A Narrative Of Captivity In Abyssinia With Some Account Of The Late Emperor Theodore,  His Country And People By Henry Blanc
















































 -                 A NARRATIVE OF CAPTIVITY IN ABYSSINIA;

                         WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF
                      THE LATE EMPEROR THEODORE,
                       HIS COUNTRY AND PEOPLE.

                        BY HENRY - Page 1
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A NARRATIVE OF CAPTIVITY IN ABYSSINIA;

WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LATE EMPEROR THEODORE, HIS COUNTRY AND PEOPLE.

BY HENRY BLANC, M.D., M.R.C.S.E., F.A.S.L., ETC.,

STAFF ASSISTANT-SURGEON HER MAJESTY'S BOMBAY ARMY, (LATELY ON SPECIAL DUTY IN ABYSSINIA.)

CONTENTS

PREFACE

CHAPTER I.

The Emperor Theodore - His Rise and Conquests - His Army and Administration - Causes of his Fall - His Personal Appearance and Character - His Household and Private Life

CHAPTER II.

Europeans in Abyssinia - Bell and Plowden - Their Career and Deaths - Consul Cameron - M. Lejean - M. Bardel and Napoleon's Answer to Theodore - The Gaffat People - Mr. Stern and the Djenda Mission - State of Affairs at the End of 1863

CHAPTER III.

Imprisonment of Mr. Stern - Mr. Kerans arrives with Letters and Carpet - Cameron, with his Followers, is put in Chains - M. Bardel returns from the Soudan - Theodore's Dealings with Foreigners - The Coptic Patriarch - Abdul Rahman Bey - The Captivity of the Europeans explained

CHAPTER IV.

News of Cameron's Imprisonment reaches Home - Mr. Rassam is selected to proceed to the Court of Gondar, and is accompanied by Dr. Blanc - Delays and Difficulties in communicating with Theodore - Description of Massowah and its Inhabitants - Arrival of a Letter from the Emperor

CHAPTER V.

From Massowah to Kassala - The Start - The Habab - Adventures of M. Marcopoli - The Beni Amer - Arrival at Kassala - The Nubian Mutiny - Attempt of De Bisson to found a Colony in the Soudan

CHAPTER VI.

Departure from Kassala - Sheik Abu Sin - Rumours of Theodore's Defeat by Tisso Gobaze - Arrival at Metemma - Weekly Market - The Takruries at Drill - Their Foray into Abyssinia - Arrival of Letters from Theodore

CHAPTER VII.

Entrance into Abyssinia - Altercation between Takruries and Abyssinians at Wochnee - Our Escort and Bearers - Applications for Medicine - First Reception by his Majesty - The Queen's Letter translated and Presents delivered - Accompany his Majesty through Metsha - His Conversation _en route_

CHAPTER VIII.

Leave the Emperor's Camp for Kourata - The Tana Sea - The Abyssinian Navy - The Island of Dek - Arrival at Kourata - The Gaffat People and former Captives join us - Charges preferred against the Latter - First Visit to the Emperor's Camp at Zage - Flattery before Coercion

CHAPTER IX.

Second Visit to Zage - Arrest of Mr. Rassam and the English Officers - Charges brought against Mr. Rassam - The former Captives are brought in Chains to Zage - Public Trial - Reconciliation - Mr. Flad's Departure - The Imprisonment at Zage - Departure for Kourata

CHAPTER X.

Second Residence at Kourata - Cholera and Typhus break out in the Camp - The Emperor resolves to march to Debra Tabor - Arrival at Gaffat - The Foundry transformed into a Palace - Political Trial at Debra Tabor - The Black Tent - Dr. Blanc and Mr. Rosenthal seized at Gaffat - Another Public Trial - The Black Hole - March with the Emperor to Aibankab - Sent to Magdala, and Arrival at the Amba

CHAPTER XI.

Our first House at Magdala - The Chief has a "little Business" with us - Feelings of a European when being put in Chains - The Operation described - The Prisoners' Toilette - How we Lived - Our first Messenger a Failure - How we obtained Money and Letters - A Magdala Diary - A Rainy Season in a Godjo

CHAPTER XII.

