NEWS OF STANLEY
From an English exchange of November 9_h we take the following news respecting the Intrepid traveller H. M. Stan'ey :—At last, through Keuter's agent at Zanzibar, wo have some intelligence oonoerning Stanley. It is nearly a year old, but, such as it is, it is bettor than nothing. It dies not tell us anything about where Mr Stanley is now, for It left him at the end of last November within what his followers estimated at about forty or fifty days' march from Wadelal. Toe newß is brought by oooriers who have reaohed Zarz:bar from Tabora, a plaoe about 200 miles due south of Lake Viotoria Nyaoza and rathe? more tban the samo distance due east of the nearest point of Like Tanganyika. These oourierß report that towards the end of laßt November oertalu detachments of Arabß trading from Tabora m the regions between Laki Albert Nynczi and Lake Muta Nzige encountered tha rear guard of Mrbtanley's expedition at a. point wesl of the Albert Nyanza and south-east of Sanga, which is a Btation oh the oonfinee of toe Monbuttu oountry, and apparently not far from the head waters of the Aruwtmi. Mr Stanley himself was not seen by these traders as he wes stated to be two days' mroh ahaad of the rear guard encountered by them. But he was reported to be m good health, though he had prtviouly suffered from fever, together with many of his companions One of the white men who accompanied him was reported to be dead, and his forca had been reduced by sickness and casualties to about 250 men. Forty of the men had been drowned m the crossing of a great river running from east to west. The expedition was then traversing a very d ffioolt ojui_try, full of forests aud swamps aud Intersected by many rivers. When the Arabs encountered It, it had only been five daya on the maroh after a halt of three^tMcks: caused by the .illoeas —PfTlrStanley. Other causes had also contricnted todeUy the progress o' the expedition, such as the hostility of the tribes, with which Mr Staoley had frequently been oompelled to Ggbt m order to procure supplies, the extn me difljouliy ofthe country, which often made it Impossible to maroh more than a mile and a quarter lv the day, and the halts which the leader had made ln the hope that reinforcements might reach him from the O mgo. Mr Stanley had, It appears, deoided to alter his route, so as to avoid, If possible, the swampy and un healthy region whiob lay Immediately In front of bim. Instead of advancing, as be originally Intended, In a north -easterly direotlon, ao as to atrlke the upper end of Lake Albert Nyatx», and then make north for Wadelal, he had resolved to travel north and then maroh due eaat when he had approximately reaohed the latitude of Wadelal. His expectation was that 40 or E0 days would suffice for the completion of the journey, and tbe Arabs appear to have been of opinion tbat he would be able to do this notwithstanding the losses he bad sustained aud the dlffi. cullies he had encountered. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THB MEAHTIME ? '•^bora," says the "Times" m a leading artiole, "Is more than 600 miles m a straight line from the point where Mr Stanley's expedition was, according to this story, enc motored nearly a year ago and aboot 400 miles m a straight line from the coaet opposite Zanzibar. If it had taken nearly a year for thhj news to reach ; the coast, It Iti not altogether surprising that Jater Intelligence Is bUII wanting. The last dlreot news from Emtn Poeha himself is more than a year old. The looal troubles In Unyoro, the distriot whioh intervenes between Uganda and the southern end of the Albert Nyar.z», are not unjlkely to have been Intensified by *ha recent disturbances on tbe poast of Zanzibar. The correspondent whose communication "Tbe Times" printed yesterday on *The position In Eaßt Africa ' went so far as to say .• — ' A cordon of hostile chiefs bad been drawn
right aoross the country to the south of I Wadelal, and as a result rA message has reaohed us from Emlu since November last year. The Zanzibar telegram professing to give news up to April last was. as la well known, concreted at Zanzibar by oertaln enemies of Mr Stanley and of the British Bast African Company.' If this be so, and if the story now brought fcvm Tabora is authentic, lt Is not necessary to take for granted that Mr Stanley was disappointed iv his expectation of reaohjng Wadelal by the beginning of this year. The Tabora story Is consistent In nearly all jt B details with the accounts brought by deserters from Mr Stanley's expedition to Major Bartte|ot's CB TO p a>Yambunga m April, Tbe Yambunga deserters told the?r story m ApriJ, and the Tabora cquriershave told theirs m November, but it is nut easy to determine which is the earlier story of the two. If the Tabora story is to be credited, we learn that, eleven months ago, Mr Stanley was oonsiderably more thwi half way belweeu tbe mouth of the Atuwimi and Wadelai, and expected to complete his journey by the beginning of this year, vv bother he did ' complete his jourrey or not, and what has become of him since, "is. still a matter of pure conjecture. But if it be true that ! traders have aotually passed within the | laat 12 monhs between Sangaand Tabora and have since reaohed Zanzibar, it is' almost certain that they must have 1 propantheline of Mr Stanley's route, or at any yate haye gome very near to 'the spot which, whether now alive or dead, he must hi ye reached,' and itistardly possible that if, be were dead they should ' not have heard rumors of his fate."
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NEWS OF STANLEY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2034, 11 January 1889
NEWS OF STANLEY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2034, 11 January 1889
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