexandria by the Blue Jackets. No Mercy to be Shown to the Egyptian Marauders[by cable.] [per keuter’s agency.] [A. portion of the following appeared in “ extras” issued from this office during the day :—] Alexandria, July 14. It has now been fully proved that the Egyptians suffered a heavy loss in killed and wounded during the bombardment of the forts. The total number killed is estimated at 2,000, but no definite information on the point can be ascertained. Yia London.
The conflagration in the city continues undiminished, and fresh fires are breaking out constantly. All the principal buildings have been destroyed, and the city is now literally in ruins. The Khedive has obtained the support of some of the Egyptian troops who remain loyal, and his Majesty has summoned Oherif Pasha to take command and endeavor to restore order and maintain his authority. Intelligence is to hand that a number of Arabs have embarked in boats for the purpose of pillaging the ships which are now in the Suez Canal.
All traffic in the Canal is stopped in consequence of the steamer Gleulyon being still aground. Alexandria, July 15.
Tho officers in command of the war vessels of the Neutral Powers lying off the port have landed parties of sailors, who are now assisting the British sailors in restoring order in the city ; a strong force of the latter being landed by Admiral Seymour. It has transpired that Arab! Pasha has left the city with a number of soldiers. Before leaving he ordered that the Khedive should be murdered, and that the city should be fired and pillaged. The Khedive had a most adventurous escape from the hands of the infuriated soldiers, but is now safe at Nas el Tin Palace, guarded by British marines. Later,
It has been ascertained that Arabi Pasha only succeeded in escaping from the city by giving heavy bribes. The first account of the loss suffered by the Egyptians during the bombardment is now proved to have been understated. It is known beyond doubt that many thousands were killed by the British guns. Admiral Seymour has landed a large body of Blue jackets from the Squadron, and they are now occupying various gates of the city in force at all points. The officers commanding the different detachments have received orders from the Admiral to show no mercy towards marauders and pillagers, but to fire upon them wherever they may be seen.
Further orders are that sailors are to seize and disarm any of the Egyptian soldiers who may be met with.
[special to “the age.”] London, July 12. There is a panic at Port Said. The inhabitants are flying in large numbers. The European Conference decided to urge the Porte to interfere in the affairs of Egyot, and considered it the duty of the Sultan to undertake the responsibility of maintaining order in Egypt. The European population are quitting Suez. London, July 13. Admiral Seymour has decided to postpone landing troops, waiting reinforcements. The prisoners released from gaol commenced to pillage in the European quarters, and on resistance being made a general massacre ensued. The Egyptian army are evacuating the fortifications, and taking a position beyond the range of British guns. Terrible outrages have been perpetrated and Alexandria is in a state of anarchy. ' [special to “the akgus.”] London, July 14, 2.10 p.m. The conflagrations in Alexandria are extending, and houses are burning over two miles. The Khedive informed Admiral Seymour that Arabi’s force was only 4,000. London, July 13, 5.3 p.m. The Grand Square, European quarters, and the Exchange Telegraph Office, have been destroyed. One hundred European Christians who had taken refuge in the Ottoman Bank, and adjoining the building, were massacred. Convicts released from the gaols are pillaging the city, and the Egyptian troops are doing the same. London, July 14, 6 a.m. Six hundred marines and sailors have landed, and are parading the streets. They rescued the remaining European survivors, and dispersed several bands of pillagers, who endeavored to prevent their extinguishing the burning buildings, and hindered their progress. Two regiments from Malta are going to Port Said to protect the Suez Canal. Sir Archibald Alison commands. The Khedive summoned Cherif and the leading Pashas to restore order.
