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THE ABYSSINIAN EXPEDITION. The following telegram from our Special Corre- spondent with the Expedition was forwarded from Suez on the 14th of February, at 6 10 p.m. :— Sir Robert Napier to-day [date not mentioned] reached Attegherat. The vanguard is beyond that place, moving to- wards Antalo.' .ANNESLEY, Feb. 3. Six companies of the 4th Regiment and the 3rd Bombay Infantry have gone on to Senafe. The 45th Regiment has arrived at head-quarters. The 10th Bengal Cavalry has landed. ALEXANDRIA, Feb 15th (via Malta) Her Majesty's Indian troopship Serapis has ar- rived here. Advices received from Aden state that orders have been received to land there all cavalry arriving from India until required at Annesley, in order not to increase the difficulty of providing forage. Transports were passing Aden daily with stores for Abyssinia. Stormy weather in the Red Sea compelled the empty transports to put back to Annesley Bay. A large number of camels were waiting to be embarked at Berbera. SUEZ, Feb 15. Her Majesty's transport Euphrates, with the 42d Highlanders, arrived here to-day. LETTER MOM MR. RASSAM.—The Pall dtatt Gazette published the following letter from this very costly personage, dated Magdala, January 7: -—The force which is being sent to Abyssinia is enormous, and bad I been asked as to the number required 1 should have said that 6,000 men of all arms would have been more than sufficient. A force double that number will not only retard the advance of the army, but add greatly and uselessly to the expense. It is now three months since the pioneers of the expedition arrived at Massowah, and up to to-dav we have not heard that they have moved hitherward. Wakshum Gobazie, the chief rebel, who governs all the districts which lie in the road of the invading army, has promised to Tender the Brittish every assistance in his power, bat I know not whether his friendly offer has been accepted at head-qnarters. He has sent to me twice to write and hurry them on, and to assure them of his good-will. He said,' Let them consider my country as their own.' Our friend the King, who has been missing for two months, has suddenly turned up in this neighbourhood with his few re- maining followers, and is now not more than a day's journey distant if he chose to join us at a quick march. He has heavy baggage with him, several mortars, and a great many guns, which make his movements slow. One of the mortars, which was cast at Debra Tabor a few month ago, is said to weigh 15,OOOlbs, and if he manages to drag this heavy piece of ordnance up and down the difficult mountain road on either side of the river Chetta, the feat might fairly be called marvellous, aince all the country is in rebellion against his Majesty, and any day the rebels might surround him in vast multitudes and easily overcome his slender force. And yet the cowardly insurgent leaders have not the pluck to attack him. The "Wakshum Gobazie, the foremost among them, who is now encamped within two day's journey of him with about 30,000 men, has sent to tell his Majesty that he intends to attack' the common enemy' as soon as be descends the vaUey of the Chetta, and to crush' the serpent's head.' He had also promised to send a force on this side of the Chetta, to Dalanta, to prevent his Majesty from coming here. This has turned out all moonshine, for not only did he fail in his promise, but he has allowed bis people of Dalanta to avail themselves of the amnesty offered by the king, aud they have accordingly sent in their submission to him. The road is now open between this place and the Royal eamp, and the King is able to communicate freely with the garrison. His Majesty still keeps on the best terms with me, and every messenger who arrives is directed to pay me a complimentary visit. Three days ago he sent Yasbalaka Leah, his old and confidential messenger, with the following message:—• How are you, my friend ? Thank God I am quite well. I have now leached Baitahor and hope to be with you soon. The nearer I approach you the happier I feel. The reason I sent you to Magdala was because I wished you to be in my hoose, with my queen consort and son. I hope they have been kind to you and attended to all your wants. Your servant Mohammed Sa'id has reached Chelga with the stores for yon, and is now with my people there. I have also received every- thing that has been sent by your people from the coast. I have had a very large mortar cast which has detained me on the road, but when I reached Magdala and see you admire it I shall forget all the trouble