Description of Magdala - Climate and Water Supply - The Emperor's Houses - His Harem and Magazines - The Church - Prison-house - Guards and Gaol - Discipline - A previous Visit of Theodore to Magdala - Slaughter of the Gullas - Character and Antecedents of Samuel - Our friends, Zenab the Astronomer, and Meshisha the Lute-player - Day Guards - We build new Huts - Abyssinian and Portuguese Servants - Our Inclosure is enlarged

CHAPTER XIII.

Theodore writes to Mr. Rassam about Mr. Flad and the Artisans - His two Letters contrasted - General Merewether arrives at Massowah - Danger of sending Letters to the Coast - Ras Engeddah brings us a few Stores - Our Garden - Successful Results of Vaccination at Magdala - Our Day Guard again - Second Rainy Season - The Chiefs are Jealous - The Ras and his Council - Damash, Hailo, Daily Life during Rainy Season - Two Prisoners attempt to Escape - The Knout in Abyssinia - A Dying Man's Prophecy

CHAPTER XIV.

Second Rainy Season ends - Scarcity and dearness of Provisions - Meshisha and Comfou plot their Escape - They succeed - Theodore is robbed - Damash pursues the Fugitives - The Night Attack - The Galla War-cry, and the "Sauve qui peut" - The Wounded left on the Field - Hospitality of the Gallas - Theodore's Letter on the Subject - Mastiate's Troubles - Wakshum Gabra Medhin - Sketch of Gobaz's Career - He invites the Co-operation of the Bishop in seizing Magdala - The Bishop's plan - All the rival Chiefs intrigue for the Amba - Mr. Rassam's Influence overrated

CHAPTER XV.

Death of Abouna Salama - Sketch of his Life and Career - Grievances of Theodore against him - His Imprisonment at Magdala - The Wallo Gallas - Their Habits and Customs - Menilek appears with an Army in the Galla Country - His Policy - Advice sent to him by Mr. Rassam - He invests Magdala, and fires a _feu-de-joie_ - The Queen's behavior - Steps taken by the Chiefs - Our Position not improved - The Effects of Smoke on Menilek - Our Disappointment followed by great Joy - We receive news of the Landing of British Troops

CHAPTER XVI.

Theodore's Proceedings during our stay at Magdala - His treatment of Begemder - A Rebellion breaks out - Forced March on Gondar - The Churches are plundered and burnt - Theodore's Cruelties - The Insurgents increase in Strength - The Designs of the Emperor on Kourata frustrated - Mr. Bardel betrays the new Workmen - Theodore's Ingratitude towards the Gaffat People - His Raid on Foggara unsuccessful

CHAPTER XVII.

Arrival of Mr. Flad from England - Delivers a Letter and Message from the Queen - The Episode of the Telescope - Our Property taken care of - Theodore will not yield except to Force - He recruits his Army - Ras Adilou and Zallallou desert him - He is repulsed at Belessa by Lij Abitou and the Peasants - The Expedition against Metraha - His Cruelties there - The great "Sebastopol" is cast - Famine and Pestilence compel the Emperor to raise his Camp - The difficulties of his March to Magdala - His arrival in Dalanta

CHAPTER XVIII.

Theodore in the Vicinity of Magdala - Our feelings at the Time - An Amnesty granted to Dalanta - The Garrison of Magdala join the Emperor - Mrs. Rosenthal and other Europeans are sent to the Fortress - Theodore's Conversation with Flad and Waldmeier on the Coming of the Troops - Sir Robert Napier's Letter to Theodore reaches us - Theodore plunders Dalanta - He abuses Mr. Waldmeier - Reaches the Bechelo - Correspondence between Mr. Rassam and Theodore - Mr. Rassam is released from his Fetters - Theodore arrives at Islamgee - His Quarrel with the Priests - His First Visit to the Amba - Trial of the two Chiefs - He places a new Commandant over the Garrison

CHAPTER XIX.

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