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- EVACUATION OF THE SOUDAN.

HUNTING DOWN BUSHRANGERS.

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THE DEFEAT OF THE GOVERNMENT.

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EXPLOSION ON THE INFLEXIBLE.

A STRANGE STORY FROM KHARTOUM.

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A STRANGE STORY FROM KHARTOUM. The special correspondent of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph at Cairo, in a message dated June 9, gives the following remarkable story: A Coptic mer- chant, who was one of the few men who managed to escape from Khartoum after the massacre, has arrived here, after a long and painful journey, and has made a most astounding statement to the authorities. He asserts in the most positive manner, partly from his own observation and partly from information supplied to him on the spot by credible eye-witnesses, that shortly after the massacre which followed the entry of the rebels, and before the terrible confusion re- sulting therefrom had subsided, the Mahdi, hearing that Gordon had been slain, ordered his head to be brought before him. The rebels at once produced the head of Herr Hansal, the Austrian Consul, which was at first accepted as that of the gallant Gordon. But as it lay upon the ground it was recognised by one of the rebels, who knew Hansal well, and a hue and cry for Gordon was at once raised. The city was scoured by parties of the rebels, and every European corpse was examined, but without result. Indeed, no trace could be found either of Gordon or of Abou- gatas, a rich merchant long resident in Khartoum, or of Gordon's two cavasses. Neither were any docu- ments found, and the most diligent search failed to bring to light any of the clothing usually worn by Gordon. The narrator, therefore, believes that there is at least a slight chance that Gordon may have made good his escape, and that he has fled south, in the direction of Sennaar. I have seen the Coptic merchant referred to, and can testify that he is a I smart, honest-looking man, whom one would be 'I. inclined to trust."

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