[special to “the evening mail.”] London, July 11, evening. The bombardment of Alexandra commenced at seven this morning, and continued till three in the afternoon, when the older to cease firing was given. All forts fronting the sea were silenced by the fire of the British vessels engaged. Four forts exploded. The Khedive’s palace is ruined from the damage caused by the bombardment. The forts of the inner harbors and Marabon Island will be bombarded to-morrow, London, July 12. The Egyptians fought pluckily, but their fire was badly directed, and failed to do much damage. The firing of the British fleet was admirable, and well sustained. The Temeraire was ashore, and was assisted off by the Condor. No damage resulted. Official list of casualties to the British fleet is, five killed, twenty-seven wounded. London, July 12, 1 p.m. The bombardment was resumed at 9.30, but there being a heavy swell and boisterous weather, the firing was temporarily suspended. The palace of the Khedive is still burning ; the batteries of the enemy were deserted, and parties landed from the British fleet and spiked the guns, London, July 12, 3 p.m. The Alexandria, the Suitan and Superb bore the brant of the action, and were repeatedly struck by the enemy’s shot.
The superiority of the gunnery and the weight of the metal told. The maiden action of the Inflexible demonstrated the terrible energy of the four 80-ton guns . carried by her. London, July 12, 6 p.m. There are fires in different parts of Alexandria. This afternoon a flag of truce was flying in the town. Twelve officers and men of the Invincible swam ashore and burst two and spiked six guns in the forts. The men were unopposed during their exploit. The Queen requested special enquiries to be made on behalf of the wounded officers and sailors. Germany and Austria approve of the bombarding. Sir Wilfrid Lawson, a Radical member, denounced the bombardment. London, July 13, 5.20 a.m. Negotiations for a truce have failed. The Khedive is unharmed. It is reported that the Egyptian troops hava. evacuated Alexandria. Unparalleled coirfusion prevails, and fires, incendiarism; and pillaging have commenced. There are tremendous fires. The entire city is in flames. The Europeans in Alexandria defended themselves, and made their way to the seashore. One hundred were rescued by the British fleet, but the rest were massacred. The Egyptian army is demoralised, and is retreating into the interior. London, July 13, 10 p.m. The conflagrations are extending, and houses are burning for a distance of two miles. The Marines are endeavoring to restore order. The garrison of Alexandria, numbering 500 soldiers, remain faithful ; v During the bombardment a battalion of?, the Egyptian army was blown up. In the event of the Porte declining to intervene for the purpose of restoring order, it is arranged that England and France should act unitedly, in preference to England acting alone. , The safety of the Khedive and Dervish Pasha is assured. Both escaped from the . i infuriated soldiery, and are safe on board . one of the ironclads.
FURTHER PARTICULARS. All the Forts in Possession of the British. The Work of Pillage Ceased. The Flames Dying Out. The City Becoming Calmer. More Troops' for the Scene of Action. Bright’s Alienation. The “Daily News” on the-Situation.. Arabi Proclaimed a Rebel.—His Disappearance. The Sheiks Uniting. The Canal is Clear. [Quieting Down. The Peace-at-any-Price Party Protests. [per rbutbr’s agency.] Alexandria, July 16, The English sailors and marines now holdall forts as well as the city gates. The French and Italian commanders refuse to land any forces to assist any other Powers. Men from German, American, and Russian warships are assisting the English, and are acting as police, and restoring order in the city. The marauders and pillagers have ceased their work of devastation and pillaging. Tho city is rapidly becoming calmer, and the efforts of the English sailors to stay the flames have had a good effect. Most of the fires have been got under, and are dying out. Rumors are to haud that serious disturbances have broken out in Cairo, but no-confirmatory news is to hand. Malta, July 16.
Further detatchments of marines, consisting of one thousand of all ranks left to-day for Alexandria. Constantinople, July 16.
The six great Powers (Austria, France, England, Germany, Italy, and Russia) have sent an identical note to the Porte, inviting it to send a force of Turkish troops to Alexandria, to restore otder there. [special xo “the age.”] London, July 16, 3 a m. The policy of the Government in regard to the future has alienated Mr Bright. He regrets ho cannot support it, and says, “No wonder the Birmingham Tories are gloating.”. The D tily Neivs advises drastic acting in the present crisis, and deprecates the Turkish occupation of Egypt. Arabl Pasha has been proclaimed a rebel. His whereabouts is doubtful. The Sheiks are joining. The Suez Canal is clear, the alarm caused by the Glenlyon grounding proving unfounded. The shops are being re-opened in Alexandria. The Radical party in England are organising a protest against the action of the Government.
THE WAR IN EGYPT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 689, 17 July 1882
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