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EMIN BEY AS A MONARCH.

The " Bpeotator * r referring to Eatn Bey'i determination to remain at hla post says :— " Indeed, that remarkable personage, tbe most unlqae figure even among tbe adventurers who have from time to time attained power ln Africa and AsU, baa bardly a motive for returning. Originally a German Jew devoted to solenoe and Investigation, he bas become In reality an indpendent sovereign, and having turned Mussulman, he rules the great region entrusted to him with absolute authority. His 1800 blaok regulars have settled and married m the land, and will never, he says, retnrn to Egypt by their own consent. He himself llvei like an Asiatic, which no doubt by blood he is ; end he has formed a Negro army so well disciplined that it has defeated even the fenatlo soldiers sent from Khartoum- He has herds of cattle and flocks of sheep, his supplies of grain are more than ample, end he Is accumulating a stook of Ivory whioh, If the road to tbe north <r ard ever opens, may bring him great wealth, ln the European sense; Be Is, ln truth, an Afrloan sovereign, and as his authority consolidates itself, and tbat of the Mahdi dies away under tbe blows It Is sustaining from the westward, he may hope to ttretoh his dominion from the Albert Nyanzt northward to Khartoum, Having renounced Judaism, and quitted olvillsation for years, he oan be little tempted to quit tbat position, and letara to the less varied life of an almost penniless atadent of natural history In Berlin. There is no reason to doubt hli statement that be will never desert his followers, and that if he leaves his kingdom, be will carry with him 8000 souls, thousands of them women aod ohildren. To maroh southward with tbat cavalcade, through the awful forest of the Aruwhlml to tbe Oongo, or east* ward to the Zanzibar coast, would be a desperate attempt; nor Is there anything to be expeoted from the settlement whloh, If he retreats, he must form In some new region, to draw him from the banks of tbe Nile, where he Is a prince, end whenoe be may m time common!oate easily with Germany by the Saaklm route. European journalists, m discussing suoh a personage, are apt to assume that a cultivated European must always be longing for Europe, and this waa clearly Stanley's own Ides ; but we doubt If that la alwaya the ease. Almost all Europeana detest the tropics ; but every now and then, In India, In Cambodia, ln China, and m troploal Amerloa a European ia to be found whom nothing would lnduoe to ratarn to the tamer life of Europe, and who finds In tbe sooiety of the inferior races a never-ending oharm. A naturalist has alwayi oooupatlon for his Intelleot, power has attraotlons for all atrong minds, and Emln Pasha, though, If we may trust biography whloh has every sign i of truth, he has joined the long list of | renegadei from a higher to a lower faith— for though Judaism Is not| Christianity, It ii so loftier faith than Islam —may feel that In partly, olvlllslng a great {Afrloan Kingdom, he Is doing a great work. That li the Impression we derive from bli own aooouot la the ! lateit letters published, and there Is no j reason why it should not be true. We are 1 not ell alike, or all oonvlnosd that 50 years of Europe Is batter tbao a cycle of Cathay t and to f ouod a dynasty on the Upper Nile may seam to Emln Pasha far more attractive work than io leotore la a university whloh has forgotten him, on troploal beasti and birds. Anyhow, he had, when Stanley left him, eleoted to stay wbers he It, one of the most noteworthy figures whloh even thli age of separate porsonages has prodooed. Savants are common enough, and savants with a love of exploration; but the adventurer who obtains a orown, or the power of a orowned head over a defined territory, li rare, Onr ooontrymen are everywhere, bnt we have had In tha half century only one Rajah Brooke, and It is hit career, after all, whloh that of Sultan Sohnltaler mrgt resembles,''

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EMIN BEY AS A MONARCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2134, 25 May 1889

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EMIN BEY AS A MONARCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2134, 25 May 1889

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