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Gordon's Wonderful Power.

What was the secret of Gordon's wonderful power 1 Much of it lay m his fearlessness, much m his swiftness of thought and action, and much m what the Yankee would call his capability m all things, small as well as great. He could ride and shoot and tinker, and h conduot campaigns and negotiate trea- | ties, all with unhesitating self-reliane. As a matter of course such a man takes command. Gordon never lacked opportunities to show these qualities. "When steaming: quietly up the Nile a monkey with which he was playing fell overboard. In a twinkling Gordon was m the water after him.' By good luck the crQ(xxliles got neither governor-general nor monkey. When a nugger was being hauled up the- rapid* some way south of Lada the. cable got away from the men on the bank and the vessel was swept on to the rocks. JS'o one would volunteer to go out and ptck up the

cable, and Gordon jumped into a skiff and went out alone. To be sure the skiff upvset and the governor-general sat some hours dripping wet on a rock, but his men had a lesson. On another occasion the garrison of one of the stations was thrown into much anxiety by seeing General Gordon alone, rowing acrosg the river to the east bank, which m that region was occupied by intensely hostile negroes. He landed, made his boat fast, and tried, by a display of beads and wire, to induce the savages to come and talk with him. They simply sat on the hillside and'scowled. Finally Gordon shot a hippopotamus and paddled back, leaving the beads on the shore and a fine feast of hippopotamus meat m the rushes. Another man v.cidd have been killed.

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Gordon's Wonderful Power., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2497, 21 August 1890

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Gordon's Wonderful Power. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2497, 21 August 1890

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