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THE LATE DISASTER IN ALGERIA. The government has received a report from General de Bour- jolly, addressed to the Governor-General of Algeria, ad interim, [ of the affair with the Arabs, in which Colonel Berthier was killed, and Commandant Clerc wounded. It differs in no ma- terial point from the accounts which we have aheady published. General de Bourjolly states that the loss of the enemy, judging from the nu'nber of slaio left on the field of battle, was enor- mous. and that the loss on the side of the French was 27 killed, and 79 wounded. A report has also been sent by General Ca vdign^c, of the attack made by about 20U Arabs, on a position which coveied his camp. The enemy, he says, walrompelled to retire wi hout effecting his object. Chef de. bataillon Periaguay, whose death we have announced, was killed whilst charging at 'he head of his mro the French had only two killed and six wounded. Thii was on the 23 dull. In another report from General Cdvaignac, dated 'he 24'h, he gives an account of an attack made upon the enemy on that day, near Bllb Me»mar, in which the position of the Arabs was carried with a loss on the s'deofthe French of three killed, and forty-seven wounded. The Arabs are stated to have fought with fury and desperation. A despatch from Genera I de Larnnrtcieetothe Minister of War, dated from the roadstead of Tenez, 29 h ult., mentions the sad affair of Djema Ghazaouat, and aD nffair of slight importance which took place between Colonel de Saint Arnaud with 4 000 infantry, near the river Djedema, and an Arab force of 1.500 In, fantry and 2,000 cavalry. The Gnvernor-Generat states that the Arnbs e<tirrihie their loss in the affair with General de Bour. jolly at 600 killed and wounded. General de L^moriciere ea. peered to be at IVIostaganem on the night of the 29th. He gives an acount of his arrangements for pursuing and chastising the enemy. The general encloses a repou of the affair of Djema Ghazaout, from chef d'escadron de Martimprey. The column of Montagnec was composed, according to the official account, of 346 men of the 9th baitalion d'Orleans and 9 otncets, 62 men of the 2nd hussars, aod three officers, 1 interpreter, lod two men of the waggon-train, in all 423. The details of the struggle of this brave band confirm the accounts given by Ihe AlgIers journals. Colonel de Montagnac, although moitally wounded, tormed his men into a square, and expired almost immediately afterwards. For nearly an hour, says the report. tbls square contended against the impetuous and repeated charges of the whole of the cavalry of Ab del-Kader, nearly 3,000 in number, aod commanded by himself io person. The ammunition of the French troops exhausted, the Arabs closed npoo them, and ihey fell under the fire of the enemy like a wall. The report confirms the statement or A bd el. Cader having sent several letters to Captain Geraud who commanded the eighty Fiench in the Maraboui, urgiog him to surrender, and representing to him that resistance wts useless, as he could not escape from his army, or the 5 000 to 6,000 Ka- byles who hemmed him in. When Captain Geraud made his some he had still eighty men alive, but seven of them were wounded. They had arrived within a league of Djema Gh-za- ouat. having with the greatest courage fought their way through the blockading column, and provided themselves wiih sufficient bill* by cutting what remained into four pieces. Only twelve of this heroic force reached Djema Ghazaouat, under the protection of the force which had been sent out to 'heir rescue. 1 he officers killed in the first engaeement were—Colonel de Montagnac, Chef d'escadron Cognoid of the hussars. Chef de bctaillon Fro. meol Cosce, Captain Gennl S-unt Atphonse, Lieutenant Klein, Capta-ns Dutenre, Charge, and Burgard; Lieutenants Ray. mond and Larraze. and A'fj'itaot I horn's and, in the retreat, Captain de Geraud, Lieut. Chappedelaine, Dr. Rozaugetii, and M. Levi, the interpreter. The number of men who returned to Djema was, as already slated, only fourteen-vlz.. a hussar, and a carabineer, who marfe their escape from the scene of carnage before the affair of Maraboul, and the twelve men who were saved from the second massacre. The force who rescued them also brought off elgbt of the slain.



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