it has given me. Ask your brothers (fellow captives) how they are for me. I am obliged to send the messenger in haste, otherwise I would have written to you.' On the strength of this courteous message I was advised by the chiefs to write to his Majesty a complementary letter and congratulate him on his safe arrival at Baitahor. What a degrading position it is to be obliged to resort to such gammon! When I entered the Eolitical service I never thought that I should have een driven to such strategy. There is no knowing what may occur when the king reaches this place; still I have strong hope that everything may yet terminate peacefully. I may not be able to write to you again, as the crisis is drawing near, and no one can tell what the violent monarch may do in a fit of rage. The troops may arrive too late to save oar lives. I shall keep on friendly terms with his Majesty to the last, as I have always done hitherto. As I have never been consulted regarding the tone which ought to be used in letters addressed to the King, he may one day receive a communication from the coast which may be distasteful, and then, woe betide as! Every one knows that as long as his Majesty continues to consider me as a person of some importance, and one who may be of service to him, our lives are safe; but if he is led to believe that his crown and dignity are at stake, and that I cannot help him out of his difficulties, he will be reckless.' Writing on the 6th January, the Rev H. A. Stem, says:—'We are on the tiptoe of expectation. The great Negoos, serpent-like, is crawling on. He, however, is not yet here. There is still between him and ns the Djiddah and not until he has passed that RuJf do I expect to see him on this Amba. The Waagwhum has retreated towards the T^ccazzie, but I believe this is a mere stratagem to allure his blood enemy into the chasm, where, hemmed in by laity rocks and perpendicular precipices, a comp'era vic- tory may be easily purchased. If the Wsagshum is not even a more dastardly coward than aU the other rebel chiefs, he will avail himself of the opportune moment and frustrate our oppressor's design. He has, unsolicited, pledged his word to Mr Rassam to *o effect this. anti if V<e is faithful to his voluntary engagement he will merit onr deepest gratitude. The Kiag, I am led to think, suspects some treachery, for in his latest proclamation he renounced all in- tention of coming here, after the most valuable bag- gage, the prisoners and some of the most useless Europeans, such as the most luckless fugitives, Mrs Rosenthal, and, perhaps, Mr and Mrs Flad and the children, were safely lodged in our fortress. Whether he is aware of the proceedings (the preparations of of the army) on the coast or not no one can possibly conjecture. His messages to us, and particularly to Mr Rassam, during the past week have been most flattering, though every one of our party knows how to appreciate such unmeaning trash. 1 am quite quiescent about the probable contingencies that may yet arise. God in His mercy has hitherto as I have repeatedly stated, most wonderfully sne. coured aad defended us; and now, when deliverance is almost at the door of our prison, I will not suffer a few transcient clouds to overshadow my bright future. About the movement of the troops we have net heard a word. I yearn to aee them, as I want V (God willing) to be with you next Easter/ 7* In a le»ter from Magdala, dated December 30, Cameron tlius writes to a friend who had 1"ted himself in his behalf:—41 see by the you were one of the first to urge the libe- i'myseifand fellow prisaiers by force of arms. »- -nnlrl f°r rae 1)dt t*> thatik you. N«> one Hhan mvwitt ^precated .war with this country, more m certain point. ButafterX heard, *1;^ King bad received two letters answered them, I saw no hope the exception of ai«w to tb« King'^extraordinary d°pli- l6S,on seetne^aBfcess, my opinion any rate, we are l&ach use writing— ()WD b. -=l,íef is, that to the X )«- or later. We don't know what may happen to us in the meantime; but it is an inexpressible relief to know, whatever turn things may take, this misery must soon come to an end. Anything better than lingering on in this way—to die at last of heartbreak or starvation, or both. Theodore, the king. has been threatening to kill one of the Europeans. If one were killed, the rest would soon follow. Remember me kindly to Sir Henry Rawlinson I see he has acted in the right spirit. See, I still hope to thank my friends some day in person. The mail is closing, so I must finish.'


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