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( THE ABYSSINIAN EXPEDITION. tl' :å. not' the' correspondent of the Times sends a Ah*!r- ■m Ansley describing the progress of the L^-uan expedition up to October 27. The transports fia tI 611 on ^th, and the Government steamer Sir She ^rere was unable to keep up with them, though ■On? no vessels iu tow« T*10 weather was fine through- ut. 0a th0 afternoon 0f the 21st all the vessels—ten JJ^ers and six sailing transports—were safely anchored the landing-place, though one of them had a narrow scape} « portion of her screw having been knocked off A* coral reef. The scenery is fine. Mountains rising SUUO ^feet 80em almost close to the shore, though they lire thiny miJoxoif. Between them and the shore is a niiy plain, in many places covered with a saline Station and flooded with the higher spring tides, hi f watercourses, which during the rainy season must l)l.w. !;or,re,us> traverse this plain, and in many drtu-n8 fJ ir .are w*11' hirge boulders, washed \vith hn?1? The country is generally covered Verv m anc^ *ts *ppwance is said to resemble Verv T, ,the. b«Dks of the Indus. Tha shore is its,t'de receding about 200 yards, although W i » are only about four feet. The beach D™ °' muddy aarid, very fine and firm. At no ^adin Ud0 Sau t™cps l>« landed without their tie i?' orstr,res without a transit of fifty yards, through allo water. This entails great labour with the v8 ^ave carried hy coolies about 2.50 ft, ore they are out of the reach of the tide. °1e V> laridinS place there id only a small spit, about hundred yards long and forty yards broad, which Qot covered at the highest spring tides. Three .^panics of Native Sappers are consequently now em- COtnpanies of Native Sappers are consequently now em- PloYed in raising and reclaiming some more land to serve as I temporary landing place for stores. The grand depot !'Vill be about a mile inland, and a tramway will connect t t^ie landi"S Prices. A pier is abo being constructed 8ft S^0re3, ^'s ProP08e^ to have always a depth of 200 ^er kea<^> a°d to effect this it will be about i{ t,yar<^3 in length. This would be but a small work bas for making it were available, but the ssone oftheb br°USht iQ Arab boats from the opposite side on5'' a^out twelve miles distant, and they only *n t'3e difficulties were at first 8t°rog k 'n the disembarkation of horses, mules, and boats arr'U' are gradually overcome as fresh j7e daiJy ^r0lP the places along the coaat. Un- tempoj, tbe services of the only lug steamer were reconnnu^- ^er 8rounding on a sandbank when Aether ^ea(" with Colonel Mere- B'irvii ^.as ^eea "'itbout damage. The ArtiUg. ) I-^gbt Cavalry and the battery of Native 28th to' i70 been landed, and were to proceed on tho abmvrifl P'ace about sixteen miles off, whese there is an Native °T fUpply °f good waler' The 10th Bombay ti°0 infantry were to be marched in another direc- ^Qd'o,3 ten miles away, where water is plentiful be lJf°°f' „and on^ tbe Sappers and Miners would .*&terVf° m workin £ Parties. The efforts to obtain ^ches "f6 0b°re bad met with poor success. Six eali U Lter water-bearing strata had been reached, ^raokiah i was ^aPPed, which rendered all the water ^<shor a unfit for use. Almost all the steamers at thet»ere eiuployed in condensing water for the use of ea°b dn^S'find ^ar^e 1uantities were landed from the ships *r9Q8D ^olpnel Merewether had been absent since the °bject arr've^» on a reconnaissance to the south. His direct;Was to ascertain if the mountain passes in that °h the°?oWere Practicable. He was expected to return ^bere f. and was rePorted that no route existed bad explored available for the march of an ^°U|j iae opinion among military men was that there 8ulatej0e two or three landing-places for the army, re- course, by tbe water supply and anchorage. w'ou>ld be formed at these positions, and the divi- ■^eet °r brigades would advance by different passes and SotOQ bigh tableland of Abyssinia, where a grand vantW°U^ established. This plan would have great Nation there would be several lines of communi- e ^th the coast, supplies would be more rapidly brought up, and the base of operations greatly botfrg ea' }vhich would prevent overcrowding in the har- ^e*iou mountaiQ tracks. The weather for the ^isa»re s ,a days, although decidedly hot, had not been bl^njj-6 » the nights were cool and often necessitated r There had been no news for the previous 6 tepo'r0ai KinS Theodore, who must before that '"ived the declaration of war. p o- — ^the^ ^PcuR.RENCE.—On Friday night the members j!ay in Athletic Club held their winter dis- 6tlce. Y Town-hall, in the presence of a large au- tjj arious feats usual on these occasions were t ^eht TV ■ cour3e the proceedings Mr ■j? the a*ies, one of the members of tho club, came tk6tl0e) ol • "le or°bestra, and, addressing the au- « tbeir indulgence for abruptly closing a « 800n became known that earlier in the fth • u,1t fUi,^ name^ (sixteen years of age) had a, '^er r ° ranks exhausted. He was carried to w^^cai ^0IH> but although three of the most eminent allTh of ttle town were ia t*10 ball at the a«i.d>ed in Means used to restore animation failed; fei!» e<* 'witlf Very s'ior,1 ^m0, 8a'd that he was Ce» ^bit to 8°me beart disease, but it bad been v Was Q ta^e violent running exercise. The de- Jat, °f m t°n ^ant» whose letters on the 8 of bave appeared in yarious ne?ra- yearg, 1