Arabi Pasha in Exile.
Miss Von Finkelstein has something of interest to say about Arabi Pasha. On her voyage back to Australia by way of Batavia she visited Colombo, where the Egyptian patriot has been exiled by the British Government. On learning of the arrival of the celebrated linguist and Oriental lecturer the Pasha begged the pleasure of a visit, and received Miss Von Finkelstein with every mark of honor and esteem. Miss Von Finkelstein describes Arabi as a grand looking man, of fair complexion and brilliant hazel grey eyes, He talked long with her, and in tones of great depression of his ardent yearning to return to his home in Egypt, and it appears that none of his wives have felt themselves able to share in the isolation of tropical discomfort of his home in Colombo. One of his sons was, however, staying at the house in Cimaman Gardens, when Miss Von Finkelstein was there in April. The pleasure of meeting a lady who could not only speak Arabic fluently, but also bear herself with Oriental dignity throughout the ceremonies of welcome and leave-taking, was very great to the lonely Arabi, who, by the last mail wrote (in Arabic) the letter of which the following is a translation: —“ To her highlyhonored Ladyship, the possessor of essence of all Chastity, Virtue, and Excellence, our highly-esteemed, beloved, and most precious valued friend, the Lady Lydia Von Finkelstein, whom God had made perfect—peace be upon her. Like the falling and scent of odorous drops came unto ns your highly-honored, long-expected letter of the month of Ayer, which informed us, and we were made happy when we learned from it, with intense joy and thankfulness, of your safe arrival in all health and safety at Australia. And may ever all happiness and peace be yours. We are glad to inform you that we are in good health, and think and speak of you every moment, and remember the golden hour when yeu so kindly graced us with your presence and face of virtuous beauty. How painful and sad was to us that parting, and larder after you left, for we had hoped to behold you again. We sigh because of the great separation between us, but we look for the happy future to meet our honored, Srecions, highly - endowed friend again, laily with expectant longing we watch for the fulfilment of your promise to send us your likeness, and may all peace and blessing of God rest on you. We pray for the day when we shall behold you once more. With pure everlasting love, servant of your country, Ahmed Arabi—H Husani (the Hgyptian).’ I —Sydney ‘ Daily Telegraph.’
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Arabi Pasha in Exile., Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889
Arabi Pasha in Exile. Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889
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