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LETTER PROM STANLEY.

DWARFS WITH POISONED ARROWS.

FATE OF BARTTELOT'S EXPEDITION.

(per press association.) London, April 2 and 3. A letter from Stanley has been received, m which the explorer states that on the 4th September he left Emio Bey well. Stanley describes the horrors of the passage through forests and swamps m his search for Emm Bey, which occupied six months instead of a fortnight, as anticipated..*, Both forests and swamps were infested with dwarfs with poisoned arrows, and fierce, tall, aborigines, armed with spears. They had also to contend against wild beasts and venomous insects. Fever was rampant among his followers, and at times they were threatened with famine. On emerging on the grass plains the expedition behaved as if mad with joy. Between Itur and Lake Albert Nyanai there was incessant fighting between Stanley's followers and hostile natives. All this time members of the expedition were living on pungi nuts, and nearly all were reduced to skeletons and almost naked. Many deaths occurred, and a large number of his Arab followers deserted him. The land over which the expedition passed was a horrible wilderness until reaching Ituria, where supplies were obtained m abundance, and Stanley spent twenty-six days with Emm Bey, whom he left on June 1 6th on his return journey, and sixty days later fell m with a miserable remnant of the late Major Barttelot's expedition. It was ascertained that aoo of "Major Barttelot's followers had perished from exhaustion, or want of food, and those who had survived were mere scarecrows. The latter had endured sufferings almost indescribable. In this letter Stanley says that Benin Bey, being m doubt as to whether it was possible to remove ten thousand women and children attached to his camp, had determined to remain where he is. Stanley expected to rejoin Emm Bey on December iorh, when he hoped to say a last farewell to Congo and Us forests.

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LETTER PROM STANLEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 4 April 1889

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LETTER PROM STANLEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 4 April 1889

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