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The M.hdl's despatch to " bis miserable Vail Karamella el-Sheikh." on April 28th, 1885, reporting tbe death of General Gordon (says the "Pali Mall Gazette") Is one, of the grimmest and most characteristic documents whioh have ever issued from the Soudan. The description of the cold-blooded massaore of fugitives who had sought to esoape by entering enclosure* and shutting tbe doors is worthy of the Arabs who fought under Mahommed and the early oallphs. *', They were mat faoe to face, and hewn with swords or stabbed with spears until their cries were terrible, and they were out to pieces at onoe there upon the ground, and then the troops of God fell upon the rest of the people who had shot the doors fearing the same fate, who were taken up and killed properly, and there were none left remaining of them but little obildren and free slaves." " Tbe rest of the people were taken op and killed properly." It Is a phrase worthy of the fierce Soudan. The passage m whioh the Mahdl records tho death of Gordon should be engraved on the baea of his status In the square, for batter than anything else would It Indloate the spirit of the great upheaval which he died In a vain attempt to oheok-a- --" But as to the enemy of God, Gordon, though we had warned him and talked kindly to him that he might return to God, yet be never did so, because bis < miserable fate had been foreordained, ] and alio, the Besets of his foolishness, , befoya, bis fit. was ended, and be *ras , lorry for the sins he had sown m this ' world] and he was removed by God to the ! plaoe q| His wrath, which Is, a bad plaoe • to riQ^lq io,'» _^_

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2058, 8 February 1889

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HOW GORDON DIED Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2058, 8 February 1889