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ANOTHER BRITISH YIC TORT, j DESPERATE FIGHTING. GENERAL EARLE KILLED GREAT SLAUGHTER OF THE ENEMY. Another stubbornly contested battle has been fought in the Soudan, in which, after four hours of hard trial, and at the cost of the gallant General Earle himself, the British troops have again proved worthy of their ancient renown. On Monday afternoon the General, with the Black Watch,the South Staffordshire Regiment, a squadron of Hussars, two guns of the Egyptian Artillery,the Egyptian Camel Corps,and a section of the Field Hospital arrived at Dulka Island. As the enemy were known to be in force but a short distance away, the troops were at once set to work to form a zareba. While they were engaged upon this work the enemy, who were holding a very strong position on some high hills in front, fired several shots. The Eng- lish pickets advanced, and their fire drove back the A, "ho had come down the hills to attack. Jg^sng guards were posted when it be- came dark, ind all was in readiness to repulse an attack should the enemy venture to come down, but the night passed off quietly. The Standard's correspondent thus describes the fight that took place on the following day In the morning our troops formed up and advanced towards the enemy's position, marching in two parallel columns, two companies of the Staffordshire Regiment with two guns taking up ground directly in front of the enemy to occupy their attention. At 8 o'clock our guns opened, and for some time a desultory fire was kept up between them and the two companies of the Staffordshire Regiment and the enemy. In the meantime the main body of the troops were advancing steadily over almost impracticable ground, pushing the enemy before them and seizing each successive ridge by short determined rushes. They continued to push forward until the ad- vanced troops reached the right rear of the enemy, which rested on the river. This completed the move- ment, by which the Arabs were entirely surrounded. The position occupied by the enemy was very strong, consisting of rooky and broken ground, strengthened by loopholed walls, from behind which they kept up a heavy and well-directed fusillade. Finding that it was impossible to dislodge them by our musketry fire, General Earle gave orders for the Black Watch to carry the position with the bayonet. The regiment responded gallantly to the order. The pipers struck up, and with a cheer the Black Watch moved forward with a steadiness and valour which the enemy were unable to resist, and which called forth the admiration of the General. From the loopholed walls the rifle puffs shot out continuously, but without a check the Black Watch advanced, scaled the rocks, and, at the point of the bayonet, drove the enemy from their shelter. Unhappily, General Earle fell while gallantly lead- ing the troops forward to this attack. In the meantime the cavalry pushed on beyond the scene of conflict, and captured the enemy's camp, three miles in their rear, before the Black Watch had captured the main position. Whi'e the main attack was being delivered two companies of the Staffordshire Regiment were directed to seize a high and rocky hill, which was stoutly defended by the Arab riflemen. After General Earle's fall General Brackenbury assumed the command, and after the main position was carried he ordered the remainder of the Staffordshire Regiment to join the two Companies already engaged, and to storm the hill at the point of the bayonet. The enemy clung to tho position desperately, and disputed the ground inch by inch. But the Staffordshire men were not to be denied, and, fighting gallantly, they at last drove the enemy from the hill. This brought the fight of Kerbekan to a closc. It had hsted for five hours, and had been a gallantly contested affair from first to last. The enemy's force consisted of the Monassir and Robatab tribesmen, with numbers of Dervishes from Berber. It is impossible to judge accurately their num- ber, as their position extended over a large range of rocky and broken ground. Their losses were very heavy, and the dead lay piled up on the ridges which they had stubbornly defended. The leader of the rebels from Berber and several emirs were among the killed. Our troops behaved with the most admirable steadiness and bravery. Nothing could exceed the coolness and courage with which they advanced under a tremendous and well-directcd fhe to carry the enemy's positions. The defeat of the i cb Is war- decisive, and owing to the fact that we entirely sur- rounded them before commencing the attack, their only way of escape was by swimming the river. The number of the fugitives who escaped was very small. The following is the official account of the battle from Lord Wolseley, received on Thurs- day mornilic, The following telegram just received from General Brackenbury. Dulka Island is about 70 miles above Merawi. The attack was well planned and gallantly executed, and I expect its effect will be to open the way without further fighting to Berber:— Camp opposite Dulka Island, 10th February.— Having found enemy in position stated in tele- gram No. US, of 9th instant, General Earle con- centrated Stafi'oid's aud Black Watch here yesterday, reconnoitred the position, and this morning advanced to attack it. They held a high ridge of razor-backed hills, and some advanced koppies in front close to the river. Two companies of the Staffordshire Regiment and two guns being left under Colonel Alleyne to hold the enemy in front, we marched with six companies of the Staffordshire and six com- panies of the Black Watch round the high range of hills, entirely turning the enemy's position, which we attacked from the rear. The enemy's numbers were not great, but their position was extremely strong and difficult of access, and they fought with most determined bravery. The Black Watch advanced over rocks and broken ground upon the koppies, and after having by their fire in the coolest manner driven off a rush of the enemy, stormed the position under a heavy fire. General Earle was among the fore- most in this attack, and to the deep sorrow of every officer and man in the force was killed on the summit of the Koppie. The Staffords attacked the high ridge, and over the most difficult ground it was possible for troops to advance upon carried the position. In this attack their gallant commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Eyre, was killed. Meanwhile the squadron 19th Hussars, under Colonel Butler, swept round to the rear, and captured the enemy's camp. Our success is complete. We have captured 10 standards, and the whole of the position is in our hands. It is difiicult to,i,,tiniate the enemy's loss, but their d ad are lying thick among the rocks and in the open where, when they found themselves surrounded, they tried to rush through our troops. Scarcely any can have escaped. Our own loss is as follows Major-General Earle, Lieutenant-Colonel Eyre, South Stafford; Brevet-Lieutenant-Colonel Coveney, Royal High- landers one corporal and three private Royal High- landers three privates South Staffordshire and two Egyptian Camel Corps missing. One private Royal Highlanders, wounded very severely Brivet Lieutenant-Colonel Wauchope, Royal Highlanders, severely wounded. Captain Horsurugh, Stafford Lieutenant Hon. J. G. R. Colborne, Stafford L cu- tenant T. Kennedy, Royal Highlanders wounded. Twenty n m cnmmissioned officers and mu Stafford, and 18 Black Watch. Prisoners report that the enemy was led by Moussa Wa j Abuhegel All Wad Aussein, cousin of Lekaiiks, Hamid Wad Lekalik, brother of Lekalik. All these are reported killed. The enemy said to havo con- sisted of the Monassir, with some Robatab and a force of Dervishes from Berber. j oseph Waugh, captain of the schooner Margaret, lying in Belfast Docks, was proceeding across a plank to his vessel, when he slipped and fell into the water. A harbour policeman and several of the crew en] deavoured to rescue him, but were unable to do so and he was drowned,

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