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THE SIEGE OF SUAKIM.

(per press association.) London, December 18, There fs a growing feeling m favor of a British protectorate over eastern Soudan and it is contended that if this be eftected, the various tribes would gladly expel the adherents of the ivlahdi from the country. Several gentletnen well able to express an opinion on the subject declare that a chartered Trading Company would be the best and most speedy peacemaker m the Soudan. Suakim, December 18. A battle with Osman Digna's forces is imminent.

Several light skirmishes have taken place between the garrison troops and the rebels. London, December Is. In the House of Commons to-day Sir James Fergusson, m an apologetic speech on behalf of the Government, said he believed it to be hopeless to parley for the release of Bmin Bey and Stanley. The military estimates were conr sidered m the Commons to day. Mr John Morley moved a reduction m the Suakim vote. Mr Gladstone supported the amend, ment. Lord Randolph Churchill made a furious attack on the Government, and said he was prepared to move a vote of censure at an opportune time. The estimates eventually passed without reduction by a majority of I ninety. During the debate on the amendment for a reduction m the military estimates, Sir Evelyn Baring, British Ambassador, was denounced as a tool of the military party. Suakim, December 19. Deserters from the ranks of Osman Digna report that the Arab trenches are m bad condition. They state great distress prevails among the rebels, and the latter have suffered heavy loss from shelling by the British gunboats.

(Keoelved Deoorabet 20, 12.45 p.m.) London, Deoember 19. fir J. Fergasson stated m the House of Commons that Government believe Oeman Digna's letter to be a ruse, because it was impossible to travel from Lado to I£hartojim iv the space of time m which it is asserted tUe news of the capture reached the Mahdi. It was an igqoble proposal to make that the English trpops should retire before the inflolen\i V&porings of the beße|§;eys of Suskim • i - ■I

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THE SIEGE OF SUAKIM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2018, 20 December 1888

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THE SIEGE OF SUAKIM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2018, 20 December 1888

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