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